Appendix A – Community Resources

Community Resources

The following resources are community partners with the Human Services program at the College of DuPage. These materials are protected by copyright unless otherwise noted and for information purposes only. Please visit these websites for the most current information.

Our Life-Changing Story

Founded in 1950, Ray Graham Association serves nearly 2,000 people with disabilities and employ about nearly 350 people. Ray Graham enriches lives by empowering those we support and those who care for them to reach, grow, and achieve. Thank you for being a part of this life-saving and life-giving mission.

Our Purpose-Driven Mission

Thanks to your continued support, Ray Graham Association provides a loving community, stability, and personal care,
for nearly 2,000 people with disabilities. Our goal is to empower people to:

  • Reach their potential by providing access to therapeutic programs, recreation, and family support resources.
  • Grow their future through neighborhood living, life-skills training, and employment opportunities.
  • Achieve their goals by pursuing personalized plans with measurable actions and results.

Our Ground-Breaking Namesake

J. Ray Graham (1898-1961) was a lifelong public servant. He was an educator, administrator, and superintendent for various Illinois school districts before being appointed the first Director of Special Education in the state. Innovative and pioneering, he advocated for people with disabilities as an expert lecturer in the field.

Our Person-Centered Ethos

Ray Graham Association believes in a person-centered approach to care and community. We provide people with disabilities and their families an array of services that cater to their individual needs, strengths, and dreams. Putting people first leads to a happier and healthier community.

Title VI Non-Discrimination

Ray Graham Association complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which states, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The final Title VI Program can be found here, which includes an explanation of the complaint and appeal process.

Ray Graham Association
901 Warrenville Road, Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532

Call Us: 630-620-2222

Alcohol & Drug Substance Abuse Treatment Center

For over 30 years, Serenity House has consistently and successfully met the increasing demands for substance abuse treatment through our full continuum of care that includes Adult and Adolescent Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient services, DUI, as well as our Halfway Houses and Recovery Homes. Our Halfway House services are unique in DuPage County as we remain the only facility of its kind offering a 90-day Extended Residential Care Treatment Program specific to assisting individuals recovering from substance abuse. Our programs provide a holistic approach that focuses on integrating men and women back into their surroundings as self-sufficient, productive members of their communities while improving the quality of life for their families.

Serenity House began as a four-bed cottage in 1985. Today, we host a current capacity of 107 beds in our men’s and women’s residential programs and over 200 individuals in our outpatient programs. Through the years, treatment has developed into a broad range of interventions and now includes individual counseling, group counseling, family support including family nights, and sober fun activities.


891​ ​S.​ ​Rohlwing​ ​Rd.
Addison,​ ​IL​ ​60101

Teen Parent Connection


Teen Parent Connection is a nonprofit agency serving teen parents in DuPage County as they navigate the challenges of both parenthood and adolescence. In addition, we offer school-based pregnancy prevention education programs in both middle schools and high schools to help reduce the risk of teen pregnancy. We are a staff, board, and community dedicated to empowering young families and creating the best possible start for young mothers, young fathers, and their babies.


Led by Jeanne Altendorf-McLennan, a registered nurse who was Prenatal Services Coordinator at Hinsdale Family Medicine Center, a group of dedicated founders established Teen Parent Connection (formerly Greater DuPage MYM) in June 1985. Their purpose was to provide adolescent parents with parenting education, support, and resources to improve the outcomes for young parents and their children.  Teen Parent Connection is currently the only agency in DuPage County providing comprehensive programs and services related to teen pregnancy and parenting.


The mission of our organization is “to serve the community through education on the realities and responsibilities of teenage pregnancy and through long-term assistance to adolescent parents for their development of self-esteem, parenting skills, and empowerment towards self-sufficiency.”   The primary goal of the organization is to provide services that will prevent child abuse and neglect among this at-risk population.


475 Taft Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Tel: (630) 790-8433
Fax: (630) 790-4530


About YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Founded in 1876, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is a social enterprise committed to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. As a leading association among a national network of more than 200 YWCAs, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago impacts tens of thousands of women and families annually through comprehensive human services provided across the region. YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is a leading service provider in the areas of sexual violence support services, early childhood and child care provider services, family support services, youth STEM programming, and economic empowerment services. Located in the third-largest American city with the third-highest percentage of women in the U.S., YWCA Metropolitan Chicago serves as a national incubator for innovative programming, outreach and engagement strategies. Contributing to our diverse and balanced economy, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is working at the individual and systems levels to create an inclusive marketplace where everyone thrives. The organization is also an active member of many national, state, county and city-level coalitions, representing the interests of and advocating for policies that positively affect women and families.

347 S. Gladstone, Aurora, IL
Aurora, IL 60506

One N. LaSalle, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL 60602-4039


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