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OVERVIEW

Search is a community-based nonprofit. Our programs serve more than 500 people and their families annually at locations stretching from the southwest side of Chicago to the northern suburbs of Waukegan and Mount Prospect. Search has provided high-quality services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1968. Our services include supported living arrangements, adult learning and employment programs, as well as medical, behavioral, therapy and home-based services.

Mission

Search empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, accept a valued role in their community and lead rich, rewarding lives.

Vision

Search’s vision is of a world where all people live, learn, work and play alongside one another, bringing their unique abilities to the community.

History

Search got its start in 1968 as a grassroots movement of parents in the Cabrini Green neighborhood of Chicago advocating for the inclusion of their children into the public school system. Standing up against the segregation of people with disabilities from their communities is core to our legacy.

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Board of Directors

Alan Nadolna, Chairman
Associates Group, Inc.

Ray Covyeau, Vice Chairman
International Real Estate Brokerage

Tim Wayras, Treasurer

John Friedland, Secretary 
Family Focus, Inc. – Retired

Suzanne Averill
Associates Group Inc.

Leo Durkacz
Federal Bureau of Investigation - Retired

Ken Jenero
Holland & Knight

Brett Johnson
Industrial Growth Partners

Thomas Nathan
Munday & Nathan

Paul Pappageorge
Ashland Capital Advisors

Pete Petersen
Rogers Benefit Group

Katie Schmid
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Cory Gumm
Chief Executive Officer

Greg Petersen
President

Accreditation & Licensure

Search, Inc. is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

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Giving Tuesday 2021 Coleman Foundation Matching Announcement

Giving Tuesday 2021 Coleman Foundation Matching Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 20, 2021

Contact: Grace Lipscomb, Development Manager (773) 305-5000 x 55 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donations of $200 or more will be matched with a $200 gift from the Coleman Foundation this Giving Season!

Chicago, IL – The Coleman Foundation, a private foundation that invests in organizations working in the areas of Developmental Disability Services, Cancer Care and Health Rehabilitation Services, and Entrepreneurship has awarded Search Inc. with a matching grant in support of its 2021 #GivingTuesday campaign.

Starting November 1, you have a special opportunity to maximize your donation to Search Inc. (Search)! From November 1 to November 30, any gift of $200 or more to Search will be matched with a $200 gift from the Coleman Foundation. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by midnight on November 30, #GivingTuesday. Your donation, of any amount, will help us reach our goal!

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Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday takes place on November 30th, 2021 this year. Search CEO Cory Gumm shares, “Search has participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to generosity and giving back, for 8 consecutive years. The Coleman Foundation has been a partner for us every one of those years. We are so grateful for their support, and for the opportunity they provide to our incredible donors to make their collective generosity go even further. Together, we have been able to raise essential private funding for Search’s programs and services impacting over 350 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities every year.”

“We couldn’t have made it through the unprecedented challenges of the past 20 months without the support of our incredible friends and families. As we slowly begin to rebuild and reinvent our services for a post-pandemic era, we are counting on our supporters more than ever to help us keep the momentum going.”

Donations to Search this Giving Season will make a real and lasting impact. All donations will go to support our programs and homes; allow our individuals to explore, volunteer and work in their local communities; access high-quality healthcare and behavioral health services; and spread disability awareness through trainings at businesses, schools and organizations in the Chicago area and beyond.

This Giving Season, Give for the HEART of it. Give for the match.

About Search Inc.

Search is a community-based nonprofit organization providing high-quality services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1968. We serve over 350 individuals and their families at locations stretching from the southwest side of Chicago to the northern suburbs of Skokie and Mount Prospect.

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Trailblazers 2021 Honoree: Search's Frontline Staff

Trailblazers 2021 Honoree: Search's Frontline Staff

This past year has been among the most challenging in Search's 50+ years. It’s striking to think of just how drastically our lives have changed. All of us have been impacted in some way by the pandemic, having to cope with disruptions to our daily lives and uncertainty about the future. All of us have been called to action whether it’s been to stay at home or to go out and work to serve others.

Here at Search, our staff members - from our Direct Support Professionals to our case managers to our management and clinical teams to our IT department and physical plant crews - have shown up to support the people we serve and each other in a time of great need. They haven’t had the option of staying home because for the individuals we serve, Search IS home. During this crisis they have been working around the clock to keep people safe, healthy and maybe most importantly in good spirits.

As one of our valued staff members put it, “We are Search Strong! Hold onto hope, look for the helpers, and take time to breathe! After the storm comes the rainbow."

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When infection rates peaked in the spring of 2020, and then peaked again in the fall, 83 staff members sacrificed time with their families and volunteered to live-in 24/7 for weeks at a time at our 29 residential sites. This was put in place to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus for the individuals we serve. In some cases, staff members volunteered for live-in duty knowing that individuals in the home they would be working at had tested positive for COVID-19.

Live-in staff had to monitor residents for symptoms, including routine temperature checks and symptom management. This was all while preparing meals, cleaning and sanitizing the home, assisting individuals with taking their medications and simply helping the residents cope with the disruption this pandemic has caused in their lives by having a little fun – all while wearing PPE!

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As live-in volunteer Ashley put it at the time, “These ladies needed around the clock care. They needed to know that they would not go through this time alone but with a familiar face around the house. This is a big adjustment for all of us and all we can do is continue to be optimistic and keep positive vibes flowing throughout the atmosphere.”

Then, there were the remarkable, yet mostly unseen, contributions of our operations teams working tirelessly to make sure that every day (and not so every day) operations like staffing of our program sites, payroll, recruitment and the distribution of PPE continued without interruption under challenging circumstances.  Staff spent endless hours on their laptops with Search participants making sure that almost every hour of the day was filled with opportunities for remote activities on Zoom, from daily workout sessions to virtual tours of museums to online dance parties. The physical plant team went above and beyond to keep our homes and program sites well taken care of and safe for the individuals we serve and their support staff.

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Everyone pitched in to do everything they could. Staff members did the grocery shopping for our homes, built activity boxes, and provided daily no contact deliveries of food, medication and other supplies to 29 different residential sites over the course of this past year. Our clinical services team spared no effort to make sure that our residents got the critical medical, nursing and behavioral health care they needed and deserved without interruption, even as they sheltered in-place at home.

Regardless of position title or job description, each to a person at Search set aside personal risk and stepped up to selflessly take their place on the frontline of our pandemic response. Whatever role they might have played at Search before COVID-19, each one is a frontline hero now, and we are so grateful for their bravery, dedication and compassion. Their resilience, grace and optimism in the face of adversity has been a constant source of light in this difficult time.  At every single level, in every program, the commitment of our staff has shined through. We are thrilled to honor our Front Line Heroes with our 2021 Search Trailblazer Award.

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Read more about our other Trailblazers 2021 Honoree, Resurrection University Nursing and Health Sciences.

Register for our virtual event on Thursday, May 20th here.

Learn more about our 2021 event here.

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Our Alliance

The Keystone Alliance was founded in 2009 through a unique partnership between two like-minded nonprofits with similar missions, Glenkirk and Search, Inc. The Keystone Alliance was created in the interest of generating administrative efficiencies and sharing best practices. Today, Search’s administrative overhead is just 8.5% of its total expenses. Glenkirk and Search have benefited greatly from sharing innovations and best practices with one another.

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