Community tees it up for kids at One Hope United outing

Desrie Flaschner of NorStates Bank and Brad Flaschner of Flash Contracting attended One Hope United’s 22nd annual golf outing. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

Published in the Lake County News-Sun

News-Sun staff report September 27, 2012 4:10PM

One Hope United’s Northern Region hosted its 22nd annual charity golf outing earlier this month and raised nearly $60,000 for its child- abuse prevention programs and services.

“We are grateful for all the participants who help support our mission of protecting children and strengthening families,” said Marilee LaMattina, development associate at One Hope United.

The event drew 180 golfers who played at either Glen Flora Country Club or Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan.

After golfing and lunch, guests attended an evening program and dinner at Glen Flora that featured live and silent auctions.

A teenager in the agency’s CARE residential and therapeutic Day Treatment School, spoke at the event about how the programs have helped him grow and mature as a person and become a better student. The One Hope United staff “helped me become the successful young man I am today,” he said.

The CARE (Community Alternative Renewal Experience) program is a safe, nurturing environment for abused and neglected boys that focuses on developing life skills and relationships.

One Hope United is a private human-service organization that offers an array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs.

It serves more than 27,000 children and families in northern Illinois and Wisconsin.

Aurora Early Learning Center Celebrates First Year in the Community

WHO:      Join One Hope United to celebrate the first anniversary of its Aurora Early Learning Center and the receipt of its certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

WHEN:    Thursday, Sept. 20, from 2-3 p.m.

WHERE:  One Hope United Aurora Early Learning Center, 525 College Avenue, Aurora, IL

WHAT:     The Aurora Early Learning Center’s state-of-the-art sustainable design lowers operational costs while also providing educational opportunities for the children who learn about the environment and grow plants in an on-site vegetable garden. The center’s Healthy Lifestyles curriculum promotes overall health, exercise, nutrition and environmental sustainability.

“We are proud to serve Aurora-area residents with this top-quality learning center that is committed to early education and healthy living,” said Mark McHugh, executive director of One Hope United.

Tours of the 22,000 s.f. Aurora child care center’s building, playground and garden will be given following the presentation of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The council’s Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Aurora Early Learning Center offers year-round childcare and education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and after-school, enrichment and summer camp programs for school-age children. It provides high-quality affordable options for families in the Aurora area.

About One Hope United: One Hope United is a nonprofit agency with a mission to educate, nourish, and empower all children with trusted early care and education. It operates 11 child care centers serving more than 2,000 children and families in northern Illinois.

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250 Discover Volunteers Give One Hope United’s Campus a Makeover

LAKE VILLA, IL (Sept. 5, 2012)

WHO:    One Hope United’s 33-acre campus in Lake Villa, Ill., will be revitalized by 250 volunteers from Discover Cardmember Services & Consumer Banking and Chicago Cares as part of the Discover Cares Month initiative.

WHEN:   Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: One Hope United, Richardson Building #5, 215 N. Milwaukee, Ave., Lake Villa, IL

WHY:       One Hope United’s Lake Villa campus is home to 20 boys, ages 10-18 years,    most of whom have experienced severe abuse. One Hope United provides counseling, therapy and individualized educational services with a goal to transition the boys to live with a family in the community. The campus also features a therapeutic day school for 45 boys in grades 7-12.

“The boys and the staff at One Hope United are grateful for efforts from volunteers like those from Discover to improve the facilities on our campus,” said Mark McHugh, executive director of One Hope United. “Also, we could never manage the logistics of 250 volunteers on one day without the fantastic coordination of Chicago Cares.”

“Discover Cares Month provides a great opportunity to address the needs of our local communities and the desire for our employees to get involved,” said Carlos Minetti, president of consumer banking and operations at Discover. “Together, we hope to make a positive impact on the organizations we support and a difference in the lives of those they benefit.”

Volunteers will landscape One Hope United’s front entrance; construct an outdoor classroom to enhance residents’ learning environments; build benches; and restore the volleyball and basketball courts to encourage physical activity. They also will improve the boys’ living spaces by building cubbies for storage and painting wall and hallway murals.

Discover partnered with Chicago Cares as part of its Discover Cares Month, an annual volunteer initiative. Chicago Cares works to better communities through volunteer projects. Volunteer transportation, supplies, training and food are coordinated through Chicago Cares.

About One Hope United: One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. We offer an array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. With offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, our programs impact more than 42,000 children and families each year. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.org.

