Educational Institutions

Holy Family Ministries

  • Chicago, IL
  • holyfamilyministries.org

Mission Statement

Mission: In partnership with Chicago's low-income communities, we provide safe havens where children and adults grow spiritually, find hope, and broaden life skills. Programs strengthen communities by empowering and equipping youth and adults for leadership, educating youth for entrance into high performing high schools and colleges, instilling youth with the values and motivation to succeed in life, offering effective out-of-school programs, and providing sanctuary within troubled neighborhoods. 
Programs are open to all who enroll, and offered first-come, first-served, without regard to religion, race, gender, previous academic achievement, or ethnicity.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Holy Family School
  3. Little Learners Academy
  4. After-School Program
  5. Adventures in Learning Summer Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

The majority of children and families reside on Chicago’s West Side in the communities of Austin, East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and West Humboldt Park, all among Chicago’s lowest-income neighborhoods.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Dr. Susan Work

Keywords

Self-reported

Pre-School, Elementary School, After-School and Summer Youth Development, for Chicago's low-income African American population

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EIN

36-4320533

 Number

4905620460

Physical Address

3415 W. Arthington

Chicago, IL 60624

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Holy Family Ministries’ programs nurture the healthy social, academic, physical, and spiritual development of Chicago children and youth. Equipped with intellectual curiosity, competitive academic skills, confidence, health, and faith, the children in Holy Family’s care will access top-performing high schools and the colleges of their choice. As adults, they will make positive contributions in their families and communities

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Our programs include Holy Family Lutheran School for 150 K-8 students and Hope Alive, serving 135+ youth living in Chicago's low-income housing on the West Side and in Cabrini-Green public housing and surrounding neighborhoods. Hope Alive also serves men in the Cabrini-Green community.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Holy Family School

Holy Family School opens the door to education for low-income families who would normally be unable to access private education because they do not have the resources to afford the tuition. Founded in 1985, the school reaches out to children in grades K – 8 who are at risk of poor academic performance and under-achievement. Programs nurture academic values and skills, along with the spiritual and social values that correlate with goals, self-discipline, and personal responsibility.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$1,737,029.00

Program 3

Little Learners Academy

The Little Learners Academy equips children ages 3 to 5 for kindergarten and beyond by offering an ambitious curriculum designed to challenge students as well as make learning an exciting process of discovery. The Pre-school is combined with a child-care program to provide full-day care to accommodate working parents.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$496,253.00

Program 4

After-School Program

The After School program is unusually effective in mentoring low-income youth, offering a range of activities rarely available in the neighborhoods served. Activities include: homework help provided by teachers and college students; cultural enrichment activities; recreation; nutritious daily snack; computer lab; fine arts activities such as art, hip hop dance,  World music, drama, storytelling, and electives such as reading club, choir, basketball, volleyball, and martial arts. The after school program serves 100 children 5 days per week for 3.5 hours per day during the school year.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$178,644.00

Program 5

Adventures in Learning Summer Program

Studies have shown that during the summer, low-income
students who are not engaged in academic activities lose an average of 2 months
in reading over the summer and almost 3 months in math. This gap is cumulative - sociologists report
that the “summer learning gap” between well-off and poor students starts in
elementary school and has a powerful influence on reading scores through high
school and beyond. [1]

 

The Adventures in Learning program offers full-day sessions
for nine weeks. The goal of the program
is to keep the children safe in the summer, and to provide an enriching
schedule of activities to prevent the academic “summer slide.” Each day begins with a class in Leadership
Development/Character Education, followed by rotating mini-courses in Fine
Arts, Academic Fun and Fitness. 

[1] As
reported in the Washington
Post, 6/21/10, Valerie Strauss interviewing Ron Fairchild.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$85,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

The majority of children and families reside on Chicago’s West Side in the communities of Austin, East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and West Humboldt Park, all among Chicago’s lowest-income neighborhoods.

Funding Needs

Parents proudly pay modest tuition and fees for their children to attend our programs.  Families stretch to meet their share (approximately 25% of the cost to operate the programs), often with extended family members combining resources, because their dreams of a safe and structured environment, caring and enthusiastic teachers and staff, and a values-rich and rigorous curriculum are realized at Holy Family.     Donations allows Holy Family to keep tuition and fees affordable to families, essential in the low-income neighborhoods we serve

Accreditations

North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation

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Financials

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Holy Family Ministries
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Holy Family Ministries

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Susan Work

BIO

Graduate of University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), U of Florida (MS), and Wartburg College (BA). Former PTA president, PTA Council member, and community representative to Early Childhood Task Force, Evanston School District 65. In 1998, Dr. Work was awarded the Vision Keepers Award by the Evanston Ecumenical Action Council. Prior to 1999, Dr. Work was a counseling psychologist working in higher education but enjoyed 12 years as a volunteer fund raiser/administrator for the Holy Family Lutheran School and Hope Alive programs prior to the founding of Holy Family Ministries in 1998.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Mjoseth

McMaster-Carr

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