Chicago, Cook County and DuPage County were bombarded by challenges last year. Because we all work, live and care about our communities, we expanded our efforts to improve the safety of our homes and neighborhoods, increase access to mental health services, provide high quality early childhood education, and deliver life changing legal services. These challenges require solutions, and solutions demand leadership.
What is leadership?
What is leadership? It is the quality that inspires us to step up and make positive change. It looks beyond problems, sees opportunities, and pursues them. Leadership never quits; it fights to win. At Metropolitan, we believe that leading and serving are one and the same. We know from experience that serving empowers those we serve and makes our communities stronger.
This year, we celebrate leadership at every level that enables us to empower 93,106 clients and their communities every day. We are honored to share the following examples:
Our Calumet Center leadership program, developed by Metropolitan Board Member Kirk James and Calumet Executive Director Audrena Spence. Staff teams developed models to maximize staff morale and ways to better leverage multi-site resources to meet client needs. We are now working to implement these models agency-wide. Family Shelter Service (FSS), the sole shelter/service provider for domestic violence survivors in DuPage County, merged with Metropolitan, through the leadership of Metropolitan COO Theresa Nihill and Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation Judie Caribeaux. Their visionary approach to serving the increasingly complex needs of domestic violence survivors has enabled FSS and Metropolitan to combine our strengths to serve clients with a full continuum of services.
We empower 93,106 clients and their communities every day.
Great leadership is intentional, and it must be cultivated constantly.