As we approach the end of the year, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the incredible journey we’ve embarked on at Anixter Center. It’s a journey fueled by passion, dedication, and unwavering support from our employees, partners, volunteers, and community. I wanted to take a moment to share some of the remarkable moments and reflections that have defined our impact, and to invite you to be a crucial part of our continued success in 2024. In my role as President and CEO of Anixter Center, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the profound transformation that our work has brought to the lives of countless individuals. Each day, our mission drives us to create a world where every individual is celebrated for their unique talents, where mental wellness is prioritized, and where communication access brings people together. This mission has ignited a fire within us, and the impact has been nothing short of

Mental Health Access: Creating Hope for Tom

Let me share with you the story of Tom, a resilient individual whose journey epitomizes the essence of our work. The pandemic posed unprecedented challenges to mental health, and Tom was no exception. Isolation exacerbated his symptoms, leaving him struggling to maintain steady employment and teetering on the brink of homelessness. It was desperation that led Tom to the doors of Anixter Center, where we didn’t just provide him with a safe place to live but also unwavering accessibility to support and care. Today, Tom is living independently, in recovery, and actively rebuilding his life. His mother’s words continue to resonate deeply with me: “It was like a miracle!” Together, we created hope for Tom.

Inclusive Workforce: Empowering Karla’s Dreams

Karla’s story is one of determination and empowerment. As a high school graduate with developmental disabilities, Karla faced a critical juncture in her life when essential services were scarce. Anixter Center stepped in with the After 22 College project, opening doors for Karla to become a full-time student at Daley College and find meaningful employment. Her journey stands as a testament to the boundless opportunities we provide. Today, Karla thrives, declaring, “I feel so happy!” Together, we created opportunity for Karla.

Communication Access: Nurturing Bill’s Belonging

Bill’s narrative resonates deeply with our commitment to fostering a sense of belonging. As someone who is part-hearing and part Deaf, and half-white and half-black, Bill had always struggled to find acceptance and a community where he truly belonged. Anixter Center’s CHS family provides that sense of belonging. With incredible pride in his Deaf culture Bill is a leader within the Deaf community, an ASL teacher and the recipient of hearing aids through the Sandy A. Bank Adult Hearing Aid Fund at CHS. He embraces his Deaf culture, forms enduring friendships, and has developed a robust support system. His joy and gratitude are palpable. Together, we created accessibility for Bill.

Be Part of Our Impact in 2024

These stories represent just a fraction of the lives we’ve touched and the profound impact we’ve made. As we approach 2024, we are filled with excitement and an unwavering commitment to continue our mission of positive change. Yes, the challenges may be significant, but our
determination is stronger than ever.

I invite you to join us in our mission in the coming year. Together, we can create even more hope, opportunity, and positive impact for those who need it most. Your support is pivotal in making this vision a reality.

Visit our website at to learn more about our work, volunteer opportunities, and ways to partner with us. Feel free to reach out to me directly via email at

Here’s to another year of impactful change in 2024. Be part of the impact, and together, we’ll write more stories of hope, resilience, and transformation.