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ABOUT ANIXTER CENTER:
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year Anixter Center and its three divisions - CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek - help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health services.

Position Summary: Responsible for providing quality Behavioral Services to adults that present with maladaptive behaviors who live in Anixter Center's Residential Department CILAs.

Position Responsibilities:
• Conduct preference and other assessments for current and new clients
• Write individual behavior support plans and update behavior support plans every 6 months (at annual and review date)
• Collect and graph data, assess, and report results
• Complete functional behavior assessments
• Implement changes to behavior plans as clients' needs change based on data
• Attend behavior rights committee meetings
• Monitor progress towards behavior goals
• Complete monthly progress reports for client caseload
• Attend ISP meetings to provide support and recommendations as needed
• Conduct team trainings on client behavior plans and data collection
• Model and train on behavior interventions
• Implement interventions and procedures according to behavior support plan
• Participate in necessary trainings, meetings, and committees as needed or directed
• Observe each client in their work and home environment twice per month (each) and maintain observation notes on visits
• Maintain accurate and organized client notes, data, and reports
• Track 56U billing notes, by client, and keep a record on Anixter Center's computer system and Mental Health Database for billing.
• Submit billing to the Accounting Department for all clients by the 1st of the month
• Run social skills groups within Residential Department
• Review incident reports and provide feedback/make recommendations when necessary
• Ensure agency is in compliance with standards from external governmental agencies
• Works effectively and maintains positive relationships with other agency departments/programs
• Participates in the intake process and makes recommendations to Director
• Attends to clients when they are in crisis and need behavioral intervention
• Support the manager On-Call team with emergency behavioral issues on a 24-hour basis in cooperation with QIDP of programs
• Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills and Experience:
• Professional Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Certification must be maintained throughout employment.
• Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis or related field.
• Experience in utilizing evidenced-based practices (Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Support, etc.)
• Ability to obtain certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) and/or Professional Crisis Management (PCM) or another type of intervention technique.
• Valid Illinois driver's license required.
• Ability to meet agency insurance requirements.

If you would like to support our mission to assist people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community, please apply by submitting your resume on our website at https://anixter.companycareersite.com!

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Anixter Center offers competitive pay, a generous benefit package, and a dynamic and supportive work environment.

Anixter Center affirms the values and goals of diversity. We have a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence and so we proudly are an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE

Download a PDF of this job opening here.

RECREATIONAL THERAPIST (CTRS)
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JOB OBJECTIVE:
Help design and implement therapeutic programming that maximizes the potential for independence, enhances the quality of life and promotes community integration for individuals with a disability. Creation of a positive and enjoyable environment promoting social and recreational opportunities in concert with expressed desires of program participants.

DUTIES:
• Develop and implement curricula and teaching methods that utilize recreation and leisure activities to enhance psychosocial functioning, enhance physical performance and facilitate community integration. This includes:
• Adjust materials to individual needs of the program participants. Cover leisure education, socialization, networking, community resources, lifestyle choices, health considerations, fitness, independence and other related topics
• Assist program participants in planning, organizing and implementing recreational, social, and leisure activities
• Organize and implement ongoing system to collect consumer feedback on program activities of future events and activities.
• In conjunction with participants, plan and participate in activities, community outings, and special events. Foster independence of all participants in all aspects of planning, participation and program enhancement.
• Help working persons transition into the community
• Teach a variety of physical, leisure and recreation activities in a safe and appropriate manner.
• Evaluate individual progress
• Assess program effectiveness
• Liaison with local Chicago Park District facilities and other community programs. Refer program participants to community programs as appropriate.
• Complete and update assessments on each participant and develop a plan based on their needs, interests and abilities
• Accompany, supervise, and help coach athletes at local Special Olympics events. Assist with eligibility (medicals) and registration process. Complete associated paperwork.
• Supervise therapeutic recreation interns as needed. Complete associated paperwork.
• Participate in Individual Service Plans as requested, providing input regarding progress and concerns of the participant. Complete required sections of staffing report and progress reports. Strive for efficiency, accuracy and usefulness of information.
• Assist persons served with activities of daily living, grooming, and hygiene as needed, throughout the day. Provide break and lunch coverage.
• Complete required paperwork according to department and agency guidelines, funding source regulations and accreditation standards
• Report and document behavioral data as required on a timely basis
• Report and document payroll information on a timely basis as necessary
• Assist participants in developing and following their individual work and activity schedules, encouraging their participation and community involvement.
• Respond to medical and behavior crisis in accordance with agency policy and procedure. This includes related paperwork.
• Drive the agency vans and multi-passenger small bus to transport participants to and from regularly scheduled outings as well as spontaneously planned outings.

