A Conversation with Lonnie Wilson

“I got the ‘bug’ for helping people from watching the people at Family Focus. I worked at Family Focus for a total of 17 years.”
–Lonnie Wilson … More A Conversation with Lonnie Wilson

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Hecky Powell Talks Youth Violence, Self Help, and Tough Love.

“I had some brushes with the law. I served time. And that was because I got with the wrong people. I was looking for recognition, and I was looking for that recognition in the wrong place. But I got help. I’ll never forget the guy. … He helped me shape my life and turn my life around.”
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Devon Reid: A Passion for Public Service

“I see my story of struggle as a story of love in many ways. Through our homelessness, there were many people who stepped up and helped us wherever they could, whether they gave us a place to stay, found an apartment for us to rent, or helped us with groceries. Families took me places with their kids, just to make sure I was on the right path and had the support that I needed.” … More Devon Reid: A Passion for Public Service

Evanston Community Holds Post-Election Interfaith Gathering

More than 200 Evanstonians attended an interfaith gathering at Fountain Square on Sunday, November 20, 2016 to commit to supporting one another and standing in mutual solidarity with community members who may feel afraid, disrespected, or marginalized as a result of the recent presidential campaign and election. … More Evanston Community Holds Post-Election Interfaith Gathering

A Chat with Chatz

In addition to battling racial and class inequity in Evanston, Jesse sees the programs offered at the Y contributing to reducing youth gun violence in Evanston. “We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where we let youth be themselves without judgment or fear of failure,” says Jesse. “If a young person is engaged in our programs, we’re giving them a chance to avoid youth gun violence by allowing them the opportunity to control, change, and plan their trajectories to be successful adults.” … More A Chat with Chatz