Advisory Council Showcase – Ann Adams

As the Associate Vice President of Research at Northwestern University, Ann Adams works to support world-class research. Ann is also committed to improving the community in which she lives and works, not only as a long-time donor to the Moran Center but also through her active participation in the organization as a member of the Advisory Council.

Adams credits her time in law school for sparking her interest in the work that the Moran Center does to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Adams says she was particularly attracted to the Moran Center because of our efforts to clear individuals’ criminal records at the Expungement & Sealing Help Desk.

Adams says that she’s continually impressed with Executive Director Patrick Keenan-Devlin and the entire Moran Center staff for doing extremely important work with limited resources –  changing people’s lives. On this point Ann asks, “Who wouldn’t want to support that?” We agree, Ann!

Directors’ Showcase: Treasurer – Val Weiss

Val Weiss has been on the Moran Center’s Board of Directors for the past 10 years, recruited by former Executive Director Naria Santa Lucia for her extensive business and non-profit management experience. From the start Val says she was impressed by the staff’s extraordinary dedication, and she has been humbled to be a part of the Moran Center team. Val affectionately calls the staff and board “the dream team,” because of their shared passion for the mission of the organization and for their collaborative support of each other’s work. Val is “proud of the work that we do to support some of the most vulnerable kids in our community. I’ve loved getting to know the staff and the board. We truly enjoy our time together. We joke that we even keep the fun in FUNdraising.”

Val’s board involvement reflects her passion for helping grassroots organizations thrive. Since joining the Moran Center’s Board, Val has witnessed the agency’s growth and it’s deepened commitment to the community. “I’m very proud of the sustainable growth. During the past eight years, the Moran Center has quadrupled its budget and met all of its strategic goals. We now serve more clients and expanded the portfolio of our programs. It’s particularly exciting to see the launch of the Moran Center’s School-Based Civil Legal Clinic and our restorative justice work.”

Val feels extremely lucky to live in Evanston, appreciating the diversity of this community while recognizing that many continue to be burdened by systemic disinvestment and prejudice. Val finds it unacceptable that we live in a “free” country that has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and is inspired by Bryan Stevenson who says, “we all have a responsibility to create a just society.”

Midterm Voting Guide

The Illinois Midterm Election | Nov. 6, 2018

 

Why Should I Care About the Midterm Election?

  • The Midterms are important because they decide the make-up of Congress for the next two years. In this Midterm, 35 US Senate seats and all US House of Representative seats are being voted on.
  • Who wins these seats will have a huge impact on state-level policy debates such as the 24/7 juvenile detention review, raising the age of juvenile court to 21, and access to mental health services
  •  The next Governor and Attorney General will be in charge of and develop numerous policies and programs regarding youth justice reform, mental health services treatment, and changes in the criminal justice system. Read more about how this will impact the Moran Center by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/2EZoTtB.

 

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HB5104 Vetoed

HB5104 abolishes the $5 co-pay Illinois prisoners must pay to see a doctor. Governor Rauner, however, recommended simply reducing the current $5 co-pay for inmates to $3.90. Reducing the co-pay amount by $1.10 does not support Illinois’ ability to meet its obligation to provide adequate correctional health care to the entire incarcerated population. This change will perpetuate the same dysfunctional correctional healthcare outcomes currently present in a system that is rife with flaws in both the quality and delivery of services. Override!

100-0810 (SB3466) Passed!

100-0810 (SB3466) ensures that caregivers are given notice and assistance to address the causes of their child’s truancy rather than automatically penalizing the caregiver with a fine; aligns the municipal process with the state-level process by requiring caregivers receive notice and the opportunity to meet with school personnel before allowing the school to refer caregivers for municipal fines; eliminates the ability to refer students to municipalities for truancy fines; acknowledges the additional challenges facing students with disabilities and homeless students by ensuring these truancy meetings involve personnel with knowledge of their specific needs; prioritizes providing support to families instead of punishment to return students to the classroom.

Thanks to the Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law for being a restorative voice for school children in Springfield! 

October E-Newsletter Highlights

Board of Directors | Donor | Community Partner

 

Board of Directors’ Showcase           

Val Weiss, Treasurer                             

Val Weiss has been on the Moran Center’s Board of Directors for the past 10 years, recruited by former Executive Director Naria Santa Lucia for her extensive business and non-profit management experience. From the start Val says she was impressed by the staff’s extraordinary dedication, and she has been humbled to be a part of the Moran Center team. Val affectionately calls the staff and board “the dream team,” because of their shared passion for the mission of the organization and for their collaborative support of each other’s work. Val is “proud of the work that we do to support some of the most vulnerable kids in our community. I’ve loved getting to know the staff and the board. We truly enjoy our time together. We joke that we even keep the fun in FUNdraising.”

