Updates from Metropolitan Family Services

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IN THIS MONTH'S FAMILY MATTERS ...

“Adam Toledo was a victim of the inability of Chicago and of our county to offer young Brown and Black boys hope and opportunity. ... But we have the chance to be the collective heroes in this story. We the People can change the system and deliver justice to all.

- Metropolitan Family Services signs on to
Latino Policy Forum's statement about Adam Toledo

Programs operating remotely during Covid-19

Ric Estrada on ABC7 Town Hall

CEO Ric Estrada joins Town Hall on supporting Latin@ youth

In the wake of Adam Toledo's shooting, our CEO, Ric Estrada, joined ABC7 Chicago for a town hall on keeping Latin@ youth safe. In a discussion moderated by Diana Palomar, ABC7 Vice President of Community Engagement and Metropolitan Board Member, speaks about his experience growing up in Little Village, and the critical importance of investing in communities to provide the resources our neighbors need to succeed.

 WATCH THE DISCUSSION    READ OUR STATEMENT ON ADAM TOLEDO 


 

METROPOLITAN IN THE MEDIA

* How Ulta Beauty is Driving Equity and Inclusivity Across its Business
Total Retail
Metropolitan Board Member Kecia Steelman, COO of Ulta Beauty, speaks about the company's recent investment to advance diversity, inclusion and equity within the company and across the beauty industry.

After Hundreds Of Complaints, Rogers Park ‘Open Air Drug Market’ Near Howard ‘L’ Stop Busted By Police, Officials Say
Block Club Chicago
Violence interruption groups including Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) are working with Alderman Maria Hadden on holistic ways to end drug dealing on the North Side.

* Chicago launches human-trafficking awareness campaign to educate victims
WBBM Newsradio 

“Sex trafficking 100% is happening in the City of Chicago,” Legal Aid Society's Catherine Longkumer shared, in a story on the city's first-ever campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking and exploitation.

 

DuPage Gala | Full program

Thank you to our DuPage Community Board and all who helped Mpower the DuPage Gala to raise more than $310,000 for children and families!

“It starts in your own backyard. If you can help your community, if you have organizations that can help … We’re all going to struggle in our lives. You can get back up, you can move forward.” - panelist Nicole Tellez 


Leadership and community shined through during this special evening highlighting the impact of our Early Learning services and celebrating the contributions of our Roger K. Johnson Award honoree, Mike Skarr. 

OUR RECAP


"Their optimism and willingness to participate is a strength."

the Colbert familyPria and Michele Colbert are two wonderful ladies who radiate resilience and strength. Active participants of our Calumet Center’s Adoption Support and Preservation Program (ASAP), Pria and Michele have consistently participated in individual and family therapy, progressing toward their goals and strengthening their mother-daughter relationship. 

Michele has strengthened her understanding and knowledge of how adoption, attachment, and trauma impacted Pria and shaped their relationship. Pria has strengthened her own understanding of adoption, while developing self-confidence and managing her emotions.

READ PRIA & MICHELE'S STORY

 

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