CHICAGO — One Hope United recently received a $10,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation through its Essential to Wellness Grant Program.
The grant benefits One Hope United’s Wings/Healthy Families Illinois program, which supports "high-risk" teen, single and other parents in Lake County who have not yet abused their children but feel overwhelmed and need support, encouragement and relief.
"The Cardinal Health Foundation's generous grant supports our mission to strengthen families and protect children," said Mark McHugh, executive director of One Hope United. "We would not be able to offer these services without the support of organizations such as Cardinal Health."
According to 2011 data, the number of abused children has increased due to parental poverty and related stress. Wings/Healthy Families Illinois assigns case managers to work with families using multiple interventions, including parental education about healthy growth and development. The grant will assist residents of Gurnee, North Chicago, Park City, Round Lake, Waukegan and Zion, Ill.
The Cardinal Health Foundation's funding of this evidence-based, child abuse prevention program spotlights its commitment to the community by helping at-risk children, youth and families.