The Bears on Friday announced A Safe Haven Foundation as the 2022 Community All-Pros winner and recipient of a $103,000 grant. Founded in 1994, A Safe Haven's mission is to help people ASPIRE. TRANSFORM. and SUSTAIN® their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven Foundation provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. The grant money will be used for therapeutic counseling and suicide prevention for high-risk veterans.
Earlier this week, Bears offensive lineman Cody Whitehair surprised members of A Safe Haven Foundation with the news that their organization was chosen as the Community All-Pros $103,000 grant winner. Cody walked casually into a room where a group of A Safe Haven Foundation's members thought they would be presenting their case to win the grant. Cody then introduced himself and shook hands with every member before announcing to the group that they had already won the grant. Without hesitation, all members burst with emotion and excitement. Cody stayed to share the exciting moment with them, taking pictures and presenting the $103,000 check. Click here to watch the video.
"The Chicago Bears Community All-Pros award to A Safe Haven Foundation's Veteran's RISE Program could not be timelier," said the president of A Safe Haven, Mark G. Mulroe. "Your [Chicago Bears] generosity will play a critical role in our ability to provide needed resources to our veterans. At A Safe Haven Foundation, we provide stable, supportive housing, counseling, substance use treatment and other needed crucial services for military veterans and their families that are in crisis.
"With this award, you will aid us in addressing the critical risk factors among veterans and provide them with the hope of a brighter future and pathway. It is our duty to provide support, services, and resources to veterans (and their families) who made sacrifices for all of us in protecting our freedom and way of life. We are honored to be among the recipients of this most prestigious honor. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Chicago Bears Community All-Pros and the entire Chicago Bears Organization."