Grace moved to Urbana-Champaign in 1978 from Baltimore, Maryland, where she was raised in the McCollum Homes housing projects with her grandmother. Grace was employed for the Urbana School District for 34 years, where she worked as a school social worker at Urbana High School, Department chairperson for the special education department at the high school and director of alternative education at the high school. She also served as union president for 2 years and was on the Illinois Education Association Board of Directors. After being retired for 2 years, Grace began working as the Director of the Family Advocacy Center in Champaign County. She has been with FACC for 7 years and continues to help many families and youth in Champaign County.
Christy grew up in a small town in Illinois. She started at Family Advocacy in Champaign County in December 2011 and as been with us for 8 years and is currently working towards her Social Work degree. She decided to work at FACC because she had never worked in a social service agency and thought that it would be a good career move. because it would give her new experiences. Christy loves working in Champaign-Urbana because although it's a relatively large city (for her) it has a small-town feel. She feels that everyone cares about everyone else in this community. The community is important to her because she feels that people are more then the statistics that larger cities seem to see them as.