One Hope United Presents Hope in Action 2017!

Mark your calendars! One Hope United’s signature spring fundraising event returns on April 29, 2017 at the JW Marriott Chicago.

OPEN BAR | SEATED DINNER | STAND-UP COMEDY

 SILENT & LIVE AUCTIONS | RAFFLE

Be prepared for a night of laughs, with performances by comedians and Saturday Night Live veterans Tim Meadows and Colin Quinn. They will be joined by our emcee, Marion Brooks of NBC5.

Join us and stand up for children!

Get Your Early Bird Tickets Here!

Want to become a sponsor? Learn more about how you can support OHU at this one-of-a-kind event at onehopeinaction.org.

One Hope United names Todd Schultz as CFO

Todd Schultz, a finance leader and longtime advocate for children and families, will join One Hope United as Chief Financial Officer, beginning January 9, 2017.
 
Todd comes directly from NPH USA, where he has been Chief Financial Officer since 2011 and added the title of Chief Operating Officer in 2012. NPH USA is the US organization that raises annual support for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH; Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters). NPH serves disadvantaged children in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, providing homes to approximately 4,000 kids in 9 countries and operating pediatric medical facilities in Haiti and Honduras. At NPH USA, Todd oversees finance, human resources, IT, customer fulfillment and logistics for delivering medicine donations to Haiti.

NPH was Todd’s first professional foray into family services. “At that point, my motivation was seeing a need where I could help out,” he said, adding that as soon as he got involved, he felt a deeper connection to the work. “Doing that work internationally, I realized it was something I felt strongly about.”

Todd views the opportunity at OHU as a chance to continue making a difference, this time closer to home. “I enjoy reaching out to the people who need it most and giving them the opportunity to succeed,” he said. “How do you find ways within your power to make other people’s lives a little easier?”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Todd to One Hope United,” said Scott Humphrey, President and CEO. “With his financial leadership and shared commitment to our mission, he will contribute greatly to our success in empowering children and families to live life without limits.”

Prior to joining NPH USA, Todd held several executive-level positions during a 12-year career at PepsiCo, most recently as a director within IT Finance and Business Planning. Prior to PepsiCo, Todd worked in corporate finance for FMC Corporation, a Fortune 500 chemical/agricultural/mining company, and in auditing for Grant Thornton and Associates.
 
Todd also volunteers his time to have a positive impact on people’s lives in addition to those helped through NPH. He serves on the advisory board of Spark Ventures, which places human and financial resources with partners around the world to provide health care, education and jobs to help lift communities out of poverty. He developed a process to secure $1M annually in pharmaceutical supplies for Children’s Hunger Fund and Restoration Ministries, two organizations serving the underprivileged in Chicago’s south-side neighborhoods. And he is a weekly volunteer at Bridges, an organization that supports the health needs of Chicago’s Englewood population.
 
Todd holds an MBA in strategy and economics from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in accounting from the University of Illinois. He also is a certified public accountant.
 
You may see or hear from Todd before January 9, as he is already beginning his transition, working with the finance team and with current CFO David McConnell, whose last day is scheduled for January 27. OHU will also have a retirement announcement and party for David to recognize and appreciate his decade-plus of leadership to the organization.

The Wishbook is Here!

Our holiday Wishbook is back for it’s second year in a row!

The Wishbook gives our supporters the opportunity to directly impact the children and families we serve by providing services and tools that impact their lives. In its inaugural year, the Wishbook was a wonderful success, raising over $39,000! These funds were used for purchases such as art supplies for classrooms, bedding for children in foster care, educational toys and counseling services.

To learn more about the Wishbook, view the video below.

Check out our Wishbook HERE.

Giving Tuesday | Thank You!

Thank you to all who supported One Hope United on Giving Tuesday. It was because of you that we raised $12,770 in only 24 hours, surpassing our matching goal!

Your generosity is what makes it possible for us to continue providing the best services and programs for thousands of children and families each day. Though the 24 hours of Giving Tuesday have ended, your impact doesn’t have to stop there. There are still plenty of ways for you to join OHU in making a difference on any day of the week.

Be sure to check out our new Wishbook for the opportunity to directly impact the children and families we serve by providing specific services and tools that impact their lives.

Are you interested in exploring volunteer opportunites or even visiting a site? If so, feel free to respond to this email for more information. In the meantime, you can keep up with OHU daily on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you!

Ultimate Software Visits Bridgeport Child Development Center I & II

At the beginning of the month, 63 team members from Ultimate Software visited our Bridgeport I and II Child Development Centers. They thoroughly enjoyed spending time at our centers and noted that one of their favorite parts of the trip was bringing out tricycles so that the children could ride around the gym. The team even set up cones and created an obstacle course for them to try out.

The Ultimate Software team had such a memorable experience at our centers, that they generously made a $1,000 donation. One Hope United currently utilizes the company’s HR system, UltiPro. It has been wonderful to see our partnership go beyond just using their technology solution.

Thank you Ultimate Software!

Oktoberfest for Hope 2016

On Saturday, October 22nd, the One Hope United Auxiliary Board hosted the sixth annual Oktoberfest for Hope at The Underground in Chicago. Once again, the Auxiliary Board was very excited to bring people together in support of OHU. This fantastic event raised over $19,000 for our Joliet Early Learning Center (and on the same day, the Chicago Cubs won Game 6)!

