AND A HOPE A FUTURE 2012 Annual report

2012 Annual report
Spring 2013
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Because of You...
Cunningham alumnae,
Clarissa Nickerson
graduated college and now
pursues a law degree with
help from Cunningham’s
Myers’ Education Fund.
Angie Bertauski-Pierce catches up
with Clarissa Nickerson.
The students at Cunningham schools can look towards their
future with hope.
All Cunningham youth will receive quality services
(without your support 1 in 5 would go unserved).
Cunningham’s Spiritual Life
Program helps youth
overcome doubt.
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A Future and A Hope
Nine youth completed certification
from the American Hotel and
Lodging Association, making them
more competitive in the workforce.
Eleven high school seniors will
graduate from Cunningham’s two
special education schools – Winfred
Gerber School and CIRCLE Academy
Therapeutic Day School.
Eight youth in
specialized foster
care are on track
to be adopted by
their forever family
this year!
Goodman Cottage re-opened to
provide residential services to
eight boys between the ages of
eight and twelve years old.
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Inspiring Hope
Because of You – I Have Hope
ne of the first things new staff learn at Cunningham is the importance of building
relationships. For a traumatized child, building a positive relationship with a
stable, nurturing adult is often the first step in changing that child’s life from one of
despair to one of hope.
The power of positive relationships is evident in the story of Clarissa Nickerson, a
former Cunningham youth, and Angie Bertauski-Pierce, the Cunningham staff who
became her superhero.
A lifelong relationship
Clarissa’s first exposure to Cunningham was through her sister, who was a resident of
the Girls’ Group Home. At the time, Clarissa was living in foster care in Champaign
and she and her sister had regular family visits supervised by Angie Bertauski-Pierce,
known in those days affectionately as “Bertauski” by the girls.
“’Bertauski’ was my sister’s Case Manager at Cunningham,” Clarissa recalled. “I
would go visit my sister and Angie was always there. Even though I wasn’t her client,
she was always checking in on me, asking me how I felt.”
“During family visits, Clarissa confided in me about the problems she was having in
her foster home,” Angie said. “She had a pretty hard time in foster care and needed
help coping with her feelings.”
Growing up in foster care from the age of eight, Clarissa often felt very isolated.
While in foster care, Clarissa became pregnant. After she gave birth to her son, she
entered Cunningham’s Pregnant and Parenting Teen program, part of the Independent
Living Opportunities program.
Clarissa’s time at Cunningham
At Cunningham, Clarissa was assigned to Angie’s caseload because of Angie’s
familiarity with the family.
Clarissa and her husband, Randal (center), with their family (pictured left to right)
Karinadee, Cassiauna, Sathais, and Jakaiece.
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“By the time Clarissa came to us, she
had matured quite a bit,” Angie recalled.
“She was very driven and always wanted
to move on to the next step. She was
impulsive and became frustrated when
things didn’t progress as fast as she
wanted them to. I helped her learn to slow
down and take control of her impulses.”
While at Cunningham, Clarissa had what
she calls an “identity crisis.”
“Many of the girls in the program
Clarissa with her oldest son, Jakaiece, while
thought I was stuck up,” Clarissa said.
part of the Pregnant and Parenting Teen
“They criticized me for having too much Program at Cunningham Children’s Home
ambition. People ostracized me and
accused me of thinking I was better than
everyone else. It took me a long time to
realize it was okay to want a better life for myself.”
Clarissa describes Angie as a mother figure to her, one who wasn’t afraid to give out
some “tough love.”
“She was exploding with love and caring, but she was also very stern and forceful,”
Clarissa said. “She was all up in my business all the time and pushed me to my limits.
It drove me nuts.”
Angie taught Clarissa about budgeting, keeping a job, and managing her money.
“Without Angie’s help, I would never know anything other than getting on assistance,”
Clarissa explained. “It’s easier that way, but I knew I wanted more for my kids. I
wanted them to have the family and support system I didn’t have.”
“Angie is a big part of my success,” Clarissa said. “She did more than her job. She is
a superhero to me.”
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Independent Living Opportunities
Cunningham’s Independent Living Opportunities (ILO) program helps young
people between the ages of 19 and 21 become independent members
of society. With support and guidance by Cunningham staff, youth learn
life skills like balancing a checkbook, doing laundry, and maintaining
employment. Youth are referred to Cunningham by the Department of
Children and Family Services and/or the Department of Juvenile Justice and
must have completed high school or earned a General Education Diploma
(GED). While in the program, each youth must be enrolled in community
college or a vocational training program and must maintain employment,
either independently or through partnerships with local businesses.
The ultimate goal of the program is to support youth as they become
productive and independent citizens.
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the Community
Angie often had to make hard decisions when it came to Clarissa and the choices she
was making.
