No Place Like Home

There really is no place like HOME. To many people in our community, The Community House is their second home, where they come to play, engage, learn, explore, create, and connect. Some for a few hours, some for generations.

As we all adjust to COVID, the doors of The Community House remain open as a sign of hope, comfort, and healing. More than 40% of our operating revenue each year comes from the generosity of individuals who are willing to invest in a strong and connected community that everyone can enjoy.


Please help us continue opening hearts, inspiring minds, and igniting imaginations by making a generous gift today. 


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Update: COVID 19 Tier 3 Mitigations

Due to an uptick in COVID-19 case counts and community spread, the State of Illinois has announced implementation of Tier 3 mitigations. At The Community House, the health and safety of our patrons, staff and community is our number one priority.
Please see below for further detail on our Tier 3 Mitigation Policies and Procedures

 

Programs & Classes

Most of our Fall 2020 Programs and Classes that are currently in progress will be completed virtually and some will pause temporarily with make-up sessions to be scheduled at a later date. Participants can expect to hear from one of our program directors and supervisors with further details. 

The Holiday Ball

Our famed Holiday Ball, an annual event that rings in the season in our community has gone virtual this year. Please click here for further detail.

 Jodie Harrison Basketball

As of November 18, as part of our continued efforts to maintain a safe environment for our guests, staff, and community members we are forced to pause all basketball programming, however, registration for 2021 remains open and as we move forward, we will look for the guidance of Dupage County Health Department and DCOE. For more information, please click here.

E-Care Learning Program

E-Care Learning will continue to be offered to D181 students in grades 1-5 at The Community House and additional safety precautions have been implemented, including the following additional precautions:

  • Table guards are in place for additional protection.
  • Students are provided with a canvas bag where they keep their individual school supplies.
  • Maintenance staff sanitizes the room daily between 12:20 and 12:40 when we transition from AM to PM groups. 

Winter Break Camp

Winter Break Camp is open for registration and will adhere to Tier 3 Mitigation regulations.

#OurCommunity Spotlight – Cathy McAndrews Fitness

Cathy McAndrews has been a Certified Fitness Instructor for 45 years and prides herself on her ability to make fitness fun, while maintaining the safety and efficacy of exercise.

“There have been many changes to fitness since I became certified in 1985, but one thing remains the same, my passion for helping others attain their fitness goals in a healthy way! My motto has always been, ‘work out happier, not harder’, because exercise should be joyful and fun – that’s when it’s most effective.”

Cathy has been a friend and partner of The Community House for many years, inspiring and helping our Active Adults to keep their bodies in motion in a number of different ways. You have likely heard her enthusiastic voice echoing in our field house over upbeat music, encouraging her Prime Time class to keep moving, keep their energy up and keep up the good work! Or maybe you’ve seen her and her Pilates/Barre class “booming” in our fitness room!

Cathy will be taking over the popular Sit and Get Fit class beginning in January 2021. This class promotes enhanced overall physical fitness for older adults by using low impact exercises while staying seated.

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, like so many of us, Cathy longed to get back to a “new normal” and that’s just what she is doing now at TCH.

“I was so happy to return to my classes and be with my friends. There was an overwhelming feeling of normalcy and relief. What we have together is more than just an exercise class. It’s a community of caring hearts. We talk, we listen and we reach out for support. That’s the magic of community-based exercise programming.”

Two of Cathy’s classes are now enrolling, including Pilates/Barre Mash Up and Prime Time A+. Sit and Get Fit will be back in action beginning in January! Each class is set-up according to Illinois state fitness class guidelines, at a safe and social distance, in properly ventilated spaces.

The Community House Active Adults services aim to provide all ages of adults, from 18 and up with high quality programs and classes.

Click the links below to read more on each of Cathy’s classes and register today.

Pilates Matte Mash Up – Barre Above

Prime Time A+

Sit & Get Fit will begin in January and will be available for registration during the Winter 2020 Season.

Sign up to be a Keyholder and get 15% off each of Cathy’s fitness classes!

