In 2012, Chicago Commons absorbed the Adult Day Care Service program from Bethel New Life as well as its Home Care program. After careful community analysis, a review of strategic priorities, and the continued effects of a crumpling state budget, the organization transferred program participants and some staff to its Bronzeville location. They realized that because of a $7 million hole in revenue because of the state budget impasse, Chicago Commons would be fighting to keep open its Home Care program, which helps over 1,200 seniors annually and employs 600 workers.
In this time of dire need, Chicago Commons turned to an old friend and partner. IFF has loaned $2 million to Chicago Commons for working capital, giving the organization enough cash to operate its senior programs through the end of the year.