Personal Stories

  • The Foundations of Fostering

    With an extensive work history in social services, Denise Matthews was drawn to the idea of helping children in need…

    View
  • Zack’s Story: Building with Broken Pieces

    “I think people can be broken in a sense, but there are always ways to fix them.”

    View
  • Embracing the Power of Preparation

    “UCAN is part of my family, it is part of me.” – Karen Wilson…

    View
  • Meet Matt: UCAN’s Newest Auxiliary Board Member

    After a law school internship, Matt realized where he wanted to provide his support…

    View
  • Shaping Young Lives Through Speech

    It has been said that one should strive not to make their presence known, but to make their absence felt…

    View
  • Tatiara’s Story: On the Path to Success

    Tatiara came to UCAN approximately four years ago through the Family Works program…

    View
  • Kendell’s Story: Evolving Through 360 Community

    Fourteen-year-old Kendell came to UCAN approximately one year ago through a referral from his school…

    View
  • Alexis and Aaliyah – A Giving Tuesday Story

    After the birth of her daughter, 23 year-old Alexis never felt more scared and alone….

    View
  • Adventure Therapy Shows Youth a New Perspective

    UCAN’s exciting partnership with Chicago Adventure Therapy helps underserved Chicago youth have a lasting impact…

    View
  • Earl finds connections through mentorship

    Earl came to UCAN at age 20 through The Peace Hub program after watching several friends and family members fall victim to gun violence…

    View