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FOC/CWF Video Feature - Metropolitan Family Services

Published: June 9, 2015

In many ways, the Metropolitan Family Services Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) matches its surroundings.

Located on the campus of Kennedy-King College at the rapidly developing intersection of 63rd and Halsted streets, the Center gives neighborhood residents reason to believe in the promise of their collective future.

A member of the LISC Chicago network of FOCs/Centers for Working Families (CWFs), the organization’s staff works with nearby residents to provide a diverse slate of financial tools aimed at laying the groundwork for long-term financial stability.

“Our clients really do come through our doors looking for employment, and what we understand is that employment does not solve the financial struggles that our families and individuals are experiencing,” said Senior Program Supervisor Christine Brown. “When families do not make enough money, it’s really hard for them to decrease expenses, budget and really save.”

As a result, the organization provides comprehensive financial coaching, employment services, benefits screening and computer classes, among other offerings.

As for the Chicagoans it strives to serve, they offer glowing reviews.

“It’s helped to set me free,” said Pamela Freeman. “When something gives you freedom, that’s powerful.”

Learn more about the Metropolitan Family Services FOC in this week’s installment of the LISC Chicago FOC/CWF video series. Check back with LISC-Chicago.org every Tuesday between now and July 14 to learn more about another FOC/CWF in the LISC Chicago network.

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