About Chicago Cares: Chicago Cares builds volunteer experiences that mobilize and inspire people to make Chicago a stronger community. Chicago Cares develops more than 200 group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults and seniors in need, as well as the environment. Through volunteer service, Chicago Cares enables, educates and inspires people to make Chicago a better place for everyone. For more information, please visit www.chicagocares.org.

About Discover: 
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. Its payment businesses consist of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.

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Golfers tee off to support One Hope United

LAKE VILLA, IL (Sept. 24, 2012)–One Hope United’s Northern Region hosted its 22nd Annual Charity Golf Outing on Sept. 11, and raised nearly $60,000 for its child abuse prevention programs and services.

“We are grateful for all the participants who help support our mission of protecting children and strengthening families,” said Marilee LaMattina, development associate at One Hope United.

The event drew 180 golfers to tee off at Glen Flora Country Club and Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, Ill. After golfing and lunch, guests attended an evening program and dinner at Glen Flora that featured live and silent auctions.

 

Also, Alex*, a 16-year-old client in the agency’s CARE residential and therapeutic Day Treatment School, spoke at the event about how the programs have helped him grow and mature as a person and become a better student. The One Hope United staff “helped me become the successful young man I am today,” he said. The CARE (Community Alternative Renewal Experience) program is a safe, nurturing environment for abused and neglected boys that focuses on developing life skills and relationships.

 

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. It serves more than 27,000 children and families in northern Illinois and Wisconsin with a vision of a safe home for every child.

*Name changed for privacy.

 

One Hope United receives grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Chicago (Sept. 26, 2012) – One Hope United received a $40,000 Community Partners Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to provide mental health counseling to at-risk families in Lake County.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ generous grant supports our mission to protect children and strengthen families,” said Mark McHugh, executive director of One Hope United. “We would not be able to offer these services without the support of companies such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.”

The grant benefits One Hope United’s individual and family counseling for mental health issues including depression; suicidal ideations; sexual abuse; and substance abuse. Children who benefit have been diagnosed with conditions such as autism; ADHD; discipline issues; early signs of mental illness; obesity; and chronic health conditions.

These counseling services, which take place in clients’ homes or at One Hope United in Gurnee, Ill., help families who might not otherwise have access to these services handle underlying causes of conflict and improve their chances of saving their families.

According to 2011 data, the number of abused children has increased due to parental poverty and related stress. Counseling is the number-one need identified by case managers working with clients in other One Hope United child abuse prevention programs. Along with financial strains, most of these clients are experiencing conflict resolution difficulties and often have previous unresolved childhood histories that impair their parenting abilities.

This grant demonstrates Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ commitment to promoting the health and wellness of communities.

About One Hope United:
One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families, offering an array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. The nonprofit also specializes in child welfare system management, reform, consultation and training. With offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United impacts than 42,000 children and their families nationwide each year. For information, visit www.onehopeunited.org.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois:
With more than 7 million members, BCBSIL, a division of Health Care ServiceCorporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. Started in 1936, BCBSIL is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and its communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. To learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, visit www.bcbsil.com.

Cub Scouts help gather school supplies for children in need

Eleven volunteers from the Local Cub Scout Pack 86 and their parents recently stuffed more than 300 backpacks with school supplies for One Hope United clients. OHU sponsors this Cub Scout pack, which includes boys from the Lake Villa and Lindenhurst area. The backpacks will be handed out by OHU staff in Gurnee, Waukegan, Joliet and Kankakee, Ill.

OHU education centers recognized for top-quality programs

Two One Hope United early education centers recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Chicago-based Edgewater Early Learning Center and the Elgin Child and Family Resource Center in Elgin, Ill., were given the seal of approval from the association’s academy, which sets and monitors standards for high-quality early childhood education programs — serving children from birth to 8 years old. The academy accredits programs that meet those standards.

“Fewer than 10 percent of programs achieve this milestone,” said Beth Lakier, associate executive director of Chicago-area day care centers at One Hope United.

The process includes evaluating classroom interactions, environments, staff qualifications, parent relationships and a variety of administrative requirements, she said.

“To meet all of these requirements is truly an incredible achievement, which demonstrates that OHU programs are providing best practices based on early childhood standards,” Lakier added.

Ten of the 11 One Hope United child development center programs now carry NAEYC accreditation. The recently opened Aurora Early Learning center will be eligible to apply for accreditation in September.

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