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Donald Dew

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Donald J. Dew is President/CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI), a vital Chicago-based health and human services organization providing programs and services for thousands of children and families in need. Under his tenure, HSI’s budget has increased from $6.5 million in 1989 to approximately $8.5 million in 2018, signaling a significant increase in services to Chicago area residents during an adverse economic period.  During his leadership tenure, Habilitative Systems has employed workers with disabilities to assemble 8,000 collector telephones for the 1996 Democratic National Convention; development of Ameritech HSI Bill Payment Center; acquired a ServiceMaster franchise to employ people with disabilities; development of the HSI Research Institute; secured over 20 million dollars over the past 15 years from HUD and the Chicago Department of Housing to develop 160 units of senior and disability housing; and the last senior facility, which opened in 2011, was named after his mother, the Enola A. Dew Apartments for Senior Living. Most recently in 2017, Dew secured a $4.5 million multi year contract from Cook County Health and Hospital Systems to provide Mental Health, Opioid Screening and Wellness Behavioral Health Services through the development of the Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center on Chicago’s Westside. This venture has been launched effectively through a partnership with Bobby E, Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services. Donald J. Dew brings to this position thirty-eight years of professional experience and a vast knowledge of the programs and demands of health and human services. He received his Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree in 1980 from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois; B.A in Social Work from Lewis University in 1978, where he currently serves as Adjunct Faculty for Organizational Leadership within the College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Dew is a west side native and has been employed at Habilitative Systems, Inc. since 1984 in varying management positions. Prior to employment with Habilitative Systems, Inc., Dew finetuned his social work skills by working in the Juvenile Court of Cook County, Westside Veterans Administration Hospital, Mile Square Health Center, Inc., Community Mental Health Council and served as a consultant for the Institute of Community Health in Oak Park. It was during this period that Dew specialized in psychotherapy and various Stress Management modalities. To augment this cognitive-behavioral focus, Dew completed his Certificate in Massage Therapy (1981). He was a 1991-1992 Fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago Program presented by the Chicago Community Trust, earned his Certification in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in 1992 and became a Switzer Scholar in 1998. In 2009, he received a Certificate of Completion from Harvard University’s Business School, “Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management.” Donald is the recipient of numerous awards and certificates throughout his career. His numerous awards include: 1996-2001 CARF Board of Trustees Service Award; 1997 National Association of Black Journalists Community Service Award; 1998 Lewis University Distinguished Alumni Award; 1999 National Black Expo Salute to Black Presidents Award; 2005 RUSH University Medical Center MLK Humanitarian Award; 2006 Lewis University BSU Outstanding Alumni Award; 2007 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Outstanding Service Award; 2007 NAACP-Westside Branch Community Service Award; 2009 UIC “City Partner Award”; 2010 NAACP Joliet, IL., Community Service Award; 2011 Dominican University Community Partner Award; 2011 The Voice Newspaper Community Builders Award; and 2012 Westside Minister’s Coalition Human Service Award. Donald J. Dew is a member of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International Board of Trustees, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social Workers, past member, African-American Family Commission, and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Directors and member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.-Nu Pi Chapter.
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