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One Hope United (OHU) is a nonprofit providing early childhood education, child and family services, behavioral and mental health resources, and residential programs for more than 129 years. We’re proud to serve over 10,000 children and families each year across Illinois and Florida. Through our evidence-based and trauma-informed practices, we empower children and families to see and create a future where, regardless of their past, they can reach their full potential.

Our Mission

One Hope United serves and advocates for the thriving of children, youth, and families through quality early childhood education, residential care, child welfare, and mental health services.


Our Vision

One Hope United seeks to advance child and family services through effective evidence-based practices, policy that focuses on nurturing healthy families, and partnerships that extend its reach.

Our Values

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.

Fully contribute

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 125th Anniversary History

our history

Founded in 1895, we have a rich history. As we look back, we celebrate both the individuals who have shaped our legacy and the key moments that define our journey. To learn more, take a look at our 125th Anniversary Ebook.




OHU has multiple locations across Illinois and Florida, serving communities with a diverse range of programs and services aimed at fostering stability and opportunity for children and families.

Our Team

Explore more about OHU’s Board of Directors and leadership team – dedicated individuals who passionately drive our mission forward with expertise.

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grow your career with us

OHU invests in our Hope Members. We provide professional development and career paths in a nurturing environment focused on personal growth.   

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