Remembering and Honoring Mike Redmond
Mike Redmond

We are very sorry to inform you that our beloved co-worker and friend Mike Redmond died over the weekend.  

Mike was a member of the Greater West Town family for 20 years.  A graduate of the first class of our Shipping & Receiving Training Program, he was hired as a program assistant and advanced over the years to become the lead instructor.  His career in Greater West Town's Shipping & Receiving program encompassed every single graduating class of the Program.  

GWTP Director Bill Leavy remarked, "Mike's character, energy, skill and dedication were a boundless blessing to this agency, our staff and participants."  

Mike loved and was proud of his job and the work he did helping over 1,000 community residents gain skills, overcome barriers, find employment, and secure a better future for themselves, their families and their community. 
Mike's life work embodied the highest standards of community service.  From the opportunity he felt he received from GWTP long ago, he gave back one-thousand fold.
He understood the satisfaction that training program graduates feel at having acquired new skills.  He knew the pride that his students felt when they secure a job with opportunities for advancement.  He lifted up the dignity of work and its importance in creating economic empowerment for families and the communities in which they live.  Most importantly he embraced the value of community and community service.
His colleague Bob Fittin observed, "Mike's character, integrity, insight, and dedication to his family, our program participants and his profession had a profound impact on me during the 14 years I was privileged to know and work with him.  Mike set a high bar at the job and in life.  His heart was truly in his job.  . . . The life lessons that he shared with his own grandchildren were the same ones he shared with our program participants." 
Mike commanded the respect and affection of all of his co-workers and students.  Another GWTP colleague Adam Nieves remarked that Mike "was an absolute joy to be around. He was a kind, caring, and compassionate person. He taught with conviction and made it his goal to make everyone around him better."
While there is no "replacing" a man like Mike Redmond, the Greater West Town family  will work as hard as we know how, to honor Mike's service, meet the high bar that he set for himself and others, and continue to  advance his life's work:  Providing economic and career opportunities for Chicago residents struggling to overcome barriers to employment.  May we all draw faith and strength from his example to carry on our unfinished work. 
Greater West Town wishes to thank Mike's children and grandchildren for sharing him with all of us for all these years. His presence was a gift to all who encountered him, a gift never to be forgotten, and always cherished.

The funeral service will be Saturday, 10/15, 11 AM at Star Light Missionary Baptist Church, 725 W. 43rd Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Mike with a current student
Mike's Legacy Continues

Graduation is this week for the most recent group of students in the Shipping & Receiving Training Program!

Mike will be honored and remembered during the graduation ceremony for Class 58.

Friday, October 14th, 2:00 PM
Greater West Town Training Center
500 N. Sacramento Boulevard
25th Anniversary of GWTP