Holidays at Onward House

Posted November 2009

Holiday Party

The holiday season is here! Onward House is grateful to our supporters who help to make the holidays bright for the families we serve. Read on to learn about our upcoming holiday events and how you can be involved!

This is the 35th year that Glenbrook South High School has donated food to the Onward House Food Pantry. Since 1974, Glenbrook South has donated over 300,000 pounds of food to Onward House. The non-perishable items generated by the high school’s food drive are used to prepare holiday food bags for nearly 40 area families. The rest of the food is used to stock our busy food pantry shelves.

Onward House was selected to take part in the 2009 CTA Holiday Food Train program and we will be receiving 15 holiday food baskets to donate to some of the low-income families in West Town and Belmont Cragin.

On December 11th, Gallup is generously inviting the School Age children at our Belmont Cragin site to their offices for a holiday party, complete with food and gifts.

On Dec 16th the Onward House Auxiliary Board is hosting the annual Holiday Party at West Town. A fun-filled evening of games, gifts donated by Marge Kovacz and the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, pizza and snacks is in store, complete with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Additional holiday supporters include Edgebrook Community Church, Glenn Westlake Middle School, WDRV - The Drive 97.1, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sylvia Studt, Mary Feldmeir and Glenview Community Church,, and U.S. Foodservice.

How to get involved:

Would you like to help spread holiday goodwill this winter? There are many ways to get involved. Here are some ideas:

Happy holidays from Onward Neighborhood House!


Onward House Fall 2009 Newsletter

Posted November 2009

Fall Newsletter
Onward House recently mailed our Fall 2009 newsletter. Inside you will find articles on our food pantry, Ukrainian families in the West Town community, the outstanding service of employee Gladys Malave and other stories.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, please sign up using the "Join Our Email List" feature on the top right of this page, or email Adam Talaski at You may also download a copy of the newsletter here.


Chase Community Giving

Posted November 2009

Chase Giving

Help support Onward House by logging onto your Facebook page and voting in the Chase Community Giving program. Onward House is one of half a million charities competing for votes in this new JPMorgan Chase philanthropic endeavor. The top 100 organizations will earn $25,000 each and the chance to compete for additional support. Voting only takes a moment and you can vote for multiple organizations. Thank you for your support and spread the word!

While you're logged in, become a fan of the Onward Neighborhood House page!


15th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo

Posted November 2009


Chicagoland's largest event targeted to active 60+ year old adults, the Senior Lifestyle Expo, will be held on Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Drury Lane Oak Brook. The 2010 Senior Lifestyle Expo will feature health and wellness information, seminars on finance and travel, entertainment, drawings and giveaways, and 120+ product and service exhibitors. Please contact Aixa Moratilla at 312/666-6726 if you are interested in attending. Click here to learn more about the Onward Neighborhood House Senior Club.


Second Annual Capital Campaign Golf Outing

Posted October 2009

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Thanks to the unwavering support of Transparent Container and Neutral Tandem the second annual Onward House Golf Outing was a huge success. The event raised nearly $53,000 for our Capital Campaign in support of the our new Belmont Cragin location.

Thanks to all of the guests and donors that made this event possible and thank you to our sponsors:

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This past year has been difficult for businesses and individuals alike. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who helped us meet our event fundraising goal. We would also like to thank Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, Rian Wren, Jon Clopton and Surendra Saboo of Neutral Tandem and Dan Greiwe, Irene Rodriguez, Jim Durham, Jeff Lyman and Eric Clamp of Transparent Container.

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We are already planning next year's event for September 16th, 2010. We hope you will join us!


Chicago Reads Day

Posted September 2009

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Open Books and the City of Chicago recently co-sponsored Chicago Reads Day. Open Books volunteers visited six community centers around the city, including the Onward House Belmont Cragin site. Volunteers took time out of their days to travel to our agency and read to our early childhood students. Onward House emphasizes early literacy in all of our preschool classrooms and the Open Books volunteers offered a welcome opportunity for our students to engage with new faces and stories. Onward House would like to thank Open Books, the City of Chicago and all of the Chicago Reads Day volunteers.

Volunteers are an essential part of Onward House’s resource network. Whether brightening up a hallway with fresh paint or a classroom by reading aloud, there are numerous opportunities to get involved. Give Onward House a call to see how you can volunteer your time and talents!


Auxiliary Board Hosts 2nd Annual Summer Picnic

Posted September 2009

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Onward House parents, children and staff recently braved the rain to celebrate the end of summer in the Smith Park field house. For the second year in a row, the Onward House Auxiliary Board planned a fun-filled evening of crafts, sports, games and a picnic dinner for the families at our West Town site.

