July was filled with much to celebrate, from summer camps and block parties to staff promotions. While there was a lot to commemorate, we also had to say goodbye to one of our biggest advocates, Robert Tone Bale, who has been part of CPA since the beginning. Check out below all that is going on at CPA and what is to come. 


Mark Your Calendar
Check out these fun events we have coming up and join us! 

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ToneRemembering Tone Bale 

One of the Founding Board members and early leaders of Children’s Place Association, Robert Tone Bale, passed away July 23rd at age 83.

Tone served on our Board for 18 years (1989-1999 & 2013-2021) and was instrumental in forging the path that has led us to where we are today.

READ ONto learn more about Tone’s CPA legacy. 



Come join us at our 2nd annual Pickleball Tournament FUNdraiser on August 28. Over 100 locals will gather to learn about Children’s Place, eat, drink, be merry, and play pickleball.  CLICK HERE for details. 

Back to School

Help us set our CPA kids up for success this school year by providing them with the supplies they’ll need to thrive. You can participate by purchasing supplies from our Amazon Wish List, or if you would like to purchase items and drop them off,  CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Congrats to…

  • A client’s son recently graduated from Lane Technical High School. 
  • Two clients have recently become CPA team members. 
  • A client’s husband for obtaining employment at Tyson Foods in Moline, IL. The family is planning to join him with supportive transitional assistance from their Family Case Manager. 
  • All of our clients were able to perform 100% participation in case management support services following the departure of our former CFSS supervisor.

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Summer Mini-Camp Fun
What a summer we’ve had with 21 kids registered! We’ve had so much fun swimming with Goldfish Swim School, doing great activities with JPA running WeRock, learning about keeping our minds and bodies healthy, and learning how to grow our own food with the nursing interns from the University of Chicago! A special thank you to Dick’s Sporting Goods for providing tennis equipment and partnering with Grassroots Tennis Association for free lessons! Each Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, we make sure to provide summer fun and healthy meals for our Thrive summer campers.  

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Sports Physicals & Pediatric Consultations
We are offering free school sports physicals and pediatric consultations to the community with our continued partnership with Rush and Dr. Margi.   

Mission In Action (M.I.A)
M.I.A, a free, teen-led program for grades 9 through 12, has started and takes place every Monday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm!  

Mental Health
Our partner, JPA, continues to offer mental health counseling on site (at WHP) every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm with Ben. We have also added a new counselor, Julie, for individuals who prefer services with a female-oriented/gendered person. These services are available to everyone associated with CPA and the West Humboldt Park community.