Association House of Chicago President Harriet Sadauskas has announced her retirement, effective December 31, 2020. Harriet has dedicated her 47-year career to Association House, serving 27 of those years as the agency’s 20th President. 

Since 1899, Association House of Chicago, located in Humboldt Park, has served a multi-cultural community through comprehensive, collaborative, and effective programs that promote health and wellness and create opportunities for educational and economic advancement. Association House  serves more than 5,000 community members and their families each year through culturally-competent direct-service programs that address immediate needs and long-term goals which include:  Association House High School, Community Health & Workforce Development, Child Welfare Services and Behavioral Health Services. 

Harriet joined Association House in 1973 as a secretary for the Senior Outreach Program and continued to progress to her current role as President. Her “hands-on” approach to enhance the quality of life for diverse communities has enabled her to lead and implement critical programmatic and administrative efforts for the organization. During this unprecedented pandemic situation, Harriet’s dedication to the House has been on full display while she has worked tirelessly to preserve the continuity of services to the community.

The Board expressed deep appreciation and gratitude to Harriet for her leadership of Association House and its impact on the hundreds of thousands of individuals served under her direction. “We are grateful for the dedicated leadership of Harriet Sadauskas. Her contributions to Association House, participants, and the community are a critical part of Association House’s 121-year legacy. Harriet has built a strong foundation for Association House, ensuring that it successfully meets the needs of the community for years to come,” said Tadd Ingles, Association House Board Chair.

The Association House Board is committed to carrying on Harriet’s impressive legacy and has created a Transition Committee to identify Harriet’s successor and ensure a smooth transition to a new President. The Transition Committee has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to run the search for Harriet’s replacement, with the expectation that a successor will be in place by the end of 2020.

While COVID-19 has disrupted plans to honor Harriet at the Faces of Hope Gala, which has been canceled, the Board and staff of Association House are eagerly looking forward to formally celebrating Harriet later this calendar year, which will include being the Spirit of Hope award recipient. At that time, we hope you will join us in recognizing Harriet’s significant achievements.