Sonja Crum Knight Named Executive Director for Early Childhood Programs

Sonja Crum Knight

Sonja Crum Knight, an early childhood leader committed to realizing high quality outcomes for children and families through education, practice, and advocacy, will join One Hope United as Executive Director of Early Learning and Child Development, beginning April 10, 2018.

In this executive leadership role, Knight will oversee One Hope United’s 12 child care and early education centers, which provide high quality early care and education to over 2,200 children each year, as well as our home visiting programs, which help young and first-time parents navigate their new responsibilities and support their children’s development. All of these programs serve children and families living in northern Illinois and Chicago.

“I am humbled and honored to join an organization with such a rich legacy of service to children and families,” said Knight.

Knight comes to One Hope United from YMCA of the USA, where she served as technical advisor for early childhood equity improvement, leading a cohort of eight YMCA associations across the country to discover and improve strategies for improving access to high quality early care and education. She also has worked extensively with the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University as a quality assessor and trainer. She holds a PhD in education from Capella University and a master of education in early childhood administration from National Louis University.

“I am thrilled to welcome Sonja Crum Knight to One Hope United,” said COO Margaret Vimont. “She brings a wealth of experience as a child care provider, quality assessor, and educator to early childhood professionals, along with a passion for equal access to early education and a highly inclusive management style. Together, these make her an excellent fit to lead our early learning and child development programs, which lay the foundation for our vision – For every child and family, life without limits.”

Chance the Rapper’s SocialWorks Donates Toys to One Hope United Youth

One Hope United is honored to announce that youth served in Chicago and throughout Illinois will benefit from the generosity of Chance the Rapper’s youth empowerment charity, SocialWorks, and WGN TV Morning News viewers.

One Hope United was hand-picked by SocialWorks to receive a gigantic shipment of toys to its Lake Villa offices following the December 8, 2017 WGN Drive-Thru Toy Drive. The donations collected during the WGN TV Morning News will spread holiday joy to children in One Hope United’s residential homes, early learning centers, foster care, counseling and family services programs in the Chicago metropolitan area and downstate Illinois.

“We’re blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to One Hope United,” said Justin Cunningham, Executive Director of SocialWorks. “Creating loving environments where youth can reach their full potential is at the heart of SocialWorks and I hope these toys bring smiles and hope to every child and family served,” he added.

“One Hope United would like to thank SocialWorks, Chance the Rapper, and WGN TV for their generosity and hard work to enhance the lives and communities we serve,” said Scott Humphrey, President and CEO, One Hope United. “You’re showing the children and families in our programs that with dedication, friendship, and love, one can make a difference in people’s lives. We are grateful to SocialWorks help in spreading joy to thousands throughout Illinois,” he added.

Senior Supervisor Corey Dickson works directly with some of the youth who will receive toys from the donation. “This is going to help so much,” he said. “They’re going to appreciate it a whole lot – especially coming from Chance the Rapper.”

About SocialWorks
SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago. Using this framework for our interactive spaces and experiences, SocialWorks hopes to nurture local talent and open new doors much like what their founder, Chance the Rapper, has done in the music industry. Our initiatives, OpenMike, Warmest Winter, Parade to the Polls, and our New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund, were created to advocate for youth and the fulfillment of individual achievement and success in all its forms. We’re excited to continue to bring impact to the nation and we hope that you tag along for the ride.

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  800 talented professionals serves thousands of children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida.

Introducing Our Updated Values

One Hope United has been helping children and families reach their full potential for over 120 years. While our dedication to this goal has never wavered, the way we express it has evolved along with our methods for reaching it.

Last year, we updated our mission and vision:

One Hope United increases opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities and futures.

For every child and family, life without limits.

Building on the mission and vision, this year we took on updating our values. We wanted these to be more than just words on a page – they needed to reflect who we are today and help guide our decisions, big and small, about how we do our work.

For that, the values had to feel authentic, honor our history, and guide us toward realizing our ambitious vision. To that end, we sought broad input from our staff and board, and shared these for feedback both virtually and through in-person discussions at 10 different locations.

We’re enthusiastic about the positive response we’ve had and excited to now share our updated values with the world!


  • Do the Right Thing. We serve the best interests of our clients and staff. We act mindfully and responsibly, honoring our commitments. We’re willing to challenge the status quo.
  • Fully Contribute. We bring our presence, passion, and ideas to every interaction, and we respect differing views and backgrounds so that others can do the same.
  • Empower One Another. We collaborate with, care for, and encourage each other toward greater impact, treating everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Turn Hope into Action. We believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. We advocate for those in need and do what it takes to build a better future for all.
  • Seek Impact Every Day. We make things happen, and make them count. We leverage all our resources and make data-informed decisions for maximum, sustainable results.
  • Always Keep Improving. We pursue excellence in an atmosphere of innovation. We embrace change, take prudent risks, learn from failure, and recognize success.

OHU’s President and CEO featured in Crain’s Chicago Business!

One Hope United’s President & CEO, Scott Humphrey, is featured in this Crain’s Chicago Business story on business professionals who made mid-career shifts to nonprofit work. Learn how Scott made the transition to OHU after retiring from BMO Capital Markets and the positive impact that had on his home and family life.

Click through to read the full article.

OHU Awarded For Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan

Every year, the DCFS Statewide Foster Care Advisory Council rates agencies’ plans to serve foster parents and presents awards to those who score the highest in one of three categories.

OHU’s Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan received the highest marks in all three categories! Accepting the award were OHU’s Margaret Vimont and Devin Dittrich, along with one of our amazing foster parents. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on developing this award-winning plan!

#GoBlue4OHU | National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Doing Good that Tastes Good.
Dine out at Chicago restaurants in April to support One Hope United’s programs to prevent child abuse.

