Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is driven by its mission to empower, educate,
and employ people to change lives and strengthen communities.
The organization was founded as a settlement house in 1919 by Ada Sophia McKinley, a schoolteacher and social reformer, who saw the need to assist veterans returning from World War I and blacks migrating from the South. Currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary, McKinley is one of the largest human services organizations in the country serving more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 locations. Services are provided 24-hours, 365 days a year, primarily in Chicago, with additional sites in Wisconsin and Indiana (hours vary by location).
The agency has three primary areas of services: child development and youth; employment and community support; and behavioral health and clinical. Services rendered daily include: tutoring, mentoring and college placement, foster care, residential, youth and family counseling, employment training and placement, and head start programs.
The vision of Ada S. McKinley is that all people have the opportunity for education and employment.