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Teresa Garate, President & CEO, Anixter Center discusses helping people with disabilities by proving job training, job coaching and basic skills to improve their lives.

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tereDr. Teresa Garate has been named President & CEO of Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving children, teens and adults with disabilities and related challenges. She assumes the leadership role effective June 1, following the retirement of Anixter Center’s current President & CEO, Kevin Limbeck.

Dr. Garate becomes the first woman and the first Latina president of Anixter Center, an organization founded in 1919 by a group of dedicated women who were determined to make a difference in the lives of others. With an extensive background in both the government and private sectors, Dr. Garate brings a wealth of experience to Anixter Center and its three divisions, CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society and Lekotek.

“Tere’s lifelong passion for serving people with disabilities and her experience in the disability field, as well as her management skills and passion for innovation, made her a unanimous choice for us,” said Joanna Horsnail, President of Anixter Center’s Board of Directors. “She is a strong leader who is wonderfully suited to guide Anixter Center into the next 100 years of service.”

With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Garate is recognized at the local, state and national levels as an authority in the fields of education, human services, public health and disabilities. She is a well-known advocate for marginalized communities throughout Illinois and has been a keynote speaker in the United States and abroad on issues of disability and empowerment.

On a personal level, as the parent of a daughter with a developmental disability, Dr. Garate comes to Anixter Center with first-hand knowledge of the struggles and triumphs that families in similar situations face.

“Anixter Center has a rich history of service to others and an aggressive strategic plan that continues our mission of service and promotes growth so that we can serve even more people,” said Dr. Garate. “I look forward to the challenge of implementing that strategy and making Anixter Center a recognized go-to authority in the field of disabilities.”

In addition to her role as Anixter Center’s new leader, Dr. Garate will continue to serve on the Steering Committee of the Kennedy Forum Illinois, a coalition of local and state business and civic leaders charged with bringing attention to mental health issues. She will also continue as a faculty member in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  

Anixter Center participants and staff are asking our fellow Illinois residents to commit to funding community-based services in our state. This is part of a statewide social media campaign called Commit to the Community – Commit to Me which is being led by the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF). The photos are being posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show the people of Illinois the faces of those who will be impacted if there are Human Service Budget. The overall goal is for legislators in the State of Illinois to take action to support the funding of community-based services.

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2015-ChiChaCha-Participant1Anixter Center is excited to announce that Deloitte Chicago is our 2015 Chicago Charity Challenge Partner!

The Chicago Charity Challenge is a nonprofit volunteer and fundraising competition that teams businesses with charities to motivate, support and reward employee giving. Employees work together from May 1 – December 31 to impact an issue or community and win money awards for their charity partner.

Your gift will help transform the lives of nearly 8,000 children, teens, and adults with disabilities that Anixter Center serves. Additionally, your contribution will count toward Deloitte’s fundraising efforts—increasing our chances of winning the Challenge’s top award of $10,000 to further support Anixter Center’s vital work throughout greater Chicago!

Please contact Sari Rubin, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at 773/973-7900 ext. 253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions relating to your donation or the Chicago Charity Challenge.

P.S.: To learn more about Deloitte Chicago, click here!

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tereOn behalf of the entire Board of Directors for Anixter Center, we are delighted to announce that, after an extensive search, Dr. Teresa Garate has accepted the position of Anixter Center CEO & President.

Tere has a lifelong passion for serving people with disabilities. Her combination of government and private sector experience in disabilities fields, education, management skills and passion for innovation make her an ideal choice to lead Anixter Center into our next 100 years of service.

Tere will officially become CEO on May 30, following our current CEO Kevin Limbeck's retirement.

We are very excited to have her.

On Thursday, April 30 the following temporary road closures will be implemented:

 

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• Michigan between Balbo and Jackson from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Wabash between Harrison and Jackson from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Van Buren between Michigan and State from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Congress between Michigan and State from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

In addition to full road closures, lane reductions or temporary sidewalk closures may be implemented to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

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This year, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Anixter Center and its three divisions—CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society and Lekotek—are part of a national call to action that will change the calendar, help make history and transform lives. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving. #GivingTuesday is a day when across the country charities, families, businesses, students, retailers and more come together to make a big difference in the lives of others.