“She had to call DCFS (Illinois Department of Children and Family Services) on
me once,” Clarissa remembered. “I wasn’t making the best choices and Angie told
me I could do better and that I was
responsible for my own actions.”
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“It’s not what I wanted to hear,” Clarissa
said. “But it’s what I needed to hear. If
it wasn’t for Angie, I might have become
a drug addict or had my kids taken away
from me.”
A budding “legal geek”
Through all of her struggles, Clarissa
was driven to continue her education, get
a job, and make something of herself.
Clarissa Nickerson ►
Angie Betauski Pierce
I just want you to know that you have changed
my life and my children’s lives in a way that no
salary, no title and no amount of thank yous
will ever be able to express. You just are an
amazing person and I hope that your family
knows that you are a superhero to a lot of
people, in more ways than one.
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“Everyone who worked with her really
wanted to help her and see her succeed,”
Angie said. “She was so invested in her own success that you just had to want to help
her. She was truly looking for a hand up, not a hand out.”
Through Cunningham’s Vocational Education Program, Clarissa was able to get a paid
internship at a local law office. “She took to it immediately and was later able to obtain
her own employment at another law firm,” Angie said.
With this, Clarissa’s love of the law was born. “I guess you could say I’m a legal
geek,” she joked.
After graduating from high school, Clarissa attended Parkland College and Eastern
Illinois University before enrolling in Roosevelt University’s online bachelors of
professional studies program.
“I don’t know how you
thank someone for changing
your life, but I thank Angie
every day.”
Clarissa worked full time and
went to school, all while raising
three kids.
“It was hard,” Clarissa said. “But
education is one thing that cannot
be taken away.”
When Clarissa’s financial aid
out, she wasn’t sure how she
–Clarissa Nickerson ran
would finish college. She turned
to Angie, who was able to help
her access the Myers Education Fund at Cunningham (see sidebar, page 7).
With this support, Clarissa was able to finish her degree.
“It was so amazing,” Clarissa said. “Even after leaving Cunningham, they were still
able to help me.”
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The Journey Continues
Clarissa is currently working as a paralegal and
is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies
at the University of St. Louis.
Clarissa is married with four children and her
number one priority is to be a role model for
her kids.
“My mom had nothing,” Clarissa said. “I want
to give my kids a chance to be kids, to get a
good education.”
“My kids don’t know what prison is,”
Clarissa said. “They don’t know about
DCFS, foster care, food stamps, or any of the
other things I considered normal when I was
growing up. I want their normal to be different
than my normal.”
Clarissa poses with her cap and
Angie and Clarissa stayed in touch over the
diploma for a snap shot taken by
years. When Angie saw on facebook that
her children.
Clarissa had her fourth child, she came to visit
her in the hospital, which was a sheer joy for Clarissa (see note, page 6).
“When you grow up in foster care, you don’t have family to throw you baby showers
and things like that,” she said. “So it meant so much to me to see her there and to have
that support.”
William P. Myers Education Fund
William P. Myers, Champaign, Illinois, established the Myers Education
Fund in 1981 to offer Cunningham youth scholarships to continue their
education beyond high school. Having lived in a children’s home as a
young boy, Mr. Myers knows personally the value of a good education
and the importance it plays in the success of the individual. That is why
he wanted to make sure that Cunningham youth had the opportunity to
pursue their educational and vocational dreams.
During the last 32 years, hundreds of Cunningham youth and alumni
have been able to pursue higher education and vocational training in a
variety of fields. On the academic side, students have been successful
in community college, four year universities, and graduate studies
including advanced degrees in social work, teaching, and law. In
addition, a wide variety of students have pursued careers as certified
nursing assistants, barbers, cosmetologists, over-the-road truck drivers,
chefs, and automotive technicians thanks to the support of the Myers
Education Fund.
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Building Hope
Cunningham Board Approves Plan for
Education & Recreation Center
t’s nine degrees outside as Eric and his classmates begin their cold and windy
walk across campus to start their school day. Eric will again brave the cold and
wind to walk to and from lunch, gym class, therapy appointments, and other daily
activities. By the time his day is done, Eric will have to go to five different buildings
just to get the therapeutic education and care he needs.
During reading class, Eric struggles to concentrate as noise from a peer in crisis
reverberates through the building. In a classroom designed for far fewer people,
Eric and fifteen other classmates, teachers, and staff do their best to focus on
today’s lesson. There’s simply no other choice.
Eric and others like him come to Cunningham with a wide variety of educational
needs and backgrounds. Too many transitions, too-small classrooms, and
inadequate facilities make learning more difficult for our kids, many of whom have
already fallen behind academically.