 

 

2020 Walk the Walk FAQ

The 13th Annual Walk the Walk will start a conversation with community members, advocates, families, friends, and local businesses to build community, awareness, and raise vital funds for mental health services.

We are so grateful to all of our friends who have registered to Walk the Walk and #StartTheConversation about mental wellness in our community. To help you navigate the virtual Walk experience, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DO I WALK THE WALK THIS YEAR?  ANSWER: Our 13th Annual Walk the Walk has gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure the safety of our participants and teams, we cannot congregate at The Community House as we normally would and have for the last 12 years. This year you can Walk the 5K  on your own terms, at a safe and social distance with your teams!

WHERE CAN WE WALK? ANSWER: You can Walk the Walk anywhere you want to OR you can Walk the Walk to downtown Hinsdale, Illinois on October 24 or 25 to support local businesses and stop by The Community House table to grab a balloon and learn more about The Counseling Center at The Community House.

If you’re Walking the Walk on your own terms, don’t forget to snap a picture and tag The Community House on social media! Facebook: @thecommunityhousehinsdale Twitter: tchhinsdale Instagram: thecommunityhouse

WHAT ARE WE SUPPORTING BY WALKING? ANSWER: Your generous contribution and participation in the Walk will help to provide life changing counseling services to community members on a sliding scale. It also helps us #StartTheConversation around the importance of mental wellness in our community, especially now, as we all experience a global pandemic that has created an enormous need for mental health care. In September alone, The Counseling Center at The Community House provided:118 sessions of life changing therapy; Services to 55 unique clients, 76%, were 22 years old or younger; 73%, were not covered by insurance and require the use of grant funding or private donations to cover costs. Your support has an impact!

WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY WALK COMMEMORATIVE MASK? ANSWER:
You can pick up your mask at The Community House (415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale) front desk on the following dates:

 

Wed.- Fri. October 21-23
8AM-6PM

Sat.-Sun. October 24-25
10AM-2PM

*Don’t forget to wear a mask when you enter The Community House! So…wear a mask to pick up your mask!

CAN I PICK UP THE MASKS FOR MY TEAM? ANSWER: Yes. Please bring the names of your team members, so we can check them off the list.

 

Thank you so much for Walking the Walk this year! Your support makes a difference and we are grateful for contribution! We can’t wait to see your pictures and videos on social media!

Holiday Ball 2020

 

The Holiday Ball is a fabulous evening that happens annually on the first Saturday of December. It is well known in our community as the first major holiday event, that rings in the season!

It also serves as our largest fund raising event of the year, and as a 501-C3 non-profit organization that does not receive tax support, this fundraiser has a major impact on our ability to uphold our mission.


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This year, due to COVID-19, we won’t be able to invite you to join us in our Field House that is transformed into a stunning gala and welcomes our friends, dressed to the nines, to honor and support our services.

While we’re so sad that this truly beautiful event will not take place, we will be making special deliveries to a group of our closest friends who have been especially generous in the past, to express our gratitude for their support!

We look forward to 2021 when we can all gather once again to celebrate!

More than ever it is critical that we are able to raise as much money virtually as we would if the gala were being held at The Community House, and we invite you to click the link below to make a donation that is is equivalent to what you would normally contribute if you were attending The Holiday Ball in person. Thank you!


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Partnerships: Lively Arts Dance Academy

The Community House LyArts Program is excited to announce a brand new partnership with Lively Arts Dance Academy. Register to dance today!

Lively Arts Dance Academy is a family owned business united by a passion for dance,  committed to cultivating an exciting and developmental experience for their students.

Our very own, Jimmy McDermott, LyArts Program Director had this to say about our exciting new partnership:

“LyArts is excited to collaborate with Lively Arts Dance. This dance studio has now taken up residency here at The Community House, offering classes for students 18 months to 18 years. We look forward to growing the program beyond that.

