Dear Partners and Friends,
It is my pleasure to present to you the impact of Gads Hill Center’s work in fiscal year 2017. The remarkable accomplishments of the children and families in our programs continue to inspire us as they work hard to build strong lives for themselves and their communities.
Gads Hill Center adds academic enrichment and social-emotional supports to the foundation that children bring from home: hard work and dedication to faith, family, and community.
At Gads Hill Center, we embrace a universal morality to treat each child as our own—engaging parents as partners to help children reach their full potential. Unlocking this potential for many low-income children in Chicago requires multiple keys and large investments. Structural and environmental factors close the door to opportunities for far too many children in their young lives, which often undermines their ability to succeed.
While the challenges working families face to achieve the American Dream are complex, the solutions we seek are simple—a decent education for their children, reward for hard work, and safe neighborhoods. The academic and social-emotional achievements our programs foster are important building blocks for children, but in many instances, they are not enough to lift families out of poverty. Our nation is in dire need of a new generation of public policies that invest in the wellbeing and progress of communities. The human-service sector must be at the vanguard of this social-change movement by organizing the families we serve and building the platform for their voices to be heard in the policy discourse.
Public policies and programs are instrumental in attaining the positive outcomes that our programs make possible at a micro-level. To this end, Gads Hill Center is committed to increasing civic engagement as a strategy to achieve and sustain our mission.
I am pleased to share the successes that Gads Hill Center has achieved as well as the challenges that lie ahead. Gads Hill Center will continue building on the impactful academic and social-emotional work that opens opportunities for children while fostering strong civic engagement participation among our families. We invite you—and count on you— to join us in these endeavors.
Thank you for your support!
Chief Executive Officer
2017 Annual Report
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