Fathers Who Carethe West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders and local community leaders came together to promote a safe and drug free community during their Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at George Leland S.T.E.M. School.
 
A special thank you to the following people who helped to make the Community Thanksgiving Dinner a HUGH SUCCESS:
 
Congressman Danny K. Davis (Cherita), Senator Don Harmon (Eileen), Senator Kimberly Lightford, (Marla and Mildred), Senator Patricia Van-Pelt Watkins, Representative Pamela Reaves-Harris (Lauren), Representative LaShawn Ford (Barb), Representative Camille Lilly (Stephanie), Loretto Hospital (Tesa), Alderman Chris Taliaferro (Qianna), Alderman Emma Mitts (Betty),  Jason Ervin (Trina & Maria), Commissioner Richard Boykin (Anthony), Commissioner Robert Steele (Melva), Commander Barbara West, Commander Dwayne Betts, Sgt. Daniel Allen, Austin Weekly News (Dawn, Paxton), Mead Communications (Bob), Judge Marianne Jackson, Windy City Word (Mary Denson), Oak Street Health, (Kerry), Howard Lathan, Chuck Levy, Milton Johnson, United for Better Living (Kathy), Jenna Sumo, Camelot School (Brenda), Owner Jerry Stender, Pastor Dodd and Trina, Larry William (Clayborne), Clerk Dorothy Brown (Trena), Garfield Park Community Council (Mike, Angela, Sammie, Samantha and Staff), George Leland School and Staff ( Principal Ivy), West Garfield Park Youth Council (Vernisha and Kianna), Amara Eniya, Kelly Hooper and all others we don’t remember by name. 
 
Thank you again Community Stakeholders and all who volunteered for your personal sacrifice and service!
 
The West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders is a consortium of residents, agencies, churches, elected officials, law enforcement, and businesses who work together to improve the quality of life on the West Side. We are actively engaged in efforts to prevent substance abuse by young people and to end youth violence.  
 
Our Community Empowerment and Unification meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month, at 6:00 pm. SHARP at 4540 West Washington Blvd. in Chicago.   
 
Everyone is always welcome to attend, if you are concerned with the future of the West Garfield Park Community and the welfare of its residents.   
 
For additional information, internships and volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact Fathers Who Care at 773-287-5821 or email us at martha.gooden@fatherswhocare.org.

The West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders is sponsored in part by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Photos by Bob Mead/Mead Communications     

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