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Please join Top Chef competitor Carlos Gaytan at our first ever Almost Home Kids Summer Tasting Soirée – A Top Student Chef Culinary Competition and gourmet event at Kendall College benefiting the programs and children at Almost Home Kids. Senior Students will create hors d’oeuvres inspired by the cultural backgrounds of AHK families, while attendees will have the chance to select the winner of the AHK Top Student Chef Scholarship.

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
KENDALL COLLEGE – 900 N. Branch Street, Chicago
Complimentary Parking will be available in the parking lot north of Kendall College

Click Here to purchase tickets: $125

 

We currently have clinical employment opportunities at AHK available, and recently hosted an Open House that was sponsored and organized by our friends at Titus Talent Strategies.

The Open House was a great way for people to get a better understanding of our programs, and learn about the various employment opportunities we currently have available – RN’s, Resource Nurses and CNA openings at both locations.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply, please email April Alexander, AHK Director of Nursing.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Naperville gala and wore western gear and fabulous jewelry at our Boots n’ Bling; a Western Fling event on Friday April 28th. Over $150,000 was raised at the event, plus with many new attendees in the room we were able to reach lots of new friends and tell the all about Almost Home Kids.

Michelle and Jon Freeman gave a very heartwarming parent testimonial about their son Peter, who came to us for transitional Care that truly touched everyone in the room.

Thank you to Patti Vasquez (from WGN radio’s Pretty Late) who was our awesome host for the evening, and Marion Valle for raising the gavel as our auctioneer.

We broke some impressive fundraising goals by doubling the usual amount raised at the Fund a Need and the auction, plus the attendees had a very fun time dancing to the live music of modern country band Lincoln Don’t Lie, who rocked the night away. The night kicked off with some great fiddling from the violin group from String Serenade.

We recognized two very special awardees, Carolyn Johnson (Volunteer Extraordinaire) and Mullarkey Associates (Share the Care Champions) – great ambassadors of AHK, and amazing supporters is so many different ways.

ATI, Neuco, UPS, JMG Financial, Mullarkey Associates and The Meeting House were our corporate sponsors – Thank You!!

We are thrilled to be recognizing two wonderful awardees on Friday at our Naperville Gala “Boots & Bling” a Western Fling. Hope you can join us to recognize their amazing support of Almost Home Kids over the years.

Mullarkey Associates
Share the Care Champion
Mullarkey Associates, Inc. was founded by Martin Mullarkey, Sr. and Barbara Mullarkey in 1971 in the basement of their home. Mullarkey Associates operates as a manufacturer’s representative company that focuses on the water related markets that include; Municipal, Industrial, Swim Pool, and Carwash Markets. The Company represents 14 manufacturers in the 13 Midwestern states. The company is head quartered in Tinley Park, IL.
Today, the company is managed by their two sons Martin Jr. and Michael with advisement from their son Matthew.
The Mullarkey Family have been close personal friends of Debbie Grisko, AHK President and Executive Director, her parents and her siblings for many years. When Debbie joined Almost Home Kids in 2007, Mullarkey Associates became one of Almost Home Kids’ most steadfast supporters. Since 2007, Mullarkey Associates has contributed more than $40,000 to Almost Home Kids, making an indelible impact on our success as an organization through sponsorship of everything from Galas to Golf Outings to the Margaret M. and Thomas M. Curran Healing Garden at our Naperville home.
In addition to the meaningful contributions Mullarkey Associates have made at Almost Home Kids, the rest of the family have been very much involved as well – Matt Mullarkey serves on the AHK Executive Board, and has supported us in many ways – including golfing 100 holes in our annual Golf Marathon and Grace Mullarkey has served on past organizing committees – it’s been a family affair.

