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Founded in December 1984 in response to the lack of services for growing numbers of "bag ladies" on the streets of Chicago, Deborah’s Place helps women who are or were homeless to achieve their goals of stable housing, sustainable income, and greater self-determination. Serving hundreds of women per year, Deborah’s Place consists of several locations that each provide different services: Deborah’s Place itself is an overnight shelter that functions primarily to meet basic needs and offers women temporary relief from the streets; Irene’s Daytime Program provides a safe, secure environment for regaining self-confidence by helping women meet grooming needs and learn job-related skills; and Marah’s Place is a transitional housing program that allows women to rent rooms for up to two years. Additionally, Deborah’s Place maintains several apartment buildings that offer apartment rentals to women on a sliding scale. Finding Aid
Phyllis Zagano Papers
Phyllis Zagano was born in Queens, New York, on August 25, 1947 to Paul L. and Elizabeth Kerwick Zagano. She was graduated from Sacred Heart Academy (High School) in June 1965 and holds the B.A. from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY, (1969) a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1979), and three Master’s degrees: communications from Boston University (1970), literature from Long Island University (1972), and theology from St. John's University (1991). She also served 31 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a public affairs officer and retired with the rank of Commander.
Dr. Zagano taught at Fordham University (1980-1984) and Boston University (1988-1999) where she taught in the College of Communication, the School of Theology, and the Program of International Relations, and was Director of the Institute for Democratic Communication. She was a Coolidge Fellow at the Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, MA) in 1987 and has held research grants from several institutions, including the U. S. Institute of Peace (1987-89), the Louisville Institute (1998) and the Wabash Center (2003). In 2005 she was Visiting Professor of Catholic Studies at the Yale Divinity School and a consultant to the Templeton Positive Psychology Project “Spirituality and Living Well” at the University of Pennsylvania. A former visiting professor of Catholic Studies at Yale Divinity School and Aquinas Chair of Catholic Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY), Dr. Zagano was completed a Fulbright Fellowship to lecture at the Mary Immaculate College of the University of Limerick in 2009.
Dr. Zagano is presently the Senior Research Associate-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Hofstra University. Finding Aid
Mary Ann Smith Papers
Mary Ann Smith, a Mundelein College graduate, has lived in the Edgewater and Uptown communities for thirty years with her husband, Ronald C. Smith, a professor at John Marshall Law School, and her two sons. Long before her appointment as Alderman to the 48th Ward, Smith dedicated her time and efforts to the improvements of the ward. She was first involved with ward politics as part of the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), working with Edgewater activists Marion Volini and Kathy Osterman, who both served as 48th Alderwomen. In 1989, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Smith to replace Kathy Osterman who took a position with the Daley administration, and she was elected in her own right two years later. Smith enjoyed several successful reelections, the last in 2007 to her fifth full term as alderwoman. Smith retired in February 2011 as alderman.
The Smith papers range from 1978 to 2009 and consist of 45 linear feet of material. The collection is a reflection primarily of Smith’s public works and not her personal life. Thus the business of the 48th Ward dominates the content. Finding Aid