One Hope United Honors Lake Villa Police Department with Galaxy Award

From left: One Hope United CEO Todd Schultz, Lake Villa Mayor James McDonald and Chief of Police Craig Somerville, and One Hope United Assistant Director Corey Dickson and Board Chair Theresa Dear.

On Friday, during a quarterly board meeting, One Hope United presented its Galaxy Award for outstanding teamwork to the Lake Villa (Illinois) Police Department. Mayor James McDonald and Chief of Police Craig Somerville accepted the award on the department’s behalf.

This is the first time One Hope United has bestowed its Galaxy Award on an external team. When presenting the award, Corey Dickson, who oversees One Hope United’s Lake Villa residential program, explained that it was appropriate to recognize the police department with this award because he views them as an extension of the campus team. “For all that your guys and your ladies do for us – that your department does for us – we’re very appreciative,” Dickson said.

One Hope United CEO Todd Schultz said that a sense of collaboration was present from his very first meeting with Chief Somerville. “We view this as a partnership, and we couldn’t be doing this without you,” he said.

The residential program in Lake Villa serves young men ages 9 to 18 in care of the state whose past traumas make it harder for them to succeed in a home-like setting. Therapists on the Lake Villa campus provide supervision and individualized treatment to help the youth address their symptoms and build their capacity for growth and essential life skills.

“They’re a part of this community, and that means we’re here to serve them, too,” Chief Somerville said about the campus youth. He also recognized the work of the One Hope United staff, who are the first line of care for the youth. “These are the people that are the heroes here,” he said. “It’s a tough job.”

One Hope United Board Chair Theresa Dear closed the event by thanking the Mayor and Chief on behalf of the board and inviting them to join the board for lunch. As part of the award, One Hope United provided lunch to the entire Lake Villa Police Department the following week.

Supporters ‘Rise Up for Children’ at Hope In Action Fundraiser

One of the most iconic figures of the 1960s civil rights movement—a little girl named Ruby Bridges, who came to represent the courage and dreams of an entire generation striving for racial equality—rose up for hope once again at One Hope United’s annual gala, Hope In Action: Rise Up for Children, on Saturday, May 4, at the Hilton Chicago.

In conversation with Chicago Tonight‘s Brandis Friedman, Bridges recalled integrating New Orleans’s public schools at just six years old, and the courage it took her family to take that stand.

Ruby Bridges (right) in conversation with Brandis Friedman

“I remember people shouting and throwing things; I knew that if I got past the crowd and got into the school, everything was going to be OK,” Bridges said. But her mother would “pray every day until 3 o’clock” when Bridges made it safely home from school. Still, the family persevered, and Bridges’ mother taught her, “If you really wanted to see change, you had to step up to the plate and do it yourself.”

Guests and sponsors of Hope In Action stepped up and raised over $261,000, a 6% net increase over the previous year. We’re very appreciative of the immense support that has been shown for our organization, which brings us one step 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 4th Annual Ermit Finch Impact Award to Jeremy Harvey and the Leadership in Giving award to the Grand Victoria Foundation! Check out Jeremy’s inspiring story captured in the video below.

Jeremy Harvey received the Ermit Finch Impact Award

The evening concluded with an energetic and heartfelt performance by Miguel Cervantes, who plays Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago. Cervantes spoke movingly about having the ability to meet the needs of his daughter Adelaide, who was diagnosed at a young age with epilepsy, and thanked the audience for rising up to support the children served by One Hope United.

Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton – Chicago) performed.

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Bridges with Adiat Baker (left) and Iya Bakare.

A big thank you to all who came out to “Rise Up for Children” and help make the evening such a success. Didn’t have the chance to raise your paddle at Hope In Action 2018? You can still support OHU by clicking here.


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

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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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:

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Spring For Hope 2016!

Join One Hope United’s Auxiliary Board at Howells & Hood on Saturday, May 21 from 6:00 –8 :00 PM for their 4th annual trivia night and social. Enjoy beer, wine and appetizers and the chance to win several prizes. Come learn more about how OHU helps strengthen families and communities and prepare children for a prosperous future.

Tickets: $35 each and available on Eventbrite




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.

Gingerbread Houses of Hope 2015

The 7th annual Gingerbread Houses of Hope took place on December 4, 2015, to raise money for One Hope United! With holiday music in the background, children, parents and grandparents of the Lindenhurst/Lake Villa area, used buckets of icing to attach the sugary decorations to their masterpieces that ranged from simple to highly ornate. Gingerbread Houses of Hope was the idea of the children of OHU Board member, Scott Moeller, and they have continued to host this family-friendly event year after year.

Over the last 7 years, this event has increased the community’s awareness of OHU’s mission and services and have raised a total of more than $12,000! This year was extra special, featuring guest stars Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen, adding a great deal of fun!

This year, more than 100 people came out to decorate, and after expenses raised over $1,300 for One Hope United!

Lovin Oven Cakery, Jelly Belly and Mariano’s were generous supporters of this holiday community event.