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Family Promise Welcomes Chicago North Shore
Welcome to Family Promise Chicago
our first Affiliate in the state of Illinois. FPCNS encompasses the Evanston,
Winnetka, Wilmette and Skokie areas along the
shores of Lake Michigan, just north of the city of Chicago.
The Board President is Brek Peterson, a former volunteer at
our Worcester, MA Affiliate. In 2008, he identified a need in this
affluent area, as most families in-need were being sent to Chicago for services, and led the development
efforts. The network hired Rebecca
Lillian, an ordained rabbi who had been involved with our Northwest
Philadelphia network as well as working with children at-risk.
The network comprises ten hosts, with Temple Jeremiah
serving as the first host upon opening.
The day center is a converted commercial building shared with an agency,
central in Evanston.
FPCNS’s first family came to the program when the father
lost his construction job due to the economy.
They had been living in motels, burning through their sporadic
income. The family has thrived and the
program’s connections have already borne fruit—a retired pre-school teacher was
able to secure free childcare for their younger daughter.
Best wishes to the Land of Lincoln.