Chapter Helps To Make A Connection!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:01
by Val Pristera, Good Works Chairperson

At the October Chapter Meeting, Janis Edelheit, Day Tag Coordinator at Clearbrook, spoke to the members in attendance about some of the work they do with their autistic clients.  She demonstrated “Smart Boards” that assist the clients to communicate.

Joel Davis, one of our members and an employee of QBE, reached out to Janis and together they prepared a request to the QBE Foundation to fund the purchase of more “Smart Boards.”  Joel felt it would be a good fit.

The mission of the QBE Foundation is to support charities that help people overcome disadvantage, by strengthening their abilities to live more independently, successfully and productively.

The QBE Foundation responded to the request with a grant of $9,000 which Clearbrook quickly put to use buying more “Smart Boards.”  The picture shows Joel Davis, CPCU (left) presenting a QBE Foundation check to Carl La Mell, President of Clearbrook (right) on January 14, 2014 at the Clearbrook headquarters in Arlington Heights. 

The chapter is pleased that we were able to facilitate the connection between QBE and Clearbrook.

When you attend our meetings, you never know what could result!


More about Clearbrook:

Clearbrook, a 501(c)3 organization, licensed, certified and/or accredited by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services, SourceAmerica and the Department of Labor,  is committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services and supports to people with disabilities.

They serve people over a range of ages and disabilities from children diagnosed with developmental delays at birth to the unique needs of seniors with disabilities and all ages in between.

Annually, they support over 6,000 individuals as well as their families in 13 counties, in over 160 communities and 50 locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs and are the largest provider of home-based services in Illinois.

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