Amazing Quilt Donations!

One Hope United received a wonderful donation from the Antioch Quilt Club. These generous women made 103 baby quilts for the children in our services! The quilts are adorable and display a wide range of designs, from unicorns and teddy bears to Raggedy Ann and Andy. They also made a monetary donation towards our child abuse prevention programs. It is wonderful to have such heartfelt support from the community!

OHU Staff Spotlight | Scott Cheshker

We are very excited to introduce OHU’s first Staff Spotlight, featuring Scott Ceshker! Scott is the program manager at our C.A.R.E Theraputic Day School. Check out this clip to learn more about his role at OHU and stick around to the very end to find out his most memorable moment!

View The Video Here

2nd Annual OHU Science Fair in Lake Villa

The 2nd Annual One Hope United Science Fair was held on Friday, March 26, 2016 at the Day School on the Lake Villa Campus. Several OHU Board members and local community partners and donors toured the fair. The young men of the Day School were very excited to demonstrate their projects and explain what they had learned from their experiences. Projects included experiments displaying which fast food hamburger molds the fastest, magnetism, forming a vortex in a vacuum with dry ice and many others. One of the young men even went as far as to dress as Albert Einstein to explain his experiment!

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Get Involved With GOBLUE4OHU | Calling All Schools!

Grass Lake Elementary School in Antioch, Illinois will be fundraising for OHU using Crayon Coin Banks during the month of April! Would your child’s school be interested in getting involved with our Go Blue 4 OHU campaign in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month?

Contact Marilee LaMattina at mlamattina@onehopeunited.org for more details!

4th Annual “Give a Little Extra Love” Event Benefits OHU

The 4th Annual “Give a Little Extra Love” event occurred on March 4, 2016 at Young Scholars Child Care Center in Ingleside, Illinois. Chrys Zastrow is the driving force behind this event, aimed at providing comfort kits to foster children. A comfort kit is comprised of a new duffel bag containing a fleece blanket, stuffed animal, water bottle, book or craft and a toiletry kit containing shampoo/conditioner, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Chrys knows all too well that foster children often arrive at their new homes with nothing to call their own. When Chrys and her husband, Matthew, welcomed their three daughters as foster children a few years ago, they arrived with only the clothes on their backs.

The children and staff at Young Scholars Child Care Center hold fundraisers all year long to purchase the supplies for the comfort kits. They also solicited donations and discounts from local stores. This year’s donors included JoAnn Fabrics, Garvey Office Supply, CASA and Dr. Katie Hauf. Girl Scout Cadet Troop 96 ran this year’s event and cut all the material for the blankets. This scout troop also conducted fundraisers to purchase supplies.

The 4th Annual fundraiser will donate 150 comfort kits split equally between three agencies, One Hope United, Arden Shores and Department of Children and Family Services. Foster children from each of these agencies are enrolled at Young Scholars Child Care Center.
Hats off to Chrys and her continued passion to bring a smile and some comfort to children in foster care at a difficult time in their lives!


OHU Case Manager Featured in Chicago Tribune!

Carolina Rodriguez, a Success By 6 program case manager for OHU, was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune! Carolina touches on the importance of reading to children in the home, even with childhood becoming much more “technologized”.

Click here to check out the full article!

Meet Our New ELT Members!

One Hope United is proud to welcome three new members to our Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Eva, Ann, and Tim bring to their positions decades of experience in the human services sector and a wealth of knowledge to One Hope United.


Eva Horner

Executive Director, Florida
Eva Horner is the Executive Director, Florida. Having started her career as a child protective investigator, Eva brings to her work a passion for advocating on behalf of children and families, while working to transform the organizations and systems that support them.Throughout her 25 years of human services, Eva has developed an expertise in transforming people and organizations, helping them to grow and strengthen. She previously served as Assistant Executive Director at Devereux Florida, Chief Operating Officer at Heartland for Children and the Director of Program Operations at Children’s Home Society of Florida. After earning her BS in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences at Florida State University, Eva went on to complete her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College.


