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Two major human service nonprofits to merge

Aspire and NorthPointe Resources, which provide services to people with developmental disabilities, joined forces on Aug. 1, 2019. The new entity will have an operating budget of more than $16.87 million.  READ MORE





Aspire is one of three agency in Illinois providing behavioral health services to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities  Click here to learn more.

At Aspire, our incredible team has stepped up to ensure the people we protect every day stay safe. We’ve been making adjustments to our operations, most notably keeping those we support healthy at our 24 community homes. We haven’t stopped – and won’t stop – ensuring we do all we can to keep everyone safe.

Friends, now more than ever, we need your help.

Some of our services may be limited right now, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped. We’re pull together to meet important, day-to-day, essential needs. Our community homes are still a 24/7 operation, and our incredible staff members continue to care for the individuals we serve around the clock. People are depending on us more than ever.

We recognize that many people are hurting right now. And believe a community that bands together can weather the uncertainties. If you are able and willing to lend a hand, please consider the following ways you can help:




  1. DONATE to our Aspire Response Fund. Any amount is helpful.
  2. Help us keep supplies in stock! The supplies we need the most right now are disinfectant wipes, latex and non-latex gloves, and paper products such as Kleenex, toilet paper and paper towels. Donations such as these can be dropped off at the Killian Center (3441 Sheridan Road, Zion) or at the Weinberg Career Academy (4110 Litt Drive, Hillside) Mondays or Wednesdays between 10 AM – 1 PM. To protect everyone’s health, we ask that you leave your items inside the first set of doors. Please fill out this in kind donation form to include with your donation. Our staff will then bring these items inside, distribute them to the homes, and send you a donation letter.
  3. Make a video: Say hi to those in our homes and post them on our Facebook page. Brighten their day!

These are the times that bring out the best in us. We can rally together – even if it’s virtually – to take care of each other. Our message is one of hope and happiness. Let’s seek the rays of sunlight that bring joy and delight in moments spent with family and friends. If you look for those moments, they’re there.

We’re going to get through this together. Stay strong, my friends.

Ever Forward,

Jim Kales, Aspire President and CEO


NorthPointe Resources is part of the ASPIRE!
As of August 1, 2019 NorthPointe joined the Aspire Family!
Aspire is a leading agency serving people with developmental disabilities based in Hillside, Illinois.

The similarity in our shared vision of inclusion for people with disabilities within our larger communities is remarkable. By coming together, and with your continued support, we aim to be one of the most recognized and respected disability service providers across the Chicago metropolitan area, Lake County (Illinois), and southeastern Wisconsin.

We believe joining forces has put us in the best possible position to build on our founders’ legacies, and grow our mission of building more inclusive communities that welcome people of all abilities by:
  · Providing innovative, quality services and solutions for the people we serve.
  · Continuing to build a culture of inclusion that transforms the community.
  · Embracing an entrepreneurial spirit, building on our unique social enterprises 

Your support over the years has been invaluable to us and we sincerely hope you are as enthusiastic about this future as we are. 

We truly believe that “Together, We’re Better” as one great organization,
and we are incredibly excited about the path ahead!


Ravinia’s “Sistema Ravina” group performs for program participants
The music performed by The Sistema Ravinia program, comprised of forty 4th graders and ten adults, was truly enjoyed by all of the program participants. After the performance everyone exclaimed that they loved the music and are hoping for another performance.

About Sistema Ravinia – Ravinia’s vision of an intensive and informational orchestral music education program fosters social development through exceptional music training for 3rd-8th grade students in Chicago and Lake County public schools. Inspired by the influential El Sistema model, students in the program receive daily ensemble and orchestral instruction in their instrument.

Caregiver Connections CARF InternationalHealth Matters Program  IARF OnPointe Training & Consulting

Since 1953, NorthPointe Resources has served people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and/or mental illness in Northern Illinois counties. NorthPointe Resources offers a variety of support services developed to ensure program participants achieve the highest levels of independence and community involvement. Every year there are approximately 500 participants in NorthPointe’s community-focused award-winning programs.