Executive Director Report

Letter from Executive Director:

Spring is here and I hope everyone is finding time to enjoy the wonders of some warm weather, flowers and sunshine!   We have had a wonderful and very busy spring session and are looking forward to some exciting HOPES events to come. Our spring program ends on May 2nd and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to Lincoln Park Zoo with our families on Saturday May 4th.  Our students and families, staff and volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the zoo, have dinner and participate in Animal SuperHero activities. The event is being funded by a donor of the Lincoln Park Zoo and we are thrilled that they chose to partner with HOPES this year and make the event available exclusively to our families.  

On April 18th we held our annual Partner Appreciation event and shared HOPES 2019 strategy and plans with donors, enrichment partners, board members and volunteers who have contributed to the growth and success of our organization in countless ways.   It was a pleasure to take time out to reflect on how far we have come and the many opportunities still ahead of us.

The Second Annual Seeds of HOPE Gala will be held on Friday, June 21st at Garfield Park Conservatory.  Pre-sale tickets are on sale on our website through May 31. I hope to see many of you at this wonderful event hosted by our board of directors.  


Rita Kahn

Interim Executive Director and Development Manager

Chicago HOPES for Kids