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92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mrs. Delores Holmes has  dedicated  over  thirty
 6    years  to  the  well-being  of  the  residents of the City of
 7    Evanston; and

 8        WHEREAS, Mrs.  Holmes  began  her  dedication  to  social
 9    services in 1971 as the Family Activities Coordinator for the
10    Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) until 1976;
11    and

12        WHEREAS,  Mrs.  Holmes has served as Director of Programs
13    for Family Focus/Our Place in Evanston  since  1976  and  has
14    served  as Director of the Weissbourd-Holmes Community Center
15    since 1983; and

16        WHEREAS, Family Focus has  expanded  its  programming  to
17    address  the  changing needs of the community, starting as an
18    adult parenting  program  and  expanding  to  teen  pregnancy
19    support  services  and a prevention program for young people;
20    and

21        WHEREAS, Family Focus has touched the lives of  thousands
22    of young people in the City of Evanston and has been a second
23    family  and  a  source of stability and strength for children
24    and teenagers; and

25        WHEREAS, Mrs. Holmes  managed  Family  Focus/Our  Place's
26    growth  and relocation  from the organization's first site at
27    Miller School  to  the  Weissbourd-Holmes  Community  Center,
28    located at Foster School; and

29        WHEREAS,   Under   the  direction  of  Mrs.  Holmes,  the
30    Weissbourd-Holmes  Community  Center  has  become   home   to
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 1    numerous  community  organizations, including Connections for
 2    the Homeless, PEER Services, Foster Reading Center, the Youth
 3    Services  Bureau  of  the  Evanston  Police  Department,  the
 4    Alternative School for  School  District  65,  Christ  Temple
 5    Missionary  Baptist  Church,  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the
 6    Fleetwood-Jourdain  Theater,  Teen  Baby  Nursery,  and   the
 7    Children's  School  and  is  a  meeting  place  for countless
 8    community organizations; and

 9        WHEREAS, Family Focus/Our Place has served as  an  anchor
10    both  in the Fifth Ward of Evanston and throughout the entire
11    community; and

12        WHEREAS, Mrs.  Holmes  has  received  much  well-deserved
13    recognition  for  her  commitment  to the young people of the
14    City of  Evanston,  including  the  Dr.  Martin  Luther  King
15    Excellence  in  Community  Leadership Award from the Minority
16    Economic Resource Corporation, the Jay Moore Award from Youth
17    Organization Umbrella, Inc.  (YOU),  the  William  E.  Harper
18    Award  for Exceptional Leadership from the Evanston YMCA, the
19    Frances P. Rohlen Award from the Chicago Foundation of Women,
20    the  Unsung  Heroine  Award  from  Women   in   Charge,   the
21    Certificate  of  Achievement  from  WMAQ-TV  Channel  5,  the
22    Outstanding Leadership Award from NBD Bank, the "As They Grow
23    Award" from Parent Magazine, the "Black History In The Making
24    Award"  from  Mt.  Zion  Baptist  Church,  the Certificate of
25    Recognition from the Evanston Police Department, the Woman of
26    the Year Award from the Zonta Club of  Evanston,  the  Justin
27    Wynn  Award for Services on Behalf of Evanston Youth, and the
28    Staff Person of the Year Award from Head Start Illinois; and

29        WHEREAS,  Mrs.  Holmes   has   been   honored   by   many
30    organizations  for  her  commitment  to  the  young people of
31    Evanston, including the NAACP, Ebenezer  AME  Church,  Giving
32    Tree,  the  Chessman  Club,  Delta  Sigma Theta Sorority, the
33    Evanston Family Reunion Club, Ounce of Prevention, the Second
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 1    Baptist Church of Evanston, the North  Shore-Chicago  Chapter
 2    of  Top  Ladies  of Distinction, the National Organization on
 3    Adolescence Pregnancy Parenting, the Delta Chi Omega  Chapter
 4    of  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Project High School Community
 5    Day  Care,  Faith  Temple  Church  of  God  in  Christ,   the
 6    Fleetwood-Jourdain   Community   Center,  and  the  Workforce
 7    Development Board; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Mrs.  Holmes  attended  National   College   of
 9    Education  in Evanston, Evanston Township High School (ETHS),
10    Haven Junior High School, and Foster  Elementary  School  and
11    has  since  committed her professional life to giving back to
12    the community; and

13        WHEREAS,  Mrs.  Holmes,  in  her  example  of   unselfish
14    leadership and dedication, has served as a role model for the
15    young  people  with  whom  she  has  worked, as well as other
16    community leaders; and

17        WHEREAS, After many years  of  selfless  service  to  the
18    community,  Mrs.  Delores  Holmes  is retiring as Director of
19    Family Focus/Our Place and  the  Weissbourd-Holmes  Community
20    Center; and

21        WHEREAS,  In  her  retirement,  Mrs. Holmes will focus on
22    developing a project to promote parental and  teen  education
23    in the Republic of Ghana; therefore, be it

26    we  congratulate  and  thank  Mrs.  Delores  Holmes  for  her
27    dedication to service in the name of the young people and the
28    residents of the City of Evanston; and be it further

29        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
30    presented  to  Mrs.  Delores  Holmes  as an expression of our
31    esteem.

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