Action Sertoma Club is selling greeting cards designed by individuals with disabilities this year.  This is just one of their many fundraising efforts to support Sertoma Centre, Inc. and the individuals we serve.

The box of  25 cards features five different designs and verses.  The greeting cards were created by the individuals with disabilities who participate in the programs and service provided by Sertoma Centre.

A box of cards is only $20.  To purchase your cards, you can stop in at one of our three locations and pick up a box or two.  You can also order cards by printing this order form The form can be faxed, mailed or emailed to Mary Larmon.

You can support individual with disabilities and send your friends and family a one of a kind greeting card this holiday season.

Sertoma Centre Inc

Dear Friend of Sertoma Centre!

Purchase a Community Days booklet and show your support for
SERTOMA CENTRE, INC. – Our goal is to raise $2000

Buy a Community Days coupon booklet online: Click this link to purchase on line.

Booklets are loaded with fantastic offers that will be Available at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the Community Days event on November 14 & November 15

Each booklet includes a $10 off coupon that Can be used on an item priced at $10 or more, A value worth double the $5 price of the booklet!

And there is a tiered 25% / 20% / 10% off shopping pass! Plus coupons can be used on top of over 100 Bonus Buys!

For every booklet we sell, we keep the entire $5 purchase price.

The coupons in the booklet can be used at any
Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, or Younkers store. Or online for purchases of regular, sale price and clearance items, including 10% off electronics, fashion watches, furniture & mattresses.

100% of the proceeds from the booklet sales will help us.

Thanks for your support and happy shopping!


Sertoma Centre Associate Board


 On Sept. 2, Lisa became the new Special Events Manager at Sertoma Centre.

Lisa shared this about herself:  
I come from a development and fundraising background and have worked at John G. Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo, as well as a private college prep high school. I have helped to create Wines in the Wild, a Women’s Board fundraising event at BZ and also started SheddVentures, a unique travel program at the aquarium. I have worked with Trustee boards, Women’s boards and Auxiliary (Junior) boards during my time in non-profits and have run special events from kids sleepovers to grand galas. My favorite part of fundraising and development is interacting with others who have a passion for our heartfelt cause and show it by investing their time, sharing personal experiences with the people involved, and helping further the mission by donating money.

I have spent the last 5 years as a consultant in PR, media and marketing special events and projects. I also have freelanced as a journalist and have experience as an editor/art director. I hope to share everything I’ve learned over my years in non-profit and my passion for our cause with our consumers, as well as our constituents.

During the weekends I love to spend time with my family and enjoy the outdoors. We like to get out into the woods and hike the trails or go sledding when it snows. On rare occasions we still get to travel to Disney World (a family favorite) and someday I vow to fly to an exotic destination and return to scuba diving.

CARE Campaign

We ask you to actively support the state-wide effort to bring up the wages of our Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s ) so that they are paid a living wage. You can do this by supporting the Care Campaign at


The Care Campaign is the joint effort of a coalition of service providers, direct support workers and their unions, associations and individuals to raise wages of direct care workers in Illinois. This coalition is concerned and committed to making a difference for the thousands of direct service professionals in Illinois who tirelessly work to care for our fellow citizens with developmental and other disabilities.

Currently over 24,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are supported in community settings and the State of Illinois is working to move additional individuals into community services from state and private institutions. This makes the importance of hiring and retaining skilled direct support professionals as important as ever. Yet the average direct support wage in Illinois is $9.35 per hour according to a recent IARF (Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities) salary survey. That’s 21% below the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty threshold of $11.32 for a family of four.

Low wages are a consequence of the historically low reimbursement rates for community services. According to the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities report Illinois ranks 41st of 50 in fiscal effort for these services.

Please go to the Care campaign website at to sign their petition and read more about how you can support this important effort.

You can find this article in its entirety in the Network Newsletter – Winter 2014

Editor’s note: This article contains information and direct quotes from the Care Campaign website.



Sertoma Centre (Mental Health Services)

Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (CST)

Matteson, IL

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

To learn more and register go to Sertoma Centre Mental Health Services Eventbrite page


Winners of the Five Years of Service Award

On November 24, Sertoma Centre consumers celebrated the holidays and their accomplishments during the Consumer Holiday Awards Luncheon held at the Lexington House in Hickory Hills. Almost 300 consumers, staff, family and friends were in attendance.


Enrico and Preston perform together!

Each year the consumers look forward to this event, especially the awards presentation and of course, Enrico Hampton’s “Michael Jackson Tribute. When Enrico makes his appearance you can feel the excitement as the consumers rush to the stage.


Nancy and Santa pose for a picture

In addition to the luncheon, there was a raffle, a photo booth, music and dancing. Back by popular demand, Santa Claus stopped by and was more than willing to have his picture taken with all the guests.



Congratulations to all the consumers who have given Sertoma Center their dedicated years of service.

35 Years of Service – Robert Sniegolski


Cora accepts her 25 Year Award from Paula Phillips and Gus van den Brink

25 Years of Service – Cora Bowden


20 Years of Service – John Mazetis, Annette Rumisek, Mark Mitchell


15 Years Of Service – Colleen Corcoran, Joel Manzo, Jason House, Eleanor Slapa, Beverly Ochylski


10 Years Of Service – Lamar Bradshaw, Algirdas Jurjonas, Wayne Carlson, Leon King,
Michael Corcoran, Jane M. Pisha, Bernard Cronwall, Keidre Pugh, James E. Ellis, Darcel Robinson, Clarence Gifford, Terence Scott, Andre Jordan, Verna Williams,


10 Years of Achievement – Susan J. Hoffman, Lisa E. Scheiber, James Young


5 Years Of Service – Brent Acey, Jozef Molek, Nathaniel James Ayala, Michelle Purrazzo, Mark Blanusha, Charles Robinson, Robert Byrnes, Hanna Salman, Antonio Cherry, Devyani Shah, Ebonie Coleman, James Sumner, Raymond Chiarito, Nicholas Tomaszewski, Margaret Doering, Beatrice Vega, Billy Evans, Kenneth West, Dominique Jones, Preston Williams, Dana Whalen



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: Hope you can join us in some way to support our Winter Wonderland! WISHING YOU AND YOURS A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!







Hosted by  the ACTION Sertoma Club!

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



Mental Health Training to Benefit Community
Sertoma Centre’s Mental Health Services was recently awarded a Title XX Grant to provide prevention and education programs to raise awareness about mental illness. Programs will be offered to community groups, schools, law enforcement agencies, religious organizations, schools, and other community groups. Programs will include Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Mental Health First Aid for Youth, Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) and Anxiety/Depression Screenings.

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.

Our trained staff will provide the Anxiety and/or Depression Screening at your college, place of business, health fair, community organization, club, social service agency, faith community or other organization. Referral information for treatment will be provided, when needed.
Other trainings will include a mental health overview, “Hearing Voices That Are Distressing,” presentation and Specific Disorders Presentations tailored to your group.
To learn more or schedule training, contact Gia Washington at 708-748-1951, Ext. 418 or email at

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