Like every other child, our youth need an environment that provides them with
the safety, space, and resources they need to reach their highest potential. Positive
spaces create positive results.
To create the positive space our students desperately need, Cunningham is working
to raise money to build a new Education and Recreation Center (ERC).
Building Hope
Cunningham Board Approves Building a New
Education and Recreation Center
This $25 million project will:
• Maximize instruction time for students
• Create an emotionally stable learning environment for kids
• Provide a safe environment for staff and kids
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Designed to be built in three
phases, the ERC will house
two special education schools,
a recreation center, nurses’
offices, cafeteria, library,
computer labs, and therapy
rooms. With over 82,000 square
—Winston Churchill
feet of space, our youth and
staff will have a safe, spacious,
and functional environment
where they can learn and grow. Beyond the physical space, these buildings will send
strong messages of self worth, encouragement, and hope.
“First we shape our
buildings, then our
buildings shape us.”
It can only happen with your help.
Over the next five years, Cunningham will be working to raise the $25 million
needed to fund this project so that we can continue to offer hope and a future for
generations to come.
To learn how you can make a gift, contact
Cloydia Hill Larimore, [email protected],
or Linda Myette, [email protected]
Doug Bauling Honored with
Friend of Children Award
Doug Bauling has volunteered
his time, professional expertise,
and leadership for every major
Cunningham building project
beginning with the construction
of the Gerber Residential School
in the early 1980s. Most recently,
Doug served as chairman of the
Phase II Committee which was
responsible for the program
planning and schematic design
of the Education and Recreation
Center (pictured on page 8).
In appreciation for his dedicated
service, Cunningham Children’s
Home presented the Friend of
Children Award to Doug at this
year’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. Doug and his wife Mary live
in Urbana and are long time members of the Urbana Grace United Methodist
Church. Both, Doug and Mary have served on the Cunningham board.
Cunningham CEO Marlin Livingston,
left, presents Doug Bauling, with the
Friend of Children Award.
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Annual Report 2012
1 in 5
Children Would Not Receive Services Without You
It costs approximately $241 a day for Cunningham to meet the needs of each client.
However, our referring agencies reimburse Cunningham only $206 daily per client.
The difference between our reimbursement rate and the actual cost of care is $35
per client, per day. In fiscal year 2012 Cunningham needed $1,923,983 in charitable
support to bridge this gap. Without your generous gifts, 35 youth (or 1 in 5) would
not have received the standards of service they need.
At Cunningham, we scrutinize every expense to determine what is necessary to
meet the needs of our kids. This prudent approach to budgeting is part of a longstanding tradition of maintaining the highest standard of stewardship and fiscal
responsibility for our donors while providing the highest level of care for our kids.
As the state of Illinois continues to struggle to balance the state budget, we have
braced ourselves to absorb the financial instability that has sent shockwaves
throughout the human service network. Thankfully, we continue to enjoy positive
relationships with our referring agencies, and know we can rely on our dedicated
group of individual financial supporters. Now, more than ever, we must rely on
private support to meet the needs of the young people in our care.
Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Summary (unaudited)
Total Income
Total Expense
27% Education Related
4% Fundraising
and PR
13% Administrative
and Non-Program
7% Other
19% Charitable
47% IL Department of Children
and Family Services
83% Programs
Fiscal year 2012 covers July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012. Administrative and non-program expenses include accounting,
human resources, staff training, computer technology, phone service, professional accreditation and memberships,
clerical support, and other costs associated with the efficient support of agency programs and services.
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2012 Service Statistics
Number of Clients Served in Fiscal Year 2012
Total Un-Duplicated Clients Served: 234
Program Name Clients Served Days of Service
CIRCLE Academy Day School
Winfred Gerber Residential School
Residential Treatment-Main Campus
Residential Treatment- Group Homes
Independent & Transitional Living
Specialized Foster Care
Note: There is some overlap between programs. For instance, a client may be counted twice when
they move from the Residential Treatment Program into Transitional Living or to a foster home,
or when a foster child attends CIRCLE Academy. 100% of Winfred Gerber School students are
also Residential Treatment Program clients. 15 youth received services in two or more programs.
About Our Clients
Home Region
Northern IL
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Central IL
Southern IL
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A Future Full of Hope
by Chaplain Gay King Crede
aleb, a student at
Cunningham’s CIRCLE
Academy, experienced a
spiritual awakening while lost
in the woods during a summer
hike. As the day wore on and
his fears grew, he worried
that he might not find his way
back and he began to pray to
God. Caleb made a promise
that day to believe in God if
he was rescued. Sure enough,
he was.
Caleb tried to keep his
promise to God, but was
struggling for guidance
because he had no faith
community or spiritual
resources to pull from during
his times of doubt.
