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15,000 youth in Illinois Foster Care system - Little City

The Jones siblings are getting adopted

  Ms. Smith* says for all individuals thinking about fostering, “don’t be afraid, just do it”. She believes if you open up your heart and give it a try, you have the opportunity to change a life. The Jones* siblings – Jenny, Josh, Jessie, and Jamie– have been living with their foster-mother, Ms. Smith for … read more

The Donor’s Corner: Joellen Hoesner

Donors help Little City in many ways. Whether contributions come in the form of financial gifts, time or talent, Little City relies on the incredible engagement of its supporters throughout the year. One of those special families played an important role in 2017 as Little City and the former Countryside Association looked to strengthen their … read more

Community Businesses Give Residents a Happy Holiday

Throughout the month of December, Little City resembled Santa’s workshop thanks to the extraordinary generosity of local community groups and area corporations. Organizations including Motorola, IKEA, Holy Family Community Church and a private donation from John Castiglione provided more than $30,000 worth of holiday gifts to those at Little City. Everything from toys to electronics … read more

Little City Celebrates the Holiday Season

  Christmas comes once a year, at least for most children. For some, it doesn’t come without the love and kindness of others, which was on full display at Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption Program holiday party. The celebration, at Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton, featured games, arts and crafts and some very … read more

Discover and Chicago Cares Volunteers Create Field of Dreams

Little City has its own field of dreams thanks to a team of hard-working volunteers from Discover. After years of deterioration, Little City’s softball field received the restoration it needed thanks to more than 200 Discover employees that arrived with enthusiasm to volunteer valuable time at Little City on Sept. 26. The project required a … read more

Earth Paint Can Help Your Walls Tell a Story

Every gallon of Earth Paint has a story. And each story has a bit of Little City mixed in. Earth Paint founder, Chris McCarthy, a Little City Junior Board member, has started one of the only businesses of its kind in the country — a paint recycling business that takes unwanted paint, re-engineers it and repackages it … read more

Tim Lahart Named Team Illinois Special Olympics Coach

  Tim Lahart got his first taste of Special Olympics coaching when he was 12 years old. Thirty years later, a childhood dream has come true as he has been named the head coach for the Illinois powerlifting team at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. “It means a lot,” Tim said. “This is … read more

Countryside Center Celebrates New Location

…As told by those who helped build it Shawn Jeffers, Little City Executive Director “Once upon a time a group of parents had a good idea for their kids. That idea has carried through to this moment.” That idea was Countryside Association in 1954. That moment came 63 years later in the form of Little … read more

Student using TouchChat to comunicate

Opening Doors to Essential Communication

  A text. A tweet. A phone call. An email. There are more ways than ever to communicate today and it is a tool many often take for granted. But at Little City’s ChildBridge Center for Education, communication is the key to opening so many doors for people with developmental disabilities. That is why every … read more

LCI 2017 Honorees

Little City raises $300,000 at Invitational Golf Classic

Little City is thrilled to announce the 54th annual Little City Invitational raised more than $300,000 to help people with developmental disabilities get the services they need. More than 200 people came out to Twin Orchard Country Club Monday to participate in one of Chicagoland’s longest running charity golf events that included an 18-hole tournament, … read more

15,000 youth in Illinois Foster Care system - Little City

A Collaborative Effort Helps a Foster Child Thrive

More often than not, children coming into care with Little City carry with them an arsenal of emotions along with deep-rooted pain from past negative experiences. So, it’s no surprise when these children are reluctant to trust anyone enough to build a healthy relationship. However, with patience, consistency, and a commitment to care and support … read more

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services