...here are just a few.
Jesse is one of them.
Jesse was frustrated seeing his two children ignored, unhappy and pleading to be reunited with him. Many grueling months later, he welcomed his young son and daughter to his home, and his arms. But winning custody in court wasn’t the end of his battle. It was just the beginning.
Jesse needed help to become the father he wanted to be. So he went to Family Focus and joined their Mission Men Fathers Support Group. Located in the Chicago Lawndale neighborhood, Family Focus provides community-based services to support children and families. Their men-only Mission Men group helps men understand the importance of a father in a child’s life, and helps them fortify lasting bonds with their children.
Jesse listened as the other men shared their stories and challenges. He learned to understand that being a father meant more than giving his money. It meant giving his time, his guidance, and his heart.
He also learned to understood how his actions effected the lives of his family. Jesse says, “Being a father is more than just being a provider. You have to mean what you say and say what you mean. You have to lead by example. If you’re not leading them right, you’re not raising them right."
Today, his children do well in school. They’re active. Happy. With Family Focus, Jesse has built many enduring bonds. But none are as important as those he has built with his children.
Family Focus is one of the many organizations supported through Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. In 1990, the Chicago Tribune and the McCormick Foundation partnered to create Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Together, they with our donors, we have recently reached a significant milestone: passing the $100 million mark in charitable grants. Chicago Tribune Charities is dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations that promote child abuse prevention and treatment, adult literacy, child and youth education, and workforce development.
More reasons to celebrate!
About Chicago Tribune Charities
In 1990, the Chicago Tribune expanded its longtime commitment to Chicagoland and established Chicago Tribune
Charities as a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, positively impacting the lives of thousands of disadvantaged
children, families and adults every year.
Through Chicago Tribune Charities, grants are made to local nonprofit agencies that ensure that the disadvantaged in our community have access to vital programs that focus on:
- Teaching children and adults to read
- Offering job training for the unemployed
- Providing safe havens and counseling for children and families suffering from domestic violence
- Giving youths in low-income communities a well-rounded education
With the generous support of donors and the match provided by the McCormick Foundation, more than $98 million
has been granted through Chicago Tribune Charities, providing the means for those less fortunate to improve their lives
and realize their full potential.