It’s Friday!  How about some good news?

As an organization dedicated to discovering the most effective ways to reduce violence, Get IN Chicago dedicates a great deal of time to measurement. Getting results and analyzing data can be a slow process, but in the meantime, our grant recipients are seeing promising changes on the ground.

Metropolitan Family Services
Grant Recipient – Special Funding
(Note: Metropolitan Family Services is also a current grant recipient for a separate parent leadership program)

“On Monday, February 15, 2016, we held a kick-off event for the Bridging the Divide Program.  Bridging the Divide is an initiative to increase dialogue and provide foundations for positive interactions between the residents and youth of Altgeld Gardens and the police assigned to serve in that area.

“The youth chose the focus for an event – an obstacle course. Teams were comprised of youth and police officers.  Before the event, each team took time to get to know one another and discuss their similarities, strengths, and challenges.

community obstacle race poster

“As for the event itself, teams competed for the fastest times in completing the obstacle course. It really was quite competitive!  The youth really enjoyed themselves, and it was great to see the youth and police officers come together and cheer everyone on.

“This is only the first step.  We look forward to working with Bridging the Divide and the 5th District Police on future events to foster positive interactions and collaboration with Altgeld residents.  We also plan to host peace circles between youth and police officers, facilitating a safe space to discuss the tensions between these two groups.  Ultimately, we hope to generate ideas that might help resolve the conflicts.”

obstacle course

Metropolitan Family Services was awarded a Get IN Chicago grant for an innovative therapy and restorative justice project in Chicago Housing Authority’s Altgeld Gardens/Murray Homes in Roseland.  The program includes individual, group, and family therapy, as well as Peacemaking Circles and case management sessions, held at the public housing complex multiple times a week. 

1st place team

 Check back on upcoming Fridays for feel-good tidbits and stories!