One Hope United increases opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities and futures.
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 over 10,000 children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida.
Our Lines of Service
EARLY LEARNING & CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Laying the foundation for children’s success through home visiting, child care and early education, and school-age programs.
“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
COMMUNITY-BASED FAMILY SERVICES
Supporting children and families through life’s challenges with counseling, youth and family services, foster care, and adoption.
“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
RESIDENTIAL CARE & DAY TREATMENT
Providing spaces for youth to thrive including residential care, therapeutic day school, and transitional 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
Board of Directors
RJ Young, Chair
Anthony Austin, Vice Chair
Cindy Lusignan, Treasurer
Kate Shaffer, Secretary
Frank M. Clark, III
Charles A. Montorio-Archer, PhD, Esq., MPA, President & CEO
Bill Beck, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Theresa Dear, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Paul Earle, Life Director
Ermit L. Finch, Life Director
Clarke Robinson, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Toni Sandor Smith, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Edgar Santiago, Life Director, Chair Emeritus