QUALIFICATIONS:
B.A. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Must have or be eligible for Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist certification.

Must have the physical capacity to assist in behavior management, to lift people and program materials as program needs dictate.

Valid Illinois driver's license

Scheduled hours will be flexible not to total more than 40 hours per week. Usual working hours will be Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Occasional evening, week-end hours and overnight hours may be required.

If you would like to support our mission to assist people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community, please apply by submitting your resume on our website at https://anixter.companycareersite.com! No phone calls or e-mails please.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Anixter Center offers competitive pay, a generous benefit package, and a dynamic and supportive work environment.

Anixter Center affirms the values and goals of diversity. We have a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence and so we proudly are an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE

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BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST SUPERVISOR
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ABOUT ANIXTER CENTER:
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year Anixter Center and its three divisions - CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek - help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health services.

Position Summary: Responsible for providing quality Behavioral Services to adults that present with maladaptive behaviors who live in Anixter Center's Residential Department CILAs.

Position Responsibilities:
• Conduct preference and other assessments for current and new clients
• Write individual behavior support plans and update behavior support plans every 6 months (at annual and review date)
• Collect and graph data, assess, and report results
• Complete functional behavior assessments
• Implement changes to behavior plans as clients' needs change based on data
• Attend behavior rights committee meetings
• Monitor progress towards behavior goals
• Complete monthly progress reports for client caseload
• Attend ISP meetings to provide support and recommendations as needed
• Conduct team trainings on client behavior plans and data collection
• Model and train on behavior interventions
• Implement interventions and procedures according to behavior support plan
• Participate in necessary trainings, meetings, and committees as needed or directed
• Observe each client in their work and home environment twice per month (each) and maintain observation notes on visits
• Maintain accurate and organized client notes, data, and reports
• Track 56U billing notes, by client, and keep a record on Anixter Center's computer system and Mental Health Database for billing
• Review billing for BCBA team and ensure appropriate billing is submitted to Accounting Department for all clients by the 1st of the month
• Create forms, templates, and systems with Director for behavior program within Residential Department
• Complete annual reviews for the staff positions directly supervised
• Assist in development and implementation of social skills groups within Residential Department
• Review incident reports and provide feedback/make recommendations when necessary
• Ensure agency is in compliance with standards from external governmental agencies
• Works effectively and maintains positive relationships with other agency departments/programs
• Participates in the intake process and makes recommendations to Director
• Intervenes with clients when they are in crisis and need behavioral intervention
• Support the manager On-Call team with emergency behavioral issues on a 24-hour basis in cooperation with QIDP of programs.
• Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience:
• Professional Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Certification must be maintained throughout employment.
• Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis or related field.
• Experience in utilizing evidenced-based practices (Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Support, etc.)
• Ability to obtain certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) and/or Professional Crisis Management (PCM) or another type of intervention technique.
• Valid Illinois driver's license required.
• Ability to meet agency insurance requirements.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Minimum of two years' experience working with persons with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

Reporting to this Position: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Staff) and/or Behavior Therapist (Level 2)

If you would like to support our mission to assist people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community, please apply here!

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Anixter Center offers competitive pay, a generous benefit package, and a dynamic and supportive work environment.

Anixter Center affirms the values and goals of diversity. We have a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence and so we proudly are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Download PDF of this job description here.

Anixter Center announces the appointment of four new members to our Board of Directors: Julie Faulhaber (Vice President, Enterprise Medicaid for Health Care Service Corporation), Elio Montenegro (CEO, Genesis Healthcare Inc.), Sean Murphy (President/CEO, SP Murphy, Inc.) and Lisa Ouzounian (Director of Government Relations for the Greater Chicago Region, Comcast). The diverse group comes from a variety of private-sector backgrounds and will use their knowledge and networks to help Anixter Center thrive in the coming years.

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The Challenge is ON!
 
We’re really excited to announce Lekotek’s participation in this year’s Art Van Charity Challenge. It's a 5-week fundraising campaign launched by Art Van Furniture that runs through June 22, 2016.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENSION - MAY 13, 2016


Does Anixter have plans of the buildings, a survey for the land parcels and any appraisal information? If so, can any of this be provided?
At this moment we can provide copies of land parcels and surveys for 2001 N. Clybourn.

