The mission at Sertoma Centre is “to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success.”
Every day at Sertoma this mission is accomplished by those with developmental, physical, emotional disabilities and /or mental illness. Some of this success is major – like starting a job in the community or moving into their own apartment.
Other successes may seem minor to others, but to an individual with disabilities, getting dressed by oneself, learning how to make change at a vending machine, or mastering a new task in the workshop is a meaningful personal success!
For an individual with disabilities, each one of these victories represents another step in his/her own personal path toward greater independence and participation in their community. Sertoma Centre, Inc. has built its reputation on the many personal victories of the people it serves.
A non-profit agency, Sertoma Centre, Inc. is headquartered in Alsip, a south suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Based upon its reputation and achievements, individuals residing in parts of Chicago and its south and southwest suburban region receive the services provided by the Centre.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our website. We invite you to join us in our mission to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success.
We are proud to be founding member of Community Service Partners.
Eight consumers who participate in the Insite Employment Services Program attended the Disability Mentoring Day held on Wednesday, October 9. Elizabeth Overman, General Manager and Jamie Leech, Service Manager of Olive Garden in Orland Park, IL hosted the special day.
The Mentoring day included a presentation about Olive Garden philosophy, of being a family, a team. The presenters provided information about the details of their positions as well as other positions at the restaurant. They talked about the day to day activities and that Mother’s Day is their busiest day.
Other Disability Mentoring Days have been scheduled at other Olive Gardens in the area. We are truly grateful for the relationship we have with Olive Garden and how they support individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in employing an individual with disabilities, please contact Insite Training Systems at 708-371-9790.
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Location: Montrose Harbor Chicago, IL
Date and time: Sunday, September 9, 2012 10am
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Come One Come All to our second Annual Volunteer Services Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar.
Last year was a HUGE success, and we are looking to make this year even better. Please join us on Friday, December 6 as we offer a unique opportunity for consumers, family members and the local community to shop for holiday items while also supporting the different services and programs at Sertoma Centre. We will be offering a Craft Fair and Shopping Bazaar composed of many different items: ornaments, holiday décor, stocking stuffers, jewelry, homemade crafts, and boutique items. Any and every gift purchased will be wrapped for free in our Elf Gift Wrapping Station. Then, after all that shopping makes you hungry, stop by our North Pole Café or Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop to grab a bite to eat.
Mark your calendars for:
Friday, December 6
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
4343 West 123rd Street
Upstairs Lunchroom and Board Room
HOW CAN YOU HELP? We need volunteers and small donations to make this shopping extravaganza possible for our consumers who may not be able to get out and do traditional Christmas Shopping. Below are just a few of the volunteer jobs and donated items we need to be a success!
Santa’s Helpers: From now until December 6th, we need volunteers to assist consumers in creating and making the crafts they will be selling at the bazaar.
Gift Wrapping Elves: We will be having a FREE gift wrapping service to all who purchase items at the bazaar.
Personal Shoppers: On the day of the bazaar, assist consumers to shop and find the perfect gift.
Rudolph’s Reindeer Boutique: Set up and work Advancement’s table at the bazaar.
Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop: We need baked goods and people to manage this area.
North Pole Café: Help in the café preparing snack food which will be available for purchase.
Donner’s Donations: Simple donations are needed to make this a magical time for our consumers: craft items (call for specifics), holiday themed wrapping paper & gift bags, tape, ribbons, Christmas tags, baked goods, gift cards to local craft stores, etc.
Spread some holiday cheer this year by donating your time, treasure, and talents to the Holiday Bazaar before or on December 6th. If interested in volunteering or donating, please contact our Head Elf, Laura Gardner in Volunteer Services, at (708) 730-6211 or email her inbox at the North Pole: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you can join us in some way to support our Winter Wonderland! WISHING YOU AND YOURS A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!
Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:30 pm – 11 pm
Gaelic Park, 6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL
$60 per person
- Music by Sound Barrier
- Open Bar
- Dinner includes Roasted Pig
- Live Entertainment
- Bean Bag Tournament
Raffle Drawing of the “Fall Into Cash” raffle – Someone will win the Grand Prize of $7000
Proceeds to benefit Sertoma Centre, Inc. For information call Dom Porto at 815-485-5331 or visit their website at www.actionsertoma.com
ACTION SERTOMA – A CLUB TO INVOLVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
SERVICE TO MANKIND
MHFA is a 12-hour, interactive training and certification program, which enables participants to identify and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training focuses on: understanding the risk factors and identifying warning signs of mental health problems, gaining an understanding of the impact, responding appropriately, and providing referrals for professional treatment.
MHFA Youth introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents (ages 12-18), builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly, teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. This program demonstrates how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
QPR Gatekeeper Course is the CPR for mental health. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained as QPR Gatekeepers learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
QPR Suicide Triage Training is for anyone wishing to learn how to conduct a first level suicide risk assessment and to establish a collaborative crisis management and personal safety plan for someone considering suicide. This is a “best practice” approach for how to engage with a suicidal person, determine immediate risk of a suicide attempt, and how to reduce risk factors while enhancing protective factors.
Sertoma Center wishes to acknowledge the Great People Doing Great Things the week of September 9-13, 2013.
Elizabeth Baun Brings Expertise in Events Services and Grant Research to Sertoma Centre.
ALSIP – Sertoma Centre, Inc. August 8, 2013, Sertoma Centre, Inc. recently named Elizabeth Baun as the Special Events and Grants Manager.
In her role for the Alsip-based not-for-profit, she is responsible for the planning and execution of all special events. In addition, Baun will oversee grant writing and foundation relations for Sertoma Centre. As a member of the Advancement and Communications team her efforts are an essential part of raising money and awareness for the Centre.
Baun has more than 8 years of event planning, marketing communications and relationship development. In her most recent roles, she served as the E-Marketing and Event Services Manager and as Convention Services Manager at the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lansing, Illinois. Baun holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Butler University, Indianapolis, IN and a Master of Business Administration-Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.
Baun said, “My extensive skills in event planning and facilitation as well as the strong relationships have developed in the community from years working as a liaison to 35 chambers of commerce make me a good addition to the Advancement Team. I am extremely excited to be working at Sertoma Centre and I look forward to working at an organization that allows me to give back to the community.” A resident of Tinley Park, IL, Elizabeth enjoys reading, cooking, painting and working out in her free time.
“We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth to our team,” said Amy Chmura, Director of Advancement and Communications. “Her expertise in event planning, journalism, marketing and sales will allow us to raise additional funds and increase awareness for Sertoma Centre.”
Sertoma Centre, Inc. is a nationally-accredited, not-for-profit agency that provides services to more than 725 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, and/or mental illness. For more information, to schedule a tour, volunteer, or to make a donation, please contact Amy Chmura, Director of Advancement and Communications, (708)730-6206 or email@example.com. Sertoma Centre, Inc. is located at 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip, IL 60803 and the web address is www.sertomacentre.org.
18231 South Park Ave.
Homewood, IL 60430
Breakfast, Lunch on Course, Cocktails, Dinner and Awards – RSVP Sept. 1
Contact Elizabeth Baun, Special Events and Grants Manager at 708-730-6210 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in becoming a Silent Partner? Contact Amy Chmura, Director of Advancement & Communications at 708-730-6206 or email her at email@example.com