They Won! Our Bowling Team Are the State Champions

Our Vocational Services Special Olympics Bowling Team closed out the calendar year with a historic win. They outscored three other teams and earned the top honor as State Champions. They were the first athletes to compete in the State Bowling Tournament for Special Olympics of Illinois and earned Ada’s first ever gold medal in bowling. [...]

2020-01-11T13:41:54-06:00January 7th, 2020|News|

100-Year Anniversary Staff Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive

Ada S. McKinley staff closed out our Centennial year in style with a very special holiday celebration held at the South Shore Cultural Center. The red-carpet style gathering brought together the employees who make it happen daily across programs and locations serving over 7,000 people annually. Festivities included recognition of long-serving staff, music, food, raffle [...]

2020-01-02T18:07:38-06:00January 2nd, 2020|News|

Ada Partners with the Coast Guard to Deliver Live Christmas Trees

Ada S. McKinley joined the Coast Guard for the annual, city-wide Chicago Christmas Tree Ship effort at Navy Pier. Our Employment and Community Support Services team coordinated the distribution of 1,200 live trees to deserving families in time for the holidays. Our agency supports this incredible Chicago tradition as an annual partner. It is a [...]

2020-01-11T13:36:40-06:00December 20th, 2019|News|

‘Hey Black Child’ Author Visits Roseland Center

The children at our Roseland Child Development Center had the pleasure of receiving a visit and donation of books from author Useni Eugene Perkins. Mr. Perkins is best known as the author of Hey Black Child, a poem that inspires children to be proud of who they are and to believe in what they can [...]

2020-01-11T13:48:09-06:00December 18th, 2019|News|

Ada Has Expanded its Child Welfare Services

Ada S. McKinley has extended its reach and impact by expanding our child welfare programming. The new services include post-adoption support, parent mentoring, home visiting, and family advocacy. These additions to our programs complement our existing emergency shelter, foster care, and intact services and strengthen our commitment to providing critical resources to children, youth and [...]

2019-12-16T15:42:26-06:00November 29th, 2019|News|

Special Olympics Update

McKinley Vocational Panthers continue to make their mark at the Special Olympics. They won a gold and silver medal in the Sectional Bowling Tournament, and for the first time in Ada history, the Panthers are sending a team to the State Tournament. They also won a silver medal at the State Flag Football Tournament. We [...]

2019-12-16T15:54:08-06:00November 15th, 2019|News|

Breast Cancer Awareness and Sista Strut

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and our partnership with iHeart Media as the official media partner for our 100-Year Anniversary, Ada participated in the Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk. Sista Strut aims to highlight issues surrounding breast cancer in women of color, heighten awareness, and provide community resources. In addition, Ada [...]

2019-12-16T15:48:15-06:00November 2nd, 2019|News|

“The Gathering” Centennial Celebration

Pictured above with Cheryl Burton:  Donta Jones was the winner of the Apple Watch generously donated by Aetna for having the most social media likes on his event check-in Facebook post. Donta is a participant of our Self-Advocacy Program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He also competes in five sports on Ada S. [...]

2019-11-25T05:19:12-06:00October 31st, 2019|News|

Self-Advocate in the Spotlight

Ada S. McKinley's Thomas Cochrane was recently featured by Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance as part of their Self-Advocacy Spotlight. Thomas is a participant of our Vocational Voices Self-Advocacy Program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He also competes on our Special Olympics basketball, bowling and football teams. As part of the spotlight, Thomas interviewed some [...]

2019-11-06T06:49:59-06:00October 29th, 2019|News|

Volunteers Bring Smiles to the Faces at our Roseland Center

Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors organization for accounting and finance students, visited our Roseland Child Care Center for a day of volunteering sponsored by KPMG. Staff and children from our Ersula Howard, Maggie Drummond and Trumbull Park centers visited Roseland for the day to participate. The children enjoyed an afternoon of fun and learning [...]

2019-08-30T07:03:54-05:00August 28th, 2019|News|