Recent Grants and Contributions Received

Due to the generosity of the following foundations, service clubs, and individuals, program expenses for select programs will be covered, and programs fees will be lowered or free for our residents during 2013 and 2014:

Aileen S. Andrew Foundation, Orland Park, IL
$5,000 for transportation services

The Peder Hedberg Foundation, Homewood, IL
$12,500 for day camp transportation services

Edmond & Alice Opler Foundation, Oak Lawn, IL
$10,000 for day camp transportation services

Eisenberg Foundation for Charities, Arlington Heights, IL
$3,000 for early childhood programs

Sarkisian Foundation, Naples, FL
$2,000 for early childhood programs

The Bohannon and Pitts Family, Flossmoor, IL
$1,000 for our scholarship fund

Ecolab, Joliet, IL
$1,000 for early childhood programs

Kye and Cindy Stockwell, Walpole, MA
$1,000 for scholarships, transportation services, and part-time staff recognition

The Crete Lions Club
$1,000 for non-resident fees of Crete participants

Many thanks to these groups for their assistance to our participants, and for their continued support of our valuable mission.

SSSRA Welcomes Kailee Galligan

On Friday, August 22, 2014, SSSRA welcomed Kailee Galligan, Recreation Specialist as our newest team member.

Kailee completed her Undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation with a Therapeutic Recreation concentration.

Prior to working at SSSRA, Kailee completed her internship with Tri-County Special Recreation Association. She also worked as the Supervisor at the SIU Student Recreation Center. At school, Kailee worked with the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Program.

Kailee has already begun her orientation training, driver training, and preparing for the fall season. In September, she will attend a training to become a Certified Disabled Sports Specialist through BlazeSports. We are excited to have Kailee as part of the SSSRA team and look forward to working with her.

SSSRA Maintains Outstanding Safety Rating

During 2011, SSSRA went through a comprehensive risk management assessment, conducted by the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA). The review included examination of agency policies and practices in 54 administrative areas and 24 additional areas of special recreation service delivery. Pam Alvarado, Safety Coordinator and Lisa Drzewiecki, Superintendent guided the agency through this process which took place from February through October, 2011. The association attained an overall score of 99.44%.

PDRMA is a self-governed, member owned risk management agency of over 150 public entities. PDRMA staff guide member agencies in taking proactive steps to improve safety and wellness across the organization. This results in safe programs for our participants and family members.

Strategic Plan Initiatives Result in Additional Services for Our Families

The association’s short-term Strategic Plan Initiatives, which were implemented over the past 2 years, have resulted in the following positive outcomes and expansion in program services:

    - A fourth and fifth transportation pick-up location located in Richton Park and Oak Forest has been added, in addition to original sites in Tinley Park, Homewood-Flossmoor and Lansing.

    - Seven weekly programs and 6 special events were expanded to a second location, date and time, in order to accommodate additional participants in popular programs.

    - A total of 54 programs and special events were offered free or at a discount during the past 2 years, in an effort to make participation easier for our families.

    - Eight Adapted Sports experiences were offered for our participants with physical disabilities, in the areas of Cycling, Sled Hockey, Golf and Boccia.

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If you have any questions about the association’s Strategic Plan, please contact Executive Director Janet Porter at (815) 806-0384, or at

Please download the SSSRA Strategic Plan here.