Ann Pearcy

Executive Director, Placement
Ann Pearcy has served as the Executive Director of Placement Services since 2015. Throughout her 30-year career, she has had several professional opportunities such as becoming a Certified Grief/Trauma counselor through the National organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) in 2000 and provided acute therapeutic interventions to first responders after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2011. Ann was the Co-chair for the Governor’s Health Innovation and Transformation Children’s Services subcommittee in 2015 and has served on numerous statewide committees. She is currently the Co-chair for the High End Comprehensive Services subcommittee and serves as a member of the full DCFS Child Welfare Advisory Committee. Ann became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in 1997 and a Licensed Child Welfare Specialist in 2002. She received her master’s degree in Counseling from Eastern Illinois University in 1988.


Timothy Snowden

Executive Director, Community Based Family Services
Timothy Snowden is currently the Executive Director for the Community Based Family Services line of service and has been involved in child welfare services for the past 29 years. He spent 17 years with the Department of Children and Family Services in a variety of titles, staring as an intern and ended his tenure as the Regional Administrator in Chicago. Snowden is responsible for community based Youth Services, Behavioral Health and Intact Family stabilizations services. Since arriving at OHU, Snowden has served as a Senior Vice President in Chicago/Lake County and most recently as Deputy Director of the CBFS line of service. He was the recipient of a Graduate Fellowship and subsequently received his MSW from the University of Illinois after graduating from Hampton University, in Virginia.

Diana Rauner Visits Busy Bee Children’s Center!

Diana Rauner Visits Busy Bee Children’s Center!

We are very excited that our Busy Bee Children’s Center was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune alongside Diana Rauner, the wife of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner!

Mrs. Rauner’s visit was sparked by an initiative to increase access to early childhood education, including programs that start well before typical preschool ages. The article also touched on OHU’s home-visiting programs which support new parents, particularly teens and single parents, with pregnancy, preparing for their child’s birth and learning to care for a newborn.

Mrs. Rauner shared, “Efforts to help children from low-income families succeed in school won’t be as effective without programs that help parents of at-risk children from pregnancy onwards.”

To view the full news article and learn more about the visit, click here.

Our Holiday Wish Book Was A Huge Success!

In its inaugural year, the One Hope United Holiday Wish Book was a wonderful success, raising over $39,000! These funds will be used to purchase art supplies for classrooms, bedding for children in foster care, educational toys and counseling services.

Here’s How We Did:

  • There were 327 individuals who donated! For many, this was the first time that they made a monetary donation to OHU.
  • Corporations, churches, schools, civic organizations, small business owners and individuals all supported the Wish Book.
  • Corporations that donated included: Baxter, Cardinal Health, ECI, Medline, Mintel and Rust-Oleum.
  • Churches that donated included: Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lake Villa, First Baptist Church of Belvidere and Lindenhurst Church of God.
  • Grayslake North High School, the Mid-America Club in Chicago, Superior Window Company in Centralia and William Beck Auction & Realty in Edinburg all donated to the Wish Book.
  • The civic organizations that supported OHU included Kiwanis Club of Lindenhurst-Lakes Area and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 703.
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Church contributed almost 40% of all money donated to the Wish Book campaign state wide. They were the largest and most engaged donor!

Words From Our Donors:

We were unsure if our parishioners would embrace the Wish Book, as they have an over twenty year tradition of donating gifts to One Hope United at Christmas. But they generously donated through the Wish Book and were excited to know that their monetary gifts would purchase things the children really needed.

Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Lake Villa

Though our employees love the opportunity to shop for toys during the holidays, we are aware that the bare essentials are not being met for many organizations such as One Hope United due to Illinois funding shortfalls. So our help is more critical and more impactful than ever this year!

Adiat Baker, Mintel Group Ltd.

One Hope United takes children under their wings to keep them safe and change the trajectory of their lives. I give to One Hope United because it fulfills a huge need in our society.

Joanne Celba

We at First Baptist have supported One Hope United for many years and we were happy to continue that support through the Wish Book this past Christmas. It is wonderful to know that we can help make real changes in the lives of these children and their families.

Pastor David Love and the congregation of First Baptist Church in Belvidere, IL


Our 2015 Annual Report is Here!

Our 2015 Annual Report is here! This year we are celebrating 120 wonderful years of investing in families.

As our President/CEO Scott Humphrey expressed, “From humble origins as a children’s orphanage to the diverse range of programs and services we offer in four states today, One Hope United has never wavered from a core belief: investing in the lives of our children and families not only gives them hope but helps enable them to attain their greatest potential in life.”

Check out our latest annual report to see what OHU was up to in FY 2015!