Hello Mary,

Happy Summer! We hope you and your family are enjoying these long and sun-filled summer days. Our individuals served have been busy getting outside, volunteering, exploring possible jobs, and creating art for fun!

As you know, we appreciate ANY donation that you give to Shore! Every dollar makes a huge difference. Thank you in advance for your generous support!


Happy 4th of July!

Joannie Laity, Direct Service Professional (DSP) and Shore individuals served made this beautiful mural while discussing what happiness means for Summer 2023. 

Left to right with back row: Philip, Paul, Vincent, Marcus 

Next Row Forward: Liz, Carol, Josh

Front: Sam 

Shore CEO, Alexis India Alm, Interviewed by Authority Magazine

and ABC7 Chicago

July is Disability Pride Month. To honor the achievements and struggles of people with disabilities, ABC7 Chicago reporter Samantha Chatman interviewed Shore CEO, Alexis India Alm, on June 30th to talk about community employment challenges and opportunities for Shore's individuals served.

Authority Magazine also conducted an in-depth interview with Alexis about how businesses can make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, as well as, best practices to be more welcoming and inclusive for disabled employees and customers.

Click below to read the magazine article and to see the ABC7 interview video (For the video, be sure to scroll down to the second video in the article to locate it).

Click Here for Authority Magazine Article
Click Here for Shore's WGN7 Story

Shore's 28th Annual Golf Outing - A Perfect Day!

Our 28th Annual Golf Outing and silent auction was on June 23rd and was a huge success! We had a picture perfect day at the Deerfield Golf Club. We are grateful to our amazing Board Members and co-chairs (pictured here) Matthew Margolis and David Lloyd for their tireless efforts in recruiting generous and kind golfers and getting amazing donations for the raffle and silent auction.

We celebrated with breakfast, a 9:00 a.m. tee time, lunch, a quick ComEd update from Kevin, fantastic raffle prizes and an overall gorgeous day of golf. It was a wonderful day to celebrate as we raised critical funds for Shore.

Left: Our amazing co-chairs, Matt and Dave, were the dream team!

Lower Left: Kevin, a Shore individual served and ComEd ambassador provided all of us with valuable tips for staying cool this summer.

Below: Golfers Vicki Kellerman, Renee Cohen, Paula Kooperman and Susan Mandel enjoy the golf outing together.

Bottom Right: Joe Blau and Roger Lane enjoy some quality time together.

Board Member Kevin Katz enjoys a lovely day of golf with his mother, Marcia Massey.

Matt Margolis, Shore Board Member and Golf Outing Co-Chair, spends time with the many golfers he invited to this wonderful event.

Shore's Debbie Shulruf enjoys the day with her son, Joel, and husand, Jay.

We are grateful that Honorary Board Member, Robin Thomas could join us by volunteering her time at the Golf Outing.

Mary Matz, Debbie Shulruf, and Dr. Sathiaseelan help golfers check in at the Shore Golf Outing.

Shore's 72nd Annual Meeting a Huge Success

Shore's 72nd Annual Meeting was a wonderful gathering where we honored several clients, an Employer of the Year, and Volunteers of the Year. In addition, two Board members (outgoing Board President, Natalie Romano and Douglas Schwartz) received Distinguished Service Awards. We were thrilled to welcome our new Board President, Meridith Adams. We celebrated Shore and our award winners at Moretti's on June 19; it was truly a special evening for all.

Shore CEO Alexis India Alm, kicked off the evening by thanking all for joining and presenting outgoing Board President, Natalie Romano with a Distinguished Service Award for her wonderful leadership and 19+ years of service to Shore as Board President as well as many other key board positions in her many years of serving Shore. She has brought in a fresh perspective, positive energy, and many new relationships to Shore's Board. Natalie will move to Shore's Honorary Board and we will remain grateful for her efforts and leadership for years to come.

Douglas Schwartz, who was unable to attend, received a Distinguished Service Award for his 17 years of service on Shore's Board. Doug became involved in 2000 and served in many capacities. His architectural expertise has been invaluable; we are beyond grateful for all that Doug has done to make Shore a special place.

Incoming Board President, Meridith Adams, will provide strong leadership. She has been a valuable member of Shore's Board for many years. Meridith talked to the group about her passion for Shore and the amazing family tradition she will carry forward. We are so happy to have Meridith's leadership as Shore transforms into the future able to meet the new challenges ahead. Thank you, Meridith!

Esther Wilson and Pam Kinder, from Club Demonstration Services (CDS), graciously accept their award for Shore's Employer of The Year along with Job Coach, Ryan Polley, and Brian Keran, a Shore client who has happily worked at CDS for over a year.

Esther and Pam (from CDS) were honored to receive this award from Shore and they graciously told the audience they would love to hire more qualified candidates from Shore and hope to grow our relationship. We are so happy to work with Esther, Pam, and CDS!

Steve Burke is pictured with Job Coach, Ryan Polley after being presented with a Personal Achievement Award. Steve completed his Ready to Work Certificate last fall, enjoyed his classes, and felt ready to seek community employment.

Steve soon got a job at Jewel in Niles as a bagger. He loves his position, especially making friendly small talk with customers. He likes is supervisors and coworkers too. Stave says that Shore "never gave up on me and gave me new life and purpose."

We're proud of Steve's accomplishments; he's our first success story after initiating the Ready for Work program. His success inspires is peers. Congratulations on winning a 2023 Personal Achievement Award!

Michael Joyce, pictured above with Lanisa Abrams, Director of LLC and Residential Services won a Personal Achievement Award. He moved into the Brown CILA in early 2021 and takes great pride in doing his laundry, helping with barbequing chicken, and sitting on the patio listening to his favorite oldies.

