“Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.”
The Major Adams Community Committee was founded in 1997 by James “Major” Adams, Youth Service Community of the Westside, Horner Association of Men (HAM) and Henry Horner Alumni Association. The MACC prides itself on providing indigenous leadership to the residents of the Henry Horner/Westhaven community. In 1996 Boys and girls Clubs of Chicago decided to end its partnership with the CHA’s Henry Horner Homes and announced the closing of the Horner Club. As a result of the concerned efforts of the Horner residents, Local Advisory Council, Henry Horner Alumni, YSCW, and the Horner Association of Men (HAM), the Horner Club reopened in 1997 as the Major Adams Community Committee (MACC), named after the community’s own living legend James “Major” Adams.
The MACC quickly reestablished the programming excellence the community has come to expect. While the basic programming remained, the MACC strived to provide the grass roots support that could not be provided by the old Horner Club. The MACC became intimately involved in the Near West Side redevelopment process through the parent councils. Men’s programming was quickly established to
Ensure that men could reenter the community through positive means. Adult based programming was expanded to foster volunteerism and community activism. Youth activities were increased to reflect the cultural diversity of the community. The Juvenile Delinquency programs were redesigned to mentor hard to reach youth. Most notably, neighborhood leadership was transferred back to the community residents. The mission of the MACC “Empowerment of Youth and Families” embodied the organization’s purpose.
James "Major" Adams is the Founder of our Center. A 1998 National Jefferson Awards Winner, WWII Veteran, Philanthropist, Father, Gracious Giver, & Father figure to many. His love for Mentoring began in 1956 in Henry Horner Homes
Kenneth Butler is the Executive Director of the Major Adams Community Committee named after his mentor and father figure James “Major” Adams. His love for mentoring began in 1989 & continues today
Sherita Butler-Crenshaw is the Associate Executive Director as well as the Teen Reach Coordinator. She's been in her role for 10 years but she's a product of the very place she works. Growing up in the Henry Horner B & G Club she was surrounded by mentors who molded her passion for children! Her Dedication is impeccable!
Darryl Gillespie is our Program Director. He's the one responsible for the great programming you see today. He's been in his role for 20 years. His commitment & Dedication is unmatched.
Donicka Doss our bubbly & fun Receptionist keeps us going with the exuberance she exudes.
William Brooks our Color Guard & Dance instructor is no stranger to the dance circuit. Composing & Directing some of the biggest names such as (South Shore Drill Team) he brings his decades of experience & immense talent to the West Side.
Alvin Norsworthy our bubbly & fun Rec Coordinator keeps us going with the coolest gadgets, latest gaming systems & the creativity he exudes.
Ebonie Green our Arts & Media Director started off as a volunteer. Her love of Art & Kids landed her, her dream role of working with the youth through Art & Media
Carnell Jackson our Great PE Instructor has been with us for over 15 years. His dedication to Sports, Fitness & Health is unmatched
Sheldon "James" Redding is more than supoort staff. He goes above & beyond in whatever area he's needed. He intakes all members & greets guests as they enter. The kids love "JAMES"
Sherman Austin our Brass & Woodwind Instructor has more than 30 years of instructing & playing under his belt. He now uses that energy to help mold the musical minds of our youth
Bruce Wilkerson our Phenomenal Percussion Instructor plays guitar & other instruments for more than 5 decades. He loves educating the youth through music & music theory. He has played with the likes of Buddy Guy & still plays til this day.