State Representative Deanne M. Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) welcomed Jenifer Fabian, the Executive Director of People’s Resource Center in DuPage, to Springfield on Tuesday for a women’s brunch that honored the contributions of emerging female leaders from throughout the state.
People’s Resource Center serves residents of DuPage County by providing an array of services to get people on their feet, such as; free food, clothes, social services, job training and job search assistance. Their offices in Westmont and Wheaton serve over 30,000 residents in need every year.
“Fabian is making a real difference in our community by helping families get the resources to get back on their feet when they fall on hard times,” said Mazzochi. “It is my pleasure to recognize her contributions to DuPage County and promote everything People’s Resource Center does in the community.”
Fabian joined almost 40 emerging female leaders from across the state who are each taking bold steps to make Illinois a better place to live and work. In addition to the recognition brunch, the group participated in a discussion about what issues are important for Illinois women, and how the General Assembly can create policy that reflects their priorities.
“We need to know what is keeping people up at night. Where government is working for us, and where it is failing. Strong women who are in the trenches every day and the glue of their communities need to have their voices and concerns heard and drive Springfield policy discussions. State decisions impact what they can accomplish in their communities,” Mazzochi stated. “We need to be proactive to make sure our community leaders’ voices and concerns are heard and acted on. And these aren’t just women’s issues; these are human issues that all communities face from education to culture to promoting economic opportunities. We are grateful for these opportunities to learn from these women to drive better policy.”
The contributions of these women were further recognized by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin in a speech on the House floor.