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Family Day of Play showcases fun & community resources in DuPage

At this year’s Family Day of Play, our DuPage Center’s Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative gathered more organizations than ever to share community resources and activities with children and their families.

The Legal Aid Society is expanding in DuPage!

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) is expanding into Metropolitan DuPage! Two newly created positions for LAS attorneys at DuPage Center will help build on the holistic nature of Metropolitan’s services throughout all 33 DuPage communities by providing legal services and offering comprehensive, trauma-informed advocacy for victims of human trafficking and immigrant victims of crime.

“The first thing I want to say is thank you.” Metropolitan Peace Academy graduates its second cohort

In his keynote remarks at the Metropolitan Peace Academy’s Cohort Two Graduation, Chico Tillmon, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s Executive Director of Youth Safety and Violence Prevention, emphasized his message of thanks above all else.

Help-a-Stranger program to help DuPage family spend quality time together

The “Austin” family lives in West Chicago. Both parents work full time to support their three active children, two elementary-aged boys and a baby sister, and the whole family participates in counseling through Metropolitan DuPage’s WeGo Together For Kids program.

Meet Sunni, the Englewood barber who helps our Young Fathers present themselves to the world

“A lot of people do a lot of posturing,” says Sunni Powell, a barber who partners with Metropolitan’s Gerst Family Young Fathers Program. “[Young Fathers] is the only program that actually offers what these kids need.”

Metropolitan CEO, Ric Estrada, speaks about violence prevention at Cities Striving for Peace event

Metropolitan CEO, Ric Estrada, spoke about Communities Partnering 4 Peace and its efforts in violence prevention at Leadership Greater Chicago’s Cities Striving for Peace event.

See artwork from our DuPage Center’s young artists at the DuPage Children’s Museum!

A group of young artists from our DuPage Center’s Early Childhood Collaborative schools are now part of an art gallery, thanks to the DuPage Children’s Museum!

Welcome to the Living Room at Metropolitan Southwest

The Living Room, a safe, non-judgmental space at Metropolitan’s Southwest Chicago Center, provides a non-clinical alternative to the emergency room for guests experiencing a mental health crisis.

Good News: January 18, 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.

We’re renovating our sites! See North Center before and after

We’re refreshing the look of our North, Southeast Chicago, and Southwest Centers! First up: Metropolitan Family Services North.

Meet Kyle Harvey, Legal Aid Society Board Chair

Kyle Harvey, Broker Associate at Baird & Warner, currently serves as Chair of the Legal Aid Society (LAS) Board of Directors. Read about Kyle’s work with LAS, in her own words.

Families across DuPage, North, Calumet receive holiday meals

Hundreds of our families across Chicagoland received holiday meals this season, thanks to the generosity of MillerCoors. Volunteers from MillerCoors and its partner organizations packed the food into bags to donate to families at our North, Calumet, and DuPage Centers.

Metropolitan Fathers are Superheroes!

Recently North Children’s Center and Midway Children’s Center hosted a Male Superhero photo shoot … and the response was amazing!

Board Member Merle Cohen brings the holiday cheer to our Midway Learning & Wellness Center

The spirit of the season was alive and well at our Midway Learning & Wellness Center’s Holiday Party, where children and families enjoyed games, food, and fun! Each child received their very own holiday gift, courtesy of Metropolitan board member Merle Cohen.

Midway Center’s Holiday Luncheon features father engagement

At our Midway Center’s Holiday Luncheon, staff came together with board members, community partners, and friends of the Center to celebrate the holidays and this year’s successes in empowering children and families.

The common denominator: father engagement across Metropolitan.

The DuPage League, longtime supporters of Metropolitan DuPage, host annual Jingle & Mingle event

The DuPage Family Service League, a group of women whose support of our DuPage Center spans decades, hosted its annual “Jingle and Mingle” Holiday Dinner & Auction to benefit Metropolitan DuPage recently at the Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf Club.

DuPage Community Board members enjoy a sweet evening in support of Metropolitan

Our DuPage Community Board enjoyed a sweet evening out at Downtown Glen Ellyn’s Holiday Treats event in support of Metropolitan DuPage!

Altgeld 10 youth leaders organize and distribute food to help end teen hunger

These members of our Calumet Center’s youth leadership program organized and distributed food recently as part of a partnership with Chicago Housing Authority, Urban Institute, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Southeast Chicago Center honors community partners at its Holiday Luncheon

At Metropolitan Southeast Chicago’s recent Holiday Luncheon, the Community Board gathered with staff and partners to celebrate the holidays and the contributions they have all made to make Metropolitan Southeast Chicago’s work possible.

Calumet’s Jennifer McCraw honored by Women Empowered for Civic Engagement

Women Empowered for Civic Engagement honored Metropolitan Calumet Program Manager Jennifer McCraw at its recent Purple With A Passion Awards!

Calumet young leader Lashyra honored at CPD Youth Ball

Congratulations to Lashyra, one of our Calumet Center’s Altgeld 10 youth leaders, who won the Shining Star Award at the Chicago Police Department’s first annual citywide youth ball!

Together, we Mpowered lives on Giving Tuesday

For Giving Tuesday on November 27, we at Metropolitan gave thanks for the people who Mpower us. Supporters helped Mpower our Metropolitan family, giving more than $5,500 in honor of people and programs across the agency from staff to board members to Centers.

