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Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: 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

Programs: 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)

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I recently volunteered some time at the Anixter Center. ALL of the people there were so great and there was such a great vibe to the place. Smiles were everywhere and it was truly a great day and a day I won't soon forget. Really impressed and inspired by the time I spent there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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



Rating: 5

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.