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Anixter Center Announces Its CALOR Division
to Join AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Transition to Take Place Feb. 1, 2017


Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 30, 2017) — Effective February 1, Anixter Center’s CALOR Division will become part of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

CALOR (Comprensión y Apoyo a Latinos en Oposición al Retrovirus) was founded in 1990 as a grassroots organization in Chicago to support Latinos living with or affected by AIDS, a much underserved community at that time. In 1993, CALOR joined Anixter Center so that it could expand the population it served and the services provided. Today, CALOR is a recognized leader in HIV/AIDS support services in the city.

“By joining AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CALOR will now be able to serve even more people, far beyond the Chicago area. It is the perfect next step for CALOR as it continues to evolve and respond to new challenges in this field. And, more important, it is a wonderful transition for CALOR clients who will now have access to nationwide and global resources,” said Dr. Teresa Garate, President & CEO of Anixter Center.

Based in Los Angeles, AHF is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 659,000 people in 36 countries. It is currently the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States.

“CALOR has been fortunate to be part of the Anixter Center family for many years,” said Omar Lopez, Director of CALOR. “We have grown and benefitted so much from the relationship and are now perfectly positioned to join AHF and take on a new leadership role in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention services. This is an exciting opportunity for our staff and our clients.”


About Anixter Center
Anixter Center provides an array of services to help children, teens and adults with disabilities and related challenges live, learn, work and play in the community. Through more than 30 programs at dozens of locations across the greater Chicago area and the country, Anixter Center touches the lives of more than 8,000 individuals annually through residential, employment, therapy, educational and community support services.

About CALOR
CALOR, a division of Anixter Center, provides individualized and culturally sensitive support for individuals with disabilities and their families, including those affected by HIV/AIDS. A leading service provider for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS, CALOR offers case management, counseling, health education and preventive resources, housing and other comprehensive services for vulnerable populations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Happy Holidays From Your Friends at Anixter Center
Dear Friends and Supporters,

At Anixter Center we have much to celebrate.  

Our clients are thriving, we are making progress on improving our already excellent programs and services and we are on the road to improved financial stability.

These wonderful accomplishments would not be possible without you and your generous support.  Everyday we are witnesses to life-changing moments: clients overcoming barriers, learning new skills and preparing for the world of work and greater independence.   Please know that these are our shared successes.  Together, we make a remarkable impact on our clients, our neighborhoods and our world.

In this edition of our newsletter, you will meet our newest Board member, see how we celebrate the season and learn some tips on year-end giving.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and clients of Anixter Center, we wish you and your family a joyous Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

All the best,

Tere Garate
President and CEO

Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter Center
TUE, 12/20/2016 - 3:40PM 
By: Daily Whale Staff

06.23.15 AnixterCEO 7554 Edit 2 0Teresa Garate considers herself a “fixer” when it comes to her professional career. She has worked to implement organizational reforms while working at Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health and in her current role as the president & CEO of Anixter Center.

Garate stepped into her current role at the Anixter Center in June 2015. The center is one of Chicago’s largest nonprofit organizations, serving nearly 8,000 children, teens and adults with disabilities. With a broad background in education, disability, and social services, Garate joined the organization ready to implement change.

“I think my skillset is that I’ve learned how to use data to inform change and come up with best practices,” Garate told the Daily Whale in a recent interview.

Read Full Article at Daily Whale

 
Lekotek Releases Its First 
AblePlay™ Toy Guide for Children of All Abilities   
 
 
Chicago, Ill. (Dec. 8, 2016) — Experts in helping children with disabilities learn key life skills through therapeutic play, Lekotek has just released its first AblePlay™ Toy Guide. The guide is a unique resource that evaluates a variety of toys and explains how each can help develop important skills that all children—but particularly those with disabilities—need in order to grow and learn. 
 
Just in time for holiday shopping, the guide, which includes information on more than 50 toys, is free and currently available online at www.Lekotek.org. Every toy in the guide is accessible and appropriate for all children. While the guide is being launched during the holiday season, it is designed as a reference that can be used throughout the year.
 
“This is the definitive guide for parents, grandparents, professionals, or anyone seeking to purchase toys for children of all abilities,” said Kathy Lavin, Executive Director, Lekotek. “The guide features AblePlay™ approved products as well as AblePlay™ Play Ideas so that the benefits of play are maximized. As a parent of a child with special needs, I believe that this guide supports any family’s desire to play together with much joy and laughter.”
 
A key to Lekotek’s success is its emphasis on bringing the whole family together to enjoy the many benefits of play. This new guide will help make that all-important family time even more fun by showcasing toys that will appeal to all ages and all abilities.
 
Lekotek is a division of Anixter Center. For more information about Lekotek or to access the AblePlay™ Toy Guide, go to www.Lekotek.org
 
About Anixter Center
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Chicago serving children, teens and adults with disabilities. Through more than 30 programs at dozens of locations across the greater Chicago area and the country, Anixter Center touches the lives of more than 8,000 individuals annually through residential, employment, therapy, educational and community support services. To learn more, please visit www.Anixter.org.