What We Do

To provide a bridge from hospital to home for children with medical complexities by:

  • Educating and empowering families with the training, skills and confidence needed, to care for their child in their own home.
  • Coordinating all the community-based medical and social services the child and family will need
  • Providing respite care when needed in a home-like setting

Almost Home Kids is a short-term community based pediatric healthcare facility that brings together Medical Professionals, Recreational Volunteers, Community Providers, Sponsors, Donors, Friends, Corporate and Civic Partners. AHK is licensed by the Department of Public Health.

Almost Home Kids envisions a day when every family, every community and every child with medical complexities has access to the transitional care, and unsurpassed standards of AHK

Almost Home Kids envisions the presence of new facilities to service the needs of children with complex medical conditions and their families in their own communities throughout the country.

We’ve developed a program offering with all you need to open an Almost Home Kids in your community and a consulting methodology to assist you with initial planning through implementation.

If you are interested in learning more about our expansion plans, or would like to talk to us about bringing Almost Home Kids to your area, please contact Denise Nora, Director of Business Development & Strategy at 312.318.2239 or dnora@AlmostHomeKids.org


Annual Report

  • 2019-AHK-Annual-Report Annual Report 2019
  • 2018-ar-coverAnnual Report 2018
  • 2017-ar-coverAnnual Report 2017
  • 2016-ar-coverAnnual Report 2016

Board of Directors

Almost Home Kids would like to acknowledge the dedicated individuals who serve on our board in Naperville and in Chicago. Their work and involvement makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of the children we serve, and their families.

Board of Directors

Josh Prangley, Chair
Greenhill & Co,LLC, Managing Director

Theresa Danko, Vice Chair
Cotter Consulting, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development

Jen Horsley
BlueWater Technology, Senior Sales Lead

Julia Chappell
Ethan Allen, Business Development Leader

Kyle Olson
Baker & McKenzie, Partner

Michael Hoffman, MD
Elmhurst Clinic, Pediatrician

Marty Koehler
Assurance, Principal and Board Member

Richard Mark, Retired

Matthew Mullarkey
Centerpoint Properties, Senior Vice President, Special Projects

Michelle Baker
Swoon, CEO

Patricia R. Bellock
Retired State Representative

Bill Neustadt,
Neuco, Inc., Former Chairman

Bregan Herrold*
Cushman & Wakefield, VP of Commercial Finance

Praveen Adhi,
McKinsey & Company, Partner

Christopher Schenkenberg
Grant Thornton, Partner

Michelle Stephenson
Lurie Children’s, Chief Patient Care Services Officer/Chief Nurse Executive

Brenda Davis
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, VP Budget & Financial Planning, Corporate Planning

Yonhee Gordon,
JMG Financial Group, Ltd, Principal and Chief Operating Officer

AHK President’s Council

Dan Ault* Vice Chair – Chicago President’s Council
Cabrera Capital Markets, Principal

Michelle Baker*
Swoon, CEO

Paul Bogdanski+
Reed Smith, Partner

Julia Chappell*
Ethan Allen, Business Development Leader

Theresa Danko*
Cotter Consulting, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development

Carley Diedrich*
First Midwest Bank, Vice President
Commercial Banking Officer

Pat Donlin*
Bank of Montreal, Senior Manager, Corporate Development

Angela Figg*
Instinet, LLC,  Executive Vice President

Sheila Gallagher+
Community Volunteer

Josette Goldberg+
Goldberg Executive Coaching, President

Yonhee Gordon+
JMG Financial Group, Ltd, Principal and Chief Operating Officer

Kim Grove*
Epsilon Economics, VP of Finance and Accounting

Bregan Herrold*
Cushman & Wakefield, VP of Commercial Finance

Michael Hoffman, MD+
Elmhurst Clinic, Pediatrician

Jen Horsley* Chair, Chicago President’s Council
BlueWater Technology, Senior Sales Lead

