Ford Heights Community Center Building Dedication

Award of Appreciation

Ms. Angelia F. Smith, Executive Director, gives award of appreciation to Herman Brewer.

Herman Brewer, Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development spoke at a dedication ceremony on February 20th for the Ford Heights Community Service Organization (FHCSO) Building Expansion.  Also present at the ceremony  were Angela Smith, Executive Director, Mayor Charles Griffin of Ford Heights, representatives from the architectual firms, clergy, staff, dedicated volunteers and grand opening contributors. They spoke to a packed audience with residents from the community.  Ms. Smith gave awards and recognition to those individuals and organizations who made the building expansion and dedication ceremony possible, and listed them in the program.

Since its inception in 1968, the Ford Heights Community Sevice Organization has assisted countless individuals and families in need.  Their services include: case management, homeless prevention, lunch program/pantry, rent/mortgage/utility assistance and vocational training.  Although housed in Ford Heights, their work extends to help others in the south suburban area.  The new center is ADA accessible and can be reached by car or public transportation. 

Cook County Bureau of Economic Development was a partner in the building expansion, with the use of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Funds, and reflects President Preckwinkle’s commitment to economic growth throughout Cook County.   The theme of the Ford Heights Community Service Organization (FHCSO) on their logo is: “Serving and Enriching Lives.”  To find out more about the FHCSO, please go to their website,


View photos from the dedication, including our tour.

  • Approaching the outside of the Ford Heights Community Service Organization Building
  • A welcome sign in the community.
  • Entrance to the new center.
  • Another entrance to the center where the ribbon was getting ready to be cut.