I am delighted yet humbled to announce that I have been appointed the President & CEO of the Center of Disability Services, formerly United Cerebral Palsy in Joliet.
Many of you know me – or know of me- from my days as publisher of The Herald-News. Sheryl and I have returned to Joliet – our home – after ten years away in Minnesota.
As someone said: “Maybe its divine intervention or just plain dumb luck.” Whatever the reason, CDS found me and I have found “something meaningful” – a way to give back to the community that I have grown to love. I choose to believe everything in life happens for a purpose and a reason.
Every day as I enter the handsomely renovated former Reedswood Elementary School in Joliet, I feel a positive vibe that I would wish upon anyone who holds a job. A few steps into the door and I am surrounded by “heroes.”
Who are these heroes? They are the individuals facing challenges beyond belief and the dedicated staff who serve them. Please find a few of their inspiring stories on the below.
CDS has been blessed over its 62 years from friends like you who have donated their time and their resources to support persons with disabilities. My role as president and CEO is to provide leadership and financial stability to serve the CDS mission for years to come.
I ask you to please help me to help the individuals, families and guardians served by CDS.
Simply stated, for CDS to thrive, it requires financial support from folks like me and like you who have a heart to sustain and advance:
- School programming for ages 3 to 22
- Developmental training for adults
- After-school and in-home respite care
- Four independent living homes
It is my hope and desire that the CDS fiscal year beginning July 1 commences on a strong financial footing – and I hope you will aid in my vision. Please consider doing what Sheryl and I have committed to do for CDS: