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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!

White Sox Community Fund Awards One Hope United WINGS Home Visiting Program with $25,000

FOUNDATION PROVIDES GRANT FOR CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION PROGRAM

McCormick Foundation Awards One Hope United WINGS Home Visiting Program with $25,000

CHICAGO, IL (June 14, 2016) — One Hope United has received a $25,000 grant through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to strengthen families headed by teenage parents and to help prevent child abuse.

The two-year grant supports OHU’s WINGS Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Home Visiting program, which provides essential support services and counseling to high-risk teenage, single and other parents in Lake County, as they adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood. Targeting new and expecting parents, WINGS promotes positive parent-child interaction and works to enhance family functioning, build trusting relationships and teach problem-solving skills.

For the last three years, the Chicago White Sox Community Fund has supported the OHU WINGS program with over $60,000 in funding. Not only have they been a financial supporter, but for the last 10 years, the White Sox organization has provided baseball experiences for many foster parents and children in OHU’s care and has donated hundreds of game tickets.

“We are very grateful to have the Chicago White Sox Community Fund as a partner in an effort as significant as child abuse prevention,” said Scott Humphrey, President and CEO of One Hope United. “This grant will allow our agency to continue providing high-quality programs and services to the thousands of families that depend on us.”

According to data released by Safe Horizon in 2014, 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States. The funding that the Chicago White Sox Community Fund provides to abuse prevention programs underlines its commitment to helping at-risk children, families and adults and providing a safe and secure home for all children.

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 120 years ago with the same vision it holds today: protecting children and strengthening families. One Hope United’s team of more than 800 talented professionals serves thousands of children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida. Learn more at onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About the McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation continues McCormick’s legacy by partnering with media outlets, such as the Chicago Tribune, sports teams and philanthropic organizations across the country, to encourage local giving, inspire civic involvement and address human needs. For more information, visit http://www.McCormickFoundation.org.

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The Girl Scouts Visit Des Plaines CDC

On a sunny Friday afternoon in May, 10 girls and two leaders from Junior Troop 41171 of the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scouts worked on their Bronze Award project at OHU’s Des Plaines Child Development Center campus.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve and the third highest honor that can be earned as a Girl Scout.  The Bronze Award encourages girls to make a lasting impact on their community.

The scouts were asked to come up with various ideas for a community service project for their Bronze Award.  They were also presented with a couple of options by their leaders.  Several of the girls had an interest in gardening and decided that working on the educational gardens at One Hope United fit their interests best.

They spent several hours researching various options, voting on which they thought would work out best and how much would fit in the area assigned to the project.   The girls spent 5 hours weeding and preparing two gardens and a series of planter boxes.  They planted perennial plants as well as vegetables and herbs.

As the afternoon progressed the children at OHU came outside and had the opportunity to observe or help the Girl Scouts if they were interested.  Many children chose to help. In the end, the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scouts said, “They really enjoyed working with the students at the school as they came out to help and watch the girls work.”

Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scouts visit Des Plaines Early Learning Center

Support OHU on Give STL Day!

Mark Your Calendar – Give STL Day is May 3rd!

Give STL Day is a big, bold opportunity for OHU and for our community. A partnership between the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and local nonprofits from across the area, Give STL Day is an online day of giving where nonprofits like ours will be reaching out to our donors – and looking for new ones – as we educate them about our mission and raise operating funds.

We hope you will join us! And don’t forget that it’s a great time to maximize your donations to One Hope United. During “lift periods”,

  • 6-6:20 a.m.
  • 10-10:20 a.m.
  • 12-12:20 p.m.
  • 6-6:20 p.m.
  • 11-11:20 p.m.

your gift to OHU may be lifted by up to 15 cents per dollar depending on the amount raised during that time (up to $500). Also, donations throughout the day are eligible for prizes, so keep an eye on the leaderboard!

Visit givestlday.org for additional details, and don’t forget to give on May 3rd! Finding One Hope United is easy! You can use the search box at the top of the page or go directly to the page for OHU by clicking here: https://givestlday.org/npo/one-hope-united.

If you have any questions, please call Jayme Godoyo at 618.315.2142 or email, jgodoyo@onehopeunited.org.

Don’t forget to “like” One Hope United on Facebook at facebook.com/1hopeunitedhudelson for live posts all day on Give STL Day!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!