Norridge native honored by NAACP
Christina Ferraro works with seniors at the Levy Center in Evanston. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 2, 2012 7:04AM
EVANSTON — Evanston Senior Services Manager Christina Ferraro was recognized for her community service work by the Evanston/North Shore branch of the NAACP.
The Evanston resident grew up in Norridge, where she worked with seniors at the park district as a volunteer for several years before becoming superintendent of recreation there. She took her current position with Evanston in 2001. She earned her MBA with a focus on non-profit administration from North Park University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis on health and aging from Northern Illinois University.
Ferraro was one of eight North Shore community members recognized by the local NAACP branch at the 48th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Oct. 26. The eight were honored for contributions that advance civil rights, education, promote well-being or provide service to others.
Q: Tell me about your work as a senior services manager with the city of Evanston.
A: I oversee all social and recreational programs, and am in charge of advocacy for long-term care and subsidized housing. I also work as part of a team that raises funds to subsidize the operating budget for the senior center.
Q: Outside of the senior center, what are some of the other ways you’re involved in the local community?
Q: What drives your interest to work with seniors in such a deep capacity?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: Why did you leave your job as superintendent of recreation at the Norridge Park District to come to Evanston?
Q: Ever won any awards in the past?
Q: What was your reaction when you found out you would be honored by the NAACP?
Q: Any specific challenges you’ve had to overcome recently to meet the needs of the senior center?
Q: What, if any, ties do you still have to Norridge?