Stories From Esperanza

Introducing our Gala Honoree: Samantha Olds Frey

At our Gala this year, we are honored to recognize Samantha Olds Frey as our distinguished honoree. Samantha is the Chief Executive Officer for the Humana Gold Plus Integrated Plan. Prior to joining Humana, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois...

Support Tabitha’s Art Journey

Every Monday and Wednesday, Tabitha goes to the Esperanza Art Studio. As a long-time participant and residential client at Esperanza, Tabitha has been making art in the studio for over 15 years. “Tabitha is an extremely thoughtful artist,” said Kelly, coordinator of...

Associate Board Members Wanted

Esperanza is looking for passionate professionals in their 20’s and 30’s to join our Associate Board! The Associate Board is a leadership group made up of young professionals who, through their own time, talent and resources,...
Esperanza through the eyes of the associate board

Esperanza through the eyes of the associate board

The associate board consists of young professionals in their 20s and 30s who are passionate about advocacy, engaging in their communities and supporting the Esperanza mission to uplift and support individuals with disabilities.  Current associate board chair and...

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month, support Juan

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month, support Juan

Juan is a 16-year-old student who loves to sing, dance, and create art. These activities, along with other artistic forms, provide our students with autism an enhanced visual and auditory context for learning and self-expression. This April, during autism awareness...

Reflecting on 2022

Reflecting on 2022

Esperanza Community Services began as a therapeutic day school in 1969 by Guadalupe Reyes. She was driven to help her son Bobby, and other children with intellectual disabilities, to learn in a manner that met the unique needs of each student. This past has been one...

Invest in Andy’s Future

Invest in Andy’s Future

Engaging with art is essential to the human experience. Art promotes freedom of creative expression, which helps students relax and think differently. Art also enhances fine motor, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Due to budget cuts, Esperanza’s school...

Esperanza opens transformative sensory space

Esperanza opens transformative sensory space

When Esperanza occupational therapists James and Holly set out to create a dedicated sensory space, they did not envision the immediate impact they would see.  "David*, who I've never seen relaxed, went into the sensory room and zened out immediately," said...

Esperanza receives Chicago Recovery Grant

Esperanza receives Chicago Recovery Grant

Esperanza Community Services is thrilled to announce our selection as a Chicago Community Development Grant recipient. The award of $585,230 will transform our main school and adult program building in West Town by providing updated, efficient, and more accessible...

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