A "health district" is referenced in II.C.2. Future Office Space Considerations. Is this with specific reference to the Illinois Medical District or something more general?
Illinois Medical District is preferred.

Are you willing to share your proposal scoring methodology so that we can better target our response?
Anixter Center's evaluation process will be objective and will be completed by a knowledgeable subcommittee of our board of directors and the executive leadership team.

You indicated that you want to put the 2001 Building up for sale by July 15, 2016, which would imply that Anixter is hoping to move the administrative offices ASAP.
Yes

Are there any time constraints with respect to this requirement? Would Anixter move these offices prior to the sale?
Choice of move dates will be determined by what is less disruptive and most cost efficient for Anixter.

Has a budget been established for the rent of the admin offices and the two programs?
Anixter Center is open to all class B and C buildings.

Does Anixter have an architect chosen for this project?
No

Any issues with future expansion, flexibility that we should take into account when considering options?
No


Has the Board of Directors given a Directive to move?
Anixter Center's board is involved.

Does the 2001 building need to be sold before a lease will be signed for the new office space?
No but listed.

What is the motivation to move?
NA

Do you have to move or are you simply surveying the market?
NA

Is the brokerage commission for the sale of the 2001 building going to come out of the Sales Price collected by Anixter and paid by Anixter to the broker?
Please refer to section lll. Contract Pricing in RFP.

What is their budget as it pertains to leasing?
Anixter Center is open to discussion keeping in mind we are a nonprofit.

What are their ideal lease terms?
We expect the successful respondent to this RFP will provide the best advice in this area.

How many parking spaces will the Center require?
None, but access to parking or public transportation nearby is required.

Will we have the opportunity to meet with decision makers for a pre-qualification meeting?
No, once all proposal have been reviewed by the evaluation committee we will invite vendors that best meet our criteria to present.

What is the timeline for choosing a broker?
Ideally June 1st

May we please obtain a copy of Anixter Center's conflict of interest policy?
Please find PDF link below

Are there any specific amenities you are looking for in a building, i.e. fitness center, deli, covered parking, security, etc.?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

Is there a radius from your current location that you are looking to stay within?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

For clarification, is the Anixter Center looking to move it's 5 programs into 5 different office locations?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

What is the minimum and maximum square footage for each office?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

Is it mandatory to have an office within Chicago city limits?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

For the new office space, what is the projected size (in Rentable Square feet- RSF ) of this facility?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

It appears as if the administrative offices would go to a separate location, away from the two program requirements. Are we interpreting that correctly, or would the admin offices co locate with one of the programs? Also, do the programs have any special requirements that we should be aware of as far as their real estate needs?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

We understand that AC hasn't completed space programming for the two new locations desired but can you provide more details on the potential requirements?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

We understand that Anixter will vacate the 25ksf 2001 building. How much space will that require in a new location?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

For those two programs being pulled out of 2032 N Clybourn, what is the size and characteristics of the new space?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

Does Anixter already have a space program defined for the 50 person requirement or the two programs that would be relocating?
Please find Excel link below, refer to column 'E"

 

Download Links:

PDF File - Conflict of Interest Statement

Excel File - Departments & Consideration's

You are invited to submit a proposal for the sale of the property located at 2001 N. Clybourn Avenue, the relocation of approximately 50 staff members that currently work at this site and include a plan to relocate an additional two programs that currently operate out of our 2032 N. Clybourn Avenue location. As per the attached RFP, part of the relocation project will be identifying new locations which will render greater opportunities for client recruitment, service expansion and improved efficiencies for these programs. The Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center Sale and Relocation project, in accordance with the requirements set forth in the attached request for proposal (RFP), which is also available on-line at www.Anixter.org.

The Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center (Anixter Center), is a non-profit agency in Chicago that provides an array of services and supports for individuals with disabilities and related challenges to live, learn, work and play in the community.

Questions regarding the RFP must be addressed in writing, by the close of business and addressed to: Marta Considine - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , no later than April 22, 2016.


If you intend to respond to the RFP, please include: 1) a written confirmation that you meet all minimum requirements, 2) an overview of your organization, 3) description of qualifications and experience, 4) names and qualifications of account executives/lead real estate professionals that will be assigned and 5) include five client references and a sample of your brokerage service agreement.