Thankfully, another student
at CIRCLE Academy
established a weekly faith
group to meet during the
lunch hour. The group, called
Alpha Agape (A2 for short)
is open to any student or staff
interested in strengthening
their faith and is a reminder
that God is first and God is love.
Welcome Melvin Leach, Jr.
Chaplain Gay King Crede and Assistant Chaplain
Melvin Leach, Jr. work together to provide spiritual
life programs for youth and staff.
Melvin Leach, Jr. has joined the
Cunningham Children’s Home team as
part-time assistant chaplain. He brings
experience working with youth in his
church, advising university students,
and most recently assisting in a
classroom at Cunningham’s CIRCLE
Academy. Melvin is a licensed minister
in the Church Of God In Christ and
a minister of music. He is nearing
completion of his Master of Divinity
degree at Urbana Seminary.
Caleb has become a regular participant in A2 and brings wonderful
questions to the table as he searches to understand what it means to believe
in and to follow God. Recently, he asked the group if they were tempted to
say or do the wrong thing after they became believers. Much to his surprise,
he discovered that the urge to do the wrong thing is a common experience
among people of faith. People of faith just have some spiritual tools to help
guide them when those moments come along.
It is a joy to see how Caleb is keeping his promise to God. He is striving
to love God and his neighbor, through a spirit of gratitude and increased
thoughtfulness and patience. His commitment to this promise reveals the
strength of Caleb’s character.
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A youth contemplates God while in the woods.
Not only does A2 offer youth an opportunity to remember their commitment
to God, but it is an occasion to remind them of God’s promises to them as well.
At Cunningham young people are assured that God promises to love them
unconditionally, that God promises to be with them in all circumstances, and
that God has a plan to give them a future full of hope.
CIRCLE Academy
CIRCLE Academy Therapeutic Day School is a private special
education school operated by Cunningham Children’s Home, located on
Cunningham’s campus in Urbana, Illinois.
CIRCLE Academy provides an atmosphere of caring, stability, and support
for students with special behavioral and educational needs. Named after
the Circle of Courage developmental model, CIRCLE provides education
services to over 65 students from Champaign and Ford Counties.
CIRCLE Academy strives to provide students with a therapeutic
environment that is responsive to individual learning styles and abilities.
Our goal is to assist and nurture students through personal growth and
developmental milestones.
CIRCLE Offers:
• Individualized Special Education Programming
• Small class sizes (at least two staff for every seven students)
• Individual and Group Therapeutic Counseling
• Therapeutic Behavior Intervention Programming
• Vocational Training Opportunities
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The Promise of A Future
by CEO Marlin Livingston
n 1894, Joseph and Mary Cunningham asked
the women of the Methodist Episcopal
Church to make this promise:
“That our home shall forever be kept as a
Children’s Home, hoping and praying that
it shall in some degree turn attention to the
pressing demands in our midst, for the care
and nurture of our own.”
With that promise, the women offered hope and
a future to thousands of youth who’ve come
through our doors ever since.
The Cunninghams could never have imagined
what the “pressing demands” would look like
118 years later. From a state in budget crisis,
to the overcrowding of our schools, to the
increasingly complex issues our kids face each
day, the pressing demands in our midst today are
many, but they’re not insurmountable.
Marlin Livingston, Cunningham
Every day, I see evidence of God’s work in the
CEO, welcomes past and present
board members during the
staff and volunteers who work tirelessly for the
Annual Meeting.
care and nurture of our own. I see board leaders
with the foresight to look into the future to see
what youth will need in 10, 20, even 50 years from now.
I see leaders like Cathy Henschen and Jay Hagemen, who served as President of
the Cunningham and Foundation boards respectively in 2012 and worked hard
to get plans for a new Education and Recreation Center approved. In November,
they passed their torches to Rhonda Whitaker and David Line, who will lead
us into the next phase of this project. Without their unwavering support and
dedication to the promise we would not be where we are today.
Most importantly, however, I see you – Cunningham’s faithful supporters –
who’ve enabled us to keep this mission alive for so long. I’ve personally felt the
generosity and love of the Cunningham family in the cards, emails, phone calls,
and prayers sent my way during a recent family health crisis.
In a year when many agencies are forced to close due to budget cuts, we reopened
Goodman cottage and are expanding our Foster Care program. In a time when
services are being cut for many of the populations we serve, we’re able to offer
new programming so our youth can become independent and productive citizens.
And we can maintain our mission by growing our chaplaincy program with the
addition of an assistant chaplain.
Through all of this, your support and love for our youth has been unwavering.
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Guardian Parents are special friends of Cunningham who make an ongoing
commitment to support opportunities that bless the lives of Cunningham kids.
