Stories that Connect

Join us for a special evening to celebrate the value of parents’ voice and choice and raise critical funds to continue bridging gaps for our families.

Kaleidoscope supporters, board members, staff and community members will enjoy an open bar and heavy appetizers, and a brief program featuring our young people, staff and families.

Tamela Milan-Alexander will give a keynote address about her experience as a parent involved with child welfare – and to share what is possible when parents are heard and empowered.

The event will be Thursday, April 25, 2024 beginning at 5:30pm. 

Tamela Milan-Alexander will give a keynote address at Stories that Connect 2024.

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Previous Events

50 Years of Connection

In 2023, we celebrated our 50th anniversary serving children, youth and families.  Supporters, board members, staff and community members gathered for a special evening to mark this milestone.

Together, we honored our past, celebrated our present and invested in our bright vision for the future of Chicago’s children, youth and families. We raised more than $175,000 to support Kaleidoscope’s innovative programs and services

Making Connections Video Series

At 50 Years of Connection, we debuted a 3-part video series about our past, present and future. Chicago broadcasting legend Bill Kurtis graciously gave his time to host the series.

Part 1 of 3

Early Kaleidoscope staff and experts explain why Kaleidoscope was groundbreaking – and vital – when Mel Breed founded the agency in 1973. They detail the state of child welfare in the 1960s and 70s, the unconditional care that Kaleidoscope offered, and the creativity that teams showed in doing right by families.

Part 2 of 3

Current and former Kaleidoscope staff talk about the 1980s and 1990s, when the agency was among the first to care for babies born HIV+, responded to the increasing demands after a tragic loss, and evolved programs that are still offered today.

Part 3 of 3

Current and former Kaleidoscope staff and families discuss current programs, the legacy of unconditional care, and the needs in Chicago. They outline their bold vision for the future: a preventative hub program, based on the West Side, where families’ needs are met before a child is ever harmed.

2022 Stories that Connect

In May 2022, we enjoyed an open bar and heavy appetizers, silent auction, paddle raise and a brief program featuring our young people, staff and families. We also honored the memories of two early leaders who passed in the last year: Tom Finnegan and Mel Breed.

Together, we shared real life stories that showcase how our programs help kids and families build resourcefulness, resiliency, and supportive relationships.

2021 Stories that Connect

Our 2021 event was a virtual experience on July 22, 2021. Together, we raised more than $130,000 for the children, youth and families Kaleidoscope serves and helps heal from abuse and neglect in Chicago. View the program starting at 1:18:10, the second chapter mark.

Our 2020 event was a virtual experience on June 11, 2020. Together, we raised more than $100,000 for the children, youth and families Kaleidoscope serves and helps heal from abuse and neglect in Chicago. THANK YOU to everyone who joined us! 

View the entire event below; the show begins 30 minutes in.

About Kaleidoscope

Founded in 1973, Kaleidoscope is a non-profit child welfare agency in Chicago. Each year, we serve more than 500 young people – ranging in age from birth to 21 – who are healing from trauma. Most of our clients have experienced neglect or abuse, and many have also been exposed to substance abuse, extreme poverty and other concerns.

As a result of these traumatic events, our clients have specialized mental health, behavioral, medical and/or pregnancy and parenting needs. Through our services, we ensure their safety, assist them in creating a stable support system, and help them overcome trauma to lead healthy, happy lives. Learn more about our services.