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Happy Holidays From Your Friends at Anixter Center
Dear Friends and Supporters,

At Anixter Center we have much to celebrate.  

Our clients are thriving, we are making progress on improving our already excellent programs and services and we are on the road to improved financial stability.

These wonderful accomplishments would not be possible without you and your generous support.  Everyday we are witnesses to life-changing moments: clients overcoming barriers, learning new skills and preparing for the world of work and greater independence.   Please know that these are our shared successes.  Together, we make a remarkable impact on our clients, our neighborhoods and our world.

In this edition of our newsletter, you will meet our newest Board member, see how we celebrate the season and learn some tips on year-end giving.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and clients of Anixter Center, we wish you and your family a joyous Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

All the best,

Tere Garate
President and CEO
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5 Essential Tips for Year-End Giving

During the rush of the holiday season it is possible to forget about charitable giving until the last minute.  These five simple tips can help you make decisions that support the causes and organizations that you care about and possibly maximize your tax benefit.

#1 Give someone else's money
                Many companies have matching gift programs that will contribute dollar-for-dollar for your gift. Not sure if your employer has a matching gift program? Contact your HR department or go to https://www.matchinggifts.com/rit/ to find out.

#2 The deadline is 12/31/2016
                Mailed gifts must be postmarked by 12/31/2016 to be considered for 2016 tax deductibility. On-line gifts must be completed by midnight 12/31.  Visit www.anixter.org to make your on-line gift.

#3 Double or triple your tax break
                By donating appreciated stock you can maximize your personal tax deduction. Check with your tax professional for complete understanding of the tax implications. To arrange a stock donation to Anixter Center, contact Daniel Summins, MBA, Vice President of Development and Sustainability at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (773) 973 - 7900 ext. 226

#4 Make a donation directly from your 401K or IRA
                Congress has made permanent the ability to make a qualified charitable distribution from IRAs. Qualified charitable distributions can be made directly to a qualified charity. Up to $100,000 of tax-deferred savings can be given annually.  (Anixter Center is a qualified charity.) Importantly, qualified charitable distributions automatically satisfy required minimum distributions. Check with your tax professional and IRA provider for complete understanding of the tax implications.

#5 Never underestimate the difference that one person can make
                Anixter Center's ability to deliver excellent programming and positively impact the lives of more than 8,000 men, women and children is dependent on people just like you. You make a difference with every donation.
 
                Visit www.anixter.org to make a donation now.
               
If you have any questions please contact Daniel Summins, MBA, Vice President of Development and Sustainability at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (773) 973 - 7900 ext. 226
                
Thank you for helping make Anixter Center a leader in the care of people with disabilities and related challenges.


Daniel Summins, Vice President of Development and Sustainability
Welcome New Board Member Angela Kabbes
 
The Anixter Center family welcomes Angela Kabbes to our distinguished Board of Directors. 
 
Angela Kabbes is founder and Principle of TANDEM Events & Communications, an internal communications organization.  Angela has over 20 years in the communications industry, spearheading large scale Pharma startups as well as serving the internal communications and events needs of established global leaders.  She has experience across a broad range of across industries including technology, management consulting, and most prominently healthcare, pharmaceuticals and biotech.
 
Her area of expertise is marketing communications that drive better business performance by connecting with audiences and inspiring them to action. 
 
She is committed to being a client's chief advocate and quality-control officer through every stage of communications engagements:  understanding challenges, developing strategic plans, sourcing the right talent, supervising production and executing on time, on budget and on message.
 
She has built and led teams that have executed company integrations, product launches, communications campaigns, large national meetings, leadership meetings, merger meetings, digital solutions and more. She is a true believer in the power of communication and engagement to inspire a team to action. 
 
We know that Angela will bring that same energy and passion to caring for our clients. Welcome aboard, Angela.
Izzy and Melissa Meet Santa
Anixter Center Clients Celebrate the Season!
Excited Anixter Center clients lined up to meet Santa and share their wish lists with him at our annual holiday party sponsored by the
Anixter Center Associate Council. Dozens of clients were serenaded by the acapella group  INVOX  Visit  INVOX for more information.  Special thanks to Cara Carlson and the ACAC for sponsoring this party.  
For information about or to join the Associate Council visit  Associate Council



Lekotek child swings at a seasonal pinata
Lekotek children and families came together to party and celebrate the season.  Music was provided by the Old Town School of Folk Music and our families sang and danced all afternoon. Special thanks to our Lekotek Ambassadors and  Volunteering 
Untapped Chicago for helping make this event a success.  Visit  VolunteeringUntappedChicago for information on volunteering.



 

Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter Center
TUE, 12/20/2016 - 3:40PM 
By: Daily Whale Staff

06.23.15 AnixterCEO 7554 Edit 2 0Teresa Garate considers herself a “fixer” when it comes to her professional career. She has worked to implement organizational reforms while working at Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health and in her current role as the president & CEO of Anixter Center.

Garate stepped into her current role at the Anixter Center in June 2015. The center is one of Chicago’s largest nonprofit organizations, serving nearly 8,000 children, teens and adults with disabilities. With a broad background in education, disability, and social services, Garate joined the organization ready to implement change.

“I think my skillset is that I’ve learned how to use data to inform change and come up with best practices,” Garate told the Daily Whale in a recent interview.

Read Full Article at Daily Whale

 
Lekotek Releases Its First 
AblePlay™ Toy Guide for Children of All Abilities   
 
 
Chicago, Ill. (Dec. 8, 2016) — Experts in helping children with disabilities learn key life skills through therapeutic play, Lekotek has just released its first AblePlay™ Toy Guide. The guide is a unique resource that evaluates a variety of toys and explains how each can help develop important skills that all children—but particularly those with disabilities—need in order to grow and learn. 
 
