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It was another first for Almost Home Kids, this time a virtual wine tasting.

Huge thanks to our amazing committee of Julia Chappell, Bregan Herrold, Michelle Baker, Karin Prangley, Jen Horsley, Carley Dietrich, Lourdes McKillop and Sophie Worden, the Brown family for providing a wonderful parent testimonial  and to our sponsors Swoon Technology and Bottles Nation.

We raised over $17,000 and had a wonderful time tasting great wine from around the globe with 75 generous AHK supporters.

Congratulations to raffle ticket winners Amy Meyers, Ted Petras, Jen Horsley and Lindsey Schweisthal!!

Join friends of Almost Home Kids for the annual Golf Marathon at Zigfield Troy on Friday, September 18, 2020. Golf Marathon Participants (age 21 and over) will commit to raising $1000 and will play 100 holes starting at 10:30 AM, followed by a barbecue feast at the completion of 100 holes.

To sign up as a team captain, golfer or to donate, please click here!

We’ll be following the state rules regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

Donations can be made to a particular golfer or team, or as a general donation on this site. Offline donations (cash or checks) can be given to participants and credited toward their fundraising goal.

It’s another first for Almost Home Kids! This time we’re virtual wine tasting!!

July 9
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST

We’ll be wine tasting on July 9th at 7:00 PM and enjoying an amazing wine tasting journey with renowned sommelier Michael Bottigliero, and enjoy an interesting and delicious tasting experience spanning four very different bottles of wine from some of the world’s best wine regions – a Cava sparkling wine, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a super Tuscan and Argentinian Malbec.

Register by July 1st to ensure wine is delivered by July 9th.

Raffle prize details can be viewed by clicking here.

Any questions, please contact Judith at jmclean@almosthomekids.org or call 312-399-0013

If you are experiencing difficulty with home nursing staffing, if you need any support for your child with complex medical conditions, or if you have illness in your household during this time of restrictive measures due to COVID-19, please reach out to our case management team at 312.229.0170 extension 2 or email Layenie at lgrace@almosthomekids.org. 

We can also offer Respite Care and Emergency Respite, please contact Layenie for more details – 312.229.0170 extension 2 or email Layenie at lgrace@almosthomekids.org. 

The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) has set up a comprehensive support page with resources and helpful information at https://dscc.uic.edu/resources-for-special-needs-families-during-covid-19-outbreak/

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to offer help, donate supplies and much needed funds during this challenging time.

We thought you would all like to see how everyone is doing at AHK – our amazing clinical team are keeping the kids safe and well, and we are all grateful for your support and love.

Marin Ruskusky is so passionate about Almost Home Kids at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois that she featured AHK in her Capstone Project! The Capstone Project is a service project the 8th graders of St Philomena School participate in throughout the year.

“We learn how to help alleviate suffering such as childhood disabilities, in this case, in our local area. We research statistics, causes and other factors of human suffering. Then we choose an organization that we believe helps alleviate that certain aspect of human suffering.” said Marin “I chose Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois because of my family’s connection. My two younger brothers are [medical complex]. Their condition is similar to cerebral palsy.”

Marin’s brothers are both non-ambulatory and non-verbal. Both are also visually impaired. Growing up as a sister, Marin noticed people wouldn’t know how to react when seeing them. “They are usually confused or scared to be around them because they are concerned they might hurt the boys.” Marin explains “Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois not only has helped my family but they help other families too, to learn how to adapt and care for a child with [special healthcare needs].”

Marin continued “For us, they offered us amazing respite care when we were unable to take the boys with us out of town. The clinical team at Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois were extremely welcoming and loving and they made it really feel like a real HOME for my brothers while they were there.”

Marin’s family were also an important part of helping to fund raise and promote Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, as it was being built in Peoria – Almost Home Kids is truly close to Marin’s heart and part of the family.

A huge Thank You to Executive Construction for sending their team over to help us with a long list of much needed repairs, painting projects and updates to our Naperville home.

Thank you for your amazing support over the years, and in particular for thinking of us during this challenging time – you have made a massive difference at Almost Home Kids.

#InThisTogether #ShareTheCare

Thank you so much for supporting our COVID-19 Relief Fund!
You are making a difference at Almost Home Kids in Chicago and Naperville during this unprecedented time.