Carolyn Johnson+
Continental Automotive, Senior Staff Engineer

Ann Karch, MD+

Marty Koehler+ Chair, Naperville President’s Council
Assurance, Principal & Board Member

Bethany Keown+
Naperville Gala Past Chair

Richard Mark+, Retired

Angelina McNeill*
MindSpring Partners LLC, Senior Associate

Matthew Mullarkey+
Centerpoint Properties, Senior Vice President, Special Projects

Bill Neustadt+
Neuco, Inc., Chairman

Kyle Olsen+
Baker & McKenzie, Associate

Katie Ossman*
Water Street Healthcare Partners, Vice President

Josh Prangley*
Greenhill & Co,LLC, Managing Director

Karin Prangley*
Brown Brothers Harriman, Senior Vice President

Ryan Sattersfield*
Rock River Capital Partners

Christopher Schenkenberg*
Grant Thornton, Partner

Steve Tziforos*
Northern Trust Wealth Management, Senior Portfolio Manager

Susan Schwartz*
Corboy & Demetrio, Partner

Matt Szeghy+
Prescient Solutions, Sales Manager

Sarah Tromans*
Hotel InterContinental, Director of Finance

Kathy Wennerstrum+
Naperville Gala Chair

+ designates service in Naperville
* designates service in Chicago

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The Young Associates Board (YAB) is comprised of young professionals in the Chicagoland area dedicated to strengthening the message of Almost Home Kids through awareness and fundraising events. Throughout the year, the Board holds meetings, social outings and participates in community activities to support the mission of Almost Home Kids.

The YAB Executive Board consists of three permanent officers: Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. Additional spots are reserved on the Executive Board for Committee Chairpersons and the Event Chair. We recently had a change of leadership, as Allison Cipolla stepped down as Chair – We are very grateful to Allison and her excellent Board, including Hannah Evans, as they brought in new members and hosted two incredibly successful fundraisers “No Place Like Home”

Please welcome the following individuals into their new leadership roles! These individuals were selected based on their continued advocacy and dedication to the AHK mission. Each has shown a high level of commitment to advancing the impact of YAB and increasing general awareness in their respective personal and professional networks.

Chair: Roxana Gavriliuc
Vice Chair: Mo Crinion
Secretary: Nazanin Salehitezangi

for more information on how to get involved please contact Nazanin at: nsalehitezangi@gmail.com

How to Help

There are many ways to help Almost Home Kids with our mission to enhance the lives of children facing serious and ongoing medical challenges.

Online donations help us keep our administrative expenses to a minimum, since there would be no need for a letter of receipt, envelope and postage.  Of course, you may make your gift any way to feel comfortable.  Many of our supporters simply write a check, made payable to Almost Home Kids, and mail it to us:

Almost Home Kids
ATTN:  Development Dept.
7 S. 721 Route 53
Naperville, IL 60540
(312) 282-7081

Almost Home Kids is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit corporation.
IRS 501c3 Designation
AHK Donor Privacy Policy

Attend an Event

Attend an Event!

Share the Care Ball

Almost Home Kids (AHK) is hosting our 9th annual “Share the Care Ball” on October 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST. This year we are going virtual due to the COVID 19 pandemic and are throwing a 1950’s and 60’s martini-style event.

  • Martini-inspired Virtual Gala benefiting Almost Home Kids – Sharing the Care with a Twist!
  • October 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST
  • Online (at home or wherever you are on October 23rd at 7:30 PM CST)
  • Deadline for registering in time to guarantee receiving a “party in a box” is October 10th, 2020

Cost: $200 per household – click here to register!

Please contact Judith at jmclean@almosthomekids.org or 312-399-0013 if you have any questions or concerns.


We do not have any news yet when the temporary hold on our Recreational Volunteer Program will be lifted. Our best estimate is that the earliest we will be able to resume onsite volunteers and visitors, will not be before the end of September or October. We will be inviting back a reduced number of former volunteers in low increments once it is safe to do so.  New Volunteer Orientations will be the second phase of reopening. Please be patient & watch for those announcements on this site.

