New Star Impact Report 2023

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Changing Changing Lives... Lives... ImpactReport 2023


Dear Friend,

We are pleased to present New Star's Annual Report on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff

At the core of New Star's mission is the belief that every person with an intellectual /developmental disability deserves the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life and be an active member of their community

Throughout the agency, our focus this year, and moving forward, is a commitment to person-centered care and community inclusion. Person-centered care puts the individual in charge of their choices. Social and community inclusion broadens and creates an increased sense of dignity, well-being, and self-esteem Our programs provide support and empowerment to individuals Our leadership is committed to the belief that the individuals we serve are at the center of their decision-making.

None of this would be possible without the help of our generous donors and sponsoring organizations I also want to thank our staff, family members, volunteers, sponsors, and community supporters Your partnership and your support are, and always will be, greatly appreciated. Together, we are spreading kindness and creating a world of inclusion.

Most sincerely,

New Star is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit community organization dedicated to challenging the limits and changing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana


Our Mission

To provide choices and opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families through a culture of innovation and caring to enrich their lives and maximize their independence

Our Vision

We envision a community where New Star will be the leading services solution provider to minimize discrimination and waiting lists while maximizing access to the services and supports that empower individuals to pursue community employment and living if they so choose, in order to assume their rightful roles in society as productive, valued citizens


FY23 RickThiernau Chair TomKallai ViceChair KaraZilis ViceChair

JayHiland Treasurer JudyPetrungaro Secretary MarchelleGoens

ReneeValfre NickYerkes

NedHorney MaryMayer RebeccaNagle


Your support and belief in our mission help us provide our consumers with a life filled with independence and a sense of self-worth Our consumers range in age from 5 to 91 years and include people with Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and other substantial chronic disabilities incurred before maturity


121 individuals live in 22 residential homes and two apartment buildings in eight communities.


CDS provides a wide array of weekday activities to 134 individuals focusing on community inclusion and the development and enhancement of personal interests, greater independence, and personal choice.


Provides residential, respite, community integration and recreational therapy support to 107 individuals throughout three counties in Northwest Indiana


Provides respite care, support, and assistance to 173 individuals


Supports more than 75 individuals each year with discovery, coaching, training, and job placement.


203 individuals participated in NSRS programs that included day camp and field trips, fall, winter and spring programming as well as mini-camps and events

571 Individuals Served total number served not duplicated

46% Females

54 % Males


New Star provides services in the following communities located throughout the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana.



Blue Island

Calumet City


Chicago Heights

Country Club Hills




Ford Heights



Hazel Crest









Oak Forest

Oak Park

Olympia Fields

Orland Hills

Orland Park

Palos Heights

Palos Park

Park Forest


Richton Park


S Chicago Heights

Sauk Village

South Holland



Tinley Park

University Park


Cedar Lake


Crown Point



East Chicago

Gary Griffith Hammond



Lake Station






Saint John




IllinoisDepartmentofHumanServices 709% IndianaFamilyandSocialServicesAdministration 125% FederalSources 68% ContributionsandEvents 4% LocalGovernment 1.9%
IllinoisDept.ofHumanServices IndianaFamilyandSocialServicesAdministration FederalSources ContributionsandEvents WorkContracts LocalGovernment Miscellaneous RevenuebySource TotalRevenue $18,217,149 $12,917,164 $2,280,497 $1,234,119 $735,488 $471,697 $345,180 $233,004 TotalExpenses $15,557,332


Like most mothers, Margaret Clark was extremely protective of her son, Richard.

"When you have a child with a disability, you build your own safe space," she said. "And, I was determined that I was the best one to protect him. He would stay home with me, and I was the best person to care for him "

But Margaret admitted she didn't realize how small Richard's world had become after graduating high school. They had a daily schedule, but it often meant that Richard would spend long hours alone. Margaret knew he missed the interaction with his friends

As time passed, Margaret saw Richard regress and knew there had to be a change She decided to bring Richard to New Star's Community Day Services program in Chicago Heights in 2019.

In New Star's Community Day Services, the program prioritizes the development of community-based living skills, such as using public transportation, accessing learning opportunities, participating in wellness activities, and utilizing local services.