Throughout April, local Chicago restaurants are offering specialty menu items for diners to sip, feast on, or imbibe. Go Blue restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds from select menu items to benefit One Hope United’s programs to prevent child abuse. One Hope United is one of Chicago’s oldest private human service organizations, working to ensure every child can look forward to a Life Without Limits.

Visit to learn how to get involved!


One Hope United Welcomes Margaret Vimont as COO

Please join us in welcoming OHU’s new COO, Margaret Vimont!

Margaret Vimont, an accomplished leader in child and family services who began her career in residential care, will join One Hope United (OHU) as Chief Operating Officer beginning May 8, 2017.

In this key role, Ms. Vimont will report to President and CEO Scott Humphrey and help One Hope United advance its ambitious plan for growth and operational excellence. As COO, Ms. Vimont will provide leadership for the implementation, process improvement, and efficiency of OHU’s lines of service, which include early learning and child development centers, home visiting programs, community based family services, foster care, adoption, and residential programs.

“I’m thrilled to have Margaret join One Hope United,” said Mr. Humphrey. “A passionate social worker and proven leader, she will be a valuable partner to me in delivering more impact to our communities through the services we provide, helping us realize our vision: For every child and family, life without limits.”

Ms. Vimont comes directly from Jewish Child and Family Services, where she has been COO/Executive VP since 2005 and oversaw a number of initiatives to help the agency evolve strategically and align its services with its mission and financial goals. She joined JCFS in 1990 as a residential clinician.

“I’m exhilarated to be part of One Hope United’s plans to make a significant impact on children and families in the Midwest and Florida,” said Ms. Vimont. “Having seen JCFS through their recent evolution, OHU is the natural place to take my experience next. The resilience and hope that youth bring, no matter the challenge they’re facing, has always been an inspiration to me and is at the heart and center of my professional passion.”

Ms. Vimont served on the board of directors for the Association of Children’s Residential Centers for many years and as their Board President from 2009 to 2011. She also has represented JCFS and the private sector on Illinois’ Child Welfare Advisory Committee and on subcommittees for over 10 years. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from the University of Chicago.

One Hope United names Todd Schultz as CFO

Todd Schultz, a finance leader and longtime advocate for children and families, will join One Hope United as Chief Financial Officer, beginning January 9, 2017.
Todd comes directly from NPH USA, where he has been Chief Financial Officer since 2011 and added the title of Chief Operating Officer in 2012. NPH USA is the US organization that raises annual support for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH; Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters). NPH serves disadvantaged children in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, providing homes to approximately 4,000 kids in 9 countries and operating pediatric medical facilities in Haiti and Honduras. At NPH USA, Todd oversees finance, human resources, IT, customer fulfillment and logistics for delivering medicine donations to Haiti.

NPH was Todd’s first professional foray into family services. “At that point, my motivation was seeing a need where I could help out,” he said, adding that as soon as he got involved, he felt a deeper connection to the work. “Doing that work internationally, I realized it was something I felt strongly about.”

Todd views the opportunity at OHU as a chance to continue making a difference, this time closer to home. “I enjoy reaching out to the people who need it most and giving them the opportunity to succeed,” he said. “How do you find ways within your power to make other people’s lives a little easier?”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Todd to One Hope United,” said Scott Humphrey, President and CEO. “With his financial leadership and shared commitment to our mission, he will contribute greatly to our success in empowering children and families to live life without limits.”

Prior to joining NPH USA, Todd held several executive-level positions during a 12-year career at PepsiCo, most recently as a director within IT Finance and Business Planning. Prior to PepsiCo, Todd worked in corporate finance for FMC Corporation, a Fortune 500 chemical/agricultural/mining company, and in auditing for Grant Thornton and Associates.
Todd also volunteers his time to have a positive impact on people’s lives in addition to those helped through NPH. He serves on the advisory board of Spark Ventures, which places human and financial resources with partners around the world to provide health care, education and jobs to help lift communities out of poverty. He developed a process to secure $1M annually in pharmaceutical supplies for Children’s Hunger Fund and Restoration Ministries, two organizations serving the underprivileged in Chicago’s south-side neighborhoods. And he is a weekly volunteer at Bridges, an organization that supports the health needs of Chicago’s Englewood population.
Todd holds an MBA in strategy and economics from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in accounting from the University of Illinois. He also is a certified public accountant.
You may see or hear from Todd before January 9, as he is already beginning his transition, working with the finance team and with current CFO David McConnell, whose last day is scheduled for January 27. OHU will also have a retirement announcement and party for David to recognize and appreciate his decade-plus of leadership to the organization.

The Wishbook is Here!

Our holiday Wishbook is back for it’s second year in a row!

The Wishbook gives our supporters the opportunity to directly impact the children and families we serve by providing services and tools that impact their lives. In its inaugural year, the Wishbook was a wonderful success, raising over $39,000! These funds were used for purchases such as art supplies for classrooms, bedding for children in foster care, educational toys and counseling services.

To learn more about the Wishbook, view the video below.

Check out our Wishbook HERE.

Giving Tuesday | Thank You!

Thank you to all who supported One Hope United on Giving Tuesday. It was because of you that we raised $12,770 in only 24 hours, surpassing our matching goal!

Your generosity is what makes it possible for us to continue providing the best services and programs for thousands of children and families each day. Though the 24 hours of Giving Tuesday have ended, your impact doesn’t have to stop there. There are still plenty of ways for you to join OHU in making a difference on any day of the week.

Be sure to check out our new Wishbook for the opportunity to directly impact the children and families we serve by providing specific services and tools that impact their lives.

Are you interested in exploring volunteer opportunites or even visiting a site? If so, feel free to respond to this email for more information. In the meantime, you can keep up with OHU daily on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you!