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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!

Calumet Center says Happy Holidays with caroling and wreath-making

Our Calumet Center’s staff, Community Board members, and the Roseland Community are feeling the holiday spirit! Metropolitan Calumet’s Community Holiday Event featured caroling and wreath-making, as all enjoyed a holiday meal together.

Joy to the World: DuPage League hosts its annual holiday dinner and auction

The Metropolitan Family Services DuPage League, a group of community leaders whose volunteer support of our DuPage Center spans decades, hosted its annual “Joy to the World” Holiday Dinner & Auction to benefit Metropolitan DuPage recently at the Le Jardin Room at Cantigny Park.

Midway Center’s Holiday Luncheon recognizes FAMILY values

Metropolitan’s Midway Center Mpowered nearly 18,000 lives this year, but we did not do it alone. At its Annual Holiday Luncheon, Midway Center Executive Director Laurie Sedio and her staff celebrated the Community Board members, program initiatives, and partner organizations that support our communities.

Open Mic Nite at Metropolitan Southeast Chicago

Clients and staff came together to support each other in performing during Open Mic Nite, held at the Southeast Chicago Center.

AT&T Mpowers Midway Children’s Center kids with new shoes

Our Midway Children’s Center recently took 59 children on a unique field trip – to a neighborhood Shoe Carnival, where, thanks to AT&T, they spent the morning with a personal shopper and got to choose their own pair of shoes.

Southeast Chicago Center’s Holiday Luncheon celebrates community partners

Community partners, from board members to program partners, empower Metropolitan Southeast Chicago to serve more than 5,000 clients each year. At its annual Holiday Luncheon, Community Board Chair Shirley Carter joined Metropolitan Southeast Chicago Executive Director Vanessa Schwartz to honor a few of the outstanding partners who make our programming possible.

Campaign Cabinet co-chairs host celebration of the Campaign to Mpower Families

Our Campaign Cabinet co-chairs – Martha Melman, Tony Hunter, Richard Price, and John MacCarthy – recently hosted a celebration of the Campaign to Mpower Families at RPM on the Water.

LGBTQ Cultural Competency trainings educate staff agency-wide

Metropolitan staff across the agency has been participating in “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Communities Foundations of Care” trainings, provided by Howard Brown Health.

BMO shares the light with Metropolitan during Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

BMO Harris Bank shared the light with Metropolitan Family Services as part of its Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! By donating for every social media post with the event hashtag #BMOLightsFest, BMO contributed to Mpowering lives across the greater Chicagoland area.

Metropolitan is part of BMO Harris Bank’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival!

Metropolitan is part of BMO’s Magnificent Mile Holiday Lights Festival! From now until November 23, BMO Harris Bank will donate $5 to Metropolitan for every post with the hashtag #BMOLightsFest, up to $10,000.

Our Midway Center is a pilot organization for “Anytime is 3Ts Time,” a PNC & University of Chicago collaboration on early learning

The Midway Learning & Wellness Center is a pilot organization for the “Anytime is 3Ts Time” program, a collaboration between PNC Bank’s “Grow Up Great” initiative and the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health.

Hats off to our North Children’s Center!

Our North Children’s Center preschoolers learned about different types of hats by reading the story “Hats for Sale,” and celebrated the learning by making hats together!

Midway Center displays inspiring messages for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Staff, guests, and clients walked into our Midway Center to an Mpowering display during the month of October!

Calumet candle ceremony raises awareness for domestic violence and breast cancer

To help our community discover ways to overcome together, the Domestic Violence Program at Metropolitan Calumet held a candle ceremony to offer education and awareness around Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Legal Aid Society’s Dana Harbaugh speaks on a public interest law panel for postgraduates

The Legal Aid Society’s own Dana Harbaugh, Pro Bono Program Coordinator, joined a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) panel on how post-graduates can strengthen their applications for public interest law organizations.

Metropolitan’s Annual Meeting features a passing of the gavel and a spotlight on Altgeld youth leaders

Metropolitan board members gathered at our Annual Meeting to hear from CEO Ric Estrada about our collective impact this year, see recent Board Chair Mike Vardas pass the gavel to incoming Board Chair Ashley Duchossois Joyce, and learn about the important work of our Altgeld Youth Leadership Program from Jylan, one of its participants. 

“What purpose will fuel your passion?” Spotlight On: Board Member Tony Hunter

“I was always intrigued and supportive of surrounding families with umbrella services because they have multiple needs.” Tony Hunter, long-standing Metropolitan board member and current Co-Chair of the Campaign to Mpower Families.

Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking training educates staff, police

Our Midway Center staff and area police officers learned about the intersectionality of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking, in an info session facilitated by Metropolitan’s own Micaela Garrido, Outreach Coordinator with the Legal Aid Society’s Human Trafficking Initiative.

FSS of MFSD opens its doors for an Open House

Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage opened its doors for an Open House, sharing our work in supporting domestic violence survivors across DuPage with board members, supporters, and community members. 

Deloitte, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois volunteers paint Metropolitan Calumet, help build resume skills for our neighbors

Metropolitan Calumet is looking refreshed and repainted, thanks to a group of volunteers!

Financial Opportunity Center participants receive interviewing, personal branding support from Allstate volunteers

A group of our Calumet Center’s Financial Opportunity Center participants are now in a much stronger position to find and secure employment, thanks to support they received in a personalized Personal Brand and Interviewing workshop run by Allstate volunteers.

Midway Domestic Violence programs welcome CPD’s 8th District

Our Midway Center staff hosted a Pizza and Pop with a Cop event to promote domestic violence awareness.

Metropolitan Calumet Annual Meeting Mpowers staff and supporters

Metropolitan Calumet, at its Annual Meeting, honored the staff, board members, and community partners whose support contributes to the Center’s reputation as the “Miracle on 103rd Street.”

Plant Truck Chicago visits Metropolitan Calumet

Get Growing Foundation’s Plant Truck made a stop at Metropolitan Calumet to share plants and experience-based learning around horticulture with our community, thanks to Calumet Community Board Member LaToyia Huggins!

Midway Children’s Center dads participate in Million Fathers March

Our Midway Children’s Center had great participation in the Million Fathers March! Sixteen dads dropped their children off, and several stayed to read a story in their child’s classroom.

Good News: September 20, 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.

Special Guest joins Southeast Chicago behavioral health staff for NAMI Walk

Staff from Metropolitan’s Behavioral Health programs attended National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s NAMIWalk Chicago 2019 in Jackson Park on Saturday, September 14th.

Metropolitan Calumet staff and students enjoy Chicago Classic football game & college fair

The Chicago Football Classic and College Fair is more than a game! Our Calumet Center hosted their college-bound youth to meet with more than 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 22nd annual event.

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.