CHILD THRIVE RESOURCE CENTER
“Child Thrive is a transformational extension of the Children’s Place Association mission. Community stakeholders and service partners coming together to serve our greatest asset, our children.” – Maurice Fears, Sr. – Children’s Place Chief Initiatives Officer
Child Thrive is a geographically focused new collaborative initiative based in West Humboldt Park – a high-need area on Chicago’s westside struggling with gun violence and the impact of structural racism. This initiative is led by Children’s Place in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, JPA (Juvenile Protective Association), Rush University Medical Center and West Humboldt Park Development Council. The goal is to help transform this westside community from one of the harshest places to be a child into a neighborhood where every child can thrive by expanding resources in this underserved neighborhood.
The new Child Thrive Resource Center offers youth mentoring, trauma-informed mental health services, access to primary care, after-school programs and summer mini-camps. The initiative will also provide economic development in the area, addressing abandoned or derelict properties on West Chicago Avenue in order to promote safety and investment. Contact: Kelsey Kruel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Services
JPA will provide a full-time Masters’ level therapist on site 4-5 days per week to improve mental health and address trauma experienced by children and families as a result of community violence. Individual and group sessions, along with support groups will be offered.
Access to Quality Primary Care – Dr. Margaret Scotellaro
A board-certified pediatrician from Rush University Medical Center – will provide health/wellness services to children and parents at the Center one-half day per week. Mentoring for Pre-Teens – Big Brothers Big Sisters will lead an evidence-based mentoring program for pre-teens at the Center aimed at reducing the risk of gun violence and threats to community safety by increasing pro-social behavior in youth ages 9-13.
Led by our partner, JPA, the WeROCK summer program offers creative and educational projects for 3rd & 4th graders that spark children’s imagination and desire to learn.
Check out our upcoming schedule HERE.
Child and Family Support Services
At Children’s Place Association, we work with families confronting serious health conditions and economic disparity. Our comprehensive services help parents and their children develop the strategies, life skills and supports needed to overcome challenges so they can lead healthy, successful lives. Our Family and Community Services include:
Case Managers and Family Support Specialists assess families’ needs and connect them to services and resources. They are advocates for our clients, helping them obtain emergency assistance, housing, medical care and educational resources for children.
Mental Health Counseling
Individual and group counseling helps children, parents and other family members learn coping skills to address emotional challenges, often related to trauma and serious illness. We offer targeted support groups for parents and teens.
Lucy R. Sprague Summer Camp
Our Lucy R. Sprague Summer Camp is a four-week day camp for youth whose lives are impacted by family illness. The camp provides a place for children to enjoy summer, build lasting friendships and learn about healthy living.
Throughout the year, Children’s Place also hosts recreational and social events for client families, providing safe, nurturing and fun environments for children and adults to connect with a supportive network of their peers.
Children’s Place provides subsidized apartments and supportive services for families facing health issues and housing insecurity. With the opening of our new West Humboldt Place building in October 2015, we now provide furnished apartments for 20 families. The program includes a dedicated case manager and other supportive services to help vulnerable families stabilize, improve their health, access education and job training and work towards self-sufficiency.