How It All Began

New Moms began in 1983 when our founder, Ellen Kogstad, saw a need in her community in Chicago. She saw young women who were pregnant or parenting living in abandoned buildings and cars and felt the moral conviction that wasn’t okay. So, she started off by doing just a simple act of giving out diapers and formula out of the trunk of her car. That seed she planted then today has become New Moms.

This year, we’re celebrating 35 years of strengthening families in many ways! Check back to this page often for the latest information!

2018 Anniversary Events

4 – Window Painting
11 – Window Painting Community Reception

11 – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Oak Park Building
17 – Community Tour of New Moms and Bright Endeavors
28 – Kitchen Walk

13 – Community Tour of New Moms and Bright Endeavors

22 – Team New Moms @ Austin POWER 5K

12 – Anniversary Gala

1 – Community Tour of New Moms and Bright Endeavors

For more information, contact Bonnie at or 773.252.3253 x223

Posted on February 7, 2018

New Moms (Chicago)
5317 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651



New Moms (Western Suburbs)
206 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

New Moms is the proud winner of the 2020 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence!

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