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Midway Center LovePurse drive empowers survivors of domestic violence for Mother’s Day

Our Midway Center community came together to empower survivors of domestic violence for a special Mother’s Day!

Board of Directors visits and tours our Calumet Center

Our Calumet Center recently hosted a special group of supporters in our Metropolitan family: our Board of Directors!

Metropolitan Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During this month, we recognize the tremendous diversity of AAPI communities, comprised of roughly 50 ethnic groups, speaking upwards of 100 languages, and hailing from at least 40 different countries.

LovePurse drive supports survivors of domestic violence in our Midway communities

Our Midway Center Community Board’s Love Purse drive for survivors of domestic violence recently got a helping hand from a few special supporters: Board Member Griselda Piedra’s kids and their friends!

Staff and clients Mpowered to Advocate at our Legislative Roundtable

At our first-ever Legislative Roundtable, we were pleased to offer an opportunity for our frontline behavioral health and domestic violence staff and program participants to meet with their elected officials, and advocate for specific policy goals in our agency’s legislative agenda.

CP4P hosts Marshall Memorial Fellows for a dynamic conversation about violence prevention

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) and Metropolitan Family Services were pleased to host a dynamic conversation on violence prevention with a group of Marshall Memorial Fellows, as part of the German Marshall Fund’s leadership development initiative for prominent young leaders from across Europe.

DuPage Community Board Highlight: Max Leichtman

We are pleased to highlight Max Leichtman of ComEd, a member of our DuPage Community Board since 2020!

Happy Social Worker Appreciation Month!

Metropolitan Calumet’s Social Workers come together to celebrate in recognition of Social Work Month

Calumet REIJ Committee hosts an open house

Our Calumet Center’s Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Justice committee was excited to host an open house!

Metropolitan announces pilot program offering trauma-informed services addressing interpersonal violence

Theresa Nihill, Metropolitan’s Chief Operating Officer, joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot and several city leaders and community advocates to shine a light on the importance of holistic support for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

Virtual Tour: Welcome to our new Headquarters!

We’re pleased to share a look into our new Headquarters space at 101 N. Wacker Drive!

Honoring and Celebrating Black History Month

Thank you for taking the time this month to honor and celebrate the stories of African Americans.

DuPage staff works to support Head Start families displaced by burst pipe

We’re proud of our Early Learning staff and families for showing true resilience over the past few weeks!

Metropolitan celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Metropolitan Family Services joins the nation in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Altgeld Youth-led food pantry re-opens in our Calumet Center community

The Altgeld Teen Leaders of our Calumet Center hosted their first youth-led food pantry in almost two years due to the pandemic!

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

For Human Trafficking Awareness Month, our LAS staff shares resources to understand trafficking, how to recognize the signs, and how to help victims of exploitation.

Thank you and farewell to Calumet Executive Director Audrena Spence!

After 28 years of dedicated, exceptional service and leadership to our Calumet Center, Audrena Spence is moving on from her position as Executive Director. Please join us in thanking Audrena, and appreciating her invaluable contributions to Metropolitan Family Services!

Southwest Center and Blue Island Neighborhood Network distribute food and PPE for the holidays

Our Southwest Center, the Blue Island Robbins Neighborhood Network, and other community partners in the southwest suburbs are “United for the Holidays!”

Welcome to Julia, our new Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator!

Julia will oversee all of Metropolitan Family Services’ volunteer events, including corporate volunteerism, reoccurring, and one-time events.

DuPage Community Board highlight: Gina Sharp

In honor of National Adoption Month this November, our DuPage Community Board is pleased to highlight DuPage Board Member Gina Sharp!

Practice gratitude with the whole family

Read tips from our Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation staff on practicing gratitude as a family, and learn about a few famous adoptees

Get to Know: Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation Therapist Lizbeth Delgado

Meet Lizbeth Delgado, LCSW, a therapist in our North Center’s Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (ASAP) Program

Our Headquarters is moving!

Our new home at 101 North Wacker Drive, 17th Floor, features more than 27,000 square feet of wide and attractive space in the heart of downtown.

Mesirow Mpowers Southeast Chicago students with donated school supplies

Thanks to an outpouring of support from Mesirow employees during a two-week school supply drive, the company – which matched employees’ contributions – recently donated nearly $12,000 worth of items for children in our programs.

Boy Scout Troop 1 beautifies outdoor spaces at Metropolitan Calumet

Boy Scout Troop 1 Scouts and families, led by Eagle Scout candidate Kapil Chaudhari, worked together on a service project to beautify outdoor spaces at Metropolitan Family Services Calumet

Summer in our Southeast Chicago Center’s Gallistel Community Schools program

Over the course of five weeks, from July 6 to August 5, 27 students joined us on Zoom for Gallistel Summer Camp 2021. Together we spent time on learning and activities in arts & crafts, drama, kitchen science, soccer and fitness, and games.

Congratulations and thank you to our retiring DuPage Community Board members!

