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92_HR0915 LRB9216884RHrh 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 -2- LRB9216884RHrh 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 -3- LRB9216884RHrh 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 24 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 25 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 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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