He loves taking walks and his new favorite activity is going to dinner at Dengeo's in Skokie.

Michael recently requested that new Superhero pictures be placed on his living room wall because "why not have a picture of Spiderman, Captain American or Iron Man?" Thank you Michael for being such a great addition to our resident home in Evanston!

William Philip McEnroe was presented with a Personal Achievement Award by Necole Miller, Shore's Chief Program Officer.

Philip has been a Shore residential client since April 11, 2016. He's made tremendous progress navigating the public transportation system in and around Evanston. Philip volunteers around the townhome by taking care of the raspberry bushes in front of his unit and leaves fresh water on the lawn for the local birds.

When the opportunity presents itself again, he wants to return to volunteering at the Lois Lloyd Center, reading to clients. Philip has developed good comradery with his roommate, who shares housekeeping duties equally. They enjoy going to the local pub together on Fridays. Philip enjoys bowling, participating in the Special Olympics, and watching sports, especially Cubs baseball games. His personal support staff report that he is friendly and has a good sense of humor. He enjoys testing their knowledge of TV trivia.

Philip gave a beautiful acceptance speech and his family as well as his roommate, Jerry's family were happy to celebrate this special honor together!

Isabel Castillo was presented with a Personal Achievement Award from Alex Halilovic, Director of Shore Homes.

Isabel is our “girly girl” at Shore Homes East; she loves wearing dresses and cute accessories. Isabel is always ready for a party, and is considered by her home as the best dancer. She has a passion for music, especially Elvis, and movies. She learned to use a laptop to listen to her favorite Latin Music.

Isabel's family visits her at Shore Homes East, bringing so much joy into Izzy’s life. Recently Isabel has joined the Lois Lloyd Center for day programming. Attending LLC is one of the best things to happen to her. She has formed new friendships, enjoys painting, looking at books and magazines, movies, and has joined the walking club. Isabel is a ray of sunshine who brings light to all around her. 

Larry Lasko was thrilled to receive his Personal Achievement Award from Lanisa Abrams, Director of Lois Lloyd Center and CILAs.

Larry has been a part of the Lois Lloyd Center since January of 2007. His favorite activity is to greet guests as they enter the building and then to formally introduce himself. After his introduction, he must get your name. This makes Larry feel important and it’s his way of saying, “you are visiting my Day Program”. Larry is helpful; when it comes to activities, he enjoys nature walks, especially when the sun is shining brightly, and dancing to his favorite Michael Jackson songs.

Larry recently stumbled across his new passion of walking to the Skokie Mart and purchasing a large Cherry Slurpee or Diet coke. He loves the interaction that occurs while he is out in the community making a purchase. Given Larry’s caring nature, helpful spirit, and polite manners, he was chosen as the 2023 Personal Achievement Recipient for the Lois Lloyd Center. Keep up the great work Larry! 

Jacqueline Williams and Alfred Deutsch were each honored with a John S. Hubner Volunteer of the Year award. SKTC was fortunate to have not just one, but two volunteers this past year who were selected as Volunteers of the Year award recipients. 

Jacqueline “Jackie” Williams and Alfred Deutsch took turns volunteering to monitor individuals served arrival at the back door of SKTC. This was extremely helpful to maintain safety and allow Shore staff to focus on other tasks. Our Shore clients quickly developed a rapport with both Jackie and Al and greatly enjoyed being greeted in the morning by both of them as a warm welcome to their day! We appreciate each of these two special volunteers for giving their time to help everyone start their day brighter with joy and positivity each morning. 

The John S. Huber Volunteer of the Year Award is named in memory of a dear friend and supporter of Shore.

Thank you to Sandra Buzard

Shore Board Member, Sandra Buzard, has done so much for many years to help plan the Spring Benefit. Her husband, Tim Buzard, has helped Shore to raise valuable funds with his many wonderful White Sox donations. We wanted to show our gratitude for all of Sandra's and Tim's time and efforts with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Thank you, Sandra and Tim!

Shore's Ready To Work Program Leads to More Jobs!

Daniel volunteered for over a year at Niles Food Pantry and last fall went through Shore's Ready for Work certificate program. Daniel began applying for jobs with support from Diana Stachura, one of Shore's Job Developers. He was hired at Portillo's in Niles as a Dishwasher in April. Daniel is so happy to be appreciated for his hard work as well as receiving a paycheck for his regular efforts. Congratulations, Daniel! 

Daniel puts clean dishes away before he gets back to his washing station.

Daniel loves keeping busy at his new job and is appreciative of the support he has been given from Shore.

Shore Volunteers for Meals on Wheels Deliveries

ndividuals have been volunteering weekly at Meals on Wheels Northeastern in Evanston. Each week they pack bread to be included in Meals on Wheels deliveries. They look forward to volunteering each week; we are so excited about this partnership with Meals on Wheels!

Below First: Murtaza and Priscilla (front chairs) and Joyce and Jason (back chairs)

Below Bottom: Renata and Maurice (front chairs) and Janie and Patrick (back chairs)

Koenig Center Celebrates May and June Birthdays

Left: Patrick (standing), Bill, Priscilla, Jason, and George enjoy their sweet treats for their birthday.

Below: Priscilla, Jason and Patrick take their celebration outside!

Energy Tip From Kevin

My name is Kevin and I am a ComEd Ambassador. Here is my energy saving tip of the month.

A great way to save energy is to use solar and motion detection lights. Let the sun charge up your lights during the day and enjoy a beautiful lit path at night. Not only do you save energy with motion detection lights, it also helps with safety. They automatically light up as you approach, and help deter crime. 

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