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!
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.