About SER

Central States SER, Jobs for Progress Inc., (SER) is a vibrant non-profit organization dedicated to designing and delivering services to improve the quality of people’s lives and advance economic stability and growth among youth, adults and businesses in communities across Illinois. Established in 1987, SER has enhanced the lives of over 12,000 people annually who walk through the doors of SER seeking assistance through education, training and employment.

SER is part of the Unified SER Family, a multi-state organization led by parent organization SER Metro Detroit, with sites in Texas, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  This collective of organizations is ably led by a dynamic group of leaders, whose CEO & President,Eva Garza Dewaelsche, was recognized as a Champion of Change by President Obama for her leadership and the impact of the work done accomplished by the collective sites of the Unified SER Family.   

SER's Mission and Vison

SER’s mission is to promote economic self-sufficiency and upward mobility for low-income community residents through education and employment.

SER believes in the core values of respect, integrity, competency and innovation.  SER is deeply ingrained in the communities it serves and believes in being part of the solution to the on-going challenges of economic and educational disparity facing families today. SER makes it a priority to meet the needs of the community by staying abreast of community and employment demands and changes in the population and in the local and broader economy.


"SER's accomplishments have been impressive, which can be seen in the work they do to help the Hispanic community in the Chicagoland area. They have empowered our future by providing our youth and young adults with on-the-job training and experience that will help them follow a professional career path." 

- Blanca Vargas, LULAC IL Deputy State Director for Young Adults

SER's Board of Directors

Mr. Frank J. Kross, President
PFS Financial, LLC

Mr. Frank Casillas, Secretary
Retired Former Undersecretary at US Department of Labor

Mr. Rojello Padilla, Treasurer
Carlex Group

Ms. Jacqueline Summerville
Allied HealthCare Network

Ms. Blanca Vargas
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Mr. Ray Lozano
Mexicantown Community Development Corporation

Ms. Eva Garza Dewaelsche
SER Metro Detroit

Mr. Jaime DiPaolo
President & Chief Operating Officer Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Chamber of Commerce


Honorary Board Member
Mr. Al Galvan

Founder of SER, AGIF Commander


Frank Kross - SER's Chairman




“I work with SER because they’re truly changing lives. The SER team understands what their customers need and sticks with them to make sure they succeed.”  - Chairman of the Board Frank Kross

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