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Advocacy Day was a success!

On Wednesday, April 18, our agency took 101 staff, clients, and community partners to Springfield for a successful, empowering Advocacy Day.

Good News: April 20, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Meet Michael Yohanan, our Spring Fever Committee Chair

We talked to Michael about his work with Metropolitan, the planning of Spring Fever, and what Mpowers him to support Evanston/Skokie children and families.

North Children’s Center receives Gold Circle of Quality from ExceleRate

Congratulations to our North Children’s Center, which recently received the prestigious Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois!

Principal at Community Schools partner Belmont-Cragin School wins Golden Apple Leadership Award!

Congratulations to Stacy Stewart, Principal at one of our North Center’s Community Schools partners, Belmont-Cragin School, on winning Golden Apple’s Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award!

Good News: April 13, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Oh, baby! Walgreens and Huggies partner to donate funds & diapers to Cradles to Crayons, benefiting Metropolitan families

In a grand slam of a collaboration, Walgreens and Huggies are teaming up with former Cubs catcher David Ross to help families in need around the country – Metropolitan’s North Center included!

North Center distributes books to Head Start kids thanks to ABC, Disney, and FirstBook

Thanks to Magic of Storytelling, a partnership between Disney and FirstBook, our North Center recently received 600 new books for the children in our Head Start and early learning programs!

Good News: April 6, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Congratulations to two Legal Aid Society attorneys on passing the Bar Exam!

Congratulations to two of Metropolitan’s own Legal Aid Society attorneys, Mark Alanson and Gerald Polanco – Mark and Gerald recently passed the Bar Exam in Illinois!

Stones Jewelry to Donate 100% of April Watch Battery Proceeds for DuPage Gala

Tick-tick-tick-tick. Do you know what time it is? It’s time to change your watch battery, while supporting children and families in DuPage!

Good News: March 30, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

#Altgeld10: Calumet Center’s Youth Leadership Program students experience New York City

The Altgeld 10 is a group of students in our Altgeld Youth Leadership Program at Calumet Center headed on a trip to New York City! Thanks to the generosity of The Lyon Family Foundation, these students are experiencing the culture of the city with an unforgettable itinerary we’ll be sharing throughout the trip.

Upward Bound College Tour: students learn about the Civil Rights Movement, visit HBCUs in Alabama

Students from our Calumet Center’s Upward Bound program are spending part of their spring break on a college tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Alabama! Here we’ll share photos and stories from our students throughout the trip.

Legal Aid Society joins ACLU and 20 other public interest groups in opposing city nuisance ordinance

Metropolitan’s Legal Aid Society is proud to join the Shriver Center, ACLU of Illinois, and 20+ other public interest groups in urging the City of Chicago to repeal its “chronic illegal activity premises ordinance”, which harms survivors of domestic violence and persons with disabilities.

Good News: March 23, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Meet our 2018 Spring Fever honorees: Mayor Jay Lytle and Bonnie Lytle

At this year’s Spring Fever, we’re pleased to honor Jay Lytle, former Mayor of Evanston, and Bonnie Lytle, the first Board Chair of Metropolitan Family Services’ Evanston/Skokie Valley Center. Together, Jay and Bonnie helped engage their community in Metropolitan’s mission.

Spotlight On: Parenting Fundamentals

For Women’s History Month, we’re featuring a few of the women who make our programs possible. Meet our Parenting Fundamentals staff!

Fun & Learning at Early Childhood Collaboration’s Family Day of Play

Our DuPage Center’s Early Childhood Collaboration recently held its annual Family Day of Play with nearly 250 children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members.

Drug Awareness Night educates Skokie students and parents

At a recent Drug Awareness Night held at Lincoln Jr High School, Skokie parents and students alike learned about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.

IN THE NEWS: Ric speaks at Inclusion Leaders Network Annual Summit

At Inclusion Leaders Network’s Annual Forum 2018, CEO Ric Estrada spoke on Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership from Different Perspectives

Good News: March 9, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Calumet Center convenes Black Male Summit

With Roseland CCRE, the Summit engaged community thought leaders in dialogue about the state of Black men in Chicago and how to leverage our resources and networks to help reduce violence.

Good News: March 2, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Make an Extra Large difference for Evanston families!

For the entire month of March, Gigio’s Pizzeria in Evanston will donate $2 for every extra large pizza ordered to benefit our Evanston/Skokie Center’s Spring Fever fundraiser highlighting its Family Support & Prevention program!

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Jane Addams

Did you know Metropolitan Family Services and Jane Addams Hull House have been working together for nearly 100 years? Jane Addams even served as a board member of both Metropolitan Family Services (then known as United Charities) and our Legal Aid Society.

Good News: February 23, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

IN THE NEWS: CEO Ric Estrada featured in Chicago Is All In campaign

Chicago Is All In, a new collaborative formed to help bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Chicago, recently launched with a video featuring business and community leaders across the city.

Good News: February 16, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we’ll feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Stories from Parenting Fundamentals

Our Winter 2018 Parenting Fundamentals classes are underway! Our Learning and Wellness Center’s Warsheka Griffin shares a few updates across the programs from the most recent session.

Our Community Integrated Living Arrangement program is back!

Metropolitan Family Services’ Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) is returning to our Southeast Chicago Center!

Recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. To spotlight this important issue, we shared events, resources, and information about our Legal Aid Society’s work in the fight against human trafficking.

WBEZ/NPR features efforts to combat abuse of adults with intellectual disabilities

The statistic that adults with intellectual disabilities are sexually abused at a rate 7 times higher than the general adult population, as described in the first of a series on WBEZ/NPR is unacceptable to the Adult Protective Services Program at our Evanston/Skokie Valley Center.

Introducing Communities Partnering 4 Peace

As violence dominates conversations about Chicago, we are proud to partner with eight community organizations on an initiative focused on promoting peace. The collaboration, called Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), engages nine of the city’s highest-risk neighborhoods.

Metropolitan spreads the holiday cheer in 2017

Thank you to everyone who helped make the holidays special for our communities. Across our organization, we celebrated the season with events, donations, and community recognition.