However, the consumers are the decisionmakers in their day The program employs the three Es daily: Educate, Experience, and Exposure The consumers plan their day by sharing ideas and listening to staff who guide them. Ultimately, it is a group's decision on what experiences they want. Consumers in the Community Skills Program spend 80 percent of their time in the community

"I am amazed at the experiences Richard has had at New Star What a difference it has made in his life. I know I would not be taking him into the community like he does at New Star. But those experiences have expanded his world and made his life so much richer," Margaret said

"This is what I wanted for him It may have taken me a while to get there, but I can never go back," she said.


Sarah has always wanted to live in an apartment, make her own decisions, and be surrounded by her things, including her beloved cat

Sadly, she faced roadblocks throughout her life that took away her rights and choices But that changed when Sarah asked for help from a relative and became a New Star consumer shortly after.

She now lives in a perfect garden-level apartment that allows animals and a roommate in Crown Point, IN New Star supports her 24 hours daily and she also was able to rescue a cat

New Star provides support for activities of daily living, self-care, and mobility with the hands-on assistance, prompting, reminders, supervision, and monitoring needed to ensure the consumer's health, safety, and welfare.

"I know what to expect during the day, but I get to choose," Sarah said who informs her staff what she wants to do by using her picture schedule

Sarah makes all the choices in her day, and her staff assists her in her activities, whether going out with friends or even to a night out at the First Look for Charity event in Chicago.

"Her independence and the ability to make her own decisions is extremely important to her," said Debbie, her aunt

"She has learned to advocate for herself Everyone at New Star is listening to her and doing an am her aunt said.

Alexis(Lexi)Westerfieldwasnamedoneof12advocacyfellows hiredtojoinTheArcofIndiana'sAdvocacyLeadershipNetwork.

Lexi'sworkasaself-advocatebeganwhenshejoinedNewStar's ChallengingLimitsprogramdevelopedwithagrantfromTheLegacy FoundationinNorthwestIndiana

ThegranthelpedNewStardevelopaRightsProgramthatprovided theindividualsweservewiththeknowledgeandskillsontheirrights inordertocharttheirowncourse Overthecourseofthegrant,the groupbecamealocalchapterofSelf-AdvocatesofIndiana

"OurbeliefisthateducationiskeytohelpingindividualswithI/DD advocateforthemselves,togivethemavoiceandtoprovidea meanstobeheard,"saidKaraPierce,DirectorofIndianaServices "WeareexcitedforLexitoshareherpassionandprovide opportunitiestootherindividualswithI/DDtolearntheskillsneeded toadvocateforthemselves "



Sean, a New Star consumer, always wanted to work out in the community His goal was to find a job that he loved, wasn't seasonal, and was near his home

He began his trial with Panera Bread in Homewood, IL as a dishwasher in February 2019

At first, Sean had to become familiar with the fast pace of the restaurant With coaching from his New Star Employment Specialist, he soon got the knack

It was only a short time before he asked his manager, Mary Pyle, if he could come in and take on extra hours

"Of course I said yes," she laughed

Sean's work ethic has paid off In March 2023, Sean was named Assistant Manager of Panera

"We just love his passion for his job, and the employees just love him," Mary said "He is always going to give his best That's what you want in an employee "

When consumers express a desire to work in the community, they are referred to our employment specialists, who are trained to guide them through the DRS (Division of Rehabilitation Services) referral process

As an Employment First organization, we provide our consumers access to programs designed to assist them in finding work, including the DRS Milestone program, Supported Employment Contracts, and Illinois Ticket to Work


Research has shown that volunteering can be a successful pathway to employment in addition to contributing to a community and learning new skills

As part of our Community Day Services program, New Star consumers volunteer throughout the community.

Once a week, a group of consumers works at the Bloom Township Food Pantry in Chicago Heights Consumers also volunteer for Respond Now at two Chicago Heights and Sauk Village locations Consumers assist the diaper bank and food pantry and put together hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness.