Just in time for holiday shopping, the guide, which includes information on more than 50 toys, is free and currently available online at www.Lekotek.org. Every toy in the guide is accessible and appropriate for all children. While the guide is being launched during the holiday season, it is designed as a reference that can be used throughout the year.
 
“This is the definitive guide for parents, grandparents, professionals, or anyone seeking to purchase toys for children of all abilities,” said Kathy Lavin, Executive Director, Lekotek. “The guide features AblePlay™ approved products as well as AblePlay™ Play Ideas so that the benefits of play are maximized. As a parent of a child with special needs, I believe that this guide supports any family’s desire to play together with much joy and laughter.”
 
A key to Lekotek’s success is its emphasis on bringing the whole family together to enjoy the many benefits of play. This new guide will help make that all-important family time even more fun by showcasing toys that will appeal to all ages and all abilities.
 
Lekotek is a division of Anixter Center. For more information about Lekotek or to access the AblePlay™ Toy Guide, go to www.Lekotek.org
 
About Anixter Center
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Chicago serving children, teens and adults with disabilities. Through more than 30 programs at dozens of locations across the greater Chicago area and the country, Anixter Center touches the lives of more than 8,000 individuals annually through residential, employment, therapy, educational and community support services. To learn more, please visit www.Anixter.org.

By RYAN ORI | Crain's Chicago Business

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After pulling the plug on a deal to sell one of its two Clybourn Corridor buildings to a real estate developer, the nonprofit Anixter Center is now considering selling both of them and moving to new locations.

Anixter has hired Jones Lang LaSalle to find a buyer for its four-story, 27,000-square-foot building at 2001 N. Clybourn Ave., said Teresa Garate, president and CEO of the organization that provides services to people with disabilities.

Meanwhile, JLL is advising Anixter on its options for a larger building it owns across the street at 2032 N. Clybourn, including a potential sale, Garate said.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
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ABOUT ANIXTER CENTER:
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year Anixter Center and its three divisions - CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek - help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health services.

Position Summary: Responsible for providing quality Behavioral Services to adults that present with maladaptive behaviors who live in Anixter Center's Residential Department CILAs.

Position Responsibilities:
• Conduct preference and other assessments for current and new clients
• Write individual behavior support plans and update behavior support plans every 6 months (at annual and review date)
• Collect and graph data, assess, and report results
• Complete functional behavior assessments
• Implement changes to behavior plans as clients' needs change based on data
• Attend behavior rights committee meetings
• Monitor progress towards behavior goals
• Complete monthly progress reports for client caseload
• Attend ISP meetings to provide support and recommendations as needed
• Conduct team trainings on client behavior plans and data collection
• Model and train on behavior interventions
• Implement interventions and procedures according to behavior support plan
• Participate in necessary trainings, meetings, and committees as needed or directed
• Observe each client in their work and home environment twice per month (each) and maintain observation notes on visits
• Maintain accurate and organized client notes, data, and reports
• Track 56U billing notes, by client, and keep a record on Anixter Center's computer system and Mental Health Database for billing.
• Submit billing to the Accounting Department for all clients by the 1st of the month
• Run social skills groups within Residential Department
• Review incident reports and provide feedback/make recommendations when necessary
• Ensure agency is in compliance with standards from external governmental agencies
• Works effectively and maintains positive relationships with other agency departments/programs
• Participates in the intake process and makes recommendations to Director
• Attends to clients when they are in crisis and need behavioral intervention
• Support the manager On-Call team with emergency behavioral issues on a 24-hour basis in cooperation with QIDP of programs
• Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills and Experience:
• Professional Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Certification must be maintained throughout employment.
• Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis or related field.
• Experience in utilizing evidenced-based practices (Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Support, etc.)
• Ability to obtain certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) and/or Professional Crisis Management (PCM) or another type of intervention technique.
• Valid Illinois driver's license required.
• Ability to meet agency insurance requirements.

If you would like to support our mission to assist people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community, please apply by submitting your resume on our website at https://anixter.companycareersite.com!

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Anixter Center offers competitive pay, a generous benefit package, and a dynamic and supportive work environment.

Anixter Center affirms the values and goals of diversity. We have a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence and so we proudly are an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE

Download a PDF of this job opening here.

 

 

Anixter Center to Honor Alexander Pissios at Spring Gala on May 3

7th Annual Benefit to Be Held at Stage 18 Chicago Chicago, Illinois – (Jan. 12, 2018) — Anixter Center, a leading nonprofit in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, will roll out the red carpet as it honors Alexander Pissios at its annual Spring Gala on Thursday, May 3. Themed “Sharing Strengths, Building... Read more

Anixter Center Names Rebecca Clark President & CEO

Chicago, Ill. (Dec. 27, 2017) — Rebecca Clark has been tapped to be the next CEO & President of Anixter Center. Nearly 100 years old, Anixter Center is an experienced leader in serving people of all ages with disabilities. Clark first joined the venerable nonprofit in 2015 as the Vice... Read more

Anixter Center Hosts Huge Holiday Sale of Toys, Games, Puzzles & Books on Saturday, Dec. 9

Anixter Center Hosts Huge Holiday Sale of Toys, Games, Puzzles & Books on Saturday, Dec. 9 More Than 1,000 Gently Used Items on Sale Chicago, Ill. (Nov. 28, 2017) — More than a thousand gently used toys, books, games and puzzles will be on sale 9 am to 3 pm Saturday, Dec. 9... Read more

 

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