The quality of life for kids at Cunningham is enriched by the steadfast caring support of the following members of the
Guardian Parent Giving Program. Guardian Parents who have chosen to give anonymously are not listed below.
If you would like to know more about the Guardian Parent Giving Program please call Winnie Crowder at 217-337-9073.
Paula Abdullah
Angela Adams-Martin
Tom and Kara Ade
Caroline Aiken
Mary Ann Alexander
Carlyn and Phillip Anders
Jan and Ansel Anderson
Casey Andrew
Patsy Andrus
Mary Annin
Stephen P. and Carole B. Arney
Larry Ashley
Karen and Daniel Baker
Stephanie Baker
Sam and Maureen Banks
Virginia Barker
Jean Barnes
Veda Barrett
Beth Bartholomew
Jane Bauer
Edith and Paul Beach
Elaine and Curt Beam
Norma H. Bean
Lawrence Becker
Joan Behle
Nancy Bellmore
Clifton G. Bergeron
Nancy Beveridge
Pat Birlingmair
Peggy and Ronald Black
Billie Bock
Nonie Bolinger
Carol Bond
Jan and Scott Booraem
Krista and Tim Borbely
Kenneth and Nancy Bounds
Rita M. Bowsher
Janet Boyer
Barbara and Richard Brake
Marcia Brelsfoard
Rebecca Brewer
Bonnie Brines
Dorothy Brockett
Karol Brown
Mary Bruun
Julie A. Bryant
Jack and Marilyn Burns
Shirley K. Burris
Roger and Sara Burrus
Shirley Burton
Debra and Jim Busey
Sandra K. Bushue
Keith Butler
Janet E. Cain
Bill and Peggy Campo
Chris Carr
Mike and Laura Carroll
Jan Carter Black
Richard and Anna Marie
Peggy Christensen
Wilma and Clark Christiansen
Gertrude Clapper
Barbara Clark
Barbara K. Clark
Gail Coffman
Tina M. Cole
Mary Coleman
Nancy L. Compton
Ruth Conn
Elizabeth Cook
Viola Cook
Karen Cooley
Marthel Cooley
Sue Coons
John and Peggy Cope
Janet L. Corsaro
Ruth L. Cortright
Judy Covey
Maxine Crawford
Gay and Dan King Crede
Arlene Crichton
Winnie and Jim Crowder
Joseph and Kim Crump
Eileen B. Cumming
Sherri Cummins
Carol and Bill Cupples
Audrey and Lyle Curtis
Bernice R. Dallas
David Daniel
Michael and Linda Danz
Naomi R. Davidson
Loia Davis
Evelyn Dehart
Linda Denton
Fran and Ben Dillard
Paloma and Harlan Dillon
Arlone L. Doan
Michael and Vickie Donoho
Helen DuFour
Doug and Donna Duzan
Ifeoma U. Echeazu
Pat Ege
Marjorie and Jim Eisenbarth
Carol and Tremon Ellegood
Dorothy Emory
Patricia and Larry Eyre
Genevieve and Curtis Fairless
Randall and Judy Farris
George and Mary Ellen Femmer
Carole and Jim Finchum
Kay Fisher
Gloria Foley
Gladys Foote
Margaret J. Ford
Rachel Francis
Staci Francis
Catherine and John Frothingham
Dixie Gage
Janet Gantzert
Sharon Gardner
Grace Gargano
Carol and Donald Gibson
Ruth Giese
Ilona Gillan
Jeff and Julia Gladu
Carol Goulder
Maxine Greuel
Mildred Groskreutz
Billie Gulledge
Ruth S. Guynn
Linda Gyuran
Ralph and Phyllis Haas
Jay and Tracy Hageman
Billy and Elouise Hahs
Paulette Hale
Linda and Nick Hamm
Lyren Haney
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Dee Hanner
Grace Hansen
Shirley Harder
Joanne Hartenbower
Mary Ann and Steve
Susan and Ned Hawbecker
Paul Hawf
Elmer Hawkins
Don Haworth
Alice Heaton
Leslie Henry
Cathy Henschen
Dee Hermanson
Elaine and Max
Dot Heuman
George and Marilyn Hurd
Freida and Floyd Hyde
Phillip and Judith Icenogle
Dorothy H. Inskeep
Deborah H. Jadhav
Helen and Jerry Jahn
Cari James
Bobby Jasper
Mary Jeckel
Jane and Jim Jenkins
Nancy Jennings
Annie Johnson
Carolyn Johnston
Bob and Bev Jones
Caroline M. Jones
Darlene and Don Jones
Ben and Georgeann Jones
Joan and John Lawrence
Carolyn and George
Melvin B Leach, Jr.