The consumers also volunteer for Meals and Wheels in Will County once a week and are on their backup call group if another group cannot make their rounds

Consumers deliver the meals, knock on the door, and converse with the home-bound senior


New Star has 22 agency-owned and two privately owned Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs), licensed through the Illinois Department of Human Services. The houses are the consumer's homes where they make choices on what to eat, how to decorate their room and home, and what activities they want to pursue

In addition, we also have two independent apartment buildings that provide consumers the opportunity to live on their own with minimal support New Star, I-CILA program provides services for individuals who live independently but still need outside supports Some of our consumers live in our homes and apartments, while others live in their own residences. Individuals are assigned their own coordinator and personal support worker who help them achieve the goals listed in their Individual Support Plans





Honorarium gifts were made to recognize an individual on their birthday, anniversary, milestone or special occasion












Margaret Clark

Christopher Griffin

Greg Puchalski

Glenn Franco

David Franco

Diana Goens

Dianne Brewer

Nancy Kelly

Linda Kelly-Fisher

Willa Neugebauer

Carol Primozic

New Star Staff

Dennis Fioretti

Ned and Doreen Horney



John Nosich

Charles Nosich

Harold Pollack

Joy Ladin

Judith Rubinas

Patricia Martin

Joseph Rubinas

RichardSemprevivo MaryDeLaCruz



Pat Trebe

Robert Brecco

Janet Muchnik

Seth Zygarlicke








Ms LeilaWard



Memorial gifts are a lasting impact in tribute to a loved one who has passed away.


Major Armstead

Sharon Cruse-Armstead

Alma Del Bianco

Karen Belcher

Judy Carlson

Kathleen Dunne

Nicole Hoen

Mr & Mrs John Kmetz

Danuta Szlabowicz




Steve & Bruce Dublin

Jeffrey Mina

Dwight Dunlop

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Delie

Chicago Heights Engineering Group

Ms Michele Fitzgerald

Jim Hardy

Global Design MW Ltd

Mary Lewandowski

Mark and Ellen Marquardt

Deborah Schnell

Cindy, Gregg, Paige, Abbey Todd

Maureen Walsh





Ricky Grabowski

Jean Carson

Connie LaVelle

Patricia Trebe

Jack & Joyce Hiland

Jay Hiland

Janet Grubio

Mark and Melissa Pignotti

Susan O’Halloran

Mary Mayer

Debra Verschelde

Our Parents

Ann Kash

David Perkins

Adele Perkins

Peter Rubinas

Brandyn Radavich

Mary Ann Scukanec

Debby Cullison

Donna Wade

Michael Wade & Kathy Miller

Doris Weeks

Kenneth Bruggeman



Donor Gifts

We thank you for believing in our mission that every individual deserves to reach their goals and live a life of possibilities Your gifts made during Fiscal Year 2023 to New Star have touched hundreds of lives and have helped to break down barriers and blaze new trails by supporting our life-changing programs and services.


Aileen S Andrew Foundation

Eileen and Timothy Bergen

Diane and Roger Ryon

Nancy Seidler *

Ray Van Dyke



The Arc/Comcast

Michael and Joan Campione

First Look for Charity

Don and Marchelle Goens

Ned and Doreen Horney

Legacy Foundation

Old Plank Trail Bank

Thiernau Financial Services

United Way of Metro Chicago


Action Sertoma Club

BackSwing Golf Events, Inc

Carefree Sprinklers

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Larry and Susan Holliday

The Horton Group

Tom and Lynn Kuzma

Meany, Inc

Proven Business Systems

Providence Bank & Trust

Jack Robertson

Cheryl John Rosevear

Richard Semprevivo

Sheet Metal Workers' Union International Association

Local Union No 73

Daniel and Melissa Strick

Suburban Service League


Samantha Anderson

Rick Anhalt

Mark and Kelly Berardelli

William Boyce

Brady Industries of Illinois, LLC

Peggy Brennan

Laveryl and Gary Brown

Pavielle Brown

Terrence Boone

Kenneth and Carol Bruggeman

Peggy Burford

Bradley and Stephanie Byrd

Annabelle Casenas

Joel Castillo

D'Andre Carpenter

Maria Calvetti

Cheryl and Stephan Cherny

Margaret Clark

