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Bridgeport Child Development Center I

Our Patio Renovation Is Complete!


Have you seen the dramatic difference in our patio area at Bridgeport Child Development Center? We were fortunate to be able to get brand new surface and material for this hidden play space. Our new patio hosts a climber complete with tire climber, rock wall, slide and fun hide-a-way spaces. There is also a great clubhouse where the children can incorporate new dramatic play experiences into their outdoor environment.

Children are also able to create beautiful music on our new marimba and practice their basketball skills at the basketball hoop.  The entire surface is covered in a soft, artificial turf. So far, our new area has been very well received! If you have not seen our new patio area, please feel welcome to visit! The Chicago child care center offers programs for toddler/twos, preschool, school age and summer camp.

Charity golf outing attracts record number of participants in 20th year

Chicago-area golfers helped raise more than $110,000 for One Hope United


LAKE VILLA, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2010)—Just two weeks before the 20th year of its charity golf outing, One Hope United feared the worse. Only half the number of participants from past years had registered.

“We couldn’t lose hope because that is what we are all about,” said Joyce Heneberry, senior vice president of development for One Hope United. “We sent out e-mails, made calls and heavily relied on our volunteers to recruit participants.”

And it worked. One Hope United, a nonprofit human service organization, attracted 235 golfers on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, taking up two golf courses. Golfers hit the links at both Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan and Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course in Zion for 18 holes of golf. The day also included lunch and a dinner program at Bonnie Brook.

Participants at Bonnie Brook also got a big surprise, in the form of an almost seven-foot tall Chicago Bulls’ star when Joakim Noah made an appearance in the late afternoon. Noah drove around in a golf cart high-fiving the participants before he sat down to have a serious chat with clients of One Hope United’s CARE Residential Treatment Program.

Many of boys in the CARE program are involved in the legal system, struggle to fit in with their peers and have trouble with authority figures. Many are dealing with significant family changes such as divorce or death of a parent and cannot manage their emotions or behaviors without significant support. One Hope United offers structure and supervision to these youth in a safe, nurturing environment that focuses on developing life skills and relationships. The goal for each youth is to return to a family setting, whether it is with their own family or a foster family.

Noah putted around the green, posed graciously for pictures and even sat down for a private mentoring conversation with teen boys from the CARE Program. Before Noah left, he signed photos, a basketball and a jersey to be auctioned off during the dinner program.

The Chicago Bulls’ jersey signed by Joakim Noah was auctioned off for $500 and the signed basketball for $550. The most honest golfer at each table received a signed Noah photo.

After adding up registration fees and funds raised during live and silent auctions, the event raised more than $110,000, which is $15,000 more than the golf outing has brought in during its 20 years.

What really took the cake was the live auction from One Hope United’s youngest volunteer, Abby Bergl, 5. Her custom baked golf ball cake and painted ceramic platter were auctioned off for $900. This was the second time Bergl’s custom baked goods have raised money for the nonprofit agency. In fall of 2009, her cupcakes sold for $2,000 at One Hope United’s annual fashion show event.

Pictured: Abby Bergl, Auctioneer Jim Miller and OHU Intern Ashley Anderson.

All profits from the golf outing, including silent and live auction funds, benefit the nonprofit programs of One Hope United.

Fall 2010 Parent Newsletter: OHU Child Development Center – Des Plaines/Park Ridge

The Fall 2010 Parent Newsletter for One Hope United Child Development Center -Des Plaines/Park Ridge is available. A special thanks to Maura El Metennani and the Parent Advisory Council Members (Des Plaines/Park Ridge) for putting the newsletter together.

Glazer Family Foundation selects One Hope United for Buc-Packs Back to School Program

One Hope United was recently selected by the Glazer Family Foundation for the Buc-Packs Back to School Program sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition to receiving filled backpacks, four youth currently in the care of OHU attended an Aug. 6 event at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp. They watched practice, met with players and participated in a Gatorade Junior Training Camp. Pictured are Preston Goins, OHU client, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris.

