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South East Association For Special Parks And Recreation

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: SEASPAR's mission is to provide dynamic programs and quality recreation services for people with disabilities residing in our twelve community service areas. It is our vision to: Discover Abilities, Achieve Potential, and Realize Dreams. SEASPAR was founded with and continues to operate with the following core values: Fun, Excellence, Service, Respect, and Accountability.

Target demographics: Residents of all ages with any disabilities.

Geographic areas served: SEASPAR’s service areas include the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Anyone residing in those incorporated entities may participate in our programs.

Programs: Year-round therapeutic recreation programming for all ages and disabilities, including weekly programs, special events, day camps, Special Olympics training, adapted sports for individuals with physical disabilities, the Wonders Multi-Sensory Room for individuals with sensory disorders, the EAGLES adult life skills enrichment program, a Drop In Center for individuals with mental health needs, the Home Front Health program for veterans in Downers Grove and Lemont, and cooperative programs with local schools, nursing homes, group homes, and more.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Haley K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing people and great fun. The children and young adults made an enormous impact on me, and I sure hope I made one on them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing people, wonderful program. :) seriously priceless! Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seaspar programs helped our daughter learn to play the piano. She still plays every day!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My SIL attends Seaspar's Brookfield day program. It is perfect for her because it helps her to be active in the community rather than just be at home. I have no idea what we would do without Seaspar! We have gotten to come to Seaspar parties and have attended several fundraisers that Seaspar has had. This is one great organization that helps the community so much

Jennifer B.21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for SEASPAR for several years as part time staff. The passion and commitment from both the staff and participants keeps this place going. Every event helps offer a great experience to include and educate the community. It's a great family to be a part of.

Tricia Merkle L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love Seaspar and all the dedicated people who work there. They definitely love their job! I have 2 kids who especially enjoy Teen camp! It makes summer so fun!

Angie P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter attends many programs through Seaspar. We are thrilled that they have joined the Lemont community, so we are able to utilize their quality programming in our area. Our adult child is thrilled with the new Eagles day program that is offered at the Safety Village building on Tuesday and Thursday year round. We have been very happy with all of the programs and staff. Thanks for caring!

KarriePece

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for SEASPAR for nearly 20 years as a part-time staff. SEASPAR is committed to providing recreational services to individuals with disabilities and takes care and pride in every program they run. SEASPAR is constantly looking for new ways to engage the community and provide exceptional programming to residents. Every program is personally managed by a full time staff member and as a support staff, I always feel I have the tools and support required to run a successful program. Personally, SEASPAR has made a huge impact on my life as it laid the foundation for a career dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities. I have seen many programs - SEASPAR exceeds them all. It is a pleasure to work for such an outstanding organization.

Joanne Lattal C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has been with Seaspar for 10+ years. We started with doing summer camp when he was young and then graduated into the adult programs. The Seaspar staff is amazing and has been a great support to us every step of the way!! I truly don’t know what we would do without them!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son James has benefitted from Seaspar programming since he started in the children program all the way through to the current adult program. With the help of dedicated and caring staff he is able to enjoy many events and programs with his peers. The variety of programming allows him to enroll in programs that be loves to attend including dances, fun fairs, picnics, sporting events and dances to name a few. Thank you Seaspar and staff for all that you do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for SEASPAR for 5 years and can verify that it's a great organization. There were frequent trainings and discussions to make sure the staff was completely prepared for their roles. The administration was familiar with each participant and were always genuinely excited for each program. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was always a great time being a part of various programs and seeing participants enjoy being with their peers in the community. SEASPAR offers programs for all ages and welcomes anyone who is interested. This truly is a great nonprofit where people of all abilities are celebrated!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SEASPAR is a blessing to the surrounding Chicago area communities. As a staff, the administration is completely organized and profession, and I have seen our programs change the lives of both participants and family members.

1 Chloe K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister has been receiving services from SEASPAR since it became available in our area and she loves it. Her favorite activities through SEASPAR are Glee Club, Vocal lessons, and Swim and Healthy Snack. She loves to do the winter and spring shows every year where she gets to sing in front of an audience as a member of Glee Club. She loves all the friends she has made through this organization. SEASPAR is amazing.

Brian F.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seaspar has a lot of programs at the Lemont Core. They have swimming classes and all of the group is all smiles the entire time. Seaspar is very organized and very well run events.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just started working for this organization in September and I can’t say enough amazing things about it! I’ve been working in this field for six years and have a brother with special needs and I am so thankful there are organizations like this for many people who have a range of disabilities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed kids and adults grow both socially and physically. SEASPAR has wonderful programs for all ages with staff that is enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending SEASPAR for over 20 years. Special Olympia’s, summer camp (day camp
And a week long overnight camp) Social club, and now the eagles program for 8 years. I have never had any concern about his safety or welfare when he has been w SEASPAR. Quality staff and volunteers who make sure your child will have fun and enjoy their day! We feel very lucky to have SEASPAR to enrich our sons life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love Seaspar my children have benefited from their programs and inclusion help over the last 11 years.

Kathleen R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

SEASPAR and their dedicated staff have been a lifeline to our family. Our son is severely autistic. We have been involved in various SEASPAR programs for over 15 years. This community has welcomed our son and been willing to work with his issues to provide support, education and friendship for not only him but for all of us. We feel truly blessed and thankful to everyone at SEASPAR!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been a client for over 30 years. He loves going to SEASPAR activities and we know that the staff are all warm, caring individuals who love what they do!! It's an amazing organization!