Posted by Al Anile

Left to right: Jason Wicha, Club President - Howard Meyer, SCF Deputy Vice Chair - Joy Schaefer, SCF Secretary 
The Skokie Community Foundation received a check in the amount of $1,000 from The Skokie Valley Rotary Club.


The Skokie Community Fund was established in 2010 by a small group of Skokie residents who want to foster a supportive, engaged, and dynamic community in Skokie through meaningful giving, collaboration, and community programming. In the summer of 2017 the Fund became a 501c3 and the Skokie Community Foundation was created.

Our goal is to seek out and partner with donors and community builders who share our vision so that we can build a community resource that will benefit Skokie now and one hundred years from now.

Left to right: Dave Gendel, David Schoenberg, Jason Wicha

KESHET received a check in the amount of $1,000 from The Skokie Valley Rotary Club.

Keshet is internationally recognized for its leading edge services for individuals with disabilities. 
From its local programming at over seventy sites in the Chicago area to its international consultations, the organization strives to meet its most important mission: To do whatever necessary to allow individuals with disabilities to achieve their potential.

From its core programs for children and adults with intellectual challenges in the Chicago area, to its international consulting work, Keshet serves over 1,000 individuals with disabilities and touches the lives of many more family members, peers, supporters, and other stakeholders around the globe. 

For the past 35 years, Keshet has integrated students, campers, residents, and employees with disabilities into over 70 sites in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. Globally, Keshet has trained over 15,000 staff members, proving the tools necessary for successful inclusion.

Keshet’s local leadership, comprised of nearly 100 lay leaders from all walks of life, provide the inspiration, direction, and funding required to fulfill the organization’s mission: to do whatever is necessary to allow individuals with disabilities to achieve their potential.

Left to right: Jason Wicha - Jennifer Sultz, Development Director - Peter Robichaux, The Living Room Coordinator and Therapist 

Turning Point received a check in the amount of $1,000 from The Skokie Valley Rotary Club.

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center is an outpatient mental health center with a mission to provide solid support, when you need it most.  We provide expert, affordable and compassionate care to people during some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Turning Point was established in 1969 as an area mental health center and has grown to serve residents in communities throughout metropolitan Chicago. We are easily accessible by public transit. We are conveniently located two blocks north of the CTA Yellow Line Oakton Street station, and are on the CTA bus lines #97 and #54A.

Our community is diverse. Clients range widely in age, diagnosis, and socioeconomic group. Client cultural, ethnic and religious orientations are as diverse as the staff available to serve them. Fees structured on a sliding scale flex to align with each client’s income.

In addition to primarily serving clients in Skokie and the surrounding communities of Morton Grove, Niles, Lincolnwood, and Evanston, Turning Point also sees clients from 47 other communities including clients from as far north as Antioch and McHenry to our western neighbors of Schaumburg and Lombard and south throughout the City of Chicago.

Our service is comprehensive. Brief or long-term care is available. Turning Point provides outpatient individual and group therapy for all ages, psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring, case management, and a residential living program. Turning Point has consistently been awarded the highest rating from The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Jason Wicha, Club President (left) Jessica T. Claudio, Grants Manager (right)

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center received a check in the amount of $500 from The Skokie Valley Rotary Club.

The Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center was built on the courage of survivors, staff, volunteers and donors, we have been serving the community as a non-profit center against sexual assault and abuse since 1983.

We pride ourselves on the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center  experience. Our locations are designed to operate on the principle that a holistic environment, composed of safe, tranquil, and nurturing physical surroundings and compassionate staff, can significantly enhance the healing process so that all survivors can heal, safely, in their own way.