Landscaping companies install free pond at Busy Bee Children’s Center in Waukegan, Illinois

Aspen Valley Landscape Supply in coordination with Aquascape, Inc.

Pictured: Louise Herberger and OHU Board Member Howard Schnitzer with the pond installation crew.

Master Teacher Louise Herberger bounded into the offices of Aspen Valley Landscape Supply in early July to respond to its request in 100 words or less on why her organization should benefit from a free pond build out.

“Louise was so excited about the opportunity and you can see it written all over her face,” said Denise Gawel, organizer of the project and employee of Aspen Valley Landscape Supply, Park City. “We weren’t sure what kind of response we would get when we posted the information in the local newspaper.”

Gawel and her coworkers decided to use a typical pond building training for contractors that work with Aspen Valley Landscape Supply and in conjunction with Aquascape, Inc., as a community service project. So she called up the local paper and posted the call for entries.

Out of all the entries submitted, the local community decided One Hope United’s Busy Bee Children’s Center in Waukegan was the most deserving.

Herberger’s 98-word entry: “The early childhood education program at Busy Bee Children’s Center provides services for 139 children and their families who are struggling with risk factors that can hinder learning and future success. Part of our curriculum includes caring for our pet ducks. In 1994, I built a small outdoor area for the ducks, including a small pond. It is intended as a place where the children can observe and interact with nature, practice responsibility and use gentle behavior. Our program would be greatly enriched by having a professional pond area where we can have a natural environment education zone.”

According to Herberger, the original pond was lined with shower curtains until Abbott volunteers, including scientists, came out in the mid-90s to improve the pond and build a bridge and benches for the children.

Then on Thursday, Aug. 12, one of the hottest days of the summer no less, Aspen Valley’s Denise Gawel and Crystal Novy, Art Arizmendi from Art’s Landscape of North Chicago, Chris Volk from CK Brick Paving of Gurnee, Alfredo Garcia from Alfredo’s Landscaping of Waukegan, Keith Molini from Cityscape Landscape of Kenosha, Wisconsin, along with Chris Wilson from Aquascape packed up the donated materials (from Aspen Valley Landscape Supply) and headed over to build the pond for the pet ducks and children at Busy Bee. The children were so grateful to the companies that they came running out on their lunch break to present the workers with handmade thank-you cards. The Waukegan child care center offers programs for infants, toddler/twos and preschoolers.

“We are so blessed to have such caring companies like Aspen Valley Landscape Supply in our community to help our center,” said Herberger. “Without them, we would not be able to provide the level of education necessary to teach our children how to grow into caring, productive adults.”

Founded in 1987 in Lockport, Illinois, Aspen Valley Landscape Supply, Inc. is one of Chicagoland’s largest suppliers of hardscape materials to the professional landscape industry. For more information including company locations, please visit avls.us.

Busy Bee Children’s Center, located at 2115 Ernie Krueger Circle, Waukegan, Illinois, is a state-licensed facility offering high quality early education as well as full-day child care. The Center offers Preschool for All including subsidized tuition to qualifying families through the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Percy takes his first dip in the new pond. For more photos of the pond installation, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook/com/1hopeunited.

Thank you to our summer Student Youth Workers!

One Hope United was fortunate to work with several Student Youth Workers as volunteers at Bridgeport Child Development Center I this summer. The volunteers were busy in the Preschool and School Age classrooms assisting teachers with many classroom tasks and also getting to know the children. Our children really enjoyed these new faces in the classroom. We appreciate the time our volunteers have given us this summer!

Front: Eric (School Age), Steven (School Age), Shaneque (Rm 2)

Back: Anthony (School Age), Audrianna (School Age), Wayne (Rm 6), JeVaughn (Rm 4), Phalen (Rm 5)

Bridgeport Child Development Center I visits the Lincoln Park Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears…oh my! Our Bridgeport Child Development Center Preschool Classrooms were so excited to head off to the Lincoln Park Zoo on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Many of the classrooms at the Chicago child care center have focused on animal studies during the year, so our trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo helped bring these studies to life!

