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Anixter Center Celebrates a Century of Service — Chicago Nonprofit Has Been Serving People in Need for 100 Years

This year, Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations serving those with disabilities, behavioral health challenges and people who are Deaf, celebrates its 100th year anniversary. The organization has an interesting history and evolution of service that will be shared throughout the year…

In 1918, thirteen women founded an orphanage as a promise to their friend who had lost all but one of her children to the influenza epidemic. These women vowed to take care of their friend’s son, and from this simple promise came the Douglas Park Jewish Day and Night Nursery. The orphanage thrived for more than three decades, and in 1956, the board members of the organization came to realize that the most critical need in Chicago had changed. They decided to create a new mission, which was to serve people with disabilities.

That same year (1956), the board closed the nursery and changed the name to Douglas Park Nursery and Training Center for Retarded Children. One year later, in 1957, ground was broken to build a school, and the name was changed yet again to Chicago School for Retarded Children. Several other name changes took place over the years (Chicago Services for Work and Rehabilitation in 1979 and THE CENTER for the Rehabilitation and Training of the Disabled in 1983), but the name that came in 1993 (Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center – a.k.a. Anixter Center) has remained. 

“Throughout the last century, there have been several name changes, but our mission and deep commitment to serving people in need in Chicago communities, and helping them find ways to expand their potential, has never faltered,” said Rebecca Clark, president and CEO of the nationally recognized Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area. “Anixter Center has been a leader in providing support and services to people with disabilities, behavioral health challenges and people who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing to access their community,” she added. “I’m very excited to see where the next 100 years takes us, as we continue our mission to enrich people’s lives.”

Anixter Center and its division – Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) – helps nearly 8,000 children, teens and adults each year by providing a range of supports including employment assistance, residential opportunities, counseling and skill development, and other social services. Every service that Anixter Center offers focuses on helping people access their community. What makes Anixter Center truly unique are the array of services it provides.

“Our clients are a diverse group of people who come to Anixter Center with a variety of needs,” said Clark. “Most have at least one disability and many have more than one. While we serve people of all income levels, the vast majority of our clients have incomes significantly below the poverty level,” she continued. “We want to help as many people as we can, which is why our annual benefit is so important. All money raised goes directly to support the programs and services offered at Anixter Center.”

This year’s benefit, named “A Century of Service,” is especially significant as it celebrates Anixter Center’s 100th year anniversary. It will take place on Wednesday, May 15, at Wrigley Field’s brand new 1914 Club. Dominick Mondi, president and CEO of Chicago’s Mesirow Financial, will serve as Chairman of the event. The benefit will honor the Anixter family, whose vision and commitment to serving those with disabilities has impacted thousands of individuals, helping them grow and thrive within the community.

“We are looking forward to our gala and celebrating a century of providing services to those who need it the most,” said Clark. “With corporate, public and individual support, Anixter Center will be able to continue not only offering a broad range of programs for those who have disabilities, but we will also be able to initiate programs that better support them to participate within their community as contributing members.”

Anixter Center offers several programs including a literacy program for adults with disabilities, 24-hour supervised residential homes, substance use disorder programs for those who are Deaf, and employment programs to help people with disabilities find jobs. They also provide educational services, job training, employment/business services, health and behavioral health services and residential and housing support.

 

 

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This year, Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations serving those with disabilities, behavioral health challenges and people who are Deaf, celebrates its 100th year anniversary. The organization has an interesting history and evolution of service that will be shared throughout the year… In 1918, thirteen women founded an orphanage... Read more

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