“You cannot take this to the bank,” warned Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) as she handed this check to Dara Munson, chief executive of Family Focus. The money, a congressionally directed funding grant, will go toward updating the old Foster School building at 2010 Dewey Ave., home of Family Focus and 15 other social service organizations. “It’s a beautiful building that needs some love,” said Munson. Family Focus is raising about $12 million to rehabilitate the building, which opened in 1905. “We are committed to this physical structure,” Munson said. It was a predominately Black school for decades. In the second row are supporters Anne Sills (from left), Bennie Jones, Michelle Macklin, Rose Johnson and Stephen Vick. Schakowsky taught in the school in 1960. (Photo by Richard Cahan)
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How wonderful! Congrats to everyone who came together to make this important renovation possible.