Congratulations and thank you to our recently retired #DuPage Community Board Members! We’re pleased to recognize these special supporters – Bill Jennrich, Mary Beth McLean, Cindy Rynning, Dennise Vaughn, Carol Dimas, and Carol White – for all they’ve contributed to empowering children and families.

Meet Monique, Family Coach and former intern

Monique Harvey is a new Family Coach in our Calumet Center’s Family WORKS program, but her time with Metropolitan goes back further than that – she was previously an intern, but now that she’s graduated from college, she’s joined our team full time!

Get to Know: Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation Therapist Meghan Luse

Meet Meghan Luse, a Senior Counselor in our DuPage Center’s Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (ASAP) program!

Altgeld Teen Leaders connect with Mesirow summer interns for college advice

Thank you to Mesirow for creating a wonderful opportunity for youth in our Calumet Center’s Altgeld Teen Leadership Program to learn about applying for and attending college!

It’s time for another transition: back to school

For parents, the school year allows for a much-needed break after summer. However, for many parents and children, this is not an easy transition. This year might be especially difficult after the many changes schools had to adjust to for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Driving parade celebrates graduates in Altgeld Gardens

Over 30 cars participated in our Calumet Center’s driving graduation parade to celebrate over 100 graduates in Altgeld Gardens!

Congratulations, Cohort Seven! Metropolitan Peace Academy celebrates its newest graduates

We’re pleased to celebrate Cohort Seven of outreach workers, Cohort Two of case managers, and Cohort One of our external cohort.

Altgeld Teen Leadership Program distributes food to 50 families in their community

Thanks to a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant, the youth in our Altgeld Teen Leadership program distributed backpacks filled with food to 50 households in the Altgeld Gardens community as part of the Blessings in a Backpack project.

Movie Night with our North Center’s Community Schools!

Our North Center’s Community Schools program was pleased to welcome 33 families to an outdoor movie night!

Heart of Cabi event provides an empowering afternoon at our North Center

North Center and North Children’s Center once again hosted the Heart of Cabi event, and participants were treated to a wonderful and empowering afternoon — put together by staff and clothing stylists from Cabi, an the online clothing company.

Gallistel STEAM Night

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) skills are necessary to achieve college and career goals – just one reason for an Earth Day-themed Family Fun S.T.E.A.M. Night for families at Gallistel Language Academy!

Geto to Know: La Ria Cochran, Adoption Support & Preservation Therapist

La Ria Cochran has been a part of our Southwest Center’s Adoption Support and Preservation program since March 2013.

Stressed about summer break? Let us help.

While your child(ren) might be excited for summer break, as parents it might be a hectic time – and you might not be looking forward to the difficult break from school.

#MpoweredToAdvocate: Online Advocacy Week

We are Mpowered to advocate for our services that strengthen families and communities!

Metropolitan Family Services Statement on Anti-Asian Hate

Metropolitan Family Services stands in solidarity with the Asian American community against these most recent and visible manifestations of durable, damaging racism, injustice, and white supremacy.

Calumet distributes hot meals in partnership with Amazon for release of “Coming to America 2”

Our Calumet Center, partnering with Amazon’s Black Employee Network and Monarch Awards Foundation, distributed 250 hot meals, generously donated by Amazon, in our Roseland community.

Legal Aid Society applauds the end of the nationwide Public Charge legal fight

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) joins fellow advocates for immigrant communities in applauding the federal government’s dismissal of the Public Charge rule, which has caused the exclusion of immigrants from essential public programs.

“It Takes a Village” virtual baby shower empowers growing families in Altgeld Gardens

It takes a village to raise a child, and thanks to the Chicago Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 31 moms, soon-to-be moms, and dads in our Calumet Center’s Altgeld Gardens community are feeling a village’s worth of support!

Board Spotlight: thank you, Paul Pyrcik!

Please join us in well wishes for longtime DuPage Community Board Member Paul Pyrcik, who is stepping down from the board after 23 years!

Metropolitan Southwest is expanding to Merrionette Park!

Our Blue Island site has moved; our new location at 11560 S. Kedzie Ave., Suite 200, in Merrionette Park expands our capacity to serve the needs of Southwest suburban families and individuals.

Calumet Center featured in ABC7 Chicago’s “Our Chicago: Black Voices of Change”

Metropolitan Calumet, and Calumet Community Board Member Derrick Taylor, of Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) of Chicagoland, made an appearance on ABC7 Chicago’s Black History Month special, “Our Chicago: Black Voices of Change”!

Good News: February 5, 2021

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.

Metropolitan Family Services celebrates the passage of the Predatory Loan Prevention Act

We call on Governor Pritzker to sign the legislation and prohibit lenders from charging more than 36% APR–extending the same protection in federal law for active-duty military to all Illinois families.

Metropolitan’s Keli Levesque offers career insight on “Staying the Course” panel for students

During “Take Flight: Staying the Course,” a virtual networking event for Chicago Housing Authority college students, representatives from corporations and organizations in Chicago – including Metropolitan – offered insight on achieving their goals; financial, educational, and beyond.

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