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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Welcome to the new onehopeunited.wpengine.com

Creativity. Curiosity. Joy. Love. Growth. Exploration.

These are some of the words that I return to again and again when I think about the amazing work our staff at One Hope United carries out every day.

Our clients are diverse, as are their needs, interests, and desires. From a young parent working to give their child the best start in life, to the teenager who may be transitioning from the juvenile justice system to living on their own, to the children in our early learning programs (like the little guy above, who spends his days growing and exploring at our Elgin Child & Family Resource Center), to the family that’s receiving counseling in order to strengthen their bond: all are part of our ecosystem of investing in children and families.

OHU has been doing what we do for over 120 years. We draw upon our rich history to inform the present and inspire future endeavors. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce our brand new website, which we hope will let visitors like you get to know more about us as an organization, and identify programs and services that you or someone you know might want to explore further.

In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out new features and stories so you can meet the clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters who comprise the core of who we are at OHU.  The new onehopeunited.wpengine.com features more photos and video – along with social sharing tools – to make it a truly interactive experience. It’s also mobile friendly, so you can read on the go using your phone or tablet.

I like to think of our website as the digital front door to the organization.  It’s my hope that we can convey online all that goes on behind the scenes as we work to transform lives and communities.

I know that if you were to visit any of our offices or child development centers, you’d experience the warmth, caring, and compassion that our talented staff of experienced professionals bring to their work every day.  This new website hopefully gives you a glimpse of all that and compels you to get involved.

So welcome; we’re glad to have you here. Stop by and visit any time you like.

-Em Hall
SVP, Marketing and Technology

Support OHU’s Teachers!

One Hope United’s Early Learning and Child Development Line of Service is dedicated to educating, nourishing, and empowering young children and families at our 12 Child Development Centers throughout the Chicago area and its suburbs. Our centers serve more than 2,100 children and meet all goals for social/emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. Currently, 10 out of 11 of our eligible centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)–putting them in the top 10% of early childhood education programs nationally.

At One Hope United, our teachers work tirelessly to ensure that they are providing the best quality education for our students. Unfortunately, due to the current Illinois budget crisis, funds for teacher development are especially scarce. With your help, we are hoping to raise $15,000 to go toward Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System Training for 50 of our very special and deserving teachers. 

Your generous donation will not only allow our teachers to return to the classrooms better qualified, but they will be bringing back even stronger assessment skills to our classrooms, allowing them to properly evaluate our students as unique individuals.

To view our campaign and learn more, please visit http://igg.me/at/itallstartswithateacher. Thank you in advance for supporting One Hope United’s teachers.


Suicide Prevention Awareness

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time when organizations and individuals work to bring awareness to suicide for those at risk, their caregivers, communities, and those who work directly with vulnerable, at risk populations, like the caseworkers at One Hope United.  While September may be just 30 days long, suicide prevention is an issue for all of us to be aware of 365 days a year.

The statistics around suicides in children and youth are staggering and sobering:

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–24 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.[1]
  • More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.[2]
  • Of the 3.4 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in 2014 who received specialty mental health services, 29.1% reported receiving services because they were thinking about or attempting suicide.[3]

The situation, however, is not hopeless. There are steps that each of us can take to support those living with mental illness, recognize the signs of those who may be considering suicide, and take action when we see someone who needs help.  Below are some tips and techniques from two trusted resources whose guidelines align with with our own standards of care and treatment.

