YogaCare was founded through synergistic collaborations that began as a Schweitzer Fellowship service project in 2010 and grew to become the organization it is today.  

Here are key milestones in the development of YogaCare's history.  

         2010:

  • Greg Van Hyfte conducted a free 6-week course to patients, staff, and community at Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) in South Chicago at part of the Schweitzer Fellowship project

  • South Chicago demographics: population of 31,060, African American (73.9%) and Hispanic (23.1%), a third (31.2%) is living in poverty (U.S. Census 2007-2011)

         2012:

  • Mr. Van Hyfte and Dr. Jones partnered to receive $1,000 Seed Grant from Schweitzer Fellowship Program

  • Reinstated free Saturday morning bilingual six week yoga class at CFHC

  • Sustained the class thereafter on a pay-what-you-can basis

  • Served 69 participants; an average of 12 students per class who donated $3.22 per person

         2013:

  • Funded for $2,000 Seed Grant from Schweitzer Fellowship/AMA Foundation

  • Sustained the Saturday class and added a Thursday evening class to meet participants’ requested needs for additional class

  • Expanded to develop two classes at CommunityHealth Englewood clinic with Julia Pedersen and Lisa Espinoza

    • Englewood demographics: population of 29,821, African-American (98.4%), almost half are living in poverty (45.8%, U.S. Census 2007-2011)

  • Awarded $5,000 from the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine for research funding

  • Conducted research study in partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine Department of Family Medicine and presented research at the Family Medicine Midwest Conference, Milwaukee, WI

2014:

  • Funded for $6,000 Seed Grant from Schweitzer Fellowship/AMA Foundation for 2014-2015

  • Presented research at the Yoga for Health and Practice conference, London, UK

  • Placed third in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Social New Venture Challenge

  • Placed fourth in the GoodCity IntoSomethingGood contest, being awarded $4,317.99

  • Exploring new sites to expand classes

  • Incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Illinois and secured Board of Directors

  • Secured Fiscal Sponsor with Goodcity

  • 501(c)3 status application in process