Habilitative Systems Inc. (HSI) Presents Its 2016 Blues/Jazz With Pizzazz Cafe In Chicago
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Habilitative Systems Inc., an impactful social service agency headquartered on Chicago’s West Side for over 38 years, will present its annual, “Blues/Jazz With Pizzazz Cafe”, Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago.
Tickets to the Habilitative Systems, Inc. Blues/Jazz with Pizzazz event are $75. For more information on the agency and the fundraising event at Buddy Guy’s please click on this link: http://www.habilitative.org/jwp2016 or call Della at 773-854-8313.
For many years, HSI has presented its annual “Jazz with Pizzazz” fundraising event, which has featured notable jazz artists such as Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross and Roy Ayers. For the agency’s 25th Anniversary, ”Jazz With Pizzazz” honored nationally acclaimed radio personality Tom Joyner and featured performances by smooth jazz artist KEM and R&B singer Seleena Johnson. That year, then-State Senator Barack Obama attended.
Since its founding in 1978, HSI has operated programs that benefit physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens, the homeless, veterans, returning citizens, vulnerable children and other disadvantaged members of our communities. The agency has constructed and runs two senior residences and five Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) for persons with disabilities and mental illness. It also provides job training and employment for several special populations. Recently, Habilitative Systems Inc. expanded its services into the Englewood community, where it launched a program to combat mental illness. The agency has also reopened Tabitha House on the West Side to provide emergency shelter to women, including female veterans.
Donald J. Dew, HSI President/CEO for the past 26 years noted, “HSI and social service providers in Illinois have undergone one of its most challenging fiscal periods in decades. The lack of a state budget for an entire fiscal year created undue hardship on thousands of needy families as well as providers trying to assist them. This event helps us to tell our story and continue our strategic efforts to decrease our dependency on state funding and continue delivery of these essential services.”