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CP4P Statement on George Floyd

Over the last few days, the Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) coalition members have grieved the loss of George Floyd.

Good News: May 29, 2020

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.

Midway Connections – Keeping Parents and Children Impacted by Domestic Violence Safe

The Midway Connections program, located at Metropolitan’s Midway Center on Chicago’s Southwest Side, provides supervised visitation and safe exchange services for families that have experienced domestic violence.

Parents as Partners Outreach Worker Yomara: “We meet our families where they are.”

Yomara and her team are committed to sharing the program’s goals and mission to as many people as possible. In this current climate, that means going above and beyond to make sure they’re available virtually for the parents they serve.

Longtime friend and supporter Donna Tropp sews protective masks for Evanston/Skokie staff

Our Evanston / Skokie Valley Center staff are all smiles and gratitude underneath their new masks, hand-crafted by longtime friend and supporter Donna Tropp!

Southeast Chicago staff connect over a Zoom Scavenger Hunt

What does your makeshift/home office look like? Where are your half-finished quarantine craft projects? Can you find holiday decor left up by mistake? During our Southeast Chicago Center’s team “Stay at Home”-themed scavenger hunt over Zoom, staff showed off their pets, their self-care spaces, and more!

“We feel confident that we are going to overcome this obstacle.” Client Financial Assistance Fund empowers Parents as Partners mom

Arely, a mother in our Parents as Partners program, is a full-time student. She works part-time and lives with her father to help her support both her child and her education.

Our DuPage Early Learning team has HEART

Even in difficult times, staff show up with heart every day to support children and families from home!

Calumet’s clinical social workers are committed to working toward their licensure!

Our Calumet Center’s clinical social workers are dedicated to working towards licensure! Not to be deterred by working remotely, this group recently moved their meetings to Zoom.

Northwestern Hospital donation feeds 120 DuPage Early Learning families

A generous donation from our partners at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital’s CATCH Early Childhood Program recently provided our DuPage Center’s Early Learning programs with enough food and critical safety supplies for 120 families!

We’re grateful for you!

We’re turning Giving Tuesday into Gratitude Tuesday, because today and every day we’re grateful for you. We’d like to take this moment to thank all our supporters who Mpower Metroplitan’s clients, staff, volunteers, and program partners on the front lines of COVID-19.

Metropolitan Calumet’s Zoom Bingo helps seniors connect with staff and each other

The “Bingo!” sounded a little different through a Zoom meeting, but the seniors participating in Metropolitan Calumet’s virtual Bingo felt the excitement all the same.

What does the Census have to do with elected officials?

The answer is a fancy word called apportionment. Apportionment is how the country decides the number of representatives each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives based on state population numbers.

Safe Children advocate Dawn on her experiences connecting online

Alexandra Millikent, Program Supervisor of the Safe Children Program at Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, shares a slimy story about her experiences in adapting her communications with her young clients.

Zoom yoga helps Southeast Chicago staff connect

Yoga is just one of the activities staff have been sharing with each other over weekly Zoom get-togethers. Executive Director Vanessa Schwartz asked her staff what talents or skills they’d like to share, and the group responded with ideas from visual art to music instruction and beyond.

“Metro Mom” sews protective masks for North Center staff on the COVID-19 front lines

“Metro Mom” Susana is helping Metropolitan’s front-line staff stay safe from COVID-19.

Community partnership in DuPage feeds twenty families

Thanks to a partnership between Jim and Tom’s, US Foods, and Kronos Foods, and St. Alexis Church twenty families in Metropolitan DuPage’s Bensenville Head Start program received hot meals.

Domestic violence survivors “need an advocate now more than ever.”

Metropolitan’s Court Advocacy Program is finding creative ways to ensure their clients are still supported

Domestic Violence survivor makes masks, empowering herself and those around her

A Domestic Violence Counseling client, whose job involves making products by hand, has been learning how to use a sewing machine on her path to gain financial stability.

Midway & North children have new wheels, thanks to Radio Flyer and Cradles 2 Crayons

We’re all staying inside, but Radio Flyer is helping our kids get moving! Longtime community partner Cradles 2 Crayons arranged for a generous donation of Radio flyer wagons, scooters and tricycles.

Staff Superheroes: FamilyWorks team empowering Calumet Center families remotely

“Despite staff teleworking, it is still business as usual.” Program Director Carrie Pullie shares her team in the FamilyWorks program at Metropolitan Calumet is working hard to support clients remotely with regular remote client check-ins.

Cradles 2 Crayons provides necessities to families in our North, Calumet, and DuPage communities

For our clients who received any of the 49,328 individual diapers, wipes, and hygiene kits donated by longtime Metropolitan community partner Cradles 2 Crayons, they saw the support as a ‘blessing’.

Blue Island community comes together to support food pantry

Our Southwest Center’s Blue Island Robbins Neighborhood Network staff and community partners have been going above and beyond to help ensure our families receive the support they need.