OHU STAFF SPOTLIGHT | Adrienne Patterson-Green

Meet Adrienne Patterson-Green, an OHU director who shows great dedication and passion for our mission!

 

OHU: What is your job title & how long have you been an employee at OHU?

APG: Director of Programs, Home Visiting. I have been employed with One Hope United for 13 years.

 

OHU: What sparked your interest in this career field?

APG: I was a recent college graduate and I was unable to find employment in my field. A friend started working at a social services agency and told me that I should apply to be a case manager in their foster care department. I immediately fell in love with the job and discovered a passion for helping families and children.

 

OHU: Why are your programs so important?

APG: Teen parents are the most vulnerable and at a higher risk to abuse or neglect their children due to their inexperience at being a parent. Home visiting programs provide young parents with the support, encouragement, and role modeling needed to help them become more successful. In addition, home visiting helps prepare children to become more successful when they enter school, as we provide important kindergarten readiness skill building activities during home visiting. Home visitors are able to provide concrete support to families by connecting them with community resources, which is important for families who are in need and don’t know where to search for help. Research shows that home visitors provide more than just supporting mothers regarding parenting-related issues; we are now being trained to address healthy relationships (domestic violence) and post-natal depression, and to identify parents who may be struggling with addiction prenatally (alcohol/drug). It is believed that, through the trusting relationships that home visitors establish with parents through consistent home visits, parents are more likely to divulge information about their struggles that they might not be comfortable admitting to others.

 

OHU: What has been your most memorable moment in your role?

APG: I enjoy when home visitors share success stories about their clients’ progress while in our programs. Whether it be finding housing, having the courage to leave an abusive relationship, graduating from high school, or finding employment for the first time, their successes make me feel like I am doing the right thing at the right time in my life. In addition, I love chaperoning field trips for our teen parents in the Wings program. Being a part of creating positive memories for these families is an indescribable feeling for me.

 

Check out our last Staff Spotlight featuring Kevin Greer, Director of Training & Development, HERE.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Every year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. At One Hope United, one of our most important goals is to ensure a safe and loving home for every child. We invite and encourage parents in our communities who wish to start or expand their families to consider opening their doors—and hearts—and adopt through One Hope United.

Though in Illinois, OHU’s adoption services are limited to our existing foster parents, we are continuously searching nationwide for parents to adopt children who we care for in our Florida program.

OHU’s adoption team currently services Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties in FL. The team has an innate passion for providing forever families for their children and keeping siblings together. Keeping siblings together is definitely a challenge, as most siblings have remained separated since entering foster care; however, they continue to advocate for siblings despite the odds. In the last fiscal year the Orlando adoption team had found over 35 forever homes for their children and their goal and mission is to continue finding safe and permanent homes for each available child.

To learn more about OHU’s Adoption program, visit onehopeunited.org/adoption.

Additional Links

http://www.adoptflorida.org/

Central Florida Event: http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/events/national-adoption-day-celebration-orange-county-2/

Chicago Event: http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/events/wendys-wonderful-kids-match-event/

https://davethomasfoundation.org/adopt/national-adoption-day/

OHU STAFF SPOTLIGHT | Kevin Greer

Meet Kevin Greer, a new employee who’s very excited about his future at OHU!

OHU: What is your job title & how long have you been an employee at OHU?

KG: Director of Training & Development. I’ve worked at OHU since 9/19/16

 

OHU: What sparked your interest in this career field?

KG: As a trainer, the biggest reward is being able to help people succeed. That’s really what I want to do with my life; serve people. And as a Director of Training at OHU, I realize that my contributions can not only help the employees succeed, but it will hopefully trickle down and help children and families succeed.  I can’t think of a better field to be in than that.

 

OHU: What have you enjoyed most so far in your role?

KG: I’ve enjoyed getting to know all the people and seeing the work that is being done. It’s difficult to understand exactly what a non-profit like OHU does until you’ve experienced it. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m quickly understanding how big of an impact this organization is having on the community. Also, Chicago-style deep dish pizza is enough to warrant anyone moving here. 

 

OHU: What are you most excited about as far as the future of your role?

KG: I’m excited to meet and talk with more employees, continue to communicate ideas and projects, and also just be able to have fun along the way. The job will return as much enjoyment as you put into making it an enjoyable place to work. I’ve really come to enjoy everything and everyone in this short time period,  and I am looking forward to being able to see and work with so many great people.

 

Check out our last Staff Spotlight featuring Tim Snowden, Executive Director of Community Based Family Services, HERE.

OHU Employee Appreciation Week 2016!

One Hope United’s recent Employee Appreciation Week was a huge hit!

Our employees work very hard every single day to support the mission and vision of our organization. Therefore, we wanted to take time to recognize all that they do by hosting an Employee Appreciation Week dedicated to showing our appreciation. This was a week for our staff to have fun and pat themselves on the back because they truly deserve it.




Each day of Employee Appreciation Week was lead by a different theme, from Healthy Start, Healthy You Day to R&R Day! Everyone had a blast and we have the photos to prove it! Check out a few photos from the fun week below and click through to view the full Facebook photo album.

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