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Onward House would like to give special thanks to Meghan Regan for acquiring the donated food items and to the entire Auxiliary Board for hosting a fun family evening. The Onward House Auxiliary Board is made up of young Chicago professionals. If you would like more information on becoming a member of the Auxiliary Board, please contact Gemma Petrie at 312/666-6726. Lends a Helping Hand at West Town

Posted August 2009

Monster Volunteers

The local offices of took time out of their busy work schedules to visit our West Town site on August 20, where groups of volunteers painted and cleaned our 90 year old facility. They even brought toys and a stuffed logo “monster” for one of our classrooms.

Monster Volunteers

We are grateful to for their dedication to Chicago low-income families as demonstrated through their volunteer hours and the food they have donated to Onward House’s food pantry. By donating time and labor to Onward Neighborhood House, saved the agency hundreds of dollars in necessary maintenance.

Monster Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of Onward House’s resource network. Whether brightening up a hallway with fresh paint or a classroom by reading aloud, there are numerous opportunities to get involved. Give Onward House a call to see how you can volunteer your time and talents!


Capital Campaign Golf Outing: Save the Date!

Posted July 2009

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Transparent Container and Neutral Tandem will sponsor the 2nd annual Onward House Charity Golf Tournament on September 17th, 2009!

We would like to thank all the sponsors and everyone who participated in support of Onward House's cause last year. Your contributions totaled over $58,000!

This year's event will take place at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club. The event will include a 4-person scramble, box lunch and awards ceremony following the golf.

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club
1 Pete Dye Drive
Lemont, IL 60439

11:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Dinner and Awards to follow Golf
$250 per person, includes Lunch, Golf, Dinner and Silent Auction
$50 per person, Dinner, Auction

Register Now! Contact Irene Rodriguez at 708.236.1331 or via email at


Puerto Rican Day Parade

Posted June 2009


Onward House staff, friends and supporters recently marched in the Chicago Puerto Rican Day Parade. The annual parade celebrates Puerto Rican culture with music, floats and folk dancers. Onward House marched in the early summer heat with banners made by children in our programs.

As one of Chicago's largest and oldest childcare providers, Onward House was proud to share in the fun of celebrating Chicago's Puerto Rican culture. Check out our slide show for more photos:


Golf Onward: Join us at the Human Concerns Charity Classic!

Posted June 2009


Onward House is honored to partner with Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst for the 2009 Human Concerns Charities’ Golf Classic. The event will be held on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale, Illinois. The 1:00 pm Shotgun Start will be followed by an awards banquet at 6:00 pm. A $150 donation per person provides a round of golf with a cart, beverage coupons, a banquet dinner and a chance to win numerous prizes! All proceeds benefit Onward House and the Human Concerns Charities. Please contact Al Rago to register: (630) 930 - 8089. See you on the green!


Deloitte Volunteers make an “IMPACT” at West Town Facility

Posted June 2009

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It couldn’t have been a more beautiful spring day for the 36 Deloitte volunteers who came to the Onward House West Town facility on June 5, 2009. The group performed much needed facility painting, cleaning and landscaping maintenance throughout the morning and part of the afternoon.

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Onward House is thankful for the services provided by the Deloitte volunteers as they took time away from their downtown offices to lend a helping hand. This year Deloitte marked its 10th Annual IMPACT Day -- a one-day celebration of its year-round commitment to workplace volunteerism -- by contributing volunteer time to hundreds of nonprofits across the country. More than 40,000 Deloitte personnel from some 70 communities were able to participate in volunteering with agencies like Onward House.

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Volunteers are an essential part of Onward House’s resource network. Whether brightening up a hallway with fresh paint or a classroom by reading aloud, there are numerous opportunities to get involved. Give Onward House a call to see how you can volunteer your time and talents!



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Volunteers are an essential part of Onward House’s resource network. Whether brightening up a hallway with fresh paint or a classroom by reading aloud, there are numerous opportunities to get involved. Give Onward House a call to see how you can volunteer your time and talents!


Belmont Cragin: Celebrating a Year of Service

Posted June 2009


May 28, 2009 marked a full year since Onward House opened a second site in the Belmont Cragin community. The last year of service has allowed Onward House to provide educational and support services to hundreds of new children and families. The Onward House staff marked this historic anniversary with a staff appreciation party -- complete with dancing, massages and ice cream. As our service area and staff size has grown, our commitment to empowering those in need to acheive their full potential has remained unchanged. Onward House thanks all of our supporters and we look forward to serving both the West Town and Belmont Cragin communities for years to come!


Onward House Spring 2009 Newsletter

Posted May 2009

Spring Newsletter
Onward House recently mailed our Spring 2009 newsletter. Inside you will find articles on our family support services, popular classes at our Community Computer Resource Center, volunteers from the American College of Healthcare Executives and other stories.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, please email Adam Talaski at You may also download a copy of the newsletter here.


