Who We Are
The West Suburban Association (WSAR) is a private organization that provides residential, recreational, and
living skills training services to adults with developmental disabilities.
The founding group of parents
began organizing services in 1955 because they were concerned about the quality of their children's
education. In 1958, they built their own school with the goal of providing an education that would
stimulate the "whole child". In 1982, the Deicke family's substantial donation allowed them to break ground
on a home in Lombard which opened in 1983. The home can accommodate up to 20 people with developmental
disabilities, and has received consistently high ratings during our physical
inspections. Since our
inception, the WSAR has provided crucial services to more than 250 different individuals and has
fulfilled essential community functions. The Deicke Home gives the men and women who live here an
opportunity to lead full and productive lives.
What We Provide
staff and volunteers at the Deicke Home provide a supportive and stable
environment with consistent programs and activities for people 21 years
old and older. Each
person is supported in improving their life skills, and are
encouraged to participate in all social, educational, and recreational
opportunities. Some people
also choose to participate in employment in the community.
Some examples of recent activities include involvement in Special
Olympics, Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA),
bowling at neighborhood lanes, volunteering their time to collect
for local Lionís Club candy drive, visits to museums, vacationing at
the Wisconsin Dells, shopping, swimming, sailing, fishing, ballgames,
participating in our annual Walk-A-Thon,
weekly library trips, tours of fire and police stations, and movies.
long list of volunteers help
the men and women gain skills in computers, arts and crafts, music,
current events, horticulture, religious studies, exercise and fitness,
animal therapy and seasonal planning.
As you can see, the staff and volunteers of the Deicke
Home are quite creative in finding ways to support
peoplesí interests in new, fun and educational ways
The Direct Support Staff members supervise and encourage people to be actively involved in all aspects of their home environment, using as many natural - life situations as possible as a source of training.
Guardians are kept informed of all events through a monthly newsletter from the Executive Director and a quarterly WSAR newsletter that goes out to all contributors, family and friends.
Where We Are Going
As we move the organization forward, our person-driven team supports and works with people with disabilities,
their families and the community to achieve personal outcomes.
Each person's goals are our goals.
Deicke Home Walk-a-Thon
If you or someone you know would like more information about the Deicke Home, please feel free to contact me directly.
Bruce E. Thompson