Community Leaders Attend Family Service Center Open House

On Sunday afternoon, January 29st, 2012, Community Leaders gathered at one of the Center’s two offices to acknowledge Family Service Center’s many generous contributors and to salute the importance of the work done through the agency. Board of Directors President, Fritz Freidinger commented, “With the completion of the new office, we now have facilities which match the quality of care our clients receive.”      

Community Leaders from all four communities attended the dedication of new offices at 3545 Lake Avenue in Wilmette.   Village Presidents Kerry Cummings (Glenview), Sandy Frum (Northbrook),  and Chris Canning (Wilmette) joined with Andrew Haak, a dignitary from Kenilworth United Fund, to honor Marlene and Gil Bowen and The Jerome Mirza Foundation. A plaque dedicated to the Bowens was placed in the new warm and welcoming entrance lobby.  Generous support from Wilmette resident Candace Mirza included the gift of the Conference Room in loving tribute to her father, Jerome Mirza.  School Board President, Karen Donnan, spoke on behalf of the Mirzas. 

The Open House was also attended by New Trier Township Supervisor Pat Cantor and Northfield Township Supervisor Jill Brickman.   Family Service Center partners with the townships to provide services to its residents.  The Center also provides educational programs and crisis support.  Wilmette Police Chief Brian King and Glenview Park District Superintendent Chuck Balling were also present as community partners.

Securing and renovating the new space was a three-year project led by Former Board Presidents Mike Basofin and Heidi Voorhees. Retiring Board Members Jeanne Wakenight and Valerie Spingola were praised and credited with managing the construction phase and decorating the offices. 

Included in the afternoon’s presentations by current Board President Fritz Freidinger, was the introduction of Family Service Center’s new Executive Director Jane McCarthy. McCarthy’s goals include increasing community outreach and visibility of the agency, as well as strengthening partnerships with other community groups.  Easy access to service is a shared goal of the Board of Directors, who represent the four communities.

In addition to the new office in Wilmette, the agency maintains an office in Northbrook at 1830 Techny Court.