If you’re looking for ballet, jazz, lyrical or musical theater at any level, there is something here for you. Many of our young Stage Door Fine Arts performers have trained with Lively Arts as well. So, it’s a natural fit. And we are thrilled to now serve as an interdisciplinary hubfor performing arts in our community.”

 

LET’S DANCE

 

A Tribute to Ly Hotchkin

Ly Hotchkin, 2018 Holiday Ball

A Beautiful Life and an Unparalleled Legacy, a Tribute to Ly Hotchkin

by Executive Director, Dan Janowick

Ly Hotchkin, who led TCH for more than 30 years as Executive Director, passed away this week. Ly was an inspiration to so many who have walked the halls of The Community House, myself included. Her energy, wit, and enthusiasm were so contagious because she was so genuine.

The Community House’s success today is a testament to her leadership and tenacity in building a connected and engaged community. She never disappointed when given the chance to take hold of a microphone and over the past 25 years has been a regular at TCH events and on-stage in the Community Revue. In recognition of her legacy of service, the Ly Hotchkin Arts Program was named for her in 2016 with a permanent portrait being unveiled in the upstairs gallery space in 2018.

Ly will be missed, but her family and friends will be comforted by many great memories in her 95 years. When the time is right and we can do so safely, we’ll raise a glass and share a toast in her memory, just as Ly would want!

It has been a pleasure to know and learn from Ly. While I know I will never “fill her shoes” I am honored to be on the path she fearlessly blazed for everyone who has followed her. The communities she served are more connected and stronger because of her.


The Gift of Ly 

by LyArts Program Director, Jimmy McDermott

Knowing Ly these first 4 years of heading LyArts was a total gift. I got to meet her soon after starting work at The Community House. And it was immediately clear to me that the mission of the program needed to reflect its namesake.

Ly was whip smart, grounded, community minded and very fun. And everything we offer here has to meet those accessible yet essential standards. In 2018, we commissioned local artist David Marcet to paint a portrait of Ly as the first piece in our permanent collection of the LyArts gallery up here on the second floor. I accompanied the artist when he showed Ly a preview of the painting before it was unveiled. She was very nearly speechless but was able to say “David, you have given me immortality.” I get to pass her portrait every day here. She’s watching. And will continue to preside over The Community House for generations to come.

K.E.A.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 


ENGAGE

ACHIEVE

LEARN

Register for K.E.A.P. here


The Community House believes that play is the best form of research, and we pride ourselves on providing safe and engaging environments where students can learn while being provided with support from highly qualified, talented and enthusiastic staff.

The Kindergarten Enrichment Achievement Program (K.E.A.P.)  is an extension of the District 181 Half Day Kindergarten Program that will be held daily throughout the school year at The Community House. Both morning and afternoon sessions will occur and will adhere to the Restore Illinois Guidelines, ensuring the health and safety of the children and families we serve as well as our staff. 


K.E.A.P. will offer before and after school enrichment that will compliment D181’s curriculum with structured S.T.E.M. activities, arts and crafts, physical education and outdoor time. K.E.A.P. will be held Monday through Friday with before and after school sessions. K.E.A.P. is a program specifically designed for Kindergarten students only and is not a certified school program, but it is an enrichment program that aims to provide an engaging, playful and educational environment for students. 


 DAILY SCHEDULE 

 MORNING PROGRAM

8:00-8:30 Check In/Individual Fun Packets
8:30-9:00 Circle Time (Calendar, Weather, Weekly song)
9:00-9:30 Themed Story Book/Art Activity to go with themed book
9:30-10:15 Outdoor or Indoor Structured Active Play
10:15-11:00 Enrichment Activity (Science, Art, Nature, Cooking)
11:00-11:30 Lunch
11:30-12:00 Active Play
12:00-12:20 Individual Play/Check Out

 AFTERNOON PROGRAM

11:30-11:45 Check In
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:45 Circle Time (Calendar, Weather, Themed Song)
12:45-1:15 Themed Story Book/Art Activity to go with themed book
1:15-1:45 Outdoor or Indoor Structured Active Play
1:45-2:30 Enrichment Activity (Science, Art, Nature, Cooking)
2:30-3:15 Active Play
3:15-3:30 Individual Play/Check Out


Registration will be offered weekly and weekly registration cut off is 12:00 pm on the Friday for the following week.  Register now.

