"At Metropolitan, we believe that to lead, we must serve. We know from experience that serving makes those we serve and us stronger."- Ric Estrada, Metropolitan Family Services CEO
"My heart has always been in South Chicago."
Vanessa Schwartz is from the Southeast Chicago community, and as the newly-promoted Executive Director of Metropolitan Southeast Chicago, her biggest priority is on integrating Metropolitan and social services into the community where she grew up.
Executive Director, Metropolitan Southeast Chicago
Metropolitan employees are Mpowered
The outstanding winners of Metropolitan's Annual Employee Recognition Awards were selected from a pool of employees nominated by their coworkers, in a process which included a record-high 114 nominations.
Program Supervisor, Altgeld Gardens
"To be able to give back to the community and residents I serve is truly an honor. To be able to change lives is a blessing. Working with the youth and families in Altgeld Gardens has been a life changing experience, one that I will take with me forever.Empowerment to me is giving others a voice, providing support, power, tools and opportunities to become stronger, self-sufficient, and confident.""
Metropolitan CalumetBetty Williams Award for Community Efforts
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Early Childhood Education
"I am grateful that I get to work with people who help, by being understanding and respectful no matter the situation or circumstance of the people they are serving. These are important things that are in line with my own beliefs and values.Empowerment to me means giving someone the opportunity, guidance and the tools to help them achieve their goals and watching them become the best version of themselves.”
Metropolitan DuPageJuanita Lepe Support Services Award
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“Empowerment to me means having the trust and confidence of my team that I will provide best care practice and services to my clients and those in the community with whom I interact.”
Carol Crews, Senior Caregivers, DuPage CenterFetzer Service to Clients Award