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Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.

Not for Profit - Charitable, Social Services, Healthcare - Health Services
HQ: Chicago, IL   |   500 - 1,000 employees  |  

Nearly 90 years ago, our founder, Mrs. Ada Sophia McKinley, a retired school teacher and pioneer social worker, organized a settlement house in Chicago's Bronzeville community to meet the pressing needs of returning World War I soldiers and their families and to help these individuals integrate into and become productive citizens of the city of Chicago.

Since that beginning, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. has expanded from a settlement house to 43 sites across six divisions and has become a comprehensive, fully-accredited, human services agency.

Included among those sites are six Head Start programs; one school for children with multiple disabilities; one charter school for high school drop outs; seven janitorial work-training sites for adults with disabilities; one foster care emergency shelter; and many other services and programs.

In fiscal year 2009, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.:

  • Provided emergency food assistance to 5,000 individuals through our food pantry
  • Offered tutoring, life planning and college preparation and placement services to over 2,400 middle and high school students
  • Was a summer internship site for 80 teens interested in child care and early childhood development through a program sponsored by After School Matters, Claretian Associates and the Urban League
  • Offered supported employment to 60 adults with developmental disabilities
  • Provided basic and pre-vocational education to 26 students with severe developmental disabilities
  • Provided early childhood development service to over 300, 0-5 year-olds in our Head Start programs
  • Served 124 children and youth, ages 5-12, through our after-school programs at McKinley Neighborhood House

To effectively facilitate these programs and service our more than 13,000 clients, we work in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago Department of Family Services, U.S. Department of Education, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, the Mayor's Office and numerous other businesses, government entities and community-based service providers located throughout Chicagoland.

Career Opportunities

It is the policy of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. to offer equal opportunity employment to all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, physical or mental disabilities, age or national origin, sexual orientation, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, covered veteran status or any other protected group status. The Agency is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call 312-554-0600 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.
Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. strives to hire exceptional talent to provide support to the more than 13,000 clients we serve.

Our team includes a diverse group of professionals with backgrounds in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors who share a commitment to furthering our mission. Apply your experience, knowledge, creativity and energy to make a difference in the lives you touch.

To apply, fax your resume and a cover letter referencing the appropriate job to the contact person listed with each position. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Our mission is to assist individuals and families who, because of disabilities or other limiting conditions, need help in finding and pursuing paths leading to healthy, productive and fulfilling lives.


Ada S. McKinley, Chicago social reformer and settlement leader, founded the South Side Settlement House in 1919. Her settlement house and community programs played a vital role in the city’s South Side communities during the post-war period and era of heavy African American migration from the South to Chicago. Together with sister Chicago community activists—Jane Addams, Mary McDowell, and Harriet Vittum, Ada S. McKinley helped soothe the tensions of the racial turmoil of her age and addressed community needs with programs and services in areas of shelter, jobs, and food for displaced families from the South, recreational programs for returning soldiers, infant welfare, clubs and activities for boys and girls, and literacy, crafts and trades training for adults. Today, her extraordinary South Side Settlement House has become Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc., a comprehensive, responsive community-based organization working to enable positive change in the lives of individuals and families, thereby strengthening the communities in which they live and work.

Contact Us
Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
1359 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607