Phyllis Johnson, a former counselor from the Housing Authority of Cook County’s (HACC) Family Self-Sufficiency Program, was honored tonight as the recipient of the #RedefinePossible 2019 Women’s Leadership Award. Presented by Chicago’s WNBA team, the Chicago Sky, the #Redefine Possible Award recognizes women throughout Chicagoland who are continually redefining what is possible every day, and how they are paving the way for future generations.
“It’s a blessing to receive an award for using the gifts God gave me” said Mrs. Johnson. “I feel like I’m able to recognize and understand the needs of my clients in a special way. That makes it easy to partner with other local and social services organizations to help our FSS clients achieve their goals and a reasonable quality of life – through education, employment, financial literacy, and home ownership for our clients.”
Honorees of the #RedefinePossible Award must be nominated by a member of the community who has been positively impacted by their work. Mrs. Johnson was nominated by Starr Gadson, a graduate of HACC’s FSS Program that worked with Mrs. Johnson toward her goals of a earning a college degree, homeownership and self-sufficiency.
“Phyllis has been such a blessing in my journey with FSS and HACC,” said Ms. Gadson. “She was exactly what I needed. She was tough when I wasn’t on top of things, but still fair. She was congratulatory when I accomplished goals. She was motivating when I was close to completing something and a counselor when I felt so far, or felt it couldn’t be done.”
Residents interested in learning more about the FSS Program are encouraged to contact program counselors via email at [email protected].