Of course, we are following the infection control protocols from the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health and our partner, Lurie Children’s Hospital, to ensure our children and staff are safe and healthy. We are inspired by all the thoughtful messages you have sent letting us know you are thinking of the children and wishing us the best. This kindness really keeps us going! We miss the TLC and compassion you all bring to AHK and are anxious to welcome you back as soon as possible.

Please contact Lisa at lsnow@almosthomekids.org  if you have any questions or concerns.

When our Volunteer program is not on hold,  opportunities include:

  • Recreational Activities with the Children – Opportunities are available 7 days a week for a 2-hour shift commitment
  • Administrative Tasks – NAPERVILLE & PEORIA – Opportunities are available on an as-needed basis
  • Gardening/Yard Work Tasks in NAPERVILLE & PEORIA
  • Coordinating of Fundraising Events benefiting Almost Home Kids
  • Coordinating Donation Drives benefiting Almost Home Kids
  • Event Support Volunteer
  • Corporate Volunteer Days (week days only) are outside projects only at this time

Recreational Volunteers engage the children with play activities such as reading story books, puzzles, sensory toys or simply holding a baby.  It is important you feel you would be comfortable volunteering with a child who has complex medical needs. We require a volunteer commitment of a minimum of 4 volunteer hours  every month for the 4-5 month time period following your Orientation for a minimum of 20 hours.   If you are interested in becoming a Recreational Volunteer with the children here are the guidelines:

  • As soon as our program re-opens to new volunteers -Volunteers will need to complete an online application & then you will be invited to register and attend the next available Volunteer Orientation. Please know that it might take a couple months before you actually attend a Volunteer Orientation because we only on board 8-10 new volunteers each month at each site.  This will ensure all our volunteers ample volunteer shifts to choose from.
  • Volunteers need to be able to commit to at least  two 2-hour shifts per month in the 4- 5 month time period following your Orientation for a minimum of 20 hours…or more!
  • Volunteers need to submit a printed COLOR copy of a photo ID
  • Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age to be a Recreational Volunteer
  • Volunteers need to be up to date with all vaccinations
  • Volunteers need to submit documentation  of a TB test (administered within last 12 months)
  • Volunteers need to  submit documentation of a seasonal Flu shot during the Flu season months of October – April
  • Volunteers 18 years old and older will be asked to complete a Background Check form at Orientation
  • Volunteer shifts are available 7-days a week from 10am to 7pm
  • Volunteers will choose their own 2 hour shifts based on calendar availability each week
  • AHK is not an appropriate site for court mandated service hours
  • A Note for Students: If you are volunteering to meet a class requirement or are a Service Learning Student, the process is the same and you must attend an orientation. Contracts or other paperwork requiring a signature cannot be signed prior to the volunteer attending an orientation.


Orientations are typically held once a month at each location on Thursdays & are approximately 1.5 hours in length.  They do fill up quickly because we limit the number to 8-10 in attendance.

NAPERVILLE Orientation Information:  We are located at  7S721 Rt. 53 in Naperville.  Please click below on the heading  NEW VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM now to begin the process of joining our Volunteer Program! I will invite to the next available Orientation  in the order that I receive the applications. I promise I will get to you as soon as we have an opening! Thank you for your patience.

CHICAGO Orientation Information: We are located at 211 E. Grand Ave on the 6th floor of the Ronald McDonald House. Please click below on the heading NEW VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM to begin the process of joining our Volunteer Program! I will invite you to the next available orientation when that date is selected. Thank you for your patience.

