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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.

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.

Supporters of the Legal Aid Society raise nearly $274k for critical legal aid services

Thank you to all who joined the Legal Aid Society (LAS) for the Equal Access to Justice Award Luncheon! Together, we’ve raised nearly $274,000 for the critical legal services LAS provides for more than 13,000 clients across Chicagoland – so far!

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.

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