About Us

A word from our CEO

PROACTIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES (PCS) is a human service organization that recognizes the many facets of health and social disparities among people of color throughout the United States, in Illinois' south suburbs, and beyond. The organization seeks to empower and enhance people's lives, strengthen communities by improving quality of life as we create opportunities for individuals to develop potential and access comprehensive services that maximizes their health and well-being.

The commitment to serve with a spirit of excellence is a core value. For me, it is extremely important that we live up to this core value because doing so is the breath of life that makes a difference for all those served. Here at PCS, we are passionate about creating solutions and programs that address the myriad of issues and concerns facing our clients as we focus on improving lives and building stronger communities. We accomplish this as a team. Our staff, our board members, our volunteers all share in the vision of empowering and building the lives of individuals, families, youth and the communities in which they live. We are invested in the important work of our non-profit and embrace the words of Marian Wright Edelman — Service is the rent we pay for living.

We appreciate and thank all of our clients, partners, stakeholders, and, especially our staff, volunteers, and board members. All of you have indeed had an important role in our ability to continue to grow as we carry over our remarkable success from last year to this year.

Warm regards,

Eula L. Burge
Executive Director

Mission Statement

Our vision is to bring the highest ideals of public health into the lives of adults, families and youth to end health and social inequities.

Our mission is built on a foundational belief of human dignity that ensures our services enrich the lives of individuals, families, and youth. This sense of mission has translated into a unique approach of service delivery, dedication to others, and cultural awareness and sensitivity specific to disadvantaged individuals in distressed communities. The agency is committed to rendering integrated care solutions to address health disparities and social service concerns for disadvantaged individuals, which is demonstrated by our mission to improve health and social inequalities for disadvantaged minority adults, families and youth in Southern Cook County Illinois through programs that empower, increase the quality and years of healthy life and eliminate health and social disparities.

History

PROACTIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES (PCS) is a 501(c)(3) African-American led community-based organization (CBO) located in Hazel Crest, Illinois serving at-risk intergenerational African-Americans/Blacks and Communities of Color. The geographic area PCS serves is composed of 27 communities in the economically and ethnically diverse Southern Cook County of Illinois. The organization was founded February 2005 by Ms. Eula Burge, an African-American woman, who saw the need to close the widening social service gaps and health disparities that severely affected African-American communities in Illinois' south suburbs and beyond. Ms. Burge has personally experienced challenges of navigating the often complex healthcare and social service system and seen the devastating impact of fragmented healthcare and social services on the lives of family members and friends.

PCS' overarching aim is to improve Health and social inequities of disadvantage and underserved individuals and families in Southern Cook County Illinois and beyond. The agency has consciously strengthened its capacity to implement integrated and diverse projects to provide seamless service delivery during its years of existence. At the core is a diverse board of directors and executive team committed to building a strong management structure through implementing organizational goals for continued growth.

PCS overarching goals are to 1) promote chronic disease prevention and healthy lifestyles through programs that provide access to education, information, prevention, early intervention, treatment and support; 2) provide HIV/AIDS programs; 3) provide access to programs that assist with maintaining economic self-sufficiency to prevent, reduce or eliminate dependency; and 4) provide programs that build assets and strengthen an individual's ability to reduce risky behaviors and improve life outcomes.

PCS service delivery is comprehensive and coupled with a vision that empowers minorities adversely impacted by health and social disparities. We continue to expand, develop and integrate services to better address such concerns and serve as a catalyst for building stronger and more vibrant communities.

Clients are served through partnerships, collaborations and constant dialogue with those served. The agency enjoys a special relationsihp with the high-risk population served and is able to incorporate client preferences into community services that appeal to them, including addressing barriers that prevent access to appropriae care and information.

The agency staff and board collectively have over 150 years extensive expertise in successfully developing and implementing prevention programs and services to some of the highest-risk populations in communities that suffers vastly from some of society's worst social ills and socio-economic status.

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