Outreach—Rebuilding Together

Center On Deafness
3444 Dundee Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062

Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to noon

Dedicated to serving children and adults who are deaf or hearing impaired with accompanying developmental delay and/or mental illness to reach their highest potential by providing educational, vocational, mental health, and residential services in therapeutic, community-based environments.

Kenilworth Union Church is rebuilding again this year on Mother’s Day weekend!  The Rebuilding Together effort at Kenilworth Union Church is now in its 5th year supporting this very worthwhile national organization.  We have been assigned a project at the Center for Deafness, an organization that serves the deaf and hard of hearing population who have additional disabilities located in Northbrook. We invite volunteers of all abilities who are 14 years of age and up to help spruce up the Center for Deafness in Northbrook on Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. till about noon. We will work rain or shine, the painting and cleaning is inside the warehouse and light landscaping is outside, and we would love to have you join us. Bring a friend; there will be lots of good work, fellowship, and accomplishment. Please let us know of your interest which will help us facilitate work assignments.  Questions?  Contact either: Dave Hanold or Eric Groff .

Center on Deafness, a not-for-profit Illinois corporation, began serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community over  thirty years ago.  Their mission is to serve children and adults who have hearing impairments with additional disabilities, such as mental illness or developmental disabilities. They are one of a few organizations in the country that serves the deaf and hard of hearing population who have additional disabilities. Since it’s inception, the Center has had as its purpose, the treatment and rehabilitation of clients who may return to the community or be integrated into the community with assistance. Residential services for adults and students are located in the community, residing in apartments, townhouses and/or homes to create a less restrictive and more normal environment. Experienced staff, trained in the area of deafness and fluent in the use of sign language, provide treatment, life skills training, and vocational and social skills training to clients. Certified and licensed social workers and/or counselors, a psychiatrist, nurse, vocational and educational staff are part of the team that provides service to our clients.

Their overall guiding principle, however, has remained the same—to believe in the potential for growth of each individual and are dedicated to quality service to a unique population. While respecting the rights and confidentiality of the clients the staff is successful at fulfilling the fundamental need for a communicating environment.