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Quarterly Children’s Place Association Newsletter – September 2015

Children’s Place Association Fall News

Join us at the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

Have you signed up to join our AIDS Run & Walk Chicago team? The deadline to register prior to the event is this Friday, September 18. Sign up before then and use promo code CHILDRENSPLACE15 to take $10 off your registration fee; with the code it’s $30 to walk and $40 to run. We have a wonderful mix of staff, volunteers, donors and family members on race day, so sign up and join us on Saturday, September 26 at Soldier Field.

Sign up for Children’s Place AIDS Run & Walk Chicago team!

Our team is working very hard to raise $22,000 for Children’s Place programs and services.  If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to support our team. Thank you for your support!

 

Place the Hope 2015: October 22

Please join us at the 5th Annual Place the Hope fundraising event for Children’s Place international.

This year’s event, Creating a Better World for Children: Healthcare Heroes Leading the Way, will honor two extraordinary individuals who are transforming hope into positive change.

Honorees
Dr. Chris Reddick
Dr. Wesler Lambert

Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Library
190 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL

Join an already growing list of prestigious supporters and sponsors. Purchase tickets now!  Event recognition and benefits can be found here.  All proceeds will help children in Africa and the Carribean overcome illness and extreme poverty to become empowered young adults.

 

West Humboldt Place to Open Soon

New Building Will Offer Housing & Support Services 

Everyone at Children’s Place Association is excited about the completion of our new building, West Humboldt Place!  The finishing touches are being added and we’re almost ready to move in.

“With the opening of this new building, we will extend our ability to help children and families overcome health issues and extreme poverty,” said Children’s Place Association President and CEO Cathy Krieger. 

The facility will provide 13 units of supportive housing for families with illness or disability who are also experiencing homelessness.  On-site services – including case management and mental health counseling – will be provided for tenant families as well as 200 other children and parents served by our Family and Community Services program, which will relocate to the new building.

An estimated 35-40 children and parents will reside in the new building; a minimum of six apartments will be occupied by families living with HIV/AIDS.

West Humboldt Place’s combination of secure, affordable housing and comprehensive services will help families improve their health, education and economic stability so they can break the cycle of poverty and illness.

The Children’s Place raised more than $4.5 million in government grants and nearly $700,000 in private donations to pay for the project.

“We are so grateful to the government agencies and generous donors who made this facility possible,” Krieger stated.  “Special thanks to Alderman Walter Burnett for championing this project in Chicago’s 27th Ward,” she added.

Major funding came from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, City of Chicago, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, The Christopher Family Foundation and anonymous donors.  Other supporters include The Chicago Community Trust, Northern Trust Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Mr. George Jewell and Mr. Jack Strand.  Steelcase donated office furniture.

Pre-development financing was provided by the Corporation for Supportive Housing and rental support will come from the Chicago Dept. of Public Health and the Chicago Housing Authority.

The facility, constructed on a formerly vacant lot on Chicago’s northwest side, is just blocks from other Children’s Place program sites, including our Early Learning Center.

Completion of the building comes approximately 14 months after the July 2014 groundbreaking ceremony attended by Congressman Danny Davis (7th District), then Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Alderman Walter Burnett (27th Ward), and other government officials.

The Children’s Place Association has offered family housing since 1998 and currently administers nine apartments in the Humboldt Park/Logan Square communities.  The new project will more than double our supportive housing capacity.

 

Early Learning Center Graduation

This August 15 children took a huge step down a red carpet to celebrate their graduation from the Children’s Place Early Learning Center!  Family, friends and staff cheered the five-year olds on as they received diplomas and performed songs for the enthusiastic crowd.

2015 is the fourth year in a row that 100% of these young graduates have been fully prepared for kindergarten, as indicated by nationally recognized early education assessment tools.

Our special thanks go to ValMark Securities for generously sponsoring the occasion and to Fifth Third Bank for providing volunteers for the event.

We couldn’t be more proud of the children and wish them all the best as they take the next steps in their education!

Above Photo: Dorietta Seanior, Education Coordinator at the Early Learning Center