Onward House to participate in 2nd Annual “Drive for Charity” Golf Scramble

Posted May 2009


What better way to enjoy a Saturday than with a round of golf? Onward House has been selected as the charity recipient for the 2nd Annual Drive for Charity Golf Scramble on Saturday June 6, 2009 at Poplar Creek Country Club in Hoffman Estates. The cost for the event is $100 per player. Included with the fee is 18 holes of golf with a cart, food and drinks at the turn and after the event, complimentary range balls, and prizes. Interested parties can RSVP to Auxiliary Board member Nick Pirotte with the number of people in your group and a team name (email to Individuals are also welcome to participate. Event proceeds will go to benefit Onward House programs. We hope to see you there!


Week of the Young Child

Posted April 2009

Health Fair

To celebrate the Week of the Young Child last week, Onward House hosted activities in West Town and Belmont Cragin to highlight health, literacy and physical activity. The health fair featured health care providers from myriad Chicago organizations offering information on topics such as nutrition, second-hand smoke, poison control, breast cancer, and free and low-cost health care. On Wednesday parents and children were invited to partcipate in a dance class followed by a parent workshop on childhood diseases.

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In addition, parents were offered free 10 minute massages and invited to browse our book fair. The week culminated with a costume parade around the neighborhoods for the children and a carnival for children and parents with games and prizes. To learn more about the services Onward House provides to families, please visit our Family Support page.


Onward House Gala in Michigan Avenue Magazine

Posted April 2009


Onward House is thrilled to have a photo from the 2009 Night of Bright Futures gala included in the April 2009 issue of Michigan Avenue Magazine.

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The photo appears on page 43 in the magazine's In The Loop section - A monthly photo spread highlighting Chicago philanthropic events.

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Gala attendees Nate Zitelman, J.J. Simon, Alison Lautz and Shalini Hanoman are pictured. (We regret that Ms. Hanoman's name was mispelled in the magazine.)

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Special thanks to Evan Petrie for donating his time and talent photographing the event for us.


One Cause: A New Way to Support Onward House!

Posted March 2009

One Cause

OneCause funds Onward House by channeling your everyday purchases to well-known merchants and service providers, who contribute a percentage of every purchase back to Onward House. It's simple to participate:

-Go to the One Cause page for Onward House and register as a user.
-Select Onward Neighborhood House as your cause.
-View the merchants (and coupon offers!) and shop for your goods.
-Tell your friends to help us earn more support.

Thank you and please contact Gemma Petrie at (312) 666-6726 if you have any questions.


Support Onward House Through Avon!

Posted March 2009


Now you can purchase your favorite Avon Products and support Onward Neighborhood House! Here's how it works:

- Go to the Avon fundraising website:
- Select the "Register a Fundraiser Customer" link in the upper right
- Fill out the form and enter 620041 in the "fundraiser code" field.
- Complete registration and shop through the website
- When checking out, select Direct Delivery method, enter the coupon code FSANY for free shipping and enter your payment information

Your Avon products will be shipped directly to your door and 15% of the Total cost of merchandise will be donated to the Onward Neighborhood House!


Onward House Auxiliary Board Hosts 3rd Annual Gala for a Record Turnout

Posted March 2009


Rain, snow and a recession couldn’t stop over 300 people from attending the third annual “Night of Bright Futures” Gala on February 21, 2009. The event, hosted by the Auxiliary Board, raised $37,000 to sustain and improve the programs and services that Onward House provides to the greater West Town and Belmont Cragin communities. Since its inception, the annual fundraiser has raised over $136,000.

This year marked a change in venue that has generated enthusiasm and increased broader awareness of Onward House’s cause. The stunning Art Deco architecture of the landmark Carbide and Carbon building and rock-themed interior of The Hard Rock Hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile provided a perfect combination of stripped-down elegance and modernity. In many ways, the decor provided a representation of the deep history and continual forward-thinking that has come to define Onward House.

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Live jazz emanated throughout the second floor as people ate, mingled and were informed about Onward House through the various media displays. An assortment of food and cocktails were available throughout the main hall and silent auction rooms. Among the silent auction lots were original artwork, sporting event tickets and local excursions.

In light of the financial strains affecting businesses and individuals of every size and stature, Onward House is especially grateful this year for the contributions and commitments of our supporters. We would like to give a big thank you to the Onward House Auxiliary Board, Neutral Tandem, GTCR, FTI Consulting, Chapman & Cutler, Walton Street Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mesirow Financial, ADP, U.S. Foodservice, Alice’s Garden/Studio AG, Hard Rock Hotel, AlphaGraphics, the Matt Young Group and everyone who volunteered, donated and attended. To view photos of the 2009 Gala, click here and here.

(In first photo: Katrina Lipe, John Tinnon and Wendy Tinnon.)

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Our Mission

The mission of Onward Neighborhood House is to empower families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community-based setting through participant-driven educational, recreational and social service programs.

Onward House Locations

Administrative Offices
5413 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

Ph: 312.666.6726
Fax: 312.666.6735

Belmont Cragin
5423 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

Ph: 773.622.3215
Fax: 773.622.4074

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