Diane and Joseph Lecher
Shirley M. Leckrone
Dorothy L. Lee
Betty Lewis
Janet and William Lewis
Kelly Lindley
Roberta B. Lindstrand
David and Cindy Line
Janet and Richard Lippold
Marlin and Denise
Johnnie M. Locker
Jim and Marilyn Logan
Michelle Higginbotham
Michael and Cheryl
Duane and Barbara Hill
Mildred E. Himmel
Leon M. and Jean Hinton
Paul and Abby Hobbs
Bud and Deb Hobbs
Mary F. Hodson
Shelly Hoffman
Gary and Patty Hofmann
Rich and Linda
Dan and Pam Holmer
Winifred Horney
Jerry and Mary Howard
Ron and Pam Hoyne
Nita Hubbard
Teedra Hudson
Geoffrey and Judith
Calvin Hunter III
James and Gloria Jones
Mike and Cindy Jones
Shirley Judy
Jim and Anne Kearns
Lacey E. Keller
Sam and Helen Kershaw
Carol Kessler
Murl and Rhonda Kimmel
David E. King
Mary Carroll King
Kent and Kathy King-Nobles
Deborah and Bill Klein
Betty and Edward Kmoch
Carrie Kmoch and
Tom Grady
Joan Knollenberg
Barbara and Bo Koskie
Rene Kunich
Cloydia and Rick
Larry and Ardis Larvick
Sharon Lashbrook
Stephanie B. Lynge
Joan Mankin
Tom and Deborah
Marilyn and Steve Markus
Denise and Kim Martin
Julie Marx
Mae C. Mascher
Oleta Massie
Tim and Kathy Mast
Pam Mathews
Carol W. Mauck
Dick and Janis Maxwell
Lola and Paul Mayes
Angie Mayo
Lila McCulley
Thelma McCulley
Patty and John McIntosh
Virginia McQuistion
Kip and Karen Mecum
Mildred Medlin
Marilyn Mendenhall
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James and Jane Miller
Jan Miller
Joan Miller
David Mills
Jerry and Nancy Mooday
William A. Moore
Martha and Marvin
Suzanne Morr
Nancy and Steve Moser
Robert Mussey
Linda and Phil Myette
Marilyn and Glenn Napier
Bonnie Neff
Carol Lee Newlin
Dottie Nickell
Jim and Sharon Niksch
Charles and Darlene
Kathryn and Bruce Oye
Shirley Pahlmann
Myron and Marion
Barbara and Danny
Jo Ann Parsons
Norma Patterson
Alan and Barb Patton
Mildred Pemberton
Roscoe and Ann Pershing
Jan and John Phipps
Amy J. Pinkerton
Don and Norma Pittman
Judy and Kenneth Ponton
Gene and Brenda Pride
Verna Puterbaugh
Michael and Carolyn
Sandy Ratliff
Rosella and William Ray
Mary Renfro
Fern Rice
Edith and James Richards
Dave, Michelle and
Christian Richmond
Janice and Dale Ridgway
Yvonne and Duane Rieder
Jeanette Riggs
Phyllis Farley Rippey
Gretchen D. Robbins
Kim Robbins
Jo and Andy Rohn
George and Renee
Kathleen Ruch
John and Andrea Ruedi
David and Rebecca
Gale Salzman
Jo and Michael Sanders
Shirley and Steve Schaefer
Linda Schneider
Robin and John Scott
Kathryn Seybert and
Michael Andrechak
Barbara and Wayne
Mike Shannon
Don and Jan Sheesley
Richard and Joyce
Mary and Donald Sherman
Carole D. Shirely
Betty Jean Shive
Grace Shook
Dean and Rhea Simons
Helen and Harold Simpkins
Amy Skillings
Cheryl and Delmar Smith
Marilyn and Don Smith
Sally and Clifford Smith
Schaffe Smith
Tom and Sue Smith
Donna Snider
Beverly and John Spets
Kyle and Alice Spitzer
Jolece and Irvin Sprout
Kathleen Staker
Dick and Lucy Stark
Peggy Stelte
Roberta Sterrenberg
E. Lucille Stevenson
Judy Stoll
Betty Stoltz
Pauline Stoltz
Marge Stout
Teresa Sturm
Phyllis Summers
David Taylor
John and Terry Thies
Elizabeth Thomas
Lois and Edward Thomas
Sylvia Thomas
Crystal Thompson
Mary Thompson
Suzanne Thompson
Shirley Thornton
Debbie Tiger
Vernice Tingley
Patrick and Julie Tomlinson
Harriet Topliff
Chet and Lynn Travis
Linda Trent
Bettie Tucker
Brenda L Tucker
Judith and Paul Unger
Linda Vanasdale
Ronald and Jeanne Vance
Tina and Craig VanDeveer
Nancy C. Vial
Joan Volkmann and
John Jones
Tina M. Walke
Bobby and Charles Walker
Kathleen Walsh
Evelyn K. Wantland
Jeanne and Thomas Ward
Christie Watkins
Bea and Jim Wehrly
Rhonda and Jim Whitaker
Alice Wiedrich
Ron and Melinda Wilcox
Judith Williams
Eugene and Nancy Williams
Patti Williams
Don and Jan Wills
Al and Linda Wilson
Margaret Wilt
Mariam Winans
Joan and Michael Wingo
Bruce and Alicia Winter
Kevin and Kelly Winter
Kathleen Wirth-Couch
Bunny Wolfe
Robert and Bonita Wyatt
Jon and Lori Yelenick
Carolyn L Yockey
Olga Young
Casey Zatarski
Janet Zeise-Wolf
Amy Zimmerman
Don and Martha
Sara Zimmerman Jerome
Change Future Lives, Make A Bequest
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Remembering Cunningham in your will is a way to continue serving the ministry you
support today, while making a lasting contribution that will ensure future generations will
benefit from your gift.
