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OHU Honors Ermit L. Finch's Enduring Legacy with Dedication Ceremony

Jonni and Joyce next to weathervane
Ermit's wife, Jonni Miklos (right), and OHU's Planned Giving Officer, Joyce Heneberry (left), next to dedicated weathervane.

Celebrating Resilience, Compassion and Generations of Impact

One Hope United hosted the Ermit L. Finch Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 to celebrate the enduring legacy of Ermit L. Finch. The ceremony honored Finch by dedicating his beloved weathervane and a bench in his memory with his wife, Jonni, and Lake Villa Mayor, James McDonald, in attendance. 

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In honoring Ermit L. Finch’s legacy, we not only celebrate his life but also the impact he continues to have on the OHU community. As we dedicate this ceremony to his memory, may we carry forward his spirit of perseverance and service, inspiring generations to come.

– Damon Cates, President and CEO of OHU
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About Ermit L. Finch

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1934, Finch faced numerous hardships early in life. After losing both parents to tuberculosis, he was sent to One Hope United in 1948 and lived on campus until 1951. Finch’s journey led him to academic achievements at Antioch High School, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago. He maintained his connection with One Hope United, eventually serving on its Board of Directors in 2004.  

Finch passed away in September of 2020, leaving behind a legacy that embodies the mission, values, and vision of One Hope United. 

To watch the full dedication ceremony, please click the link below.

About the Ermit L. Finch Campus

One Hope United has operated the Ermit L. Finch campus since 1948. The campus, named after Finch in April 2019, is home to the CARE Residential Program, serving young boys and teenagers aged 10 to 18 deprived of a home option. The campus also includes a Therapeutic Day School for young men from the campus and surrounding communities. 

About One Hope United

One Hope United (OHU) is a nonprofit providing early childhood education, child and family services, behavioral and mental health resources, and residential programs for more than 129 years. OHU proudly serves over 10,000 children and families each year across Illinois and Florida. Through evidence-based and trauma-informed practices, OHU empowers children and families to see and create a future where, regardless of their past, they can reach their full potential. Learn more about One Hope United

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