The comprehensive work that Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) provides its legal clients goes far beyond handling individual legal matters. CGLA also partners with workforce development programs and has in-house social workers to help clients achieve “whole life transformation.” CGLA is a critical resource to people facing negative consequences stemming from contact with the criminal justice system.
In 2014, the Foundation granted CGLA enhanced capacity funding to facilitate its proactive acquisition of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM). Mission + Strategy Consulting, experts on strategic restructuring and mergers, helped CGLA and CLAIM consolidate operations, which extended CGLA’s programs to serve incarcerated women and their children and increased its ability to support people leaving jail and prison. Equally important, the acquisition preserved CLAIM’s essential legal services for incarcerated mothers and also gave the women access to CGLA’s holistic support services and partner programs to meet their families’ broader range of needs.
After proactively acquiring a smaller organization that provided specialized services, CGLA now offers a broader, more comprehensive base of services that fosters real and lasting change for more clients.