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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.

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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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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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

Bridgeport II Receives Gold Circle of Quality Designation from ExceleRate Illinois

BRIDGEPORT CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER II RECEIVES EXCELERATE ILLINOIS GOLD CIRCLE OF QUALITY DESIGNATION

Shows Continuous Quality Improvement Commitment to Children in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – August 4, 2014 – Bridgeport Child Development Center II received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

“Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority,” said Theresa Hawley, executive director, Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. “The higher the designation, the higher the provider’s demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children’s early learning needs,” she said.

“We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality,” said Karina Dixon, Bridgeport Child Development Center II. “Providing quality in early learning and development will help our children in Chicago be better prepared for success in school and in life.”

ExceleRate Illinois helps families make more informed choices about their children’s early learning. It establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Additionally, it provides a framework for early learning and development professionals to identify opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills.

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. 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.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes Licensed Child care Centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Licensed Family and Group Child Care Homes will be included next year.

For more information or to find a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in your area, visit: www.ExceleRateIllinois.com.

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Contact:
Karina Dixon
(312) 949-4015
kdixon@onehopeunited.org

Thank You to The Community Foundation Of The Fox River Valley!

One Hope United Recipient Of $18,300 Grant

From The Community Foundation Of The Fox River Valley

CHICAGO (June 26, 2014) – The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has named One Hope United as a grant recipient for 2014.  The $18,300 award supports the Aurora Early Learning Center’s Healthy Lifestyles curriculum through the resurfacing of a state-of-the-art playground area.

“This grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley ensures that One Hope United’s Aurora Early Learning Center continues to provide top-notch programs designed to improve the health and wellness of every child we serve,” says One Hope United Northern Region Executive Director Mark McHugh.  “At a time when childhood obesity and a lack of access to regular physical exercise are affecting the most critical years of a child’s development, One Hope United is proud to be leading the charge on providing children with healthy habits that we hope will last a lifetime.”

The Healthy Lifestyles curriculum is designed to help children develop healthy routines and activities by emphasizing proper nutrition, daily exercise and protecting our environment by recycling, reducing and reusing.  All food served at the Aurora Early Learning Center is cooked on-site, allowing the center to serve healthier food and cater to children’s taste preferences.

 The Aurora Early Learning Center serves over 330 children and their families annually, providing the highest quality early learning and parental support services.  In addition to the playground, the center has a garden where children plant, care for and harvest vegetables and flowers that are shared with their families. The center also provides services such as free museum passes and exercise classes.

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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

About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois. For more information on the Community Foundation, please visit its website at www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org

OHU is Poised to Revolutionize Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice in Illinois!

We’re thrilled to share with you some very exciting news! As Mark McHugh – Executive Director of our Northern Region (pictured at left) – mentioned in his comments at our Blue Ribbon Event on Sunday, April 13th, OHU was selected to implement a state-wide initiative designed to revolutionize human services in Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn has announced that the state’s first “Pay for Success” project (also termed Social Impact Bonds), will fund the expansion of proven programs that serve youth involved in Illinois’ child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The press release below provides more details on this public-private partnership, which is one of only four partnerships of its kind in the nation currently being implemented.

This project acknowledges One Hope United’s 119-year history of providing a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based support programs to vulnerable, high-risk populations while providing us the support we need to create innovative, best-in-class solutions for families and children in Illinois. Approximately 800 youth will be served over the seven years of the project.

This initiative places OHU among a select group of organizations across the country who are embarking on exciting new models of collaboration with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, but we couldn’t do what we do without the support of individuals like you. We thank you so much for all that you do on behalf of One Hope United and are looking forward to sharing with you the impact this initiative will have for Illinois’ most disadvantaged children and families, and for all of those we serve across the country.

Click here to read the full press release!

Tampa-area five-sibling group in foster care finds forever home — together

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In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, One Hope United is highlighting the work it is doing to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and create healthy communities.

One Hope United helps families like the Morris* siblings.

The five siblings, ages 4 to 14, were living in Hillsborough County with their mother, who had a severe substance abuse problem and was unable to maintain their home. She did not consistently pay utility bills or keep up with housework. Their father was not involved with the family.

The Florida Department of Children and Families removed the children from the home. Because it is difficult to find one home to accommodate five siblings, they were separated for more than a month before finding a foster home to care for all of them.

Being apart from siblings can add to the trauma children experience when being moved from their homes.

 “Our ultimate goal is to keep siblings together because it continues to form that bond,” said Lasonja Houston, director of programs at One Hope United in Tampa. “It helps them grow as individuals to maintain their identity and their family.”

