welcome

Covid update: We were able to return in April 2022 and we are ramping back up at this time. We hope to resume our full schedule in September 2022!

Jen's Kids is an outreach program of the Riverside Arts Center that provides therapeutic art activities for children under hospital care. Currently, one facilitator visits once a week with inpatients at the Loyola University Medical Center Children’s Hospital in Maywood, Illinois. We also have one facilitator who visits once per week at the Loyola Outpatient Center Pediatric Oncology Treatment Center while outpatients receive treatment.

Beginning in September we will have three sessions per week with inpatients at the Children’s Hospital and two sessions per week with outpatients at the Pediatric Oncology Treatment Center.

"Thank you for making me feel as special as the snowflakes we made during craft time."
- quote from patient, age 5

Jen’s Kids is funded by private donations. Administrative costs are minimal so that virtually all of the money donated is spent on the facilitators and art supplies. Your donation will help us to continue and to expand this program.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or the Riverside Arts Center.

Jen’s Kids was established in loving memory of Jennifer Lynn Allen, June 1970-June 1997

“You have to be a friend to have a friend. It takes a special kind of magic that comes from within each and every one of us.” – Jennifer Lynn Allen