On a cold and snowy evening in December 1982, motivated by the lofty Hellenic ideals of philotimo and philoxenia, a diverse and dynamic group of Greek Americans launched a groundbreaking movement that forever changed the landscape of Chicago’s Greek community. 

Forty years later, John Psiharis, with substantial involvement from Dr. Elaine Thomopoulos. the co-founders of Greek-American Community Services, recount how this determined group of Greek-Americans helped ignite a renaissance in Chicago’s Greek Community, and counts amongst its achievements the establishment of a Greek-American nursing home, an impressive portfolio of groundbreaking cultural programming, enhanced multi-cultural cooperation, and a legacy of service in helping those in need. 

Extensive research and insider accounts offer a glimpse into the behind the scenes stories and inner workings of this trailblazing organization lauded as “a leading example of the very best our community has to offer.” Enhanced with 210 images, the book provides a who’s who encompassing 180 entries, a chronological history of GACS, and a chapter about the early years of the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly, an organization GACS helped launch.

Now available in print through Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, Ingram Spark, and other online retailers, and as an eBook at Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Baker & Taylor, Barnes and Noble, Fable, Gardners, Hoopla, Kobo, Smashwords, Vivlio, and other online stores. The hardcover includes a comprehensive index for easy reference and has black and white photos. The eBook has color photos but no index.

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