How to help someone considering suicide:

  • Get professional help. Do everything in your power to get a suicidal person the help he or she needs. Call a crisis line for advice and referrals. Encourage the person to see a mental health professional, help locate a treatment facility, or take them to a doctor’s appointment. Your loved one may be angry but their life depends on getting help.
  • Follow-up treatment. If the doctor prescribes medication, make sure your friend or loved one takes it as directed. Be aware of possible side effects and be sure to notify the physician if the person seems to be getting worse. It often takes time and persistence to find the medication or therapy that’s right for a particular person.
  • Be proactive. Those contemplating suicide often don’t believe they can be helped, so you may have to be more assertive at offering assistance. Saying, “Call me if you need anything” is too vague. Don’t wait for the person to call you or even to return your calls. Drop by, call again, invite the person out.
  • Encourage positive lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and getting out in the sun or into nature for at least 30 minutes each day. Exercise is also extremely important as it releases endorphins, relieves stress, and promotes emotional well-being.
  • Make a safety plan. Help the person develop a set of steps he or she promises to follow during a suicidal crisis. It should identify any triggers that may lead to a suicidal crisis, such as an anniversary of a loss, alcohol, or stress from relationships. Also include contact numbers for the person’s doctor or therapist, as well as friends and family members who will help in an emergency.
  • Remove potential means of suicide, such as pills, knives, razors, or firearms. If the person is likely to take an overdose, keep medications locked away or give out only as the person needs them.
  • Continue your support over the long haul. Even after the immediate suicidal crisis has passed, stay in touch with the person, periodically checking in or dropping by. Your support is vital to ensure your friend or loved one remains on the recovery track.[4]

Q: What are some of the risk factors for suicide?
A: Risk factors vary with age, gender, or ethnic group.  They may occur in combination or change over time. Some important risk factors are:

  • Loss or break up of special relationship.
  • Depression and other mental disorders
  • Substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental disorders)
  • Prior suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Family violence including physical or sexual abuse
  • Firearms in the home
  • Incarceration
  • Exposure to suicidal behavior of others, such as family members or peers

However, it is important to note that many people who have these risk factors are not suicidal.

Q: What are signs to look for?
A: The following are some of the signs you might notice in yourself, a family member, or a friend that may be reason for concern.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Giving away special belongings.

Seeking help is a sign of strength, if you are concerned, go with your instincts, get help!

Q: What can I do for myself or someone else?
A: If you are concerned, immediate action is very important. Suicide can be prevented and most people who feel suicidal demonstrate warning signs. Recognizing some of these warning signs is the first step in helping yourself or someone you care about.[5]

One Hope United’s Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program provides intensive mental health services for children and youth who qualify for a medical card and who may need hospitalization for mental health care. SASS providers follow up with the child and family for a period of 90 days after the initial crisis in order to assist in stabilizing that youth.

SASS is available in Marion, Clay, Fayette, Effingham, Jasper, Jefferson, Hamilton, Wayne, and Washington counties in the state of Illinois. For more information, please call: 618-242-8266 or download a PDF of our brochure.

Additional Recommended Resources:

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Wallet Card, which is available as a free download or can be ordered online. It includes the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number and lists warning signs.
  • For educators, SAHMSA’s Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools helps schools and partners assess, understand, and identify different aspects of suicide prevention.
  • The Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force Resource Guide, available in English and Spanish, includes a comprehensive list of local and national organizations, most of whom offer services on a sliding-fee scale based on income.

[1] https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers#sthash.vWOlDABO.dpuf

[2] Ibid.

[3] “Receipt of Services for Behavioral Health Problems: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” Available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DR-FRR3-2014/NSDUH-DR-FRR3-2014/NSDUH-DR-FRR3-2014.htm

[4] http://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention-helping-someone-who-is-suicidal.htm

[5] http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-a-major-preventable-mental-health-problem-fact-sheet/index.shtml

Illinois Children and Families Held Hostage

On September 24, 2015, leaders, supporters, and clients from 25 Illinois nonprofits stood shoulder-to-shoulder to send Springfield a clear, unified message: Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens can no longer be held hostage! Thousands of lives are being affected by the Illinois budget stalemate. Funds are running out for programs that provide support for children, youth and families in need; military veterans; domestic abuse victims and many more. That leaves an already at-risk community with a greater margin of uncertainty. The time is now for the Governor and Legislature to do their jobs and pass a legal budget. ‪

Learn more about why OHU and 24 other human service and early childhood organizations joined forces at Progress Illinois.

Get Involved!

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