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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!

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!