C.I.T.Y. Programs

Welcome to Our C.I.T.Y.
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Transitioning from round-the-clock care in the NICU to home can be one of the most overwhelming and frightening times for new parents.  There can be medical, therapeutic, and social-emotional challenges that may be unexpected or unfamiliar to many families.  Our pilot program, “Welcome to our C.I.T.Y.” helps to provide these parents with an immediate source of support from a community who may best understand their needs.  Learning about C.I.T.Y. of Support’s large, local network of parents and professionals can provide comfort, reduce feelings of isolation, and increase accessibility to information and encouragement.  This past year, hundreds of parents received welcome bags from C.I.T.Y. of Support with information, personal welcome letters, and small gifts as they were discharged from the NICU.  Local hospitals in the Chicagoland area eagerly collaborated with us in this effort, and with continued interest, volunteers, and funding, we would love to expand this program to provide reassurance and camaraderie to more families in our city as they begin their journey.

Special Collections at Local Libraries
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The acquisition of a special collection at local libraries that includes therapeutic books, materials, tools, and equipment will help increase access to meaningful resources at no cost to families within their community.

Birthday Buddies

Sign up for the birthday buddies program: https://forms.gle/hwn7fJv2w2NkZfZZ6

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We Love Our C.I.T.Y. 2020 Resource Fair
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We Love Our C.I.T.Y. 2021 Awareness/Celebration Month
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CITY of Support - Close Up - Camille-February 2021

Camille

February 2021

Parent Statement

Her mom says:

Camille has a high energy for life, arts/crafts, and all things Disney. Camille has experienced some difficulties with sleep, sensory issues and has a speech delay. Through working with her amazing therapists, there has been an increase in her speech and incredible advances in her use of play. Camille’s favorite things are Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and playing in water.

CITY of Support - Close Up - Noah - January 2021

Noah

January 2021

Parent Statement

Just listen to what she has to say about her son, Noah:

"After an extraordinarily difficult year in the public school system, we enrolled Noah in therapeutic school and it was the absolute best decision, ever. Through carefully crafted sensory support, behavior intervention, and—most importantly—kindness and acceptance, we’ve seen an unbelievable amount of growth in Noah. From the ability to self-regulate; to a seemingly explosive use of expressive language; and even a new willingness to try unfamiliar foods, our family will be forever indebted to the wonderful community of therapists and medical professionals that support Noah every day.

Noah’s special interest is anything heart-shaped (especially pink heart-shaped beads!), and it is so fitting because he is the epitome of unconditional love. Noah is unapologetically himself, pink hearts and all, and he is the true light of our lives."

CITY of Support - Close Up - Evie - December 2020

Evie

December 2020

Parent Statement

Her mom says:

"Evie is one sweet and strong toddler! Despite her developmental challenges, she has been working successfully with PT to improve her balance, coordination, and strength. Just in time for our big move to a new house in the suburbs, Evie mastered walking foot over foot up the stairs! This was a huge step forward, and we are so proud of her accomplishment."

CITY of Support - Close Up - Clare - November 2020

Clare

November 2020

Parent Statement

Her proud mom says:

"Clare has had to work hard her entire life to get her body to do what she wants, but we are so proud of all the small successes that she has achieved. She’s starting to get the hang of sitting, learning how to clap, and can pick out Yes and No cards for simple questions. She is obviously highly motivated and eager to pick up new skills."

CITY of Support - Close Up - Adam - October 2020

Adam

October 2020

Parent Statement

Here's what she has to say about her boys:

"Our boys have just returned to remote learning after nine successful weeks in person, so this is a big adjustment for our family right now. Just at the start of school, Adam was ready and successfully potty-trained very quickly, after years of us wanting him to do it. He did it on his time, as he always has done everything. My boys are my heart, and I feel lucky to be their mom."

CITY of Support - Close Up - Jaime - September 2020

Jaime

September 2020

Parent Statement

Here's what she has to say about her charming son, Jaime:

"Jaime is now 18 months old and has Down Syndrome. From Heart Surgery at 5 months old to ear tubes, pneumonia, and a couple other hospital stays, Jaime keeps smiling and thriving. He just recently started holding his bottle, and started to pull himself to stand up. Using his hands and fingers has always been a struggle for him, so this is huge progress.

I'm so thankful for this group and for Something Blue Photography that they were able to capture these photos. With everything that was going on at birth with his feeding issues and heart repair, I never did any other photoshoots. I'm so excited to finally put him up on my wall."

CITY of Support - Close Up - Ryden - August 2020

Ryden

August 2020

Parent Statement

According to his mom:

"(When Ryden was born), I did not get to hold him for 36 days. He had to go to three different hospitals, had four serious scares of barely making it, multiple surgeries & spent 106 days in the NICU. Some days we felt like we would never be able to leave. It was the craziest roller coaster ride ever, and I cannot even begin to explain, but we are so proud of him. He is our miracle warrior.

We see nine different specialists, six different therapists weekly, and he just had his fifth surgery last week in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He still has a few more surgeries to go, but we could not be more proud of our boy. He is a true fighter."

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