However, safety also is imperative. “We make sure we are doing all we can do to make sure that child is safe,” Houston said.

The Morris children were then moved for a short-term placement with the Harre family – which ultimately became a perfect fit.

 “We were babysitting for a week and fell in love with them,” said Tampa Bay-area resident Tammy Harre. She and her husband, Brian, live on a four-acre farm and have four biological children, two adopted children and one foster child.

All of the children urged their parents to keep them together. “Our biological kids and the oldest foster child wrote us a note asking if the Morris children could stay with us permanently,” Tammy Harre said.

The Harres easily fit the children into their family, giving them chores to do around the farm and enrolling them in classes such as gymnastics, dance and piano.

“If there’s someone in a child’s corner, they have the potential to do so much more,” Tammy Harre said.

Studies show that a supportive adult is key in a child’s ability to thrive as it aids in emotional and social competence.

Plans for reunifying the children with their parents fell through when the mother did not follow through with services and their father did not show up for court.Studies

The Harre family officially adopted the children in January.

“Now the children are secure in their family identity as they recognize that God has a plan for each of their lives,” Tammy Harre said.

One Hope United launched a digital Blue Ribbon Month campaign (www.BlueRibbonMonth.org) aimed at raising awareness and funds to support child abuse prevention programs and services. The website gives people a place to go to help raise awareness and financial support for One Hope United’s programs that prevent child abuse and prepare children for a prosperous future.  There are many ways to get involved: host a fundraiser at your school, church or work; spread the word on social media or by forwarding articles through email; and make a donation.

Follow One Hope United on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/1hopeunitedflorida and Twitter @1hopeunited. Use #1hope4kids when tweeting.

*Name changed for privacy.

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. The agency serves thousands of children and families with a vision of ensuring the successful transition of our children to healthy and productive adults. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

Teen parents gaining support, skills to lower risk for child abuse

 

One Hope United parenting classes help Dominique Perez feel "more comfortable about becoming a mother," she said. Pictured are Dominique and her daughters, Jada, 10, Jannell, 3, and newborn Justyce.
One Hope United parenting classes helped Dominique Perez feel “more comfortable about becoming a mother,” she said. Pictured are Dominique and her daughters, Jada, 10, Jannell, 3, and newborn Justyce.

CHICAGO (April 11, 2013)–In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, One Hope United is celebrating the work it is doing to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and create healthy communities. The agency also launched a digital campaign, http://www.BlueRibbonMonth.org, aimed at raising awareness and funds while highlighting One Hope United services and programs.

One Hope United programs help people like Waukegan, Ill., resident Dominique Perez.

Perez enrolled in the agency’s parenting classes at Waukegan Alternative/Optional Education Center when she became pregnant at 14.

“I was scared and I had no idea what I was doing,” she said.

More than 360,000 teen girls give birth each year in the United States. Teenage parents are at risk for abusing their children as they are confronted with the responsibilities of caring for a child. A lack of social support can contribute to the link between young parents and child abuse, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Perez, now 25 and married with three children, is an example of how valuable services for at-risk families can be. Before becoming pregnant she was often in trouble and was moved to the alternative school after fighting at her previous school. One Hope United’s parenting classes helped Perez learn patience and how to communicate with her child, along with the basics such as changing diapers and breastfeeding.

“The classes made me more comfortable about becoming a mother,” said Perez, who was raised by her grandmother and uncle because her parents were young and not ready for parenthood.

Perez said her three girls, 10, 3 and 2 weeks old, benefit from the parenting skills she learned through One Hope United, including keeping them on a daily routine and setting boundaries.

These skills also are useful in her job. For the past three years, Perez has worked at One Hope United with her parenting class teacher, Carleen Otto, providing child care for parents while they attend classes. She uses her skills of patience, repetition and good communication when caring for the children, while also having fun and ensuring that they know they are in a safe environment, she said.

“It is just a pleasure and a joy to be around Dominique,” Otto said. “I’ve loved watching her grow into the woman she is today.” Otto, a parenting group facilitator, also feels lucky to have her on staff because she knows she can “always count on Dominique.”

In April and throughout the year, the Blue Ribbon Month Campaign website gives people a place to go to help raise awareness and financial support for One Hope United’s programs that prevent child abuse and prepare children for a prosperous future.  There are many ways to get involved: host a fundraiser at your school, church or work; spread the word on social media or by forwarding articles through email; or make a donation.

Follow One Hope United on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/1hopeunited and Twitter @1hopeunited. Use #1hope4kids when tweeting.

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. The agency serves thousands of children and families with a vision of ensuring the successful transition of our children to healthy and productive adults. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

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