The response should be submitted to Marta Considine, Information and Logistics Manager, 2001 N. Clybourn Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60614 via USPS and/or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and be received no later than May 2nd, 2016 (see Page 1 of the RFP). Anixter Center will not accept your proposal if you do not submit your proposal within the specified time period. If you have not received an email from Marta Considine by May 3, 2016 confirming receipt of your proposal, please contact her at: (773) 973-7900 x 245.

Marta Considine will be the single point of contact for all inquiries and correspondences.

Download RFP# 2001-2016 Here

Download Cover Letter Here

I thank you for your time, effort, and interest in the Lester and Rosalie Sale and Relocation project.

Sincerely,

Tere-Blue

Dr. Teresa Garate
President & CEO

MANAGEMENT, PROFESSIONAL and ENTRY LEVEL DSPs
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

ANIXTER CENTER
6610 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60626

ON-SITE INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

ADVOCATES (CAREGIVERS, CNAs) - Assist clients with adaptive daily living and money management skills, medication administration, and community integration. Provide advocacy and case management service. Implement habilitation training, assistance, supervision, guidance, activities and support service to program clients.

BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (Full and Part-Time) - Provide quality behavioral services to adults with maladaptive behaviors who live in Anixter Center's Residential CILAs.

HOME BASED SERVICES CASE MANAGER and MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL – Provide case management services to individuals and their families. Develop Individual Treatment Plans, based on assessments, which address the service needs and planned interventions for achieving those needs.

RECREATIONAL THERAPIST (CTRS) - Help design and implement therapeutic programming that maximizes the potential for independence, enhances the quality of life and promotes community integration for individuals with a disability. Create a positive and enjoyable environment promoting social and recreational opportunities in concert with expressed desires of program participants.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM MANAGER - Oversee all aspects of daily operations of assigned programs, to collaborate with staff to assure delivery of quality services.

American Sign Language (ASL) skills are a plus.

Interested applicants must bring:
• High School Diploma or College Transcript
AND
If you're interested in a position with driving responsibilities:
• Driver's License with no moving violations in the past three years

DSP positions will require an assessment test.

We strongly recommend that you attend in person for immediate consideration and an onsite interview. If you are not able to attend our job fair but would like to support our mission to assist people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community, please apply by submitting your resume on our website at https://anixter.companycareersite.com.

Karen Jordan of ABC 7 Eye Witness News covers Anixter Center's kick-off event for our 2016 Benefit for Ability, honoring Justice Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court. Watch the video below and learn more about the event by clicking here.

 

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Anixter Center's dedicated Board Chair, Joanna Horsnail, is a partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP. Joanna has two sons, Owen who is 12 and William who is 10.
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We are delighted to have this chance to welcome our new supporters to the Anixter Center Family! We are a growing family made up of staff, generous donors and dedicated volunteers.
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Thanks to Sarah Spain of ESPN Radio and her mentee, 9th grader Eliza Peters of Geneva, IL, Chicago Hearing Society is shattering "Hear The Cheers" campaign goals this year.
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President's Corner
A Message From Dr. Teresa Garate

Dear Anixter Center Friends, Colleagues and Supporters:

It is with great excitement that I write the first letter to be included in our new Quarterly Newsletter. Now that I have been at the helm of this amazing organization for over six months, I am even more excited than when I started. Those of you who know me, know that I am a touchy feely person so amidst our clients I am in good company.

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Anixter Center and its three divisions—CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek—form one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving children, teens, adults and seniors with disabilities.
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CALOR has built a unique niche supporting people of color on Chicago’s West side, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS.
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Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) empowers deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people to communicate and collaborate.
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Elio Montenegro is CEO at Genesis, a home health care agency providing services to older adults. Elio brings years of experience in the health care industry and advocacy to the Anixter Center Board. Elio lives in the suburbs with his family.

As former COO of Chicago Public Schools, Sean Murphy has extensive experience from which Anixter Center will learn and benefit. Sean is currently the President and CEO of his own management consulting company, SP Murphy, Inc., and resides in Chicago.

We are excited to welcome our new Board members and look forward to their insight, leadership and contributions.

 

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Join Event Co-Chairs Pamela Cullerton and
Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd, and
the Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center Board of Directors
as they celebrate

 

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In a year where Advocacy is more important than ever
in Illinois, we honor one of the strongest advocates the
disability community has ever had,
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke.
She has dedicated her life to giving a voice to those without a voice.