Carolyn Johnson
Volunteer Extraordinaire
Carolyn Johnson is a member of the Almost Home Kids President’s Council and was previously a member of the Almost Home Kids Board of Directors. She served on the Program Committee as one of the original team members that created a protocol for collecting outcomes of care and demographic data for the children served by Almost Home Kids. She continues to be involved in the generation of yearly data reports which are used by the Almost Home Kids staff to track trends, create presentations, and write grant proposals.
Carolyn’s connection to Almost Home Kids began when her son, Michael, stayed at the Naperville site in the Respite Care Program. The Johnson family is eternally grateful for the care Michael received, and Carolyn has spoken at many Almost Home Kids functions about the positive impact of this experience on both family and community.
Carolyn graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Applied Statistics from DePaul University. She is a Lead Staff Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt with Continental Automotive Systems, and has spent her career working in the area of automotive pressure sensors and exhaust & emissions sensors.

Carolyn’s connection to Almost Home Kids began when her son, Michael, stayed at the Naperville site in the Respite Care Program. The Johnson family is eternally grateful for the care Michael received, and Carolyn has spoken at many Almost Home Kids functions about the positive impact of this experience on both family and community. Carolyn’s husband Joe has also participated in the Golf Marathon for AHK and along with their son Tom they have attended AHK events for several years.

Please join us for our first ever Almost Home Kids Summer Tasting Soirée – A Top Student Chef Culinary Competition and gourmet event at Kendall College benefiting the programs and children at Almost Home Kids. Senior Students will create hors d’oeuvres inspired by the cultural backgrounds of AHK families, while attendees will have the chance to select the winner of a Top Student Chef Scholarship. Kendall College offers a cool setting with ample onsite parking.

Where: Kendall College 900 N North Branch St, Chicago, IL 60642
When: Thursday June 15th, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Why: to help raise awareness and funds for Almost Home Kids
Tickets: $125 each

Please contact Judith McLean with any questions, or to secure a particular sponsorship level: jmclean@almosthomekids.org | 312-399-0013

 $10,000 – The Chef

  • 25 tickets
  • Event Name would be changed to accommodate sponsor name
  • Corporate Logo on the organization’s event page with link to company website
  • Company name promoted as event sponsor in pre and post publicity of event
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Listing in bi-annual newsletter
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

$5,000 – The Sous Chef

  • 15 tickets
  • Corporate Logo on the organization’s event page with link to company website
  • Company name promoted as event sponsor in pre and post publicity of event
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Listing in bi-annual newsletter
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

 $2,500 – The Saucier

  • 10 tickets
  • Corporate Logo on the organization’s event page with link to company website
  • Company name promoted as event sponsor in pre and post publicity of event
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

$1,000 – The Top Student Chef Scholarship Award (sold out)

  • $1,000 goes to the winner of the culinary competition
  • Opportunity to name the scholarship
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Listing in bi-annual newsletter
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

Join the AHK Young Associates Board for their cool annual “No Place Like Home” event.

Friday April 28th at 7 PM – 10 PM at the Bassment, 353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, Illinois 60654.

There will be beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers and a great band One Moment From Glory.

Tickets are $85 (until April 14) and $100 (if purchased after April 14, or at the door). Click Here to purchase tix.

Save the Date for our annual Share the Care Ball on October 27th at 6:30 PM at The Drake.

Our annual Chicago gala features a sumptuous dinner, fabulous dancing and an awesome auction at the iconic and historic Drake Hotel.

Co-Chairs Suzi Bramson Brooks and Jen Horsley are bringing some exciting changes to this years event – we will be posting the updates very soon!

Contact Liza Larsen or call 630-786-1763 for more information regarding AHK events and sponsorship opportunities.

There are regular on-site presentations for nurses by medical experts on various topics that are pertinent to the care of the children in our care at Almost Home Kids. Teaching sessions focus on topics pertinent to children currently staying at Almost home Kids, and those that are anticipated and are scheduled by our Clinical Educator.