For more information please contact Taylor Enger at 630-323-7500 ext. 248 or at tenger@thecommunityhouse.org

Back to School Services at The Community House

The Community House believes that play is the best form of research, and we pride ourselves on providing safe and engaging environments where students can learn while being provided with support from highly qualified, talented and enthusiastic staff.

As we all adjust to a new normal, and Illinois school districts begin to welcome students back this fall, we have developed a number of ways to help you navigate the 2020-21 school year.

Please see below for a list of programs and pertinent information.

E-LEARNING CARE PROGRAM
REGISTER NOW

Description: Your child can thrive this school year in a safe, healthy and engaging environment as they learn virtually with assistance from our experienced staff of child care professionals. Plus, cohorts will receive academic support from one Village Tutor up to an hour per day, when needed.

While learning and completing their work will be a priority, we will also provide students with the opportunity to interact with their peers and participate in enrichment activities through our very own LyArts Program.  Please note, this program is designed to follow the School District 181 schedule, The Community House is not providing curriculum, but providing support for your student as they complete School District 181 curriculum.

AM Daily Schedule 

8:00- 8:40 a.m.- Drop off/Individual Fun Packets

8:40- 9:10 a.m.- Literacy

9:10- 9:30 a.m.- Math

9:30-10:00 a.m.- Science

10:00-10:30 a.m.- Social Studies

10:30-11:10 a.m.- PE/Specials

11:10-11:30 a.m.- Outdoor or Physical Activity

11:30-12:00 p.m.- LUNCH

12:00-12:20 p.m.- Get Ready for School/Parent Pick Up

*From 9:30 – 10:30, cohorts will receive academic support as needed from one tutor

PM Daily Schedule 

11:30- 12:00 p.m.- Parent Drop Off/LUNCH

12:00- 12:40 p.m.- Individual Fun Packets

12:40- 1:10 p.m.- Literacy

1:10- 1:30 p.m.- Math

1:30- 2:00 p.m.- Science

2:00- 2:30 p.m.- Social Studies

2:30- 3:10 p.m.- PE/Specials

3:10- 3:30 p.m.- Get Ready for Parent Pick Up

*From 1:30 – 2:30, cohorts will receive academic support as needed form one tutor

Important Information

  • This program will be held at The Community House. We will do our best to split the groups by their school. No group will have more than 10 children and they will be spaced 6 ft. apart.
  • Transportation will need to be provided by a parent/guardian. A parent, guardian or pre- approved adult will need to drop off and pick up your child.
  •  Masks are required
  • NEW: table guards are in place for additional protection.
  • NEW: Students are provided with a canvas bag where they keep their individual school supplies.
  • NEW: Maintenance staff sanitizes the room daily between 12:20 and 12:40 when we transition from AM to PM groups. 
  • We will be offering an adaptive After the Bell Program that will be held at The Community House from 3:30-5:30pm. It will be an extension to the E-Learning Day. To register or learn more information regarding this program please search your child’s school on our registration site and it will be listed under After the Bell.
  • You will need to provide your child a peanut free lunch, as we will provide lunch time at The Community House.
  • We will be following the School District’s E-Learning Schedule. To ensure your child stays focused, we ask you send them with a pair of headphones so they are not distracted by surrounding noise.
  • Registration is completed weekly and to keep pods consistent, we are not accepting daily registration. Registration must be completed by 12PM the Thursday before the following week. If you need to register after 12PM on Thursday, registration will be in person only until Friday at 12PM, but a $15 late fee will be added.

REGISTER FOR E-CARE LEARNING NOW

KINDERGARTEN ENRICHMENT ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

Click here to learn about K.E.A.P. and register 

For more information please contact Taylor Enger at 630-323-7500 ext. 248 or at tenger@thecommunityhouse.org