This #GivingTuesday is your chance to help make the holidays great for adults with disabilities. $500 will provide decorations, gifts and more for all the adults with disabilities living in one of Anixter Center’s residences. Every $500 raised will help another house!

Make your donation below. If you have any questions about #GivingTuesday, wish to donate offline or want to volunteer your time or talents, please contact Carleen Emde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-973-7900 x249.

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Please join us for a free presentation on:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4:00-7:00 pm
Presented by Chicago Hearing Society

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Anixter Center,
Polk Conference Room,
3rd Floor
2032 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614


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Reservations are required. Free parking in the lot behind Anixter Center.

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Anixter Center Receives Grant to Upgrade Lighting from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Chicago, Ill. (May 12, 2014) —Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, has received a $31,200 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to install energy efficient upgrades to its lighting systems.

The upgrades are planned for 14 Anixter Center buildings, including residences for people with disabilities, buildings where programs and services are provided to people with disabilities and administration offices. Among the many benefits of these lighting upgrades are better lighting quality across buildings, savings on energy bills and reduced energy usage, which, in turn, will help protect the environment.

The upgrades are being installed now and, when completed, are expect to reduce kilowatt usage by more than 200,000 hours, yielding significant annual savings for Anixter Center.

"Savings like this that occur year after year are so important to organizations like Anixter Center," said Kevin Limbeck, Anixter Center President and CEO. "The money we save on energy will allow us to reach out and help even more people with disabilities."

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Hear the Cheers! Campaign Scored $18,200 to Help Young Female Athletes

Money Will Purchase Hearing Aids through Chicago Hearing Society

Sixth-grader Eliza Peters’ dream was to raise $10,000 to help young female athletes with hearing loss. Teaming up with Sarah Spain of espnW and ESP Radio and the Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anixter Center, Peters shattered that personal goal and will be able to help more fellow athletes than she ever thought possible.

In less than a month, Peters’ Hear the Cheers! Campaign to provide hearing aids for young female athletes raised more than $18,200 from approximately 290 donors located throughout the country.

Peters knows firsthand how important hearing is to an athlete. Thanks to her hearing aids, she can hear every cheer when playing basketball or running cross-country. But she also knows not everyone could afford hearing aids and that most insurance plans do not pay for the expenses related to hearing aids.

So she started Hear the Cheers! As word of the campaign spread, especially through social media, the donations rolled in and the total grew.

All donations will be used by Chicago Hearing Society to provide hearing aids, and related audiology services, to young female athletes around the Chicago area, including Kane County, where Peters lives.

9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing raises more than $143,000 to support the mission of Anixter Center

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More than 100 golfers enjoyed a day on the greens at the 9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing. Hosted at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park on June 25, the event served as an opportunity to honor the late Lester J. Anixter by playing the game he loved in support of Anixter Center.

Guests played a spirited 18-hole scramble where they competed for several awards, including the highly coveted hole-in-one award of a 2012 Jaguar XF, which was graciously donated by Howard Orloff Imports. While on the course, guests were also able to meet and greet with Chicago Sky center Carolyn Swords.

Golfers ended the day with a cocktail hour and delicious dinner at the clubhouse, where they had an opportunity to bid on incredible silent auction items, including thirty pounds of chocolate courtesy of Blommer Chocolate Company and prized Chicago sports memorabilia. During dinner, event chairman Peter Silberman led a live auction filled with luxurious vacation packages, golf excursions and more.

Thanks to the generosity of the event’s sponsors, including the Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation, Adams Plastics, LP, Summit Executive Centre, AIM Specialty Health and those in attendance, the 9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing raised more than $143,000 to support the mission of Anixter Center.

Karen Meyer of ABC 7 Chicago tells the story of Anixter Center's support of Employment Services referral, Kuumba Hogu.

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There are many challenges that individuals with disabilities face daily. A safe, supportive place to live and call home should not be one of those challenges. Read these articles to learn a more about issues impacting the safety and wellbeing of children and young adults with developmental disabilities living in a nursing home setting: