Fun Facts and the Festival of Quilts

To celebrate Cunningham's Festival of Quilts, which takes place April 10 and 11, we'd like to share some fun quilting facts: 
1. Visitors to the Festival enjoy both hand and machine-quilted pieces from antique to contemporary designs which are on loan for the quilt show. Are you proud of a favorite quilt you made? Want to display your grandmother's heirloom quilt? More information about showing your quilt can be found HERE.

"What does this mean to me?"

"What does this mean to me?"

It's a good question asked by a 19 year old who lives in Cunningham's Transitional Living (TL) home. She was one of about 15 youth who gathered to hear about Illinois Governor Rauner's proposed cuts to the State's budget which include elimination of all services to DCFS youth ages 18-21. 

That Higher Education Paper

"I'm going to be the one who 
makes mad paper (money)
Not that thug paper but 
that higher education paper
I'm not going like John Gotti but 
like Langston Hughes and Askia M. Touré"
              - An excerpt from a poem by Ricky, 
                 a youth in our Transitional Living program

When the Game Stands Tall

On a cold Sunday afternoon, a group of boys from Cunningham's Cornerstone unit gathered at the Spiritual Life Center to watch "When the Game Stands Tall."

The movie may be about football on the surface but is packed with Christian messages. Chaplains Gay and Melvin organize the weekly movies for all of the units as a way to open up discussion on an assortment of topics with our kids.

Recognized for Responsibility

Cadence, a 7th grader at Cunningham, stands out. Not only for her gentle spirit and beautiful smile, but she has a can-do attitude and is a natural leader. All of these attributes were apparent yesterday when she received multiple awards at Cunningham's bi-annual recognition ceremony that celebrates the successes of our kids in their school and special therapy activities.