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.wpengine.com/adoption.

Additional Links


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/

National Adoption Day


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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Watch on as Tim Snowden, Executive Director of Community Based Family Services, shares his personal goals for his team and learn how he first became interested in social work!

Amazing Child Care Benefit For OHU Employees!

My name is Troels Soendergaard and I’ve been a part of One Hope United’s marketing team as the Digital Strategist for nearly 2 years. Recently, there was a big change made to our staff child care policy, significantly dropping the price of childcare at some of our centers for all OHU employees. This change is personally saving me over $1,200 a month! Knowing that it hasn’t been widely announced, I felt the need to share the positive impact that this change has made on my family because it could possibly do the same for other employees and for people considering becoming an employee at OHU!

After becoming a father 8 months ago, it quickly became clear that raising a child would be expensive. I grew up in Denmark and have never received nor seen a hospital bill. So when my son was born 6 weeks prematurely and had to stay in the intensive care unit for almost 10 days, it was quite the cultural shock for a Dane.

In a case of perfect timing, my wife and I began looking for child care providers in our neighborhood around the same time that we heard about OHU’s awesome new policy. We were pleasantly surprised at how affordable child care was for OHU staff and knew that it would greatly benefit our financial situation. My wife is a full time night student, studying to become a school counselor. She recently began interning three days a week, which is the reason behind our child care needs. It turned out that there was an open spot for our son at the Wilmette Child Development Center, only a 20 minute drive away from my wife’s internship. The center is more than we could have ever asked for, with teachers that are kind, thoughtful and very aware of our son’s developmental needs.

When searching for a new job position, it can be very easy to forget the value of great benefits. Human services agencies don’t always offer the highest salaries, but OHU will certainly make up for it in benefits. As an OHU employee, I can annually save around $15,000 after taxes on child care alone, which I’d say is quite a lot. I also can’t forget to mention the provided vacation and paid time off, which is a lot more than what is offered in the private sector.

Raising a child is hard work and can even be financially strenuous. Luckily, One Hope United has made the transition into parenthood a little less stressful and we are very grateful. Thank you OHU!

Interested in joining the OHU team? Check out our open positions at onehopeunited.wpengine.com/careers.

26th Annual Charity Golf Outing

THANK YOU to all who came out to support One Hope United’s 26th Annual Charity Golf Outing on September 13, 2016!

Your generous donations allow us to serve even more children and families.

Check out this video for photos of the Golf Outing and to learn more about the impact that One Hope United has on children and families:

P.S. Be sure to share this email with your Golf foursome!

An Update From Our Family of Hope

At Hope in Action 2016, we had the pleasure of introducing Dianna Klockenga and her wonderful family to our room full of guests. Dianna, awarded the Ermit Finch Impact Award that night for her selflessness, big heart and dedication to family, was more than deserving of recognition. After meeting Austin while working as a nurse at a One Hope United residential program, their undeniable bond eventually led her and her husband to make the decision to bring Austin and his younger sister Lora into their home. Though they have been a true family from the start, we are excited to share that on August 8, 2016, Austin and Lora were legally adopted! This was surely an unforgettable day for the entire family and it is the perfect update on such an amazing story.

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Check out the video below for an introduction or recap on the Klockenga story!

Photos are courtesy of Haley Klockenga of Haley Nicole Photography.

Picnic For Hope 2016

The second annual Picnic for Hope was a huge success! Hosted by OHU’s Lake County Ambassador Board on August 13th, the event raised over $18,000 for the Day School on our Lake Villa campus! The Ambassador Board is a terrific group of community volunteers who are dedicated to raising funds to support the children and families of One Hope United. Thank you for all of your generous efforts!