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“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.

Get to know Adoption Support and Preservation Therapist Nicola Blair, LCSW

Nicola Blair is a newer employee and has been providing Adoption Support and Preservation Services out of our Calumet Center for three months.

How the Racial Climate Impacts Our Families

This year has been a challenge to all types of families. The pandemic has forced parents to adapt their children’s learning and socialization, while maintaining some sort of stability at home. But to families with Black children, this year has been particularly difficult.

Meet Our Adoption Support and Preservation Program’s TBRI Practitioners

Our Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) team was lucky enough to send 6 staff members to the Virtual TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner Training through the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, taking place over two weeks in November 2020.

Spotlight on the Colbert family

Pria and Michele Colbert are two wonderful women who radiate resilience and strength. They became active participants of our Calumet Center’s Adoption Support and Preservation Program (ASAP) in September of 2020.

Midway Center’s virtual holiday luncheon celebrates community partners

During our Midway Center’s Holiday Celebration, staff, board members, and community partners joined together to make the season bright and recognize everyone’s efforts to empower our communities.

Calumet Center’s staff and Community Board celebrate the holidays

Our Calumet Center, often called the “Miracle on 103rd Street,” finished the year strong with a virtual holiday celebration!

Our Midway Children’s Center’s goal: a new playground!

Because play is a critical part of how children learn, we want to ensure a quality play space for the 72 children we serve through full-day, high quality early learning on Chicago’s Southwest Side. We’re launching a GoFundMe to help pay for a new playground – and we need your help to make it a reality!

Breastfeeding 101: what new moms need to know

In this space, our Empowering Families Initiative and Parents as Partners program staff share their expertise around breastfeeding, as well as key information and resources for new moms.

The Will Group and Tuskegee Next fly in PPE for our Southwest Center

Tuskegee NEXT Cadet Marcellus flew into our Southwest Center’s Palos Hills site with 2,500 masks and 100 hand sanitizers – generously donated by the Will Group – to help keep children and families in our southwest suburban communities safe.

Hour of Power at Metropolitan Calumet raises awareness for domestic violence and breast cancer

Partnering with the Far South Chicago Coalition, we gathered at Gately Park Indoor Track and Field for this important event to raise awareness about domestic violence and breast cancer, and provide a forum to discuss these topics.

Midway Center recognizes staff accomplishments

In a Staff Recognition Awards event, our Midway Center’s supervisors honored staff for their extraordinary work over the past year, presenting 169 awards to staff for their accomplishments throughout the year.

Mpowering the vote: Metropolitan Calumet hosts virtual “Otis’ Dream” screening and discussion

Recently Metropolitan Calumet held a virtual screening and discussion of Otis’ Dream, the powerful story of a Black sharecropper from Troupe County, Georgia, and his attempt to vote in 1946.

Adoption Support and Preservation: Spotlight on the Daichendt Family

The Daichendts are a large family filled with love and resilience. Mr. and Mrs. Daichendt have been active participants of our North Center’s Adoption Support and Preservation Program (ASAP) for their two youngest children, Janna and Manny, for the past four and half years.

Meet Brenda, Therapist with our Adoption Support and Preservation program

Brenda Love has been providing Adoption Support and Preservation Services out of our DuPage Center for just over a year.

Adoptees and the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a fun time for everyone, filled with family, friends, lots of food, presents and “joy.” A lot of families that were created through adoption experience something completely different.

Adoption Support and Preservation: Spotlight on the Hernandez-Contreras Family

The Hernandez-Contreras family has been actively working on providing support to their adopted daughter, Jazzie, since they were foster parents. When the adoption was finalized, they sought services with Adoption Support and Preservation Program at Metropolitan’s North Center.

Metropolitan Calumet chairs a Day of Service at Rainbow PUSH

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, Metropolitan Family Services Calumet was honored to chair a Day of Service at the headquarters of Rainbow PUSH, led by Calumet Community Board Member Derrick Taylor.

Mpowered Families VOTE: register to vote up until (and on) Election Day, November 3!

Voters still have the option to register to vote and vote at all early voting locations. You can even register on election day (November 3) in Illinois at your polling place.

Miguel Keberlein honored with El Humanitario Award

We’re pleased to share Miguel Keberlein, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society, will be honored with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s El Humanitario Award!

Calumet Center honors staff, board, and community partners at its Annual Meeting

Contributions of time, talent, and treasure from Metropolitan Calumet staff, board members, and community partners empower our Calumet communities to thrive. At its recent Annual Meeting, our Calumet Center recognized the importance of these contributions.

