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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our Employment & Community Day Services team is incorporating “giving back” into their outings. People we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities prepared hygiene kits for distribution to those in need. They recently visited a homeless shelter where they donated the kits and shared information about the services offered by Ada S. McKinley.
In celebration of 100 years of service, Ada S. McKinley awarded 100 trunks to 100 college-bound students through its Revie Sorey Trunk Scholarships. Each trunk was filled with the living and learning essentials first-year students need to get settled in their dorm rooms and begin their college journey. In addition to the Trunk Scholarships, Ada [...]
Our Vocational Services team started their Summer Gardening Program. People we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities are growing vegetables, herbs, and exotic flowers. The Summer Gardening Program is one of many offered through our Employment & Community Support Services programming to encourage independence and healthy living.