Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) Celebrates Grand Opening of New Facility in Highland Park on October 23

Northbrook, Illinois — September 01, 2021 – Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is elated to announce the grand opening of its new facility located at 1221 County Line Road in Highland Park. The public grand opening celebration will be on Saturday, October 23, from 2 – 5 pm. The celebration will feature an open house, building tours, music, a dedication ceremony, and light refreshments. All are invited to attend, for safety purposes, you must RSVP to registration@nssra.org.

The newly-renovated 30,000 square foot NSSRA facility, sitting on a 5.6-acre campus, features a variety of updated participant spaces, including a courtyard, participant lounge, five recreation rooms, fully accessible washrooms, a library, a teaching kitchen, drop-off/pick-up hub, along with updated offices and on-site storage.

“The new NSSRA facility will truly be a place to belong for our participants and their families,” said NSSRA Executive Director Craig Culp. “For the first time, the new facility gives participants a home-base and marks an important milestone in NSSRA’s long history of enriching the lives of people with disabilities in our partner communities. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our biggest house warming party ever!”

With approximately 16,000 square feet of dedicated programming space, NSSRA will be able to expand its program offerings, reduce waitlists by accommodating more participants and provide a home for its year-round adult day programs, including Enriched Lifestyles for Adults (ELA).

The ELA Recreation Room and additional recreation rooms, including the Cless Recreation Room, offer flexible programming space, from dances for up to 200 people to skill development programs for ten people or less. Divisible into multiple configurations, these rooms can accommodate a variety of groups and activities simultaneously.

The Ali-Cat Lounge features an inviting entry area for participants, families, and community members. It offers a fun, safe place for participants to spend time with friends before and after programs while waiting for transportation.

The Beverly Binstein Kitchen is ideal for various cooking programs and independent skill development opportunities for all ages. The Rosen Family Courtyard is an appealing outdoor space for socializing, programming, gardening and small events.

Every aspect of the renovation was completed with the needs of participants in mind. The designs of the fully accessible washrooms focus on independence, privacy, dignity and accessibility. The Edmonds Family drop-off/pick-up hub along with the LaChapelle Walk n’ Roll Way is a specifically designated section of the parking lot, focused on safety. The hub ensures that participants are out of all traffic patterns coming to and leaving NSSRA.

Roughly half of the $3.65 million in funds needed to purchase the building came from a capital reserve account created in 2013 when NSSRA Board of Directors, representing 13 partner agencies, identified the need for a new facility. The remaining finances needed were provided thanks to a significant contribution of $600,000 from NSSRA Foundation and a generous $1.15 million gift from the Slotnick Family of Northbrook, in memory of Mitchell L. Slotnick. NSSRA partner agencies shared about $3 million of the cost of renovating the facility. NSSRA Foundation’s “A Place to Belong” capital campaign also raised the remaining $2.2 million. For a list of sponsors and donors, visit www.nssrafoundation.org.

NSSRA purchased the building, formerly Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism, in August 2019, ending a six-year search for a new facility. In 2013, the NSSRA Board of Directors formally identified, in its Capital and Facility Acquisition Plan, a need for the most suitable permanent location for NSSRA. After much planning and due diligence, the NSSRA Board of Directors approved the renovation of the Highland Park facility in November 2020, officially breaking ground in December 2020. The NSSRA administrative office was formerly located in Northbrook.

 

Event Information:

NSSRA Grand Opening | Saturday, October 23 • 2 – 5 pm
NSSRA • 1221 County Line Road, Highland Park
Open to the public, all ages welcome.
If you’re interested in coming, for safety purposes, you must RSVP to registration@nssra.org; we’d love to see you!

RSVP by Friday, October 8. 

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