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One Hope United Event Celebrates 2012 Achievements in Preventing Child Abuse in Chicago Metro Area

WHO: One Hope United is gathering supporters in a Celebration of Hope event to spotlight 2012 achievements.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL

WHAT: In the Chicago Metro Area, One Hope United offers a comprehensive array of services to protect vulnerable children from child abuse or neglect, strengthen their families, and prepare children for a prosperous future through early learning programs. One Hope United is a leader in early learning, operating 10 NAEYC- accredited child development centers that care for over 1000 at-risk children ages 6 weeks to 5 years every day.

Below are some of One Hope United’s achievements in 2012:

• One Hope United received new federal funding to enhance and expand its Healthy Families and Wings child abuse prevention programs serving predominantly teenage parents through the addition of community-based doulas.

• Ten One Hope United child development centers are now accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), putting them in the top 10% of early childhood education programs nationally.

• 98% of One Hope United clients had no substantiated reports of abuse or neglect while in services.

• 98% of children in our Foster Care Program remained stable within their foster home placement.

WHY: “We rely on volunteers and private donations to enable us to provide a measure of excellence in counseling and therapy, and to cover costs such as clothing, participation fees at school, books and activities,” said Mark McHugh, Executive Director, One Hope United’s Northern Region.

HOW: This special evening will include dinner and a live auction.

Individual tickets are $125.

To purchase tickets visit http://onehopeunited.wpengine.com/celebration/ or contact Jenaeth Markaj, 312-949-4001, jmarkaj@onehopeunited.org.