Spotlight on: Nurse Family Partnership

The Nurse Family Partnership program at Metropolitan Southwest helps expectant mothers to address any questions they have, through their child’s second birthday as they prepare to enter preschool.

Amy Milligan, Domestic Violence Services Director, on the Mayor’s violence reduction plan

A new report on violence reduction issued by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, “Our City, Our Safety: A Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Violence in Chicago,” acknowledges the critical importance of domestic violence prevention in reducing overall violence citywide.

Midway Census Champions share why it’s important to get counted

Midway Children’s Center Site Director Seth Rich and Family Support Worker Adriana Hernandez are champions of Metropolitan’s community outreach around the Census.

Community Schools Coordinator Appreciation Week

For Community Schools Coordinator Appreciation Week, we’re celebrating the Resource Coordinators in our Community Schools programs across Metropolitan!

North Children’s Center celebrates our preschool graduates

Congratulations to our young North Children’s Center graduates as they complete preschool and get ready for Kindergarten!

Blue Island Robbins Neighborhood Network gives out backpacks & PPE for back-to-school

On a sunny Saturday recently, our Southwest Center’s Blue Island-Robbins Neighborhood Network, in collaboration with First Evangelical Lutheran Church and Metropolitan Family Services, held a PPE and Backpack giveaway.

Sonny Thatch named Managing Attorney of the Legal Aid Society’s CP4P Justice Corps

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) is pleased to announce Sonny R. Thatch II will move into the role of Managing Attorney for CP4P Justice Corps, a new LAS program providing legal services for participants of CP4P (Communities Partnering 4 Peace), the Metropolitan Family Services-convened violence prevention initiative.

YouthBuild program teaches construction and life skills

How do you teach construction skills remotely?

That’s the question Jesse Hinton, supervisor for our Calumet Center’s YouthBuild Program, responded to with a virtual version of the program’s curriculum, which offers education and occupational skills that prepare youth for jobs with good wages.

Calumet Summer Youth Employment Program youth share their experiences by collaborating on t-shirt designs

What does leadership mean to you? To the Youth Leadership cohort in our Calumet Center’s Summer Youth Employment Program, it means “your voice can change the world.”

ReCharge: Board Members share leadership insights in exclusive online event for Metropolitan staff

In an exclusive online event for Metropolitan staff, several Board Members shared their insights on leadership and navigating challenging times.

Upward Bound’s first-ever Virtual College Tour brings colleges to our students

The college-bound youth in our Calumet Center’s Upward Bound program aren’t able to see potential colleges in person this year, so our staff brought the college visit to them!

The Family Shelter Service Resale Shop in Naperville is re-opening as of Monday, August 10!

Read on for new store hours and donation procedures, as well as health and safety measures.

Good News: August 7, 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.

We are Mpowered to Count!

Call your members of Congress today and ask them to pass legislation that gives the Census Bureau enough time to count everyone using its own proposed extended deadline of October 31.

LAS Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Phil!

Phil Finklestein began volunteering with the Legal Aid Society’s Elder Help Desk in 2019. Phil has been an outstanding volunteer for the Legal Aid Society, providing consistent and high-quality service to senior clients in need.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group offers virtual support for older adults

Isolation is an issue many of the older adults Metropolitan serves have dealt with even before the outbreak of Covid-19; as social distancing and shelter in place mandates deepen that isolation, the Older Caregivers Project at our Midway Center consistently finds ways to offer meaningful activity and engagement.

Curious about Census takers in your neighborhood?

This week census takers have begun interviewing households that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census. Census takers are hired from the area they serve, and their goal is to help count everyone in the community.

Program Spotlight: Adoption Support and Preservation Respite Program

The Adoption Support and Preservation Respite Program provides therapeutic support to former DCFS youth in care who have mental health issues and their families.

Tips for parents on managing their children’s transitions back into the upcoming school year

Samantha Brady, LCSW, a Senior Social Worker with Metropolitan’s Adoption Support and Preservation program, shares advice for parents on transitioning children back to their school routines amid the pandemic

Meet Dale, Therapist with our Adoption Support and Preservation program

Dale Zigulich has been providing therapy for Metropolitan’s Adoption Support and Preservation program out of our North Center for close to three years.

Congratulations to our Calumet Center’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Program graduates!

As the fourth cohort of our Calumet Center’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) Training Program graduates, 20 newly trained medical assistants are ready to join Chicago’s healthcare field at a critical time.

Gerst Family Young Fathers Program honors dads with an online awards celebration

Following the Gerst Family Young Fathers Program’s first-ever virtual training series in June, we were pleased to join together over Zoom for our first-ever Online Awards on July 17 to honor a few outstanding dads from the past year, and celebrate the achievements of all our graduates.

Good News: July 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.

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