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May 1, 2015

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Announces New Employment Program Officer

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The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation has announced the recent hire of Jennifer Miller Rehfeldt as the new Employment Program Officer.

Jennifer Miller Rehfeldt brings fifteen years of experience in employment services to the Foundation. Miller Rehfeldt has provided direct service to individuals with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness. Miller Rehfeldt has experience running effective programs, managing highly skilled teams, designing and implementing programs, and conducting ongoing program evaluation. Miller Rehfeldt comes to the Foundation after serving as the Chief Program Officer at Inspiration Corporation where she oversaw the agency’s programs and social enterprises and was an agency-wide leader that participated in executive-level planning, and decision making. Miller Rehfeldt has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Kansas.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to the Fry Foundation as our new Employment program officer,” said Unmi Song, President of the Fry Foundation. “Jennifer’s commitment to and experience in employment services will be an excellent addition to the Foundation.”

About the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Education, prosperity, and hope for all. That is the vision behind the Fry Foundation’s grantmaking. We provide support to nonprofit organizations that have the strength and commitment to improve conditions for low-income, underserved Chicago residents. Grants are awarded in four major areas: Arts Learning, Education, Employment, and Health. Across all of our funding areas, our focus is on helping organizations: Build capacity to enhance the quality of services and better assess the impact of programs; Develop successful program innovations that other organizations in the field can learn from or adopt; and Share knowledge so that information which can help low-income communities and individuals is widely and readily available.

In 1933, Lloyd A. Fry founded the Lloyd A. Fry Roofing Company on the Southwest Side of Chicago. During the next five decades, the company grew to become the world's largest manufacturer of asphalt roofing and allied products, with nearly 5,000 dedicated employees in manufacturing facilities nationwide. The company was sold to Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation in 1977. In large part, the proceeds from the sale of the company now serve as the endowment of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. The Foundation has been addressing the needs of the Chicago community since 1983.  Last year it awarded $7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.