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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

Brett Johnson, Treasurer
Industrial Growth Partners

LaVon Green, Secretary
Purdue University Calumet

Suzanne Averill
Associates Group Inc.

Leo Durkacz
Federal Bureau of Investigation - Retired

John Friedland
Family Focus, Inc. – Retired

Ken Jenero
Holland & Knight

Thomas Nathan
Munday & Nathan

Paul Pappageorge
Ashland Capital Advisors

Pete Petersen
Rogers Benefit Group

Katie Schmid
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Beth Valukas
Chief Executive Officer

John Lipscomb
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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Partnerships & Funders

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Press Releases

In The News

Wilmette Life Disability Awareness Article

Wilmette Life Disability Awareness Article

Search's Disability Awareness Training program was recently featured in the Wilmette Life!

Click here to read the full article.

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The Grow Wire Show Features Planet Access Company

The Grow Wire Show Features Planet Access Company

We're proud to share that NetSuite's Grow Wire Show recently featured our good partners at Toad&Co and the origin story of Search's Planet Access Company Warehouse!

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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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