Val’s board involvement reflects her passion for helping grassroots organizations thrive. Since joining the Moran Center’s Board, Val has witnessed the agency’s growth and it’s deepened commitment to the community. “I’m very proud of the sustainable growth. During the past eight years, the Moran Center has quadrupled its budget and met all of its strategic goals. We now serve more clients and expanded the portfolio of our programs. It’s particularly exciting to see the launch of the Moran Center’s School-Based Civil Legal Clinic and our restorative justice work.”

Val feels extremely lucky to live in Evanston, appreciating the diversity of this community while recognizing that many continue to be burdened by systemic disinvestment and prejudice. Val finds it unacceptable that we live in a “free” country that has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and is inspired by Bryan Stevenson who says, “we all have a responsibility to create a just society.”

 

Donor Highlight

Ann Adams

As the Associate Vice President of Research at Northwestern University, Ann Adams works to support world-class research. Ann is also committed to improving the community in which she lives and works, not only as a long-time donor to the Moran Center but also through her active participation in the organization as a member of the Advisory Council.

Adams credits her time in law school for sparking her interest in the work that the Moran Center does to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Adams says she was particularly attracted to the Moran Center because of our efforts to clear individuals’ criminal records at the Expungement & Sealing Help Desk.

Adams says that she’s continually impressed with Executive Director Patrick Keenan-Devlin and the entire Moran Center staff for doing extremely important work with limited resources –  changing people’s lives. On this point Ann asks, “Who wouldn’t want to support that?” We agree, Ann!

 

Community Partner Showcase

Erie Family Health Centers

Erie Evanston-Skokie provides low-income community members with medical, dental, and behavioral health services, along with wrap-around social services. Excitingly, this winter, Erie will be expanding to house 32 medical exam rooms and 6 dental chairs! This expansion will help the organization to better serve our community.

We are extremely grateful for Erie’s partnership in providing Moran Center’s clients with critical psychiatric services, as well as providing free STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing to youth between the ages of 13 and 24 every Friday from 1-4pm. Erie has also provided the Moran Center with boxes of free condoms to ensure that our clients consistently practice safe sex. Learn more about Erie and all they do to improve the health of our community here!

100-0984 (SB2925) Passed!

100-0984 (SB2925) requires School Resource Officers – police officers – to complete training in education and juvenile related law; de-escalation techniques and positive behavior interventions; how to address the mental, physical, and behavioral health needs of all children, including those with disabilities or special needs. Thanks to the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law for ensuring that our schools are safe and healthy environments for everyone! 
 
Read more about this bill here: https://bit.ly/2OMYZwJ 

We Won 3rd Place in the Commission Mission Award

The Moran Center won 3rd place in the Commission Mission Award and a $1,000! We are proud to share the honor of splitting this $10,000 award with five other amazing nonprofits in Evanston. Thank you to everyone who took part in the voting process and especially those who voted for the Moran Center. This would not have been possible without our amazing supporters like you. Thank you all for voting and supporting our mission to provide Justice in the Courtroom, Access to the Classroom, and Support in the Community!

 

We would also like to thank Jackie Mack & More-Evanston, IL Real Estate for putting together this award and supporting nonprofits in the Evanston Community. This award is incredibly generous and we very thankful to have won 3rd place. 

F.A.T.E Bill Passed

100-0776 (HB 5341), also known as the F.A.T.E. (Fair Access To Employment) Bill, clarifies that outstanding legal financial obligations like fines, fees, and court costs cannot be considered when reviewing a sealing petition. Thanks to the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), including Cabrini Green Legal AidChicago Coalition for the HomelessCommunity Renewal Society, and Heartland Alliance, for not allowing a person’s income impact their access to a second chance!

Patrick Keenan-Devlin on the New Station Adjustment Forms in Evanston PD

Moran Center Executive Director, Patrick Keenan-Devlin, was interviewed by Evanston Round Table about his role in redesigning the station adjustment forms for the Evanston Police Department. Keenan-Devlin was a part of the the Alternatives to Arrest Committee whose goal, “is to find local alternatives to arrests for misdemeanors and reduce the number of young adults that have a difficult time finding a job later in life because of an arrest or conviction on their record.” The article entitled, New Station Adjustment Forms Designed for Clarity and Support for Juveniles Arrested by Evanston Police, describes what changes have been made to the station adjustment forms and the inclusion of restorative support in the new form design. 

Read more about this here: https://bit.ly/2OJjVBH