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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 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.

Anixter Center, a leading nonprofit in the Chicagoland area serving people with disabilities, hosts its annual benefit, “A Century of Service,” on Wednesday evening, May 15 at Wrigley Field’s 1914 Club. The spring gala, which is part of Anixter Center’s year-long celebration of its 100th year anniversary, will honor the Anixter family and includes a cocktail reception, a dinner buffet, entertainment, and a live auction. Dominick Mondi, president and CEO of Chicago’s Mesirow Financial is this year’s event chairman. Rob Johnson, weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts, will be the evening’s emcee. Funds raised from the event will help provide an array of services and support for people with disabilities and related challenges, so they may live, learn, work and play in the community. Tickets are $500 per person. To order tickets or to make a donation, please visit http://www.anixter.org/donations/online-donation-form.

QIDP Training – NEXT OFFERING BEGINS JANUARY 25, 2019 - PLEASE REGISTER BY 1/17/2019

The Department of Human Services has mandated this 40-hour Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) training as a requirement for all QIDPs. Anixter Center's course meets the DHS standards of instruction. Anyone is welcome to apply for the course, but applicants should be aware of the requirements for participants.  Please contact DHS or the Anixter Center Training Department prior to registering to ensure training participant meets qualifications.  Here is a link to the application which includes the requirements: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/onenetlibrary/12/documents/Forms/IL462-0130.pdf

Next QIDP Training begins January 25, 2019 – DEADLINE FOR JANUARY CLASS REGISTRATION – THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH

Classes will occur every Friday from 2pm to 6pm beginning on January 25, 2019 and ending on March 22, 2019.  Friday, March 29, 2019 is scheduled as a tentative makeup date in the event of any emergency class cancellations. Classes will be held at the Anixter Center offices located at 6610 N. Clark Street in Chicago.  ALL QIDP TRAINEES MUST ATTEND ALL 9 MODULES and COMPLETE THE FINAL EXAM IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATION. 

The fee for the complete 40 hours of instruction is $850 per person.  We offer a discounted rate of $600 to any additional persons registered for the same course offering by the same agency/entity. Upon completion of the 40 hour training, Anixter Center will provide the participant with a certificate of completion. It is the responsibility of the home agency to complete the Core Competency Area Checklist.  For more information contact Director of Training Christine Jensen at (773) 761-1501 x250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free Admission; Nearly 1,000 Items on Sale

Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 24, 2018) — A large selection of toys, books, games and office furniture will go on sale 9 am to 2 pm Saturday, March 3, at Anixter Center, 2032 N. Clybourn Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The toy sale features items for children from infant to age 10, including some therapeutic toys for children with special needs. Also on sale will be a wide selection of office furniture, from desks and chairs to file cabinets and bookshelves. This is a cash-only sale; no credit or debit cards or checks accepted.

Also for sale will be a limited number of play rugs and storage lockers.

All items must be taken home when sold. No storage is available. Shoppers are encouraged to bring bags to carry purchases home.

Admission is free and free parking is available behind the Anixter Center building, just west of the corner of Clybourn and Magnolia. The entrance to the sale is also off the parking lot, at the back of the building. For more information, call 773-973-7900.

About Anixter Center

Anixter Center is an experienced leader in helping those with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities. For nearly 100 years, we have served others, often those whose needs are not met anywhere else. Today we offer employment, residential, behavioral health and social/recreation services. The vast majority of people served by Anixter Center live below the poverty line. To learn more, please visit Anixter.org

7th Annual Benefit to Be Held at Stage 18 Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – (Jan. 12, 2018) — Anixter Center, a leading nonprofit in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, will roll out the red carpet as it honors Alexander Pissios at its 2018 Gala on Thursday, May 3.

Themed “Sharing Strengths, Building Partnerships,” the evening—a cinema extravaganza that will showcase the work of some of Chicago’s most exciting young filmmakers—will raise funds to help children, teens, and adults with disabilities through programs that include employment training and job placement, residential services and health care.

Alex Pissios, President & CEO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, is a Chicago native and a Chicago treasure. He has inspired and supported countless professionals in the film industry, including through Stage 18, a nonprofit incubator for those seeking a career in film and media. Members of Stage 18 will be on hand May 3 to show off their work in a private viewing and to mingle with guests.

Chair for the event is Phillip Koch, Executive Producer. Koch has assembled a group of honorary chairmen, including iconic Chicago Cub Kerry Wood and Tribune Executive Larry Wert, who will be on hand to walk down the red carpet with guests. Long-time Anixter Center supporter, Rob Johnson, weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts at 5, 6 & 10 PM, will be the master of ceremonies.

“Sharing Strengths, Building Partnerships” begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Stage 18, 2558 W. 16 th St., Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are $400 per person, with sponsorship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. 

To purchase a sponsorship or tickets or to make a donation, please visit www.Anixter.org.

About Anixter Center
Anixter Center provides an array of services to help those with disabilities and related challenges live, learn, work and play in the community. Through 35 programs and services at locations across the greater Chicago area, Anixter Center touches the lives of nearly 8,000 individuals annually and advocates for the rights of children and adults with all types of disabilities to participate fully and equally in society. More information about Anixter Center, which will turn 100 years old in 2019, can be found at www.Anixter.org.

 

 

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