PEORIA Orientation Information: TBD (please contact Cheryl Murin at cheryl.a.murin@osfhealthcare.org)

THANK YOU for partnering with Almost Home Kids to support the children and families we serve! Volunteers are so essential to our mission! If you have questions ~ you can email Lisa Snow at lsnow@almosthomekids.org

Donate Supplies

Donating supplies is an outstanding way to help Almost Home Kids. Whether you donate supplies or organize a drive to collect items, the final result helps the children at Almost Home Kids. Please contact Lisa Snow for more information: lsnow@almosthomekids.org

AHK General Wish List:

  • Gift Cards in any amount to help purchase general supplies (American Express, Visa,  MasterCard or IKEA gift cards)
  • Metra/Ventra prepaid cards
  • $25 Gas Cards (Shell, BP etc.) for parents to help with travel expenses
  • First Class Postage Stamps (Forever stamps)
  • MS Surface Pro (one for each site, for visitor and volunteer check-in)
  • Various office supplies such as pens, sharpies, file folders & post-it notes

Children’s Supplies Wish List: (items must be new please)

  • Graco SnugRide SnugLock 30 Infant Car Seat, Aspen
  • Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, Studio
  • Baby wipes (unscented or for sensitive skin)
  • Desitin (tubes)
  • Pacifiers
  • Wrist rattles and Foot/Ankle rattles
  • Crib sheets
  • Light and Sound Mobiles
  • Crib Light & Sound music boxes
  • Formula containers – Rubbermaid Mixer Mate / 1 qt and 1 pint size
  • Batteries for toys (AA, AAA, C & D)
  • Boppy cushions and covers
  • Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine

House Supplies Wish List:

  • Gift Cards in any amount to help purchase house supplies (Target, Walgreens, IKEA & Home Depot)
  • Laundry detergent – ‘All Ultra Free Clear liquid’ brand
  • Ivory Soap liquid detergent
  • K-Cup Coffee packs 2.0 Keurig (for clinical staff, family members & guests)
  • Glad rectangle 8 Cups/64oz containers with lids
  • Rubbermaid Storage Bins, (16-18 gallon, for storage of clothes, blankets, etc.)
  • Full Sized Boxes of Kleenex (30-40 boxes are used each month)
  • Bath towels (large) and washcloths
  • Hand Sanitizer (travel size with cap/2 oz and 12 oz)
  • Paper Towels

Almost Home Kids is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit corporation.

Legacy Giving

Legacy Giving

  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock
  • Charitable Bequests
  • Legacy Society
  • Insurance Gifts
  • Testimonials
  • Gifts of Stock
  • Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets
  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock

Make a contribution of marketable securities to Almost Home Kids by providing your broker or financial institution with the following information:

  • The Name of Stock (i.e. Apple, Google, UPS, etc.)
  • The Number of Shares
  • Our Brokerage Account Number is:  NT2121857

Your financial institution can make a transfer directly into our secure account.

Please alert the Development Office when you make such a transfer. Contact Raeann Jackson at (312) 282-7081 or rjackson@AlmostHomeKids.org.

Charitable Bequests

Your will is a written testimony of your concern for family and loved ones.  It is a way to show others what you value in life, being most generous with the people and organizations that matter the most to you.  Making a gift to charity in your will is very flexible – because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your will at any time.  It is also one of the most beneficial ways to give because, if your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.

There are a number of ways to include a favorite charity in your will.  Including a gift to Almost Home Kids in your will can be done by the following language:

“I give to Almost Home Kids, 7 S. 721 Route 53, Naperville, IL 60540, the sum of (a specified dollar amount) or (percentage) of the residue of my estate to be used at the discretion of its Board of Directors.”

This is the easiest and most popular way.  It is also the most useful type of gift, as it allows Almost Home Kids’ Board of Directors to determine the wisest and most pressing need for the funds at the time of receipt.  You can specify how the funds are to be used.  Perhaps you have a special purpose or project in mind.  If so, it’s best to consult the Development Office when you make your will to be certain your intent can be carried out.

