We are SRCA!
We were founded in 1949 in Berwyn, Illinois, at a time when children with disabilities were not allowed in public schools. Today, we serve adults with disabilities through our programs in Berwyn and our camp in Rockford.
We Serve with Love!
We provide a safe, supportive community for adults with developmental disabilities. We offer art, music and a summer and respite weekend camp in a caring environment. We serve thanks to gifts from our generous donors.
S’mores and more!
Our campground in Winnebago, IL is home-away-from-home for campers who come to enjoy themselves and socialize with friends. Some campers tell us it’s the highlight of their year! “Camperships” are available for those who qualify.
In 1949, a group of parents formed Mentally Retarded Children’s Aid (MRCA), a non-profit organization designed to provide functional education for their children.
With adequate funding and social supports, adults with disabilities fare best when mainstreamed into the community, widely accepted research studies show. Spurred by court decrees and a growing disability-rights movement, most states have closed some or all of their institutions and shifted funding to community-based residences like group homes. But in Illinois, not enough money has followed the people, the Tribune found.
Group homes have gone nearly nine years without an increase in reimbursement rates for staff wages. Overall, Illinois consistently ranks among the lowest five states for financial commitment to community care, federal records show.
“We’ve said all along the community system is grossly underfunded,” said Zena Naiditch, CEO of Equip for Equality, Illinois’ federally empowered disability-rights watchdog. “It’s been grossly underfunded for decades.”
Our clients have developmental disabilities and range in age from 18 to 75. They come to SRCA because they enjoy the community and can socialize with friends.
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