Highland Park Facility Renovation

A year after acquiring Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park, NSSRA is on its way to having a place to call home, allowing participants’ to have their own space to play and grow. The Highland Park facility will be renovated to meet our participant and programming needs.


  • 2013: NSSRA Board of Directors identified the need for a new facility.
  • 2013 – 2019: NSSRA searches for the right facility and location.
  • August 2019: Lakeside Congregation is acquired.
  • September 2019: NSSRA Foundation announces its $2.2M capital campaign to fund the renovation of participant spaces in NSSRA’s newly purchased facility in Highland Park.
  • November 2020: NSSRA Board approves renovation project.
  • December 2020: Renovation project begins.
  • September 2021: Renovation project is scheduled to be completed.


The renovation project will include a variety of updated participant spaces, including a courtyard, participant lounge, four multipurpose rooms, fully accessible washrooms, a library, a teaching kitchen, a great room, updated offices, and onsite storage.

Highland Park Floorplan


Great Room & Recreation Rooms #1, #2 #3 And #4

  • Flexible space for all programming, from dances for large groups of up to 250 people to skill development programs for ten people or less.
  • Divisible into multiple configurations to accommodate a variety of groups and activities simultaneously.
  • Space dedicated for fitness, wellness, and art programming for participants of all ages.
  • Ideal home for adult day programs.

Recreation Rooms

Participant Lounge

  • An inviting entry area for participants, families, and community members.
  • A comfortable and vibrant lounge for participants to spend time together before and after programs while waiting for transportation.
  • The place to be for all NSSRA participants.

Participant Lounge


  • Commercial teaching kitchen to support programming throughout the facility.
  • Ideal for various cooking programs and independent skill development opportunities for all ages.


Front Courtyard

  • Appealing outdoor space for socializing, programming, gardening, and small events when weather permits.


  • Dedicated space for participants’ small group programming.



  • Vital amenity for all participants to easily access both floors.

Meeting Room

  • Designated private meeting room for participants or their families to meet with NSSRA staff.

Entry “Walk N’ Roll” Way

  • Fully accessible walkway connecting the parking lot to the building’s main entrance and front courtyard.

Accessible Washrooms

  • Completely accessible and custom-designed to NSSRA participant needs.
  • Design focus on independence, privacy, dignity, and accessibility.

Gator Storage & Laundry Room

  • Ample onsite storage space and laundry capacity for all Gator gear, including equipment, uniforms, and supplies.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Hub

  • Specifically designed section of the parking lot focused on safety at all times of the day or night. Ensures participants are out of all traffic patterns coming to and leaving NSSRA programs.


Altogether, this project, including facility purchase, is expected to cost approximately $8.85M. Here’s how we are paying for it.

  • Partner Agencies: NSSRA’s 13 partner agencies fund $4.9 Million.
  • Generous Family Contribution: $1.15 Million Gift from the Slotnick Family of Northbrook, in memory of Mitchell L. Slotnick.
  • NSSRA Foundation: $2.2 Million from it’s A Place to Belong Capital Campaign and $600,000 from Foundation reserves.

Progress Updates

Periodic progress update videos will be shared via email and NSSRA’s social media platforms. See below for recent progress updates!

December 15, 2020: Construction officially kicked off as contractors met with W.B. Olson, NSSRA’s Executive Director Craig Culp, and the renovation project team.

January 21, 2021: Installation of Ductwork has begun in the Great Room. Demolition in other areas of the building has continued.

Ductwork Great Room Highland Park Facility