birthday

Our son is nonverbal, but by his body language, we gather that he is proud, happy, he feels accepted and important, and that he belongs to an extended family – Rimland. Rimland nurtures his self-esteem, structures his daily activities, and installs goals. He used to be crabby, but now we often see him smile.

— The Crisostomos Family
Happy Birthday, Mrs. President!

Celebrating Mrs. Ganz

This past November, Rimland celebrated a milestone birthday of our beloved board president Lorraine Ganz. A retired special education teacher who holds a master’s degree in education from Illinois State University, Mrs. Ganz has dedicated her life’s work to improving the lives of young adults with significant behavioral challenges. As a co-founder and governance officer, she was instrumental in establishing the state of Illinois’ first community-based residential facility.  Mrs. Ganz has been a part of our leadership since the early years of Rimland and has played a key role in Rimland’s success since its inception. It was truly an honor for Rimland leadership to celebrate her milestone birthday with a luncheon at the organization’s headquarters. Lou Malnati’s pizza was served, along with a delicious “Death by Chocolate” cake. We wish you many happy returns of the day, Mrs. Ganz!