Chicago Welcomes Dr. Charles A. Montorio-Archer

Over 125 Influencers Attend Reception for One Hope United President & CEO

Representatives from Chicago’s political, nonprofit, and social justice communities came out Friday, February 22nd, to welcome Dr. Charles A. Montorio-Archer as the President and CEO of One Hope United.

Over 125 people attended the reception in the Mid-America Club, hosted by One Hope United’s Board of Directors.

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The One Hope United family also came out in full force, with members of the Board of Directors, Ambassador and Auxiliary Boards, and staff as well as donors in attendance. Theresa Dear, Board Chair of One Hope United, introduced Montorio-Archer and officially welcomed him to the organization.

In his remarks, Montorio-Archer thanked the Board and his husband, Paolo Montorio-Archer, for supporting his decision to join One Hope United and relocate to Chicago from New York, where he was born and founded The THRIVE Network, a nonprofit that assisted people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live lives with dignity, respect and independence.

Throughout February, One Hope United has been celebrating Black History Month, featuring inspirational quotes by staff members and African American pioneers, and Dr. Montorio-Archer invoked one such figure from the podium: “Martin Luther King once said that we should never forget to ignite the hope within ourselves, and I hope that you do that all the time,” he said.

Montorio-Archer also invited attendees to take part in two upcoming events:

Throughout April, One Hope United will repeat its Go Blue 4 OHU campaign, in which Chicagoans can dine out at over 30 participating restaurants to raise awareness and funding for child abuse prevention programs.

On May 3rd, One Hope United’s fifth annual gala returns to the Hilton Chicago. Hope In Action: Why I Have Hope, will feature a keynote and performance by the Glee Project’s Mario Bonds as well as a cocktail hour, dinner, silent and live auctions, and other special performances.

About One Hope United
One Hope United is a private human service organization that offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs including early education, foster care, adoption, counseling, residential, and other support services. What began in 1895 as a children’s home in Chicago now serves 9,000 children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida and employs nearly 800 passionate and talented professionals. For more information, please visit www.onehopeunited.org.

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One Hope United Names
Dr. Charles A. Montorio-Archer
President and CEO

Entrepreneur, author and attorney co-founded, led and merged nonprofit The THRIVE Network in New York City

One Hope United’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles A. Montorio-Archer as the organization’s President and CEO. Dr. Montorio-Archer, a successful New York nonprofit entrepreneur, child and family advocate, attorney and author assumed the leadership position last month following a national search.

Founded in Chicago in 1895 and based there to this day, One Hope United is one of the oldest and most respected human service nonprofits in the country. Today, the organization provides education, foster care, adoption, counseling, residential and other support services to over 9,000 children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida.

Dr. Montorio-Archer co-founded The THRIVE Network in 1996 and served as its CEO for another 11 years before successfully merging the organization with The New York Foundling. THRIVE, which continues to operate under its own name, is a $36 million nonprofit organization that assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New York City.

“Charles is a transformational leader who has demonstrated a passion for empowering all people to live with dignity and respect,” says Theresa A. Dear, Board Chair of One Hope United. “With his proven leadership, and his commitment to helping others reach their full potential, he is the ideal person to lead One Hope United to our next level of greatness as we work to help every child and family live life without limits.”

“I am thrilled to become part of the One Hope United family and community,” says Dr. Montorio-Archer. “When I began as a direct support professional in this industry over 25 years ago, I quickly recognized that, while our life circumstances may vary, we all want and deserve the same access to opportunity. That starts with the supports and services that One Hope United is so committed to providing – education, family support, a place to live and thrive, and connection to loved ones, as well as being recognized within our society. These are the building blocks to a life without limits, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to help bring these to every child and family.”

Dr. Montorio-Archer has written three books, most recently Everybody Paddles: A Leader’s Blueprint for Creating A Unified Team, which provides a management model for reaching strategic alignment and accelerating organizational change through respect, collaboration and leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a PhD in public policy from Walden University. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY. Then from 2004 to 2007, he served as the Associate Executive Director for the InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, where he advocated at the city, state, and federal levels for program development, business sustainability, and policy and regulatory reform.

