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Metropolitan Peace Academy presents community trainings alongside the RECAST Center for Learning & Resilience

As part of the ReCAST Center for Learning & Resilience, the Metropolitan Peace Academy is offering city-wide trainings on aspects of nonviolence, trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

Family Support and Prevention staff visit Evanston schools

Clinical Program Supervisor Haley Hansen and Program Manager Jennifer Jenks visited 10 elementary schools in Evanston School District 65 to provide information about Family Support and Prevention, a free counseling and case management program for Evanston families.

SASS Crisis Worker presents on Metropolitan’s services at police officer training on Crisis Intervention for youth

Melissa Coleman, Crisis Worker in our Southwest Center’s Screening Assessment and Supportive Services (SASS) program, participated once again in the Chicago Police Department and NAMI’s Advanced Crisis Intervention Youth Workshop.

LAS staff presents at on Labor Exploitation at Human Trafficking Task Force conference

The Legal Aid Society’s Outreach Coordinator, Micaela Garrido, recently presented at the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force’s 2019 Conference.

Board members experience Metropolitan DuPage

On a recent site visit to our DuPage Center, Metropolitan and DuPage Community Board members learned more about Adoption Preservation, Early Childhood, and Domestic Violence services, regional Legal Aid Society programs in DuPage, and integration work with Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage.

Gardening Group at our Southeast Chicago Center offers health & wellness benefits, develops skills

The “Grow Where You’re Planted” program, or Garden Group, began four years ago at Metropolitan Southeast Chicago, and has been expanding as gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing gain in popularity.

North Center staff fills backpacks with inspiring messages

Led by Office Assistant Joyce Quezada, our North Center and North Children’s Center staff wrote (and colored, and put stickers on) nearly 1,000 inspiring messages to put inside a recent donation of backpacks from Cradles 2 Crayons.

Metropolitan partners with Rosin Eyecare to Mpower eye health

We’re excited to announce a partnership with Rosin Eyecare, one of the largest eye care providers in the Chicago area: between September 1 and October 19, a portion of the proceeds from your Rosin eye exam will benefit Metropolitan!

Back to school with Cradles 2 Crayons!

Thousands of children in our Calumet, Southeast Chicago, and North communities will go back to school with the supplies they need to prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically for another year of learning! At the Cradles 2 Crayons Backpack-A-Thon, our staff picked up a total of 4,500 backpacks we’ll distribute to our communities.

Family Fun Day offers activities and resources for foster and adoptive families in our DuPage communities

Our DuPage Center’s Intensive Placement Stabilization (IPS) and Adoption Support and Preservation (APS) programs held their first Family Fun Day for foster and adoptive families!

Board Member Spotlight: Meet Christy Harris, VP of Talent Acquisition and Inclusive Diversity at Allstate

Giving back – and inspiring her workforce to do the same – helps guide Christy Harris in her role as VP of Talent Acquisition and Inclusive Diversity for Allstate.

“Summer Boot Camp” Mpowers Community Schools Resource Coordinators

Our Community Schools program brought together Resource Coordinators from across the agency for a four-day Resource Coordinator Summer Boot Camp professional development series at our Midway Center.

Good News: August 9, 2019

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.

Upward Bound trunk party prepares Calumet students for college with advice and items they’ll need

Asserting Achievement, Literacy & Resiliency (AALR) hosted its second annual College Preparedness and Readiness Trunk Party for our Calumet Center’s Upward Bound program.

Parenting Fundamentals in Puerto Rico

Katharine and Parenting Fundamentals Educator (and parent alum of the program) Robert Augustin, alongside their Parenting Fundamentals team in San Juan, spent four days training 13 staff from Instituto Tercera Mision Universidad Carlos Albizu.

Good News: July 19, 2019

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.

C is for … Community! Cookie Monster, Mayor Lightfoot, and Governor Pritzker help kick off another summer of Light In The Night with Breakthrough

CP4P’s Light In the Night kickoff event at Breakthrough Urban Ministries’s weekly Home Court basketball tournament welcomed a few special guests, including Sesame Street! Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzker both shared remarks, and Cookie Monster himself made an appearance with CP4P Program Director Vaughn Bryant.

Good News: June 28, 2019

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’s Cohort Three shines in graduation ceremony

The Metropolitan Peace Academy’s recent graduation ceremony recognized the members of Cohort Three for their commitment to the 144-hour, 18-week violence prevention curriculum aimed at professionalizing the field of street outreach.

Mpowered Leadership Academy graduates its first class, with support from Metropolitan Board Member Kirk James

The Mpowered Leadership Academy at Metropolitan Calumet graduated its first cohort of leaders, thanks to the support of Metropolitan Family Services board member Kirk James.

Happy One Year Anniversary to the Living Room at Metropolitan Southwest!

The Living Room at Metropolitan Southwest has now survived and thrived for a full year! Staff celebrated a year of growth with an anniversary open house.

Good News: June 21, 2019

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 celebrates our Young Fathers at the program’s annual awards banquet

At its recent Awards Banquet, the Gerst Family Young Fathers Program celebrated the achievements of all the dads in the program.

