One Hope United increases opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities and futures.
For Every Child and Family, Life Without Limits.
Do the Right Thing
We serve the best interests of our clients and staff. We act mindfully and responsibly, honoring our commitments. We’re willing to challenge the status quo.
We bring our presence, passion, and ideas to every interaction, and we respect differing views and backgrounds so that others can do the same.
Empower One Another
We collaborate with, care for, and encourage each other toward greater impact, treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Turn Hope into Action
We believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. We advocate for those in need and do what it takes to build a better future for all.
Seek Impact Every Day
We make things happen, and make them count. We leverage all our resources and make data-informed decisions for maximum, sustainable results.
Always Keep Improving
We pursue excellence in an atmosphere of innovation. We embrace change, take prudent risks, learn from failure, and recognize success.
One Hope United is a private human service organization that has been investing in children and families for over 120 years, offering a diverse array of early childhood education, prevention, intervention and community-based programs. Our team of more than 700 talented professionals serves nearly 10,000 children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida.
Our Lines of Service
EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Educating, nourishing, and empowering young children and families at our 12 Child Development Centers. All eligible centers carry the prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation.
“All three of my children went here and I cannot say enough about the attention they received while in One Hope United’s care. When I take the kids back the staff still remember their names and are so thoughtful in their attention to the little things that make kids special.” -Parent, Des Plaines Child Development Center
PLACEMENT AND RESIDENTIAL CARE
Creating loving families through recruitment and training of foster parents, placing children in the public welfare system in safe, nurturing homes, and operating therapeutic residential facilities and independent living programs.
“One Hope United is a really good place for kids who need help. I appreciate all the staff who have helped me and kept me safe when I was upset. I love One Hope.” -12-year-old Resident, Wilson Home, Centralia, IL
COMMUNITY BASED FAMILY SERVICES
Providing case management and therapeutic interventions to youth and families at risk of abuse, neglect, and serious behavior problems through counseling, family preservation, prevention programs, and youth services.
“Your kindness is much appreciated and I cannot wait until the day that I can reach out and make someone else’s holiday brighter.” -Thank you note from a mom who had received presents from OHU for her two children
Board of Directors
Theresa Dear, Chair
Dan Horsley, Vice Chair
Emily R. Selbe
Toni Sandor Smith
Todd Schultz, Interim CEO
Executive Leadership Team
Todd Schultz, Interim CEO
Margaret Vimont, Chief Operating Officer
Jason Friedman, Chief Development and Growth Officer
Chris Nordloh, Interim CFO
Cristina Villazan, Chief Human Resources Officer
Eva Horner, Executive Director, Florida
Sonja Crum Knight, Executive Director, Early Learning & Child Development
Anthony Ruth, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Timothy Snowden, Executive Director, Community Based Family Services
Sarah Tunning, Senior Vice President, Continuous Quality Improvement
Ambassador & Auxiliary Boards
Chicago Ambassador Board
Centralia Ambassador Board
Lake County Ambassador Board
Chicago Auxiliary Board
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