In addition, Dr. Montorio-Archer has served on numerous boards, presented two TEDx Talks (“The Friendship Clause” and “IDENTITYphobia”), contributes to Forbes and Huffington Post, and has been featured on television, radio, print, and other media outlets.

Dr. Montorio-Archer succeeds Todd Schultz, who has been acting CEO for the last year. Schultz will remain a part of the Executive Leadership Team as the Chief Transition Officer.

About One Hope United
One Hope United is a private human service organization that offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs including early education, foster care, adoption, counseling, residential, and other support services. What began in 1895 as a children’s home in Chicago now serves 9,000 children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida and employs nearly 800 passionate and talented professionals. For more information, please visit www.onehopeunited.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Michelle Damico
Michelle Damico Communications
michelle@michelledamico.com
312-423-6627

Extreme Cold Leads to Closures in Northern IL on January 30

The weather conditions indicate that it will be unsafe to be outdoors for even brief periods in the Northern Illinois region beginning tonight and lasting until Thursday. As a result, One Hope United has determined the following for Wednesday, Jan. 30:
  • 24-Hour Residential Programs will operate as scheduled.
  • All Child Care & Early Education Centers will be CLOSED, following their local school districts.
  • All other OHU offices in Northern Illinois will be CLOSED.
The full list of closures is as follows:
  • Aurora Early Learning Center CLOSED
  • Bridgeport I Child Development Center – Chicago CLOSED
  • Bridgeport II Child Development Center – Chicago CLOSED
  • Busy Bee Children’s Center CLOSED
  • Therapeutic Day School – Lake Villa CLOSED
  • Des Plaines Child Development Center CLOSED
  • Edgewater Early Learning Center – Chicago CLOSED
  • Elgin Child & Family Resource Center CLOSED
  • Glenview School Age Program CLOSED
  • Greenbay Home Visiting Program CLOSED
  • Gurnee CLOSED
  • Joliet – Placement CLOSED
  • Joliet Early Learning Center CLOSED
  • Kenwood CLOSED
  • O’Hare Child Development Center CLOSED
  • Richardson House – Lake Villa CLOSED
  • St. Charles CLOSED
  • Sprouted – Wilmette CLOSED
  • Wabash – Chicago CLOSED
  • Waukegan Early Learning Center CLOSED
As of now, all programs and offices plan to resume normal operations on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Ten-year-old got $200 to use at Walmart and spent it all on One Hope United kids

The heroes referred to in the Twin Lakes, WI–area “Shop with a Hero” event are local members of the police and fire departments.

But for the youth served by One Hope United’s offices in Kenosha, WI, and Gurnee, IL, the real hero was fifth grader Kaiden Rivera.

Rivera, 10, was one of 26 students chosen by their schools to receive $200 to spend at Walmart. Most of the students spent the money on items for themselves and on gifts for their friends and family. But Rivera chose to spend the entire $200 on items for One Hope United youth.

“I’m buying for charity,” Rivera told the Kenosha News. “My grandpa gave me the idea.”

“Every year we try to donate,” explained Rivera’s mom, Kayla Blank. In addition to Rivera’s donation, Blank bought an additional $100 worth of toys with money donated by her stepfather.

The students were free to use the money how they wished. The money is donated by local individuals, businesses, and members of the Twin Lakes Professional Police Association. The event promotes a sense of community and trust between the youth and their public safety officials.

Rivera and his family remind us that anyone, no matter their age or position, can make a positive impact on another person’s life.

One Hope United serves over 9,000 children and families each year through a variety of programs including early education, foster care, counseling, and more.

If you would like to make a gift that benefits a One Hope United child or family this holiday season—or any season—visit our Wishbook, where you can purchase goods and experiences that have a direct benefit on people’s lives, including education opportunities, clothing, therapies, and more.

