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Congratulations, Empowered Moms!

Congratulations to the amazing women in our Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program! We held a luncheon to celebrate their recent accomplishments. 

The Empowering Women, Strengthening Families (EWSF) program exists to empower mothers to independently care for their children through housing support, medical care, educational scholarships and much more. Continue reading

From Homeless to Hopeful

Jasmine and her three young children were homeless in Chicago, moving from shelter to shelter every day. But then she joined Holt-Sunny Ridge’s Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program, and her life has drastically changed.

Today she is a stable, motivated and empowered mom.

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I Have Them, They Have Me: Empowering Single Moms in Chicago

A single mother in Chicago — alone and suffering from a traumatic past — Nina thought placing her three children for adoption was her only option. Then she heard about Holt-Sunny Ridge, and their new program to empower single moms in Chicago. 

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EWSF Graduation! Fall 2018

In September, seven women graduated from the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program! We honored them during a luncheon at a wonderful Italian restaurant. In order to graduate from the EWSF program, women need to successfully meet the goals they have set in order to achieve self-sufficiency and keep their families together.

We are so proud of these amazing women and all they have accomplished!

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Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program

Because every mother should have the option to parent her child…

The Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program exists to empower mothers to independently care for their children through:

• Housing Support
• Educational scholarships
• Medical care
• Day care assistance
• Case-managed support and guidance

To enroll in this program, a woman must be:
• An Illinois resident
• Age 18 or older, or under 18 with guardian’s permission
• Currently pregnant and/or parenting, but considering adoption due to lack of resources — women who, if not for the lack of resources, would choose to parent.
• Available to participate in our intake process

Partnering Together to Serve Women

If you are working with a woman who is currently parenting and/or pregnant, who would like to parent her child(ren), but lacks the resources to do so, we invite you to refer her to us. Our compassionate, professional staff will empower her with the guidance and resources she needs to achieve stability and independently care for herself and her child.

Every year, we work with dozens of women who make the most difficult decision to place their child with an adoptive family — solely because she doesn’t have the resources to parent her child herself. For women who want to parent, but lack sufficient support, parenting skills, job skills or permanent housing, there are few resources outside of decentralized public assistance.

If you have questions, or would like to refer a woman to the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program, we’d love to talk with you. Contact Loann Tan, our birth parent and resource social worker, at or 630.754.4510.

Celebrating Empowered Moms!

In March we hosted a luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of women in our new Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program. After six months strong, these amazing women have reached some major milestones! Including:

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Empowering Mothers to Parent

Nine women are currently enrolled in our Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program, and we are so proud of the amazing progress they are making!

In October, we launched a brand new project that had been a dream of ours for years: to empower mothers in Chicago, who are considering adoption solely for lack of resources, to independently care for their children.

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