Law Enforcement Officials From South and Central Asia Learn About OHU’s SPARCS

In April, a delegation of law enforcement officials from South and Central Asia visited One Hope United at our downtown Chicago office. The visit was hosted by WorldChicago, a non-profit that coordinates international visitor exchanges in Chicago sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The goal of the delegates’ visit was to explore the role of law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting international crimes and also to gain a deeper understanding of the reasons behind youth violence and the effective practices for promoting nonviolence among individuals.

We introduced our guests to SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress), a therapy program that teaches youth how to cope with their traumas, which can make them less likely to turn to violence to solve their issues.

OHU’s Jill Novacek, SVP of Community Based Family Services, served as the presenter during the visit. One of the highlighted tools that SPARCS teaches is mindfulness, which helps the youth better understand and manage their response to stress. Jill led the group through a mindfulness exercise which encouraged everyone to stop and take a moment to acknowledge their own pulse.


Mr. Mohammad Shahriar ALAM (Bangladesh)
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Immigration, Department of Police

Mr. Prasanta BONIK (Bangladesh)
Senior Superintendent, Kashimpur Central Jail

Mr. Md Zhahidur RAHAMAN (Bangladesh)
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Department of Police

Mr. Shakir SHAYAKHMETOV (Kazakhstan)
Head, International Cooperation and Public Relations Department, Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Mr. Ishan Uthpala Sandaruwan JAYARATHNA (Sri Lanka)
Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Sri Lanka Customs

Interested in learning more about SPARCS? Check out this video featuring the program and one of its funders, Get IN Chicago.

Hope In Action 2017 | Thank You!

One Hope United would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended Hope In Action 2017.

The night was a big success: with our guests and sponsors together, we raised over $300,000! We’re very appreciative of the immense support that has been shown for our organization, which only brings us closer to fulfilling our vision,

“For every child and family, life without limits.”

Two of the biggest highlights of the night were the presentations of the 3rd Annual Ermit Finch Impact Award to Marco Foster and the Leadership in Giving award to Get IN Chicago! Check out their inspiring stories captured in the videos below.

Visit our Facebook to view all of the fun photos from the night. Be sure to tag yourself and your friends!

Share your feedback! Let us know what you thought of the event by completing our survey.

Didn’t have the chance to raise your paddle at Hope in Action 2017? You can still support OHU by clicking here.

Scott Humphrey Featured in The North Shore Weekend East

OHU’s President and CEO, Scott Humphrey, was recently featured by The North Shore Weekend East. In the article, he discusses his transition from the banking world to a non-profit. “I’m living a diff erent life now, at an entirely different pace, and I’m not traveling as much. It’s been great. It’s phenomenal, getting to work with the passionate people at One Hope United. They are all committed to doing good things for children and their families, to help others disrupt the cycle of poverty”, he shared. He also touches on OHU’s upcoming fundraising gala, Hope in Action 2017 and answers the question, “What do you find rewarding as president and CEO of One Hope United?”

Click here to read the full article.


One Hope United Welcomes Margaret Vimont as COO

Please join us in welcoming OHU’s new COO, Margaret Vimont!

Margaret Vimont, an accomplished leader in child and family services who began her career in residential care, will join One Hope United (OHU) as Chief Operating Officer beginning May 8, 2017.

In this key role, Ms. Vimont will report to President and CEO Scott Humphrey and help One Hope United advance its ambitious plan for growth and operational excellence. As COO, Ms. Vimont will provide leadership for the implementation, process improvement, and efficiency of OHU’s lines of service, which include early learning and child development centers, home visiting programs, community based family services, foster care, adoption, and residential programs.

“I’m thrilled to have Margaret join One Hope United,” said Mr. Humphrey. “A passionate social worker and proven leader, she will be a valuable partner to me in delivering more impact to our communities through the services we provide, helping us realize our vision: For every child and family, life without limits.”

Ms. Vimont comes directly from Jewish Child and Family Services, where she has been COO/Executive VP since 2005 and oversaw a number of initiatives to help the agency evolve strategically and align its services with its mission and financial goals. She joined JCFS in 1990 as a residential clinician.

“I’m exhilarated to be part of One Hope United’s plans to make a significant impact on children and families in the Midwest and Florida,” said Ms. Vimont. “Having seen JCFS through their recent evolution, OHU is the natural place to take my experience next. The resilience and hope that youth bring, no matter the challenge they’re facing, has always been an inspiration to me and is at the heart and center of my professional passion.”

Ms. Vimont served on the board of directors for the Association of Children’s Residential Centers for many years and as their Board President from 2009 to 2011. She also has represented JCFS and the private sector on Illinois’ Child Welfare Advisory Committee and on subcommittees for over 10 years. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from the University of Chicago.

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.



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 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!