Wishbook Giving Initiative Returns this Holiday Season

Unique fundraising effort provides children and families with services and tools that change lives.

(CHICAGO, IL November 13, 2018) One Hope United has unveiled its 2018 Wishbook in advance of Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The unique fundraising initiative is a creative way individuals, employees and corporations can help children and families reach their full potential by supporting a wide range of One Hope United programs including early childhood education, family support and youth services, foster care, adoption and more.

Wishbook officially launches on GivingTuesday, however donors can jump start their holiday giving and begin shopping now by visiting wishbook.onehopeunited.wpengine.com to find a variety of ways to make holiday giving more meaningful.

Wishbook is set up like an online catalog, where donors can virtually “shop” by making monetary donations that offset the costs of services that One Hope United provides — as well as goods that directly enhance those services. These items provide more than a one-time toy or an afternoon of fun; donations to Wishbook are aimed at transforming people’s lives.

This is illustrated – quite literally – in the printed Wishbook, a children’s book that highlights the items available and how they impact a child and family. In this year’s story, “Sam and the Science Center,” Sam’s friends and teacher help him continue his education and develop his interest in science and discovery.

Wishbook has items for every budget, ranging from $30 to $250. Many donors choose to “buy the whole Wishbook” for $1,000, which covers every item listed. Highlights from this year’s Wishbook include:

  • Send a teen to OHU’s SPARCS youth anti-violence program ($250) – When teens have undergone significant stressors such as abuse or neglect, loss of a parent, or even community violence, they can be more likely to turn to violence to solve their issues. This gift helps One Hope United send one teen to participate in a 16-week program to learn effective ways to deal with difficult situations, which can help reduce violence in their community.
  • Preschool scholarships ($100) – In low-income communities, if parents lose their jobs, they also lose their government assistance to send their child to preschool. Scholarships enable their child to stay in school — and on track — while the parents look for new work.
  • Animal therapy for a child who has experienced trauma ($60) – Connecting through animal therapy can augment traditional therapies to help a child who has experienced trauma advance through the healing process.
  • Science center for a preschool classroom ($55) – Adding a science center to a preschool classroom can inspire future minds to enter STEM occupations.

“Wishbook enables everyone to make a gift that will have a big impact on the children and families we serve,” said Todd Schultz, CEO, One Hope United. “It’s a great way for our generous donors to give and know how their gift will be used. It’s also a way for local companies to engage their employees in holiday giving that directly benefits families in their communities,” said Schultz.

Many global corporations with Chicago offices have made Wishbook the centerpiece of their employee philanthropy programs. Mintel, LinkedIn and McKinsey & Company are just a few of the companies that have joined thousands of individual donors who enthusiastically support Wishbook.

“Wishbook is a wonderful way for us to engage our employees in giving back,” says Adiat Baker, Financial Specialist at Mintel and Chair of Mintel Gives. “Wishbook aligns with our employees’ collective philanthropic spirit. By partnering with One Hope United, Mintel is making a lasting impact in the lives of families in our communities,” Baker added.

Wishbook continues to be one of One Hope United’s most successful fundraising campaigns. In the 2017 giving year, the nonprofit raised more than $85,000 in donations and nearly tripled its contributions received during the previous year.

A printable pdf copy is on the Wishbook website and hard copies will be at all One Hope United locations, corporate partners and available to anyone who requests one.

To learn more about Wishbook, get copies, and make a donation visit wishbook.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About One Hope United
One Hope United is a private human service organization that offers a diverse array of early childhood education, prevention, intervention and community-based programs. The non-profit began over 120 years ago with the same vision it holds today: for every child and family, life without limits. One Hope United’s team of nearly 800 talented professionals serves thousands of children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida. For more information, please visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

Building Bikes Together for a Good Cause

There are bicycles built for two – then there are bicycles built by two.

Last week, One Hope United received a bike donation thanks to two other organizations, Arete Wealth Management and Together We Rise, proving that a little teamwork and elbow grease can make a big difference.