Classic Car Craze raised funds for child abuse prevention programs

Pictured: Allan Oller, Ted Stanulis and Joe Franzese

On June 27, Joe Franzese of Linden Barber Shop hosted a Classic Car Craze event to benefit One Hope United in Lindenhurst, Illinois. More than 1,200 people attended to admire the 85 classic cars on display. The event raised $755 for the child abuse prevention programs of One Hope United.

The event was supported by Russ Cook Racing, music was provided by WRLR 98.3 and entertainment was supplied by Stubbles the clown, who made balloon animals. Many local vendors also provided a plethora of items for the raffle. In addition, a demonstration took place by the Lake Villa Fire and Rescue Squad and a K-9 demo by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Foster parents and clients shopped for free at One Hope United’s 14th annual Garage Giveaway

LAKE VILLA, Ill. (July 14, 2010) – On Wednesday, July 7, children and parents waited patiently for One Hope United to open the doors to its 14th annual “Garage Giveaway” in Lake Villa, which invites clients and foster parents to “shop” for free.

Each year, the giveaway lends a helping hand to clients who are a part of the programs at One Hope United. The Wings program, for example helps young mothers adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood. Moms and moms-to-be are welcomed to rummage through and take anything they need at the annual “Garage Giveaway.”

One family commuted all the way from the South Side of Chicago on the Metra to attend the free shopping event. They said they were thrilled to take home children’s books, baby clothes, shoes and even a walker for their grandmother. After shopping, they took their much needed items back home on the train.

Donations are collected throughout the year from volunteers, staff and members of the community. Children’s items are especially needed. This year, One Hope United offered strollers, a crib, a car seat, toys and a plethora of children’s books and clothing to clients, who may not be able to afford these items. For more information in becoming involved with One Hope United, contact Marilee LaMattina, 847.245.6553.

One Hope United receives $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Funds to help build Aurora Early Learning Center

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 14, 2010)—One Hope United (OHU) received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to be used toward the construction of the Aurora Early Learning Center, an early childhood education center being constructed to serve the needs of 200 children and families on the east side of the city.

One Hope United is a nonprofit human service agency dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families through a diverse array of services including child development, child abuse prevention and family preservation programs as well as counseling, youth and placement services. During the past year, OHU served more than 15,000 children and families through combined services offered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, and more than 1,600 children and families through ten child care centers in the Chicago area.

“We are excited to lead this early education project in the Aurora community and appreciate the tremendous demonstration of support from the foundation for this important community project,” said Mark McHugh, OHU executive director. “Research shows that for every dollar invested in high-quality early education, communities see a $16 return on the investment through factors like improved outcomes in school and higher rates of high school completion.”

The City of Aurora shows significant need for full-day early education and child care services—a need which the new center will help fulfill. Current resources serve only 31 percent of children in need, leaving 7,300 children without a full-day, full-year program. Of those, 2,400 qualify for state-subsidized child care (statistics from a March 2008 update to IFF’s 2003 “Moving Towards a System” report on statewide early childhood care and education in Illinois).

Beyond providing high-quality early education and child care for low-income working families, the Aurora Early Learning Center’s teaching curriculum will promote a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle for the children and families it serves. The facility itself will be a Silver LEED Certified Green Building. Many center staff will be bilingual.

Each OHU child care center creates an environment that encourages the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of children within the distinctive community in which the center resides. OHU also offers additional support services to parents, including individual and family counseling, from its extensive offering of nonprofit programs and services that focus on the strengthening families.

The initiative to create the Aurora Early Learning Center is a collaboration among the City of Aurora, IFF (formerly the Illinois Facilities Fund) and OHU. IFF will act as a developer for the project. Other collaborators have been engaged in order to ensure success of the initiative and maximize community impact.

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About One Hope United

One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. One Hope United offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. One Hope United also specializes in child welfare system management, reform, consultation and training. With principal offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United serves nearly 15,000 children and their families across the country each year. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a nonprofit, tax-exempt philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds and distributes grants and scholarships to benefit the citizens of the Fox River Valley in Illinois. For more information, visit www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.