The Back to School Giveaway hosted by our Educational Services team included a guest appearance by Mark Willis, a native of Oak Park, IL who starred in the movie, Black Panther. The 27-year-old plays a Jabari warrior from mythical Wakanda in the Marvel and Disney phenomenon. The festivities included games, prizes, face painting, food, performances [...]
Ada’s Donta Jones was the keynote speaker for the 2018 Central CEO/Senior Leadership Forum hosted by the National Council of SourceAmerica Employers. Donta is a participant of our Self-Advocacy Program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He also competes in five sports on our Special Olympics Team. We congratulate Donta on doing a marvelous [...]
Ada was well represented for the 2018 Special Olympics 50th Anniversary year. Athletes we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated in the City Bowling Tournament for the first time our agency’s history, earning two gold medals, one silver, and the opportunity to compete in the upcoming Sectional Tournament. We were also represented in the [...]
Our Educational Services team hosted its 10th Annual Revie Sorey Trunk Scholarship Celebration during which college-bound students were awarded trunks filled with things they will need to reach success in their new environment (desk supplies, bedding and linens, electronics, and other important items). This year’s college-bound Trunk Scholars included two standouts. Robert Martin, a graduate [...]
Ada S. McKinley's CEO, Jamal Malone, was featured in the July 16, 2018 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business among the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2018 Fellows. The select group of accomplished and diverse individuals chosen for the program represent a cross-section of professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, government, and education sectors.
Our Employment & Community Support Services team hosted its staff Leadership Conference themed Together Towards Tomorrow: Empowering Our Excellence. The focus of the two-day conference was staff training and team building. Pictured with the team is best-selling author and inspirational coach Danny Bader who led a presentation entitled Making Your Vision Your Reality.
Our Residential Services team held its 28th Annual Dinner Dance celebrating its accomplishments at the Double Tree Hotel-Alsip on June 15th. People with developmental and intellectual disabilities served by the program enjoyed socializing and received awards for their perseverance and success. Staff were also acknowledged for their service. This year’s celebration included a festive, Hawaiian-style [...]
Over 30 volunteers from Meredith Corporation spent a day making cosmetic and building improvements to Davis House, one of our private Community Integrated Living Arrangement homes. Davis House serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities by affording them the opportunity to receive support in a personalized home environment. Upgrades included: painting common areas and bedrooms; [...]
To commemorate May as Mental Health Awareness Month, along with Children’s Mental Health Day on May 10th, our Behavioral Health & Clinical Services team provided educational information and held weekly raffles for the people we serve and their families. Prizes included gift cards and school supplies.
Ada S. McKinley’s Educational Services program hosted a “Mock Funeral” to give 80 young men a reality check by having them participate in a ceremony mourning their own deaths. Through its What Are You Prepared to Do to Save A Life? initiative, the agency is using a restorative justice curriculum to tackle gun-violence and social [...]