In 1971, three local Sertoma Clubs created a sheltered workshop in Alsip, IL called Sertoma Job Training Center. The purpose of the facility was to create a place for individuals with disabilities to work. The 3,000 square foot facility was built on land donated by the Lombard family and opened with 11 individuals and four staff.
In 1987, the name was changed to Sertoma Career Center, and served over 200 consumers. The facility also expanded to 43,800 square feet. Throughout the 1990s, additional programs were added and Residential Services opened Sertoma’s first Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) home.
Sertoma Centre opened its second location in 2000, on 127th street in Alsip. This facility is home to sub-contract packaging and training services, developmental training and school transition.
After renovations at the 123rd street building were completed in 2002, additional programs such as our Senior Services, Bridge Program, Developmental Training, Administration, Trans-portation and Janitorial Services (J-Team) were expanded or added.
In 2009, Sertoma Centre moved its Mental Health Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program to Matteson, Illinois and expanded in 2014 to become a comprehensive community mental health center.