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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 history of organizations in the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, Beatrice Caffrey Youth Services,  Inc.  will  be
 6    celebrating its 50th year Anniversary on November 17, 2002 at
 7    the   DuSable   Museum   of  African  American  History;  the
 8    organization will present its Service Award to Representative
 9    Monique Davis as part of the Golden Anniversary  celebration;
10    and

11        WHEREAS,  For  the  past  50 years Beatrice Caffrey Youth
12    Services, Inc. has  provided  programs  to  delinquent  urban
13    youth  on  the  south  side  of  Chicago;  the  organization,
14    originally  known  as  the  Women's  Service  Committees, was
15    founded by Mrs. Sadie  Waterford  Jones  and  headed  by  Dr.
16    Dorothy  Sutton Branch; Mrs. Beatrice Caffrey, after whom the
17    agency was eventually  named,  was  an  active  part  of  the
18    program  recruitment and attendance during her years with the
19    Chicago Board of Education; and

20        WHEREAS,  The  agency's  mission  is  "to   enhance   the
21    functioning of urban children and families by improving their
22    quality  of  life  and moving them towards independence"; the
23    agency does this  by  offering  programs  and  services  that
24    encourage    self-sufficiency   of   families   and   promote
25    risk-reduction activity for children and youth; and

26        WHEREAS, Beatrice Caffrey Youth Services, Inc.  offers  a
27    range   of   services   to  the  community;  the  agency  has
28    counseling, visual arts programs, adoption  and  foster  care
29    services,   independent   living   programs,  teen  parenting
30    programs, and placement stabilization programs; and

31        WHEREAS, Many of the programs offered by the organization
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 1    have  had  amazing  results;  every  child  involved  in  the
 2    specialized care program has been placed in foster care,  75%
 3    of  those  children have been adopted, and all foster parents
 4    associated with this program have  participated  in  training
 5    designed  to  help them meet the physical and emotional needs
 6    of these children; in the  independent  living  program,  80%
 7    those  participating  have remained stable in their apartment
 8    living, 75% of them are employed, 85% have not required court
 9    intervention   and   are   managing    their    own    fiscal
10    responsibilities,  and  65-75%  of  the  clients are actively
11    pursuing their high school diplomas; therefore be it

14    we  commend the Beatrice Caffrey Youth Services, Inc. for its
15    outstanding community service throughout the years; and be it
16    further

17        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
18    presented to the Executive Director of Beatrice Caffrey Youth
19    Services, Inc.

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