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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

     The 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.

     A 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
Executive Director

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