Westside Health Authority celebrates community

Martin Luther King once said: “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march forward.” In that spirit, I’m asking you to take the steps forward to support Westside Health Authority’s vision for a West Side Cultural Arts Center.

A Cultural Arts Center would allow youth to learn their heritage in one central place. It would also provide space for everyone to learn and enjoy the arts and serve as a local place for families to celebrate occasions. As some of you know, since 1990, Westside Health Authority has led its faith-based, non-profit organization ahead by a vision-to give community people a voice, and to use the capacity of local people to improve the health and well-being of Chicago’s West Side residents. Thanks to community support, WHA has been able to make a positive difference in many lives through its various programs and partnerships, which include: “Every Block A Village,” The Austin Health and Wellness Center and The Business and Human Resource Center. This Sunday afternoon, May 11, WHA will be honoring their founder/President and CEO, Jacqueline Reed, who will be retiring at the end of the year. WHA depends on grants and donations to keep forging ahead.

Can YOU help? If so, call the WHA at 773/378-1878. Thanks for your thoughtful consideration, and together, we can make a difference.

Lynn Bogen Sanders
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Good information we need to know

Keep solution-orientated articles coming [Rapper brings non-violence tour to Chicago, May, 1]. The community needs to know when speakers of this caliber visit our town with such messages. We also need to know prior to their coming, so the residents can respond in mass.

Calvin Muhammad
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Siedah touched hearts

Siedah (Sivels) was one of my nieces [Fighting long enough while leaving a lasting impression, April 10]. I wish I had the time to have really gotten to know her much better. I know that God had to use her to glorify his name. So, even though her time on this earth was short, my nieces’ strong determination will live forever in all who ever knew her. My sister, Dora, and husband, Gerald, are very God-fearing, and I love them with all that I am. Like Siedah said, “Give it your all and never give up on your dreams.” All of the glory belongs to God Almighty. He has his hands on all of us, so come close to him when the knock is heard.

Shirley Johnson
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Get kids vaccinated

We are so sorry to hear of the deaths of these two young people [Meningitis kills two Austin teens, May 1]. Their families are in our prayers. I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from a form of meningococcal meningitis, and the founder and executive director of a national organization, Meningitis Angels.

Too many infants, teens, kids and young adults are left debilitated or to die from this vaccine-preventable disease. Meningitis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems, such as organ failure, blindness and brain damage. Do you know the early signs of meningitis? Unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin color can develop within 12 hours after infection. This occurs long before the more classic signs of the illness-rash, headache, debilitation or death- surfaces. Children and young adults should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis.

Frankie Milley

Founder/National Director of Meningitis Angels
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More stories like this needed

Nice. Would you keep these stories going?

Deneitra Wooten
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