Happy Halloween from our Young Fathers Program

When asked the men in our Young Fathers program about their Halloween traditions with their kids, we heard a lot of “Halloween movies!” and “trick-or-treating!” but, given the work they’re doing to improve themselves and their relationships with their children, we also learned about some of the ways they’re being conscientious.

A turtle-y radical Halloween with Midway’s Parents as Partners

On October 31st, the Parents as Partners program had its bi-monthly Group Connection and made it a Halloween Party!

“My life is completely different.” Meet LAS client Yannely

We’re pleased to hear from Yannely at our upcoming Equal Access to Justice Award Luncheon!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Metropolitan Calumet

Our Calumet Center kicked off its Domestic Violence Awareness Week in Altgeld Gardens with a rally in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.

Good News: October 12, 2018

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.

North Center joins 25th District for a walk & rally against Domestic Violence

This October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Metropolitan staff and friends from our North Center community joined the Chicago Police Department’s 25th District and its Domestic Violence Subcommittee for a walk and rally in honor of lives lost in the area to domestic violence.

CEO Ric Estrada speaks at Woods Fund Chicago Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation event

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago, an initiative of Woods Fund Chicago, is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to “unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism”.

Southwest CILA attends Southwest NAMI’s fall banquet

The Metropolitan Southwest Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) clients and staff had some luck of the Irish as they attended the farewell Southwest NAMI Fall Banquet on Friday, September 21st at the Elks Lodge in Oak Lawn.

Midway and Calumet Staff celebrate retired Commander Kenneth Johnson

It was a joyful yet tearful occasion for 007th District Police Station on the retirement of their beloved Commander Kenneth A. Johnson hanging up his badge after dedicating over 31 years of service to the Chicago Police Department.

Good News: September 21, 2018

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 Annual Meeting honors the Center’s community

Metropolitan Calumet’s Annual Meeting on Friday, September 14 celebrated the people who empower the Center, and by extension, the children and families we serve.

Sea Of Orange canvasses North Side in a Block Blitz

About 50 volunteers went door-to-door, speaking with people in more than 500 homes.

Rita Lopez Brosnan chats with Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk

Rita Lopez Brosnan, Executive Director of Metropolitan DuPage, talks with Mayor Michael Gresk about our DuPage Center’s programs and community engagement on the City of Wheaton’s “Chat with the Mayor” series.

Chicago Cubs recognize Metropolitan CEO Ric Estrada

Our President and CEO Ric Estrada has been named by the Chicago Cubs as their 2018 Roberto Clemente Award winner!

Back to School Fair offers info & resources on children’s health

Metropolitan’s Healthy Minds – Healthy Children – Healthy Chicago (H3) program, in coordination with other members of the Englewood Clinic Coalition, spearheaded a hugely successful 3rd annual Back to School Fair!

Building a Trauma-Informed City: find a training near you

In a collaboration with the City of Chicago to build a Trauma Informed City, we at Metropolitan are facilitating several “Trauma Informed Care 101” workshops throughout September across our Chicago locations.

Thank you to our outgoing and incoming DuPage Community Board Chairs!

The outgoing chair, Marcie Peterson, and the incoming chair, Bill Jennrich, share their experiences working with Metropolitan DuPage.

Mariachi at Midway!

Our Midway Learning & Wellness Center’s kids and families enjoyed a Mariachi concert as part of our Words to Grow On project!

Erikson Institute Executive Fellows Service Day

Preschoolers at Metropolitan’s North Children’s Center and Midway Learning & Wellness Center recently welcomed a few new friends for the morning: members of Erikson Institute’s current cohort of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows.

Good News: August 10, 2018

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.

Let’s Play Ball: Metropolitan’s softball team made the playoffs!

Metropolitan’s softball team is in the playoffs of Chicago’s nonprofit softball league!

DuPage ECE Programs Plan for a Brain Smart Start to the 2018-2019 School Year

Recently our DuPage early childhood programs sent representatives to the “Elevate Social Emotional Learning: Start Strong with Conscious Discipline the First Six Weeks” conference in Orlando, Florida.

Happy 30th Anniversary, Metropolitan Southeast Chicago!

Decorations at Metropolitan Southeast’s 30th Anniversary celebration featured “I love my Community School because…” signs made by students in the center’s Community Schools program, showing guests what a difference they’re making in the lives of kids in the surrounding neighborhoods by supporting the program.

Good News: July 27, 2018

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.

Little YOUth Dental Expo shares smiles and dental education

Our DuPage Center’s recent Little YOUth free dental expo engaged children and families in our early learning programs with dental health!

Midway Learning & Wellness Center has a garden growing!

Children at our Midway Learning & Wellness Center are growing in more ways than ever – by contributing to a new garden at the center!

Spotlight On: Bowen High School, Southeast Community Schools Partner

“Were it not for the Community School programs at Bowen, some of our students wouldn’t be here and we know for a fact, some of our graduates, wouldn’t have graduated, were it not for the Community School Programs at Bowen.”  – Bowen High School Principal Priscilla Horton

Meet Vanessa Schwartz, Southeast Center Director

Vanessa Schwartz was born and raised in Southeast Chicago. “I love that community,” she says. “That community has been my home forever, it’s always been my heart and soul.” Learn more about Vanessa and the 30th Anniversary celebration she’s planning for Metropolitan Southeast.