Updates from Metropolitan Family Services

Family Matters | Updates from Metropolitan Family Services 


My dream for the future is that young Black men in the nonprofit space have the chance to engage in quality mentorship and guidance from those who came before us.

- Bryan Johnson, Senior Director of Strategy & Innovation,
in conversation on A Better Chicago's "Amplify Series"

Programs operating remotely during Covid-19

Metropolitan Southwest Merrionette Park

Metropolitan Southwest has expanded to Merrionette Park!

Our Blue Island site has moved; our new location in Merrionette Park expands our capacity to serve the needs of Southwest suburban families and individuals, providing a full range of services spanning behavioral health, legal aid, domestic violence and parenting.

"The way we presented ourselves before ... the book might've looked a little bit used, but when you opened the book, you got the best knowledge out of it," shares Case Manager Melissa Coleman. "Now, the book matches what's on the inside."




* Amplify Series, Episode 2 with Bryan Johnson & Tim Russell
A Better Chicago | YouTube
Metropolitan's Bryan Johnson, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation, joins WTTW's Tim Russell for A Better Chicago's "Amplify Series," an ongoing series of intergenerational conversations between Black Chicago veteran leaders and young people that explore topics such as racial equity, education, and activism.

The Push to Pay Violence Interrupters a Living Wage
The Trace
Vaughn Bryant, Executive Director of Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI), speaks about MPI and Communities Partnering 4 Peace's work to support and grow the field of street outreach.

* “Our Chicago: Black Voices of Change”
ABC 7 Chicago 

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.


It Takes A Village virtual baby shower

"It Takes a Village" Virtual Baby Shower Mpowers our growing families

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! 

The CMAC Deltas hosted a baby shower featuring both a Zoom get-together and a socially distant drive-by event, as well as gift bags full of donated baby items, for our expectant families.


"I am not only labeled as a survior, I became one."

Lyndsay Hartman“I didn’t know what to expect when my advocate Lyndsay from Family Shelter Service walked into my world. I was abused, scared, and alone.” In a powerful letter, a client of Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage (FSS of MFSD) shares her experience working with Adult Advocate Lyndsay Hartman.

“I vented, cried, laughed, and screamed almost daily with her but didn’t realize at the time that I was recreating myself and boundaries that hadn’t existed in over a decade.”

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