Return to In-Person Learning Makes Life Easier for Student Parents

High school students are returning to in-person learning for the first time in well over a year.  The Pandemic has made their educational process stressful and has disrupted many important areas in their lives.  For many students of the Association House High School, one of their most important commitments is parenthood.  

Jazlyn, a parenting student, shares how both she and her child have transitioned back to an in-person experience. 

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Get to Know Association House’s New Development Director, Lillian Bui

Association House is proud to announce the addition of a Lillian Bui as our new Development Director.

As Director, Lillian will lead the direction of Development Department in marketing, fundraising, donor relations, grants and more. Lillian is an award-winning fundraiser and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), who brings experience from both large and small non-profits.

Shortly after her joining the Association House team, Lillian detailed her prior experiences and what she hopes to bring to Association House.

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2020 Annual Report Stories

For Alejandra, working at Association House has been an eye-opening experience. In her role as a Placement Worker, she finds that she wears the hat of a community member, social worker, and assistant in the Child Welfare department. While moving between roles, Alejandra has found joy in being able to branch out and learn more about requirements for adoption, licensing with the Department of Children and Family Services and maintaining a foster home.

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Meet Association House’s New Auxiliary Board Members!

Association House is proud to announce the expansion of our Auxiliary Board of Young Professionals. This group is dedicated to support the organization’s mission and create awareness of its community impact for a wider set of professional and public audiences in and around Chicago.

Get to meet our new members below and if you or someone you may know would like to be apart of this group visit here.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Awards Association House Grant for Telehealth Expansion

Association House’s Behavioral Health division was awarded a $50,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to progress our telehealth infrastructure. The generous gift will enable the continuance of services to community members as they aim to improve their lives.

Behavioral Health programming assists in the emotional, social, education, developmental, and primary care needs by providing access to prevention, treatment, and educational services. Those include community-based and trauma-informed services to the underserved in both English and Spanish. To carry out those services, AHC utilizes case management to ensure a proper treatment plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a hurdle was presented in providing that care due to social distancing guidelines. The grant allows services to continue care for those who have compromised immune systems, underlying health problems, or behavioral health needs.

“COVID provided a hurdle for our team to push through, thankfully we were able to transition to telehealth,” said Kristy Kolzow, Supervisor of Visions Substance Use Program. “The transition is helpful as the pandemic was hard for our program because of the triggers to use substances due to the stay at home order. We checked in with clients daily for sessions, made sure we were available at all times, found online meetings that participants could attend, and used each other to staff cases. We have a great leadership team that was able to apply for some additional funding as well to be able to provide more resources.”

This expansion will continue to be useful once restrictions are loosened and also reduce barriers to care that are not related to COVID-19. The expanded telehealth capabilities will enable AHC staff to effectively work off-site while allowing them access to critical clinical documents where necessary to administer help to participants.

You can learn more about our Behavioral Health programs here.