Connecting Communities | December 2022
On Wednesday, October 19, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services (MSV) hosted its 15th Annual Beacon of Hope Luncheon. At this year’s event, held at the University Club of Chicago, we welcomed over 200 supporters of MSV to share a day of fellowship and learn more about the work we do.
The event featured a panel discussion focusing on the crisis of maternal mortality & morbidity mothers and infants of color. Our host, Irika Sargent and panelists Dr. Gina Lowell, Rush University Medical Center, Laronda Castine, Program Manager Project Hope and Kirbi Range, Director of Birth Equity at EverThrive, addressed this very important issue that has only worsened over the last 3 years. In Chicago, and in particular the zip codes which are served by MSV, women of color are 6 times more likely to die in childbirth or the 12 months after than their peers. Watch the full panel discussion below.
Following the panel, MSV Chief Development Officer Veronica Brown and President and Peter Beale-DelVecchio shared a short video celebrating over 40 years the organization’s Project Hope Program. The program, which serves pregnant and parenting teens, has been a Beacon of Hope for the community having served over 850 teens & young women with not one loss of a mother and no low birth weight babies in the last decade. It is because of the doulas and parent educators in this program that our young mothers and their children have a chance at life and successful futures. Doula Natalie Moss summed it up perfectly “we mother the mother, so they can mother their child.”
The event concluded with the presentation of our Outstanding Partner Award to Rush University Medical Center and the Louise de Marillac Service Award to our own Project Hope Team.
Thanks to the support of our donors, we were able to raise over $150,000 that will go towards the continuing success of our programs, including Project Hope.
There is still time to Donate to support this wonderful cause, and if you missed it, you can watch the full event here.