Category: Features

How This East Grad Went From Prostitute To Presidential Award Recipient

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 || By Nona Tepper/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Marian Hatcher, who went from living on the streets to crafting policy on Capitol Hill. | Submitted photo 

The last time Maui Jones saw his mother he had a gun to his head.

Jones, then-18 and living in River Forest, came downstairs to ask his mom for a ride to his first acting gig. When he reached the basement, he saw his mom, Marian Hatcher, hopped up on drugs.

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Man Who Was Homeless, Addicted Made U-Turn After Meeting ‘Guardian Angel’

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 || By Tom Holmes/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Chris Ross, who says he was saved by a caring community member. | Submitted photo 

Four years ago, Chris Ross weighed 70 pounds and was living in a rat-infested abandoned building in Maywood, where he used heroin and crack cocaine and panhandled and stole to support his addiction.

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Three Doctors Are On A Mission To Change How The World Perceives Black Success

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Doctors Max Madhere, Joe Semien and Pierre Johnson. | thepulseofp3.com 

Doctors Pierre Johnson, 37, Max Madhere, 37, and Joe Semien, 40, met roughly two decades ago inside of the library at Xavier University of Louisiana during their undergraduate studies. They formed a bond that helped propel them from college, through medical school and residency to the top of their respective fields.

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A One-Man Movement To Help Those Experiencing Homelessness

Monday, February 19, 2018 || By Tom Holmes/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: John Netherly demonstrates how he re-purposes windbreakers from trash bags outside of the Forest Park Transit Station. | Alexa Rogals 

They found Miss Bernice dead in a doorway. Forest Park resident John Netherly said he knew that would happen. He had been pleading with police for months to take Miss Bernice to a hospital or mental health facility, telling officers the woman was not mentally capable of making decisions in her best interest.

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A Local Nonprofit Delivers Higher Learning For Disabled Adults

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews  

Featured image: Spectrum University student Rashae Tillman hugs Marla Skinner, Spectrum University’s director of programs during a break in the class on Jan. 13. | Sara Minor 

Several weeks ago, Candra Chavda had an epiphany. Chavda — a dance and exercise instructor with the Music N Me program, which caters to young adults with autism and other developmental disorders, ages 20 to 40 — had been having some difficulty connecting with 30-year-old Christopher Joey Gray.

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On The Frontlines Of The Opioid Crisis

Monday, December 18, 2017 || By Tim Inklebarger/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Vincent Palacios, a heroin addict in Chicago, has been receiving services from the Chicago Outreach Intervention Project for years. | Timothy Inklebarger 

On a chilly Monday afternoon in the West Side neighborhoods of Austin and West Garfield Park, the streets are quiet.

“Need rigs? Need rigs?” Vincent Lee, an outreach worker with the Chicago Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP), a program run by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, calls out the window of COIP’s mobile services van to one of his regular clients.

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Down, But Not Out, In The Suburbs

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Michael Johnson, a person experiencing homelessness in the west suburbs, speaks about his struggles in Oak Park on Dec. 1. | Alexa Rogals 

On a Sunday earlier this month, Michael Johnson, 47, and his fiancé, Cynthia Saack, 45, trekked over to one of the numerous Oak Park churches that, on any given night, serve as temporary shelters affiliated with the Maywood-based nonprofit Housing Forward.

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