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!
Like so many other parents who have disabled adult children, I started to visit various agencies and came across Rimland. Although letting my daughter live somewhere else was maybe the hardest choice in my life, I knew it was the best decision for her. Within the first day she was with Rimland, she adjusted so well. Every time I visit her at her group home, she is smiling and happy. I can never thank Rimland enough for the kind loving care they provide.