ARDEN SHORE HELPING CHILDREN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL
What began in 1898 as a summer respite camp overlooking Lake Michigan for mothers and children has grown into a vital non-profit agency that today provides foster care, behavioral health care, and other services so that Illinois children and families have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Comptroller Susana Mendoza visited Arden Shore Child and Family Services in Waukegan to tour the agency’s operations, discuss her role in state government, and learn more about how the state’s bill backlog and managed care program have affected the organization.
“For more than 120 years Arden Shore has been on the front lines of helping Lake County children and families find stability, make connections, and rebuild their lives so they can have a better future,” Comptroller Mendoza said. “I am pleased that the Comptroller’s office can help ensure Arden Shore receives the state support it was promised and that it deserves for the work its employees and volunteers undertake.”
Arden Shore provided services for more than 1,400 people in 2018. It offers foster care services, a group home for boys between 10 and 18 years old who have emotional and behavioral disorders, intact family preservation services to help at-risk children remain with their families when appropriate for their well-being, and behavioral health and support services. The organization works closely with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
In 2018, Arden Shore employed 50 people locally and had about 100 volunteers, according to its annual report.
During her visit, Comptroller Mendoza met with Dora Maya, president and CEO of Arden Shore; Mark Dybas, vice president of human resources; and other staff members. Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham accompanied the Comptroller on the tour.