Arete WealthManagement, a financial investment firm headquartered in Chicago, recently hosted a conference for their top-performing advisers at Hotel EMC2 downtown. To give back to the community where their company is based, Arete partnered with One Hope United and Together We Rise to build bicycles for children served by OHU programs. The bikes were provided by Together We Rise, whose mission is to improve the lives of children in foster care.

Arete Wealth Management sponsored the donation on the morning of September 18th. As part of their service exercise, the advisers, including CEO Josh Rogers, quickly formed teams to start building the bicycles. Fourteen bikes were assembled and lined up, ready to go for a ride. One Hope United loaded up a cargo van and delivered them to one of our facilities that serves children in care.

Thanks to Arete and Together We Rise, children served by OHU were able to bike around a forested neighborhood just in time for the last few days of summer.

Shop and Give Back on Amazon Smile

One Hope United is excited to be a part of AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support One Hope United every time you shop—at no cost to you! The products and services on Amazon remain the same—the only difference is accessing Amazon through One Hope United’s dedicated link. Now you can continue to make a difference in the lives of children and families at One Hope United just by shopping online!

You Shop. Amazon Gives.

Anyone with an Amazon account can shop through smile.amazon.com and donate 0.5 percent of your Amazon purchases to One Hope United. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to One Hope United.

Easy as 1-2-3!

Getting started on AmazonSmile is easy! Get set up today to start supporting One Hope United through your Amazon purchases.

  1. Go to One Hope United’s AmazonSmile landing page.
  2. Make sure One Hope United is selected on the right side of the landing page. It should read “Your shopping will support One Hope United.”
  3. Click “Start Shopping” and you’re off!

Having trouble finding One Hope United from the Amazon Smile page? To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and on under Select a Charity, you can search for “One Hope United” by typing in the Pick your own charitable organization field. 
  3. Select “One Hope United.”

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.

We thank you for your support!

 

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One Hope United to Name Edgewater Early Learning Space for Toni Sandor Smith

Edgewater and Andersonville families and community members are invited to a dedication event and open house at One Hope United Edgewater Early Learning Center Friday, August 17, starting at 12:30 PM. Parents, children, community leaders, and neighbors are invited to tour the center, located at 5244 N. Lakewood Ave. (enter on W. Berwyn Ave. just west of Lakewood), and enjoy refreshments and a musical performance by award-winning saxophonist Michael Salter following a dedication ceremony.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will name a learning space for Toni Sandor Smith, a member of One Hope United’s board of directors for nearly 20 years. Smith, a retired partner of the executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart, lives in Edgewater and is a frequent visitor to the center and a favorite storybook reader of its students.

Smith, a New York City native, moved to Chicago in 1963 and joined Spencer Stuart in 1970 as a receptionist. Four years later she became the firm’s first female consultant and eventually its first female partner. She founded and led the firm’s nonprofit practice and helped place executives in many of Chicago’s and the country’s leading nonprofits.

Smith has been equally ambitious at One Hope United. She cofounded the organization’s first annual gala, which has grown into Hope In Action, an annual event that attracts more than 300 guests and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support work for children and families in Chicago and beyond.

As a member of the board’s governance committee – and serving several terms as chair – Smith has helped evolve the board from a group of mission-dedicated volunteers to a team of accomplished executives who, in addition to a passion for the mission, bring fundraising capacity and professional expertise that allow them to be more strategic and proactive in steering the 120-year-old, $50 million organization.

“As a member of our board of directors for nearly 20 years, Toni Sandor Smith has been an outstanding servant of One Hope United, seeing the organization through immense change and growth. I speak for the entire board when I say we are thrilled to recognize her service by naming a space for her in her own community, at the Edgewater Early Learning Center,” said board chair Theresa A. Dear.

In addition to serving on One Hope United’s board, a role she will step down from next year, Smith has volunteered with the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Chicago Network, the Executive Service Corps of Chicago, Lakeview Pantry, the Oriental Institute, and Steppenwolf Theatre.

