Family Focus Director Honored with Humanitarian Service Award

By Wendell Hutson, DNAinfo.com

ENGLEWOOD — St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center honored a longtime community advocate Friday for her efforts to help children and families at its 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Service Award and Celebration.

Charles Holland, CEO and president of St. Bernard Hospital, said for the past 11 years Loretta Espeut, director of Family Focus, a social service organization in West Englewood, has helped needy families especially children with family support services and is a pillar in the community.

“She is an example of someone who cares about people and the community she serves and we want to recognize her for that,” Holland said.

But the 55-year-old grandmother attributed much of her success at helping Englewood families to her staff, who joined her at the ceremony.

“I accept this award on behalf of my agency. Without my staff I am nothing,” Espeut said after receiving the award. “All of us at Family Focus love kids and families. We are trying to do the type of work Dr. King did during his time and that’s helping everyone.”

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