Volunteer superheroes: Debbie and her family in Blue Island step up to make protective masks for home visitors

As our Southwest Chicago Center’s Blue Island Robbins Neighborhood Network works with the Blue Cap (Blue Island Citizens for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) Food Pantry, staff and volunteers have been going above and beyond to ensure our community residents receive the food they need.

Early Learning staff stay connected with parents and children as programs shift to e-learning

As our Early Learning program’s staff and families shelter in place, our teachers are finding ways to stay engaged with parents and kids!

Good News: March 25, 2020

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.

Staff Superheroes: SmartCare Team

Our SmartCare (Electronic Health Records) team is spreading positivity and working to creatively adapt during COVID-19 in order to keep supporting Metropolitan’s staff!

Our Gallistel Community School’s Music Programs held a Spring Showcase to celebrate band, choir, and orchestra students

Congratulations to the students in the Gallistel Language Academy Music Programs on a successful Spring Showcase!

Everyone Counts: Census 2020 resources

Let’s get ready for the 2020 Census! We’re collecting information and resources to help ensure our communities get counted.

Spotlight On: the Older Caregivers Project

Metropolitan’s Older Caregivers Project helps older caregivers plan for children’s long term care. It aids families in establishing a stronger support system through case management and linkages to community resources, ensures the well-being and safety of the children and caregivers, and provides a recommendation regarding the living arrangements for the children.

Midway Learning & Wellness Center staff shares the love

Our Midway Learning and Wellness Center recently celebrated staff and showed appreciation to one another by hosting a “Share the L♥VE Week”!

Happy Retirement to our CFO, Denis Hurley!

One of Metropolitan’s finest is leaving Metropolitan after 37 years. Chief Financial Officer Denis Hurley has retired from the agency, effective March 1, 2020.

Good News: February 28, 2020

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 celebrates our new Certified Medical Administrative Assistants

Congratulations to the graduates of our Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) Training Program’s Fall 2019 Cohort! The CMAA Training Program, an initiative of Metropolitan’s Financial Opportunity Center, serves clients who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Anisha Bhatia, Senior Prevention Educator at Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage (FSS of MFSD), shares information on this issue and its prevention.

Good News: February 14, 2020

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.

Stalking Awareness Month at FSS of MFSD

Did you know 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have experienced stalking? During Stalking Awareness Month this January, Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage worked to educate our communities around the importance of staying informed about this issue.

Welcome Monroe Elementary to Metropolitan’s Community Schools family!

James Monroe Elementary School is the newest addition to Metropolitan’s Community Schools program!

Human Trafficking Awareness Month at the Legal Aid Society

During Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services staff shared their perspectives and key resources throughout the month on the multifaceted work LAS does to combat trafficking, what people should know about it, and how we can all work together to eradicate it.

Staff library at Metropolitan Southwest offers professional development resources

A new resource library at Metropolitan’s Southwest Center empowers program and clinical staff to access the resources useful to the work they are doing to serve many differing client populations.

LAS intern spotlight: meet Genesis

Genesis first joined the Legal Aid Society as a summer intern in 2019. She worked with Andrea Belard in the Safety & Family Practice Group. After interning with a judge for a semester, Genesis returned to LAS to work with us again for the spring.

Good News: January 31, 2020

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 Peace Academy graduates its fourth cohort of outreach workers

The Metropolitan Peace Academy celebrates the graduation of its fourth cohort of street outreach workers

Evanston/Skokie Valley Center partners on New Baby Evanston, offering newborn home visits

Together with our friends at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston Cradle to Career, Family Focus, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and Childcare Network of Evanston, Metropolitan Evanston/Skokie is pleased to welcome new babies to Evanston!

Calumet Executive Director Audrena Spence honored, Altgeld Youth Leaders participate in Rainbow PUSH’s MLK Scholarship Breakfast

Rainbow PUSH Coalition honored Metropolitan Calumet Executive Director Audrena Spence with its PUSH Excel Visionary Service Award at the organization’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.

Good News: January 17, 2020

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.

KeHe Distributors shares the joy of the season by underwriting and volunteering at FSS of MFSD’s Family Nights

The last Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage (FSS of MFSD) Family Night of the year featured a Whoville-themed Santa’s Workshop!

Donated meals from MillerCoors brighten the holidays for 800 families

Thanks to donations and volunteers from MillerCoors, 800 of our families received a holiday meal!

DuPage Center works toward a Dementia-Friendly Naperville

Metropolitan DuPage’s senior program is working with our partners toward a “Dementia-Friendly Naperville” to spread awareness in our community.

Holiday Shoppe at FSS of MFSD fulfills holiday wishes

At this year’s Holiday Shoppe, Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage fulfilled holiday gift wishes for 612 people – including 397 children, 30 young adults and 185 families!