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Amazing Quilt Donations!

One Hope United received a wonderful donation from the Antioch Quilt Club. These generous women made 103 baby quilts for the children in our services! The quilts are adorable and display a wide range of designs, from unicorns and teddy bears to Raggedy Ann and Andy. They also made a monetary donation towards our child abuse prevention programs. It is wonderful to have such heartfelt support from the community!

Healthy Families Illinois, Wings and Doula Throw a Success Party!

DSC_0005This week, OHU’s Healthy Families Illinois, Wings and Doula programs celebrated the successes of their participants with a fun outdoor picnic in Waukegan, IL! Rather than celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or graduations separately, the programs combined all of these into one big “Success Party” to celebrate all of the families together.

Everyone had a wonderful time, enjoying great food and socializing with fellow participants in the programs. Congratulations to all of our participants on their amazing success!

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2015 Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan: Dignity and Respect Award

Every year, One Hope United submits to DCFS, a Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan.  This plan is updated collaboratively by a group of foster parents; foster care/licensing staff and CQIR staff. This year, our 2015 Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan was selected to receive an award in the area of Dignity and Respect!

One Hope United received this award at a ceremony during the Foster Parent Council meeting on June 19th. David Fox, Director of Programs, Jackie Schedin, Director of CQIR and an OHU Foster Parent represented the agency during the awards ceremony. This is very exciting, as achieving this award has been a huge goal of the Foster Parent Law Committee!

 

Lake County Ambassador Board Pig Roast

OHU recently honored an amazing group of active volunteers, from the last decade, by naming them to OHU’s Lake County Ambassador Board!

The group will focus on raising awareness for at-risk children and families in Lake County. Together, these seven individuals have more than 65 years of experience helping support OHU. The following individuals are named to OHU’s Lake County Ambassador Board:

● Donna Bergl, Abigail’s Avenue
● Jeanne Hansen
● Robin Korom, Consumers Credit Union
● Linda Mehnert, Mary Kay Cosmetics
● Chris Schnitzer, KapStone Paper & Packaging
● Paula Toby-Duck, Consumers Credit Union

The Lake County Ambassador Board will be hosting its first summer event, the Picnic for Prevention Pig Roast, on July 18th from 2-6 p.m. It will be held at Jack and Lidia’s Resort which is located at 38610 N. Edgewood Street Lake Villa, IL. Tickets are $25 per person (under 12 are free) and include a pig roast “with all the fixin’s”, musical entertainment, raffles and a silent auction. Come out and enjoy an afternoon filled with fun!

PURCHASE TICKETS!

All proceeds benefit One Hope United programs in Lake County.

Hope in Action 2015

One Hope United would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our Hope in Action 2015 guests. The night was a huge success, with over 200 attendees and over $115,000 raised! We are so appreciative of the amazing support that has been shown for the children and families that we serve.10384230_10153731644877004_410724489881114083_n11174789_10153731645167004_7713562738069116523_n11146217_10153731647202004_1419132684845504316_n10983318_10153731646852004_4590716092611706695_n

One of the biggest highlights of the night was having the opportunity to honor OHU alumni, Ermit Finch, with the very first Ermit Finch Impact Award. Below, you can view Ermit’s story captured in this awesome tribute video.

More photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook. Stay connected with us and be sure to check out goblueforohu.org to see more of OHU in action throughout the rest of April!

Our Very Own Leading Lady

We are happy to share that our very own Marketing Coordinator, Paige Mariah Delaney, was recently featured by I Want Her Job™!

I Want Her Job™ is a website with a mission to encourage the individual growth of career-minded women by fostering a love of learning, curiosity and a desire to help others. Paige was chosen to be featured as a “Leading Lady”, which the website describes as someone who is driven, collaborative and resourceful.

We are very proud of Paige for being deemed a Leading Lady and representing OHU! In this awesome interview, Paige touches on several topics, such as how she remains organized and just how she knew that her position at One Hope United would be the right fit for her. To check out the article, visit IWantHerJob.com!

A Story of Hope: Jacquelyn and Magaly

Jacquelyn, age 4, and Magaly, age 3, cannot speak. Their very young, single mother, Lissett Diaz, has never heard them utter a single word. Jacqueline and Magaly are 2 of 4 children born to Ms. Diaz, the oldest being 5 years old and the youngest 6 months old. Their father, who is not in their lives, left Ms. Diaz to work 12 hour days at a factory to support her family. Two years ago, Jacquelyn was diagnosed with William Syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body and is characterized by developmental delays. Jacquelyn is mute but not deaf, while her sister Magaly is deaf and mute. Both girls communicate with aggression, frustration and wild behavior, comparable to Helen Keller. Magaly however, is more aggressive and will often fight her sister. Due to Ms. Diaz’s long hours at work, lack of support and procrastination, these girls had never received any services for their disabilities. One Hope United’s Intact Family Services became involved in August 2014 when Magaly drank Lysol while in the care of Ms. Diaz’s younger sister and her boyfriend. A second hotline call was made because Jacquelyn had bruises all over her body. It was determined that these bruises were a result of Magaly’s aggressiveness.