The nurses in the photo above are learning how to perform Peritoneal Dialysis in a training session lead by DaVita. They have to go through intensive training sessions to ensure they are competent in this type of care, so that they can impart this knowledge on to the parents and caregivers as part of their training to assist with their child’s successful and safe transition home.

We currently have the following employment opportunity at AHK available, if you are interested in this position, or learning about more clinical openings, please email April Alexander, AHK Director of Nursing

Job Description
Almost Home Kids (AHK) cares for children with complicated health needs by providing short-term transitional care in a home-like setting, family training and respite care. With locations in Naperville and at Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s, AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home.

As a Resource RN, the nurse will support both the Chicago and Naperville AHK locations, and if not needed, then will work resource at the Lurie Children’s Hospital location. Resource RN’s receive an extra premium in addition to their base pay rate.

General Summary of Position Responsibility:
The Registered Nurse delivers patient care in a home-like setting by performing patient assessments and documenting medical histories and vital signs. This role utilizes the nursing process and performs responsibilities in five areas of nursing practice: clinician, clinical inquiry, teacher, professional development and leadership. Responsibilities also include patient/family education and instruction during visits, performing telephone triage and other activities as assigned. Understands and integrates into the delivery of patient care the needs of neonatal, pediatrics, adolescent and adult patients in regard to their growth and development process

Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs nursing assessments utilizing a variety of assessment methods and/or area-specific tools.
  • Individualizes existing plans of care and develops goals relative to family needs. Evaluates and documents changes to the plan.
  • Develops or individualizes teaching plans/protocols to meet patient and family learning needs. Identifies patient preferences and needs including motivation to learn. Evaluates and documents changes to the plan whether that be in the Electronic Medical Record or in the paper chart.
  • Performs nursing care according to procedures/protocols. Anticipates impending emergent situations and intervenes effectively.
  • Communicates with the family and members of the multidisciplinary team to identify health care needs. Communicates changes in patient status. Utilizes appropriate resources for referral or consultations.
  • Keeps up to date in nursing practice by utilizing current nursing and healthcare literature for information and problem solving.
  • Incorporates current hospital and departmental quality initiatives into daily activities.
  • Adheres to communication, service excellence and professional image standards that support the hospital mission and philosophy.
  • Identifies learning needs and seeks resources to advance nursing practice and achieve professional goals.
  • Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Nursing required.
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois and
  • CPR/BLS certification required.
  • At least 1 year nursing experience required, but pediatrics preferred.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patient/families, physicians and hospital staff.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Flexibility is required with scheduling.

Job Location
Rotates between Naperville and Chicago location, Illinois, United States

Position Type
Full-Time/Regular

Salary Grade
RN

FTE Status
.9

Work Days
Monday thru Sunday, every other weekend rotation

Shift Hours
Day/Night rotation every 6 weeks (12 hour shifts)

Shift
NIGHT/DAY

 

April Alexander, MBA, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Almost Home Kids
7S721 Route 53, Naperville, IL 60540
t 630.786.1751
f 630-271-9186
e AAlexander@almosthomekids.org

We are thrilled to announce the re-launch of our Child Life Practicum at Almost Home Kids and are very excited to have this unique experience available for students pursuing a Child Life career.

This practicum opportunity is intended to introduce students to the Child Life field and provide a unique perspective of Child Life.

The practicum at AHK will follow the six standards held by the Association of Child Life Professionals. Practicum students must complete 8-12 hours per week for a period of 14 weeks, with a minimum of 120 hours.

If you are interested in this program, please download the application: AHK Child Life Practicum Application, plus you can always contact our Child Life Specialist Kari Bartleson at kbartelson@luriechildrens.org for any additional questions.

Application Postmark Deadline                                       Practicum Dates

March 27, 2017                                                                      May 8/15-August 14/21*

All required material must be postmarked by the application postmark deadline. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.  An application is not a guarantee of acceptance to the AHK Child Life practicum.

Kari Bartelson, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist | t 630.271-9155  f 630.271.9186