5/10/20 - A Message from Secretary Hou: Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Just like other milestones these past many weeks, we will need to celebrate Mother's Day in a different way than we have in the past. We take this day to honor the mothers, mother figures, nurturers, and caregivers in our lives. I hope that all of you have people in your lives who you can turn to for some comfort, because - you - as a member of the human services workforce, are doing that for so many others across our state.

Many of us at IDHS will be working today, because, we are the state's caregivers and many people are counting on us. Whether you are an administrator, nurse, physician, human resources professional, facility director, manager, mental health tech, security therapy aid, or social worker - you play a critical role in the provision of care to those in Illinois who need it most. People need IDHS now more than ever.

Please know that we are here for you and that our leadership team is doing everything we can to keep you and those in our care safe. We thank you for everything you are doing.

On a personal note, I am celebrating my sixth Mother's Day without my mom, and so this quote is especially meaningful to me. Further, as I see my two boys growing up into young men, it is also a reminder to cherish every moment. Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Thank you,


Grace B. Hou

Secretary, IDHS