"Their contributions to social welfare can be summarized under three main headings: contributions to professional education, the direct contributions to the social services in Chicago and elsewhere, and their research into social problems. They all served one purpose, the improvement of the welfare program so that the disadvantaged in our community might have richer lives."

-- Helen Wright
Dean, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
1942-56

At a time when women held little power in our society, Sophonisba Breckenridge and Edith and Grace Abbott were true pioneers. SSA and the field of social work itself owe an enormous debt of gratitude to their extraordinary talent, determination, and clarity of vision.

Jeri Laureano

Jeri Laureano, AM '83

“We do our best every day to provide our clients with opportunities to build a better life. We have former clients who now work at ChildServ, making money so that they can support themselves and their family. I think that says a lot about who we are at ChildServ.”