Friday, May 13, 2016
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Chicago, Illinois

 

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Jack Ehrlich, 81, lifelong resident of Chicago, son of Abe and Florence and brother of Lois, all who preceded him in death, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Carmel, Indiana on November 14, 2015 from the effects of Parkinson's disease which he determinedly fought for almost two decades. Jack is survived by his loving wife Carol, his children Craig Ehrlich, Rhonda Ehrlich (Jeff Tryba), Ilene Green, and Mitchell Ehrlich, his seven grandchildren whom he adored, and one great grandson. He was a CPA, an attorney, a trusted advisor to his clients, a lifelong fan of the Cubs, and a good and loyal friend. Jack lived a life in service to others. He was a board member of Anixter Center in Chicago, and founded the Anixter Center Literacy Program, which was later renamed the Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program in his honor. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

A memorial service for Jack Ehrlich will be held December 19, 2016 at Anixter Center, 2032 N. Clybourn Avenue, Polk Conference Room located on the 3rd floor beginning at 9:30. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 9, 2015) — Rebecca Clark has been named Vice President of Program Development, Innovation and Accountability for Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving children, teens and adults with disabilities and related challenges.

This is a recently created position for the nonprofit as new President & CEO Dr. Tere Garate is placing an increased emphasis on sustainable growth, while championing analytics and accountability to ensure the success of every person served.

With more than 15 years of experience in complex project management and program development in the field of education, Clark brings to Anixter Center a unique perspective on serving people of all ages with disabilities.

“With her intuitive problem-solving abilities and strong relationship-building skills, Rebecca has earned a wonderful reputation as a strategic partner in developing large-scale programs,” said Dr. Garate. “Perhaps even more important, however, she brings to Anixter Center deep experience in using data and research to guide decision making and then to evaluate the results of those decisions.”

Before coming to Anixter Center, Clark served as the Director of School Support for Chicago Public Schools for more than 10 years. During that time she directed a team of 45 staff to provide services to CPS students. Most recently she was the Partner Success Engineer for TeachMatch, a startup in Chicago. There she consulted with K-12 school districts across the country to increase efficiency and quality in hiring practices.

Clark has a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.

tere garateI am honored to be Anixter Center’s new President & CEO. For almost 100 years, Anixter Center has made a true difference in the lives of others. I am proud to have the opportunity to expand on that wonderful legacy as we look to our next 100 years of service. Anixter Center and its three divisions—CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society and Lekotek—have a rich history of reaching out and serving people in need. People with disabilities and related challenges of all ages and from all walks of life access our services, and it is our privilege to support them as they pursue their goals to live full lives in the community.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the good fortune to travel the country and abroad, advocating for those with disabilities and focusing on promoting inclusion and empowerment for all. Those are themes that resonate with me, and I want to instill them in the fabric of everything we do here. In the coming months and years, we will continue to push for all abilities to be involved in every aspect of society.

We have accomplished much but there is still much to do to ensure that everyone in society has the opportunity for quality of life—whether it is enjoying a show at the theater, having a safe place to live, learning a new skill or finding a job. As the new leader of Anixter Center, I look forward to working with everyone in and outside of this great organization to achieve those goals one individual client at a time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Teresa Garate
Anixter Center President & CEO

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

Anixter Center's Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program

Discover
Literacy Fair

August 6
6pm-8pm

Polk Conference RoomAnixter Center
2032 N. Clybourn Ave.
Free parking behind building!

Join us for booths, light refreshments and a raffle with great prizes!

Learn more about our program while meeting our learners and celebrating our tutors. Discover how you can tutor and make a difference in the life of an individual with a disability.

RSVP by July 15 to Cat or Lesley.

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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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 Understanding My Insurance:
Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable
Care Act
Please join us for a free presentation on:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4:00-7:00 pm
Presented by Chicago Hearing Society

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


This presentation will be done using Sign Language and a CDI. Please RSVP
by 11/3/14 to Kim Eischen at 773-904-0143 VP or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Reservations are required. Free parking in the lot behind Anixter Center.

Light dinner will be provided.

 

 






 

One of Anixter Center's popular social and recreation groups needs your help to stay functional.

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."

Dinkel's Bakery & Cafe donates ten buttercream cakes for giveaway at Lekotek Holiday Party.