Please use the following statement in making your bequest: “I give, devise and bequeath to the Cunningham
Children’s Home Foundation of Urbana, Illinois a charitable non-profit organization, the sum of
_____________________dollars ($______________) or ___________________percent ( ____________%) of
my estate to be used to carry out the mission of Cunningham Children’s Home.”
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Champions In their own LIves
of guardian
parents who made a
& Their Future
difference in the lives of Cunningham youth.
Mary R. Blythe
Adams Corner UMC
Albion First UMW
Allendale UMC
Arenzville UMW
Atlanta UMW
Belleville Union UMW
Bethalto UMW
Billett UMW
Bloomington Wesley
Ladies Bible Study
Bonfield Grand Prairie
Bradford Boyd’s Grove
Bradley Wesley UMC
Bradley Wesley UMW
Broadlands UMW
Camp Point UMW
Carmi Emmanuel UMC
Casey UMW
Caseyville UMW
Laurel Circle
Catlin UMW
Cedar Grove UMW
Champaign Faith UMW
Kathryn Wood Circle
Champaign Faith
Discovery Fellowship
Sunday School Class
Champaign First UMW
Clinton UMW
Clinton UMW-Sarah
Decatur First UMW
Du Quoin First UMW
Dwight UMC Willing
Workers Circle
East Moline Glory Circle
East Peoria First UMW
Edwardsville St. John’s
Effingham Centenary
Effingham Centenary
UMC - Travelers Sunday
School Class
Effingham Centenary
UMW Esther Circle
Ellsworth UMW
Elwin UMW
Eureka UMW
Fairbury First UMW
Fairview Heights Christ
Farina UMW
Farmer City UMW
Gretchen Hawf
Flora First Odessa Murray
Fountain of Life UMC
Small Group
Geneseo First UMW
Geneseo Grace UMW
Gilman UMW
Glen Carbon New Bethel
Granite City Nameoki
Hennepin UMW
Heyworth UMW
Homer UMC Kum Joy
Hull UMW
Illiopolis UMW
Karnak UMW
Kempton UMW
Kewanee First UMW
Naomi Circle
Kewanee First UMW
Ruth Circle
Lakewood UMC
Lawrenceville First UMW
Blessing Circle
Lawrenceville Zion UMW
Lebanon First UMW
Lexington First M & M
Lexington First UMW
Long Point UMW
Lostant UMW Evening
Mahomet UMW
Marshall First Susannah
Wesley Circle
Mattoon First UMW
Moline Bethel Wesley
UMW Rebekah Circle
Moline Bethel Wesley
Momence UMW
Morton UMW
Moweaqua UMW
Mt. Auburn UMW
Mt. Carmel Asbury
Chapel UMW
Mt. Erie Enterprise West
Mt. Sterling UMW
Neoga Grace UMW
Newton Grace UMW
Normal First UMC
Yokefellows Class
O’Fallon First UMC
Bob Wiedrich
O’Fallon First UMC
Fellowship Sunday
School Class
Paris First UMW
Paxton UMW
Pekin First UMW
Pekin First UMW - Lydia
Pekin Grace UMW
Pinkstaff UMW
Piper City UMW
Pontiac First UMW
Quincy Grace UMW
Roanoke UMW
Roberts-Thawville UMW
Roseville UMW Mary
S’More Bible Study Group
of Champaign Faith
Savoy UMW
Sparta First UMC
Crusaders Class
Springfield Laurel UMW
Stewardson UMW
Stronghurst UMW
Sugar Creek UMW
Sullivan UMW
Toledo UMW
Vandalia First UMW
Villa Grove UMW
Walnut Grove UM
Evening Stars
Washington Crossroads
Weedman UMC
Wenona St. John’s UMW
In spite of our best efforts to
avoid errors and omission on
this list, mistakes can occur.
