Adopt-a-Family Program

Adopt-a-Family Program

Join us as we extend our family circle here at Rush University Medical Center to help make the holiday season brighter for families in communities we serve.

Join us as we extend our family circle here at Rush University Medical Center to help make the holiday season brighter for families in communities we serve.

Adopt a Family 2020

Thanks to the generosity of Rush employees and outside friends, the 2020 Adopt-A-Family holiday program helped a total of 466 families, an 80% percent increase from 2019. In all, these families represented 1,167 individuals, including young children, parents, grandparents and teens, including some who are expecting children. Of the 466 families adopted, 10 included Rush families and 224 were unsheltered individuals.

Group photo of an Adopt-A-Family recipient

So many of you helped these families, from the more than 140 Rush departments, Rush individuals and over 178 outside friends which includes outside organizations. "We couldn't have accomplished this without you. Your kindness and generosity made the holiday brighter for hundreds of families", says Kimberly Johnson, with the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement.

“We would like to thank the people that helped us, especially for the help provided to my kids. May God bless them and give them more." - Adopt-A-Family recipient

Thanks again to all of Adopt-A-Family Program's partners and donors for their support and commitment to the program.

Although all the families have been adopted, you can still support families in two ways:

1) Support our families with a food box. Every adopted family will also receive a box of food from our community partner Top Box Foods. With your monetary support, we can add additional meals to the food box. During the pandemic our communities have been hard hit and being able to add food items to the box to extend a family's food security is an incredibly important and wonderful way to help us continue to make an impact in the neighborhoods we serve.

Use the button below to extend our Top Box efforts and help make our families' holiday season even more special. Please make sure to direct your gift to: Adopt-A-Family Program.

Donate a Food Box

2) We still have individuals experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity, who still need our support. We’ve now made it possible for you to adopt them by purchasing essentials such as winter clothing and hygiene kits. To begin the process, click the button below. Thank you for helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of community members this holiday season.

Purchase Essentials

We look forward to your support again next year. Wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday season!

Adopt-A-Family: The Reason for the Season

Goal: To support hardship families (children, seniors and veterans) who are experiencing hardship during the holiday season.

As an anchor institution, Rush is committed to advancing health and economic vitality for our West Side neighborhoods. As part of this commitment and to ensure the holidays are bright for everyone, the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement (CHEE) coordinates the Adopt-A-Family Program. Through this program, Rush partners with West Side nonprofits, service agencies and churches in order to connect our employees and outside organizations with families who are experiencing hardship.

Over the last 20-plus years, generous supporters including Rush staff, faculty, students, outside friends and organizations have purchased toys, clothing and toiletries to help brighten the holiday season for families who experience hardship during the holiday season.  In 2019, 274 families were adopted by our generous supporters – that’s 969 individuals of which 648 were children. The families that participate in our Adopt-A-Family program are challenged daily to make ends meet, and some experience homelessness and live at 200% or more below the poverty line. The Adopt-A-Family program is one important way we can provide resources to these families.

"Rush Adopt a Family program has systematically shifted the way people think about the holiday season. It has provided a resource for parents and families, that did not have the means, to give their children a tangible demonstration of the love they have for them. Affording our families at Oakley Square to put smiles on their children's faces, promotes hope, enhances connections and displays compassion. Thank you Rush for all that you do." 
--Eugenia R. Olison, community life senior manager; The Community Builders - Oakley Square Apartments

“In our imperfect world, when 'givers' like you all show up we get a glimpse into true perfection. So thank you for being a 'window of good' that opened up for me and my family! Thank you so much!"
--Janeen, 2019 Adopt-A-Family recipient

In this unprecedented year, the COVID-19 public health crisis has impacted the way in which the program will run. Our top priority is to ensure that our donors and adopted families can participate safely. This year, you will have the option to purchase family gifts by e-shopping and shipping directly to the family agency or family home.

Are you a Rush Employee?

We are also committed to serving our internal Rush employees, which we define as our first community. For the fourth consecutive year, Rush employees who experience hardship during the holiday season have the opportunity to be adopted. To learn more about the Adopt-A-(Rush) Family (AARF) program and how to apply, please contact the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement at


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