For more information about including Almost Home Kids in your will, please contact the Planned Gift Officer at (312) 282-7081

Almost Home Kids’ Legacy Society

The Legacy Society honors those people who have made a deferred gift provision for Almost Home Kids such as a gift via will, trust or life insurance.  This is an honorary society that encourages others to plan their gifts to charity.  Making a planned gift will often permit you to make a much larger contribution than might otherwise be possible as an outright gift.  A planned gift in any amount is recognized by the Almost Home Kids’ Legacy Society.

When you let us know that you have made a planned gift, you will be enrolled as a member of the Almost Home Kids’ Legacy Society.  With your permission, you will be:

  • Acknowledged in the annual report and/or bi-annual newsletter.
  • Invited to the annual meeting and other special event activities.
  • Honored at an annual brunch amongst your peers.

Your gift to Almost Home Kids benefits you… and the children and families receiving care.  For additional information or questions call (312) 282-7081

Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets

Do you have money saved in a retirement plan such as a 401k, 403b, IRA or tax-sheltered annuity? Each of these retirement plans contains income that has yet to be taxed.  Following your death, your beneficiaries will owe the income tax on your retirement plans, totaling up to 39 percent.  If your estate is subject to estate taxes, your retirement plans may be further depleted by costly estate taxes.  In contrast, Almost Home Kids, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, is eligible to receive the full amount of your retirement plans, bypassing these taxes.

Consider these gift options for your retirement plans:

  • Designate Almost Home Kids as the primary beneficiary for a percentage (1 to 100 percent) of one or more of your retirement plans.
  • Designate a specific amount to be paid to Almost Home Kids before the remainder is divided among family beneficiaries.
  • Make Almost Home Kids the contingent beneficiary, to receive your retirement plans only if your primary beneficiary does not survive you.

The information on this site is not intended as legal advice.  For legal advice, please consult an attorney.

Other Ways to Give

Fun with a Purpose
As part of the ongoing cost to run our non-profit, our new 6th floor space in Chicago at 211 E. Grand costs us over $17,000 per month. To help our cause, you and your friends or co-workers could host a tax-deductible fundraising event, help our kids and have a great teambuilding experience in the process. Please contact Judith McLean if you are able to help out in this way: jmclean@almosthomekids.org or at (312) 399-0013

Donate your Miles or Points!
A great way to give is to donate your miles or points to Almost Home Kids! They will help us secure silent auction items or miles for trips that we have been given to auction off that we can use at our Gala events. Please contact Judith McLean if you are able to help out in this way: jmclean@almosthomekids.org or at (312) 399-0013

Party with a Purpose
Whether you are hosting a party and you have asked your guests to bring a gift to benefit Almost Home Kids, or you are planning a party with a purpose to benefit AHK, we are pleased to provide the guidance and tools that you will need for a successful event. Please contact Judith McLean if you are able to help out in this way: jmclean@almosthomekids.org or at (312) 399-0013

Create Your Own Fundraising Page
Celebrating a milestone, running in a marathon or coordinating a league event? Celebrate and support Almost Home Kids with your own fundraising page. First Giving allows you to set a goal, share your story and track your progress, and AHK can work with you to create an online fundraising page and help get the word out to friends and family to support your efforts and the kids at AHK at the same time. Please contact Judith McLean at jmclean@almosthomekids.org or at (312) 399-0013

Jeans Day
Hosting a Jeans Day is when a work day is designated (usually a Friday) to allow colleagues to pay $5 into a general fund for the privilege of wearing jeans to work on that day (or days) – the money collected is then donated directly to AHK. Please contact Judith McLean at jmclean@almosthomekids.org or at (312) 399-0013 if you think your company would be interested in this fun and easy fundraising effort.

Career Opportunities

Questions regarding Clinical Career Opportunities can be directed to:

Amy Cutshall MSN, RN, FNP-C
Director of Nursing
e acutshall@luriechildrens.org
t 815.790.5770 f 312.600.9072

All other inquiries should be directed to:

Gail Linhart
Director of Operations
E: glinhart@almosthomekids.org
T: (630)271-9155 extension 131