From August 2014 to January 2015, Ms. Erma Umoren worked with and encouraged their mother not to give up by getting herself and her children the services they needed. Often due to Ms. Diaz being tired, overworked and overwhelmed, she would not follow through with the recommended services for herself or her children. However, Ms. Umoren would not give up on this family. Through Ms. Umoren’s involvement with the family, Ms. Diaz was able to contact the special needs school in her community to set up an IEP team of professionals: special education teacher, general education teacher, evaluation representative, occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker and speech-language pathologist. Ms. Umoren supported Ms. Diaz and made arrangements with the team of professionals to get both of the girls evaluated. Ms. Umoren helped Ms. Diaz set up a family meeting with her sister and brother-in-law, who have since moved to Chicago to help Ms. Diaz raise her children. They plan to stay here permanently to continue supporting Ms. Diaz and the girls.

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Due to the Intact Family Program and Ms. Umoren’s encouragement and support, Jacquelyn and Magaly were accepted into ODLSS (Office of Diverse Learner Supports & Services) through Chicago Public Schools. On Friday, Feburary 13, 2015, both girls started their first day of school at Jesse Sherwood Elementary School (formerly known as early childhood instructional program), located at 245 W. 57th Street, Chicago, IL. The girls will be provided with transportation to and from school.

Jacquelyn was accepted in an inclusive program and will receive english language arts, mathematics, independent functioning, speech/language, social emotional and health/ medical services. Jacquelyn is also eligible for consultative nursing services. Magaly will receive individualized attention, prompting, verbal cuing, and modeling for appropriate social interaction and behavior. She will also benefit from a small structured classroom environment, where she can practice social skills and have the opportunity to relate to peers her age. Magaly has difficulties sustaining attention and following direction and shows Global Development Delay behaviors that are often associated with children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Magaly meets the criteria to receive services for children with developmental delays.

Ms. Diaz, with the help of her sister, has secured a new job with better work hours. Ms. Diaz couldn’t be more thrilled. “I hope my girls will talk”, she shared. “If you (Erma Umoren) had not been there, my girls would not have gotten the help they needed.” Staff at the school will help Ms. Diaz with potty training and support her in learning home to better communicate with her girls. We believe that Jacquelyn and Magaly will one day, like Helen Keller, “communicate with the outside world and lead a life of accomplishment.”

 

Gingerbread Houses of Hope 2014

The 6th annual Gingerbread Houses of Hope took place on December 5th, to raise money for One Hope United. Each year, numerous families of the Lindenhurst/Lake Villa area gather together for this special event, gumdrops and licorice in hand, to festively decorate their gingerbread houses. 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. This year, 150 families came out to decorate, all while raising $3,000 for One Hope United!

Lovin Oven Cakery also supported this holiday community event.

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Elgin Receives Gold Circle of Quality Designation from ExceleRate Illinois

ELGIN CHILD AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER RECEIVES EXCELERATE ILLINOIS GOLD CIRCLE OF QUALITY DESIGNATION

One Hope United Setting the Standard for Quality Early Learning in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – November 19, 2014 – One Hope United’s Elgin Child and Family Resource Center has received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, a statewide quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers. The Gold Circle recognizes that the Center has achieved the highest standards in learning environment and quality of teaching, administration of programs and educating and training staff.

“I am proud to announce that Elgin Child and Family Resource Center has received the Gold Circle of Quality award, which reflects the active engagement of our staff in continuous quality improvement” said Colleen Bandy, Elgin Child and Family Resource Center Director. “Providing high quality care for the children of Elgin will help prepare them for success in school and, ultimately, in life.”

ExceleRate Illinois provides a system specially designed to assist families in making the best possible decisions regarding their children’s early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. The program not only provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities for improvement and skill enhancement, but also recognizes their continuous efforts to provide quality care.

Research in science and brain development shows that children who are more meaningfully engaged in early learning experiences from infancy through the first five years of life are more likely to be successful in school and in life. High quality early childhood experiences not only improve the child’s cognitive abilities but cultivate vital behavioral traits such as motivation, sociability and self-esteem. With the right engagement, children can form a healthy foundation of neural pathways in the brain, which impact their ability to think, react, process and grow.

About ExceleRate Illinois

ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality rating and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It provides a framework for early learning professionals to identify opportunities for improvement, increase their skills and take steps to make positive changes.  www.ExceleRateIllinois.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 agency serves thousands of children and families with a vision of ensuring the successful transition of our children to healthy and productive adults.http://onehopeunited.wpengine.com/

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Contact:
Colleen Bandy
(847) 697-7100
cbandy@onehopeunited.org

Discover Financial Spruces Up Lake Villa

On September 16, 2014, over 150 volunteers from Discover Financial descended on the Lake Villa campus to build bookcases, planter benches, picnic tables, and cubbies for the young men in our residential programs, as well as paint murals in the residence homes. They even built a Fitness Trail and a Frisbee Golf Course!

Arranged through Chicago CARES, this visit was part of Discover CARES month, a time in which employees across the country have the opportunity to volunteer in their communities.  This marks the 3rd year that Discover has come to our Lake Villa campus, and the company generously underwrote the expenses for all materials and tool rental.

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