Friday, July 16, 2021

The Chicago Lighthouse



Megan Goldish has served as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County for the last six and a half years. As a judge, Megan Goldish’s responsibilities vary daily as she presides over criminal, civil, felony, and misdemeanor domestic violence cases. Outside the courtroom, Judge Goldish is involved with her community and works on behalf of many philanthropic causes. She is currently the co-president of the junior board of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.

Since its inception in 1906, the Chicago Lighthouse has served the blind, the visually impaired, the disabled, and veterans. The organization provides an array of services to those it serves such as rehabilitation, education, employment opportunities, and technology. In total, there are 40 services and programs that the organization offers.

One of these is the Birth-to-Three Early Intervention Program, which provides family support to parents with infants and toddlers who have vision loss along with other disabilities. To help both parent and child, intervention specialists regularly visit the families in order to support parents and help them prepare their young children for preschool and kindergarten. Support comes in the form of visual, developmental, and occupational therapy, as well as medical examinations and psychological services.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bright Star’s Trauma Counseling Program



A law practitioner with over two decades of experience, Judge Megan Goldish of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Violence Division engages in various community and social endeavors. Her numerous recognitions include the Mary Heftel Hooton Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Judge Megan Goldish also serves as a board member of Bright Star Community Outreach (BSCO).

The nonprofit BSCO strives to empower residents of Chicago’s most at-risk communities to participate in community-building through various programs spanning education, violence prevention, health, advocacy, and trauma counseling. The trauma counseling program utilizes mental health professionals and trained faith leaders who act as helpline advocates. The toll-free helpline (833-Turn123) operates from Monday to Friday to help those facing issues of anger, violence, grief, terminal illness, self-harm, and more.

Other trauma counselors act as ambassadors who work to bring mental health awareness to the community, in partnership with organizations in healthcare, education, faith community sectors, first responders, and business. They present information on mental health awareness, self-care, vicarious trauma, and more. The ambassadors also raise awareness of the helpline service and the Urban Resilience Network approach. To learn more about BSCO and its various programs, visit www.brightstarcommunityoutreach.com. 

The Chicago Lighthouse

Megan Goldish has served as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County for the last six and a half years. As a judge, Megan Goldish’s resp...