Our Employment and Community Support Services team is enhancing customized planning for the people we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities through the use of person-centered planning tools and programmatic development. Renovations were completed recently at our McCrone location to develop space for activities such as crafts and hands on projects, exercise and setting goals [...]
Ada S. McKinley is one of four agencies taking a critical leadership role in serving youth impacted by violence and trauma in the community through the Youth Leadership Project. This joint venture of the Illinois Coordinated Care Partnership (ICCP) has resulted in the creation of programs designed to develop leadership skills at four target schools [...]
People we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities put on a live stage production at the Black Ensemble Theater entitled Langston Hughes & Friends – Ada S. McKinley’s Aztlan Super Stars. They worked diligently for two months, practicing and memorizing lines, establishing performance chemistry, and learning life skills. Through its Theater for Special Women and [...]
Ada joined the Chicago Marine Heritage Society for our annual, city-wide Chicago Christmas Tree Ship effort at Navy Pier. We loaded over 1,000 live Christmas trees onto our trucks and delivered them to deserving families in time for the holidays. The program was featured during a WGN-TV/Channel 9 news segment.
We collected over 300 toys for children served by our foster care, emergency shelter, head start, and behavioral health programs. Special thanks to USI and McDonald’s Corporation, as well as Ada S. McKinley board members, staff and guests of our annual holiday party, for making generous toy donations.
Congratulations to our Emergency Foster Care Shelter team on our 10 Year Anniversary! The milestone was recognized during a “Roaring 20's” themed celebration. The program was highlighted by performances and art presented by people we serve, and guest speaker Pamela Nicole Dukes of Awakening Aspirations.
Our Community Day Services team, along with people served by the program, participated in the Speak Up and Speak Out Summit in Springfield, IL. People we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated in a variety of informational sessions and training activities that focused on becoming champions of their own lives. The two-day summit was [...]
Ada was recognized by SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) at their national conference held in Chicago for the work we do to empower, educate and employ people in the community. SIOR is a loyal supporter of our educational services program and our Annual Revie Sorey Trunk Scholarship Celebration.
Our Vocational Services team collaborated with the University of Chicago for a joint practice between our male tennis athletes and their tennis team. It was great practice and experience for our Special Olympic participants.
Ada S. McKinley, in collaboration with Illinois Partners for Human Service, hosted a Reframing Forum that focused on messaging within the human services sector. Nearly 100 communications professionals from human service and education organizations gathered at our McCrone location to discuss what the public believes about human service work, and ways to avoid reinforcing misconceptions [...]