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Lester And Rosalie Anixter Center

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews 690

Nonprofit Issues:

Disabilities, Job Training, Human Services


2001 N. Clybourn Chicago IL 60614 USA


The mission of the Lester and Rosalie ANIXTER CENTER is to provide an array or supports and services for people with disabilities to live, learn, work, and play in the community.

Target demographics:

people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges (i.e. being deaf)

Direct beneficiaries per year:

nearly 8,000 children, teens, adults, and seniors with a broad spectrum of disabilities-most of whom are living at or below the federal poverty level.

Geographic areas served:

Greater Chicago


Employment Services (Job training, readiness, competitive placement), Education (Stuart G. Ferst Therapeutic Day School, Jack Ehrlich Adult Literacy Program, Lekotek-early intervention for young children with special needs), Health (Chicago Hearing Society's (CHS) Hearing Health Clinic and Hearing Aid Bank, Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Services for deaf and hearing individuals, CALOR-Outreach, Education, Prevention ), Community Support (Community integration for adults with developmental disabilities, New Focus (a program for adults with traumatic brain injuries)

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Reviews for Lester And Rosalie Anixter Center

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I have been involved with Anixter Center for many years as a volunteer and donor. Anixter provides critical services to people with a range of disabilities. All of the staff are compassionate and inspiring. They make the most of their resources, serving clients with joy and dedication. Anixter Center is unique in the level of quality and care it delivers every day to thousands of clients. Chicago is lucky to have Anixter in its midst.

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I have volunteered at Anixter Center twice and have throughly enjoyed both visits! My experiences at Anixter have been very enlightening by providing me with insights on a population I seldom have interactions with, helping me walk in their shoes some, so to speak. Outside of that, the staff (especially Jen) is very accommodating, organized, helpful and friendly. Great experience all around!

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Sari2001 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

S-Thank you for giving people with disabilities "the ability to soar" to their highest potential. We are so glad that you have had meaningful volunteer experiences. I hope you return soon--and bring your friends-as volunteer opportunities abound! Anixter Center's success is due largely to dedicated volunteers like yourself.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had a wonderful experience volunteering for this organization. There is a multitude of areas that you can help out with and there is something for everyone. The interaction with the clients is truly a memorable and fulfilling experience seeing the joy they receive by meeting new people.

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Sari2001 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

H- Thank you for being an Anixter Center volunteer. You are making a positive difference in the lives of many people with disabilities. We greatly appreciate your service!

Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing on behalf of my son, a client served at Anixter Center.
My son is a resident in an Anixter Center group home. He has benefited greatly. He has become so much more independent; learning many skills and developing a wonderful self confidence. The direct care staff and the house Mom are incredible. The Management team is equally excellent.
Anixter has created a model for the state. Kolmar House represents best practice in every sense of the word.
When I take my son out and bring him back to his home, he is all smiles. He is completely comfortable and happy in his home.
Anixter Center does amazing work!
Ellen Garber Bronfeld, Parent

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Rating: 5 stars  

Anixter Center is a wonderful place to volunteer and work. Staff is friendly and helpful. They have an extensive list of programs and services they have to help individuals with disabilities. It was great to interact with some of the clients who were eager to learn new computer skills, participate in events and every time they saw me with a camera they'd laugh and smile, as I was able to photograph some events.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the 2 days a week for 6 months that I was there, positive effects are everywhere! The clients eagerness to learn and grow, the helpful staff, just a wonderful place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

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