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The last week of April was the biggest week in the history of Phalanx Family Services. On Monday, April 25, 2022, Phalanx Family Services hosted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and several community organization representatives for the official release of the “2020 Chicago Life Expectancy Report” and Community Health Disparities Roundtable Discussion.
To open the proceedings, I had the honor of introducing myself, Phalanx Family Services, and the roundtable panelists who, among others, included Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady. I also took this opportunity to directly thank Mayor Lightfoot for supporting the One Summer Chicago youth summer job program and increasing the pay, which for years stood at $8 an hour. Last summer, Mayor Lightfoot increased it to $15 an hour. This year, it will be $16 an hour. The impact that this will have on youth and their families cannot be overstated.
I was more than pleasantly surprised when Mayor Lightfoot, shared her own words of recognition for the work Phalanx does and has been doing for years stating that she sees and appreciates all that Phalanx Family Services has done to support the community, especially through this pandemic. The mayor went on to remark that the testing, vaccinations, free PPE, food, and clothing giveaways we have been conducting from the beginning of the pandemic have all had such a tremendous impact.
The very next day, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Phalanx Family Services was awarded the Mayor’s Medal of Honor. It is Chicago’s highest honor and only the second year it’s been given out. The Mayor’s Medal of Honor recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the city of Chicago and its various communities. To receive this award was a humbling honor that is shared equally with all of us who work at Phalanx Family Services. We received this honor because of the tireless work of my staff.
Thank you for celebrating this tremendous honor with us and thank you for reading this special pullout section. We hope you will find something that will inform, inspire, and help you achieve your goals for yourself and your family.
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