InSHAPE program fundraiser celebrates mental health and fitness

The first-ever program fundraiser for Metropolitan Southeast Chicago’s InSHAPE program brought together staff from across Metropolitan and supporters of Metropolitan’s community mental health services to celebrate the impact of InSHAPE.

Happy Father’s Day!

What does being a father mean to you?

“To me, a good dad means to be a leader, a provider, someone that your child can speak with, and above all, be real with.” – Ivan, a Gerst Family Young Fathers Program participant and award recipient at this year’s annual banquet

Good News: June 7, 2019

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.

Miguel Keberlein, Executive Director of LAS, announced as a 2020 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow

Leadership Greater Chicago announced Metropolitan’s own Miguel Keberlein, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society (LAS), as a 2020 LGC Fellow!

Employee Recognition Awards honor outstanding Metropolitan staff

Congratulations to Metropolitan’s Employee Recognition Award winners! The five outstanding winners were selected through from a pool of employees nominated by their coworkers, in a process which included a record-high 114 nominations.

Good News: May 31, 2019

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.

Board of Directors experiences FSS of MFSD

Each year, Metropolitan board members travel to see firsthand one of the many programs Metropolitan offers. Led by Board Chair Mike Vardas and Vice Chair Ashley Joyce, this year’s board tour took us to Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage (FSS of MFSD).

Kindergarten Expo educates early learning parents at our Learning & Wellness Center

Our Midway Center’s Learning & Wellness Center recently held its first Kindergarten Expo!

Judie Caribeaux, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation, wins Nonprofit Executive of the Year

West Suburban Philanthropic Network honored Judie Caribeaux, Metropolitan’s Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation, with its Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award for her work as Executive Director of Family Shelter Service, now Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage (FSS of MFSD).

Workshops at Southwest engage staff & clients in physical and mental wellness

Our Southwest Center recently held wellness workshops for our staff and clients, sharing information and techniques to benefit children, adults and seniors physically, mentally and emotionally.

Metropolitan engages North & Calumet communities in On the Table

Metropolitan Family Services is proud to bring community involvement to the table. During our two On the Table events, which took place at our Calumet Center and our North Center, we brought together different perspectives in our communities for open dialogue on issues we all see as important.

Police Appreciation Day: Metropolitan Calumet supports 5th District officers

Over the past year, Chicago Police Department’s 5th District experienced the loss of several officers from suicide and in the line of duty. As a proud partner of CPD’s 5th District, the staff at Metropolitan Family Services Calumet was honored to collaborate with Chicago CRED to support them with a Police Appreciation Day event at our Calumet Center.

Our North Center’s SAPP Youth Advisory Council celebrated a year of action at WE Day

Thanks to Metropolitan board member Diana Palomar, our youth attended WE Day and celebrated the communities youth activism has transformed, and the lives it has changed.

Volunteer days help beautify FSS of MFSD

FSS of MFSD hosted two volunteer groups recently, and thanks to their efforts, our space is looking fresher than ever, inside and out.

Children’s Mental Health Day

Metropolitan’s Sea of Orange became a Sea of Green for Children’s Mental Health Day, as office decorations and staff wardrobes brought to life the color representing mental health awareness.

CP4P Shout Out Celebration honors street outreach workers and program participants

CP4P’s Shout Out Celebration was an opportunity for the partners in the collaboration to showcase and appreciate the achievements of standout staff and participants.

Congratulations to our newest Parenting Fundamentals graduates

The Spring 2019 cohort of parents in our Parenting Fundamentals program is now empowered to help their children live fulfilling, productive lives!

Calumet Center recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Week

Our Calumet Center and Altgeld Gardens site honored Child Abuse Prevention Month this April by hosting a variety of Child Abuse Prevention events and initiatives.

What does family engagement mean to me?

What does family engagement mean to me? CJ Pruitt, who works in Metropolitan’s Healthy Minds, Healthy Children, Healthy Chicago (H3) program, recently participated in a MENTOR Illinois webinar, where she provided information on Metropolitan’s family engagement programs and shared her own insights into family engagement.

FSS of MFSD celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood while supporting its domestic violence programs

The drama of the Golden Age of Hollywood enchanted 300 attendees at Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage’s (FSS of MFSD) Free to Fly Gala!

Altgeld 10 in New York City

The second cohort of our Altgeld 10 – ten young leaders who visit New York City during their Spring Break, thanks to support from the Lyon Family Foundation – learned new things about new cultures in a week filled with new experiences.

Early Learning programs across Metropolitan celebrate Week of the Young Child

Each year during Week of the Young Child – an annual celebration hosted by NAEYC to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities – our Early Learning programs across Metropolitan create a week’s worth of fun and engaging activities.

Calumet’s Upward Bound students hit the road for spring break college tours

Thank you to BMOA Chicagoland and Rainbow PUSH Coalition for making our trips possible!

Introducing M-LAB: Meet Esther

A new member of M-LAB (Metropolitan & Legal Aid Associate Board), Esther joined from the board of Family Shelter Service, a DuPage-area domestic violence shelter, as part of its merger into Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage.

Week of the Young Child: Family Friday

Week of the Young Child: Family Friday

Week of the Young Child: Artsy Thursday

Week of the Young Child: Artsy Thursday

Legal Aid Society board welcomes two new members

The Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services welcomes two new board members: Christopher Wilmes and Brenda McNamara.

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