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!

OHU Staff Spotlight | Scott Cheshker

We are very excited to introduce OHU’s first Staff Spotlight, featuring Scott Ceshker! Scott is the program manager at our C.A.R.E Theraputic Day School. Check out this clip to learn more about his role at OHU and stick around to the very end to find out his most memorable moment!

View The Video Here

2nd Annual OHU Science Fair in Lake Villa

The 2nd Annual One Hope United Science Fair was held on Friday, March 26, 2016 at the Day School on the Lake Villa Campus. Several OHU Board members and local community partners and donors toured the fair. The young men of the Day School were very excited to demonstrate their projects and explain what they had learned from their experiences. Projects included experiments displaying which fast food hamburger molds the fastest, magnetism, forming a vortex in a vacuum with dry ice and many others. One of the young men even went as far as to dress as Albert Einstein to explain his experiment!

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Get Involved With GOBLUE4OHU | Calling All Schools!

Grass Lake Elementary School in Antioch, Illinois will be fundraising for OHU using Crayon Coin Banks during the month of April! Would your child’s school be interested in getting involved with our Go Blue 4 OHU campaign in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month?

Contact Marilee LaMattina at mlamattina@onehopeunited.org for more details!

Get Informed & Get Involved!

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As highlighted in WGN Chicago’s recent cover story, the State of Illinois budget crisis is having a profound effect on numerous human services providers, including One Hope United.  If you haven’t heard much about this issue yet, we invite you to view the WGN story, which does an excellent job explaining the negative impact of this situation on hard-working Illinois families who rely on child care subsidies to provide their children with top-quality early learning programs like the ones we have at OHU.

We would greatly appreciate your support of our children and families during this critical time. We’ve created a letter for you to download and send directly to your legislators.  If you’re unsure of who your legislators are, please click here.  Please share with other supporters in your community!

While certain OHU program areas are being funded by DCFS due to pre-existing legal agreements, certain other areas, namely DHS, are currently unfunded. DHS is the primary funder for our Early Learning line of service under a program called the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). The governor has implemented ‘emergency rules’ that dramatically change the eligibility criteria for families that would otherwise qualify for subsidy under CCAP. More than 90% of Illinois families are no longer eligible for assistance, leaving them without quality early childcare and OHU with several empty classrooms in our centers.

Make your voice heard by calling or emailing your state legislators and become involved in the fight to ensure that our Illinois programs and services receive the funds that they so greatly need to operate. Most important, you can help many children get back in the classroom and receive the high-quality education that they deserve.  From all of us at One Hope United: thank you for your support!

Quick Links:

Letter of Support

Find Your Legislators 

WGN Story: Major changes coming to Illinois childcare eligibility


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!


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!


Chip In "Fore" Kids Golf Tournament

The Florida team had beautiful weather and a good turnout for their Chip In “Fore” Kids Golf Tournament at Highlands Ridge Golf Club in late May. The event was a great community builder and raised much-needed funds for the children and families of Highlands County and surrounding areas. Thanks to all of the staff who dedicated their time and resources to this event!

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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!

INSIDE OUT Public Art Campaign


In honor of Child Abuse Prevention month this April, One Hope United teamed up with INSIDE OUT, a global project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art (insideoutproject.net).

On April 1, 2015, OHU launched our INSIDE OUT public art campaign supporting National Child Abuse Prevention Month in downtown Chicago at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.), featuring black and white portrait photography by Satoki Nagata (satoki.com). All portrait subjects share a commitment to a common vision of a world in which no child must endure the trauma of abuse.

The launch event was a huge success, filled with people who have joined us in pledging to speak up and speak out about child abuse prevention. The portraits can be viewed at Pioneer Court until April 24, 2015.

For more information on One Hope United’s Go Blue campaign to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and how you can get involved, visit goblue4ohu.org!

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