Please notify Winnie Crowder
at (217)337-9073 if you believe
we have made an error or if you
have any other questions.
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Cunningham Children’s Home
1301 North Cunningham Ave., Urbana, IL 61802
P.O. Box 878, Urbana, IL 61803-0878
Tel: (217) 367-3728
Fax: (217) 367-2896
Email: [email protected]
2013 Board of Directors
Rhonda Whitaker, President
Tim Mast, Treasurer
Bianca Green, Secretary
Janet Ruckman, President-Elect
Dick McGuire, Treasurer-Elect
Committee Chairs
Carolyn Yockey, Advancement
Dick McGuire, Audit
Tim Mast, Finance
Carl Hudson, Human Resources
Lynn Travis, Nominations
Charles Cowger, Planning and Evaluation
Bobby Walker, Public Relations/
District Representatives
Illinois Great Rivers Conference
United Methodist Women Officers
Marge Stout, President
Camille McCaskill, Vice President
Mary Ann Harvey, Treasurer
Kaye Kimpling, Secretary
Teedra Hudson, Education & Interpretation
Naomi Davidson, Social Action
Illinois Great Rivers Conference
Iroquois River District Superintendent
The Promise of Judge Joseph and Mary Cunningham:
“That our home shall forever be kept as a Children’s
Home, hoping and praying that it shall in some degree
turn attention to the pressing demands in our midst, for
the care and nurture of our own.”
Rev. In-Sook Hwang
United Methodist Women
District Presidents
Cathy Riley, Cache River
Oleta Massie, Cache River Proxy
Sharon Niksch, Embarras River
Dorothy Wilson, Illinois River
Becky Fox, Iroquois River
Diane Goff, Kaskaskia River
Joye Anderson, LaMoine River
Dot Heuman, Mississippi River
Virginia McQuistion, Sangamon River
Caroline Jones, Spoon River
Sue Coons, Vermilion River
Members At Large
Linda Ayers, Monticello, IL
Barb Dalenberg, Mansfield, IL
Dean Messinger, Bloomington, IL
Menah Pratt-Clarke, Champaign, IL
Ex Officio
Bishop Jonathan Keaton, Illinois Great
Rivers Conference
David Line, President, CCH Foundation
Board of Directors
Marlin Livingston, President/CEO,
Cunningham Children’s Home
Carol Rankin, Illinois Great Rivers
Conference Committee on Health and Welfare
Sally Smith, Jurisdiction Core Planning Team
Committee on Nominations
Cunningham Children’s Home
Foundation Board
Megan Guenther, Champaign, IL
Cathy Henschen, Springfield, IL
Teedra Hudson, Lexington, IL
Ron Hoyne, Secretary/Treasurer, Champaign, IL
David Line, President, Champaign, IL
Tim Mast, Champaign, IL,
Camille McCaskill, Shiloh, IL
Gretchen Robbins, Urbana, IL
Andrea Ruedi, Vice President, Champaign, IL
Marge Stout, Illiopolis, IL
Joan Volkmann, Urbana, IL
Rhonda Whitaker, Neoga, IL
Ron Wilcox, Savoy, IL
Carolyn Yockey, Normal, IL
–Thanksgiving Day 1894
Our Philosophy:
Kids’ Needs First
Agency Leadership:
Marlin Livingston, President/CEO
Pat Ege, Vice President for Program Services
Dan Holmer, Vice President for Finance
Cloydia Hill Larimore, Vice President for Advancement
Accreditations, Licensure, Approval:
Council on Accreditation of Services for Family and Children, Inc.
United Methodist Association EAGLE
Accreditation Program
North Central Association Commission on Schools
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Memberships and Affiliations:
United Methodist Association of Health and
Welfare Ministries
The Child Care Association of Illinois
Illinois Association of Private Special
Education Centers
Illinois Great Rivers Alliance
United Voices for Children
Voices for Illinois Children - Foster Kids are
Our Kids Campaign
Champaign County Human Services Council
United Way of Champaign County
Cunningham Children’s Home is a mission and ministry
of the United Methodist Women of the Illinois Great
Rivers Conference. As a National Mission Institution,
Cunningham has a covenant relationship with the United
Methodist Women, Inc.
Saturday, July 27
Guardian Parent
Appreciation Day
Save the date!
Permit #100
Champaign, IL
Non-Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
For more information, contact Bernice Dallas at
[email protected] or 217-337-9058.
This invitation-only event celebrates the generosity
of our Guardian Parents and features a behindthe-scenes tour of Cunningham and other activities
specifically for our committed donors.
To ensure your invitation to this special event,
become a Guardian Parent today!