Chicago native Michael Salter is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Salter was nominated for a Grammy award for a salsa big band recording with Angel Melendez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra. Since July 2008, Salter has been a member of Orbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. The group’s latest CD, Havana Blue, was listed as one of the best CDs of 2016 by Downbeat Magazine. A passionate and dedicated educator, Salter is also a Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Teaching Artist, which allows musicians from the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic to work directly with youth from Chicago Public Schools.

Music by Michael Salter

The Edgewater Early Learning Center, located in the North Shore Baptist Church, has been serving families in Chicago’s Edgewater and Andersonville neighborhoods with the highest quality early education and care for more than 30 years. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the center provides individualized care for children, including children with special needs, in an environment designed to foster growth and development, and includes Head Start classrooms, which provide services and preschool to families living at or below the federal poverty level.

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Program Spotlight: Pathfinders

One Hope United is dedicated to providing children and families with the resources and services that they need to thrive. One such program is Pathfinders, which helps children who are having struggles in school and exhibiting behaviors such as aggressive outbursts, difficulty moving from one activity to another, or general fearfulness.

Recent research suggests that children who experience trauma in their early lives are more likely to exhibit negative social emotional behaviors in school settings. This was the case at our Elgin Child and Family Resource Center, where teachers were having difficulty handling the challenging behaviors displayed by several of the students in their classrooms. Since One Hope United already offers comprehensive services for individuals and families in need of intensive treatment and counseling through our Community-Based Family Services, we could address this problem using expertise that already existed within the organization.

Pathfinders, which is currently available at three of our early learning centers, is led by a licensed clinical social worker. This social worker spends time in the classrooms doing observations, providing coaching support to teachers, and most importantly working one on one with the students. Services are even offered in the home or other community locations to make them more accessible for the family. Having a social worker in the classroom has made a tremendous difference. Our teachers feel better knowing there is an expert in this area to help them provide exactly what their students need to succeed.

“There was a family at our center dealing with the stress of preparing for a move and eventually enrolling their son, who struggled with self-regulation, difficulties with transitions, and outbursts into a new school. With the help of our teachers, social worker and the Pathfinders program, this difficult transition went as smoothly as possible. On their last day, the mother shared with me that she couldn’t be more thankful for everything our center had done to help them”, shared Sara Gray, Director at Elgin Child and Family Resource Center.

Your support is what makes it possible for One Hope United to offer important programs just like Pathfinders.

Sprouted Child Care & Early Education Now Open!

This month, our Wilmette child center officially reopened as Sprouted Child Care & Early Education, by One Hope United!

Sprouted celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, July 27th. Parents, children, staff, and new and old neighbors and friends were invited to tour the new center at 3201 Old Glenview Road, as well as participate in a variety of fun, interactive activities. The special event featured healthy refreshments, a flower planting activity and an official ribbon cutting ceremony. There was even a fire truck and police cruiser on site for kids to explore!

 

While the name and address are new, Sprouted has planted deep roots in the Wilmette community for more than 30 years and has served the education and child care needs of thousands of North Shore families.

This new center has been redesigned from the ground up with little learners in mind, and its modern, nature-themed décor and unique design elements make every day a discovery waiting to happen.

“Thank you for seeing the value in our program,” said Sprouted director Kristin Pettice as she prepared to cut the ribbon with her students. “We are just ecstatic to start this new chapter as Sprouted.” Kristin and the students were joined by OHU Chief Operation Officer, Margret Vimont, and Julie Yusim, Executive Director of the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce in Wilmette.

Great fun was had by all and everyone was very excited to offically welcome Sprouted to the neighborhood!

Couldn’t attend the event? Call Sprouted at 847.256.6600 to schedule a tour!

From Left: Margaret Vimont, COO, and Sonja Crum Knight, Executive Director, Early Learning & Child Development, at One Hope United; Kristin Pettice, Director of Sprouted; and Julie Yusim, Executive Director, Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce.
Members of the Sprouted teaching staff.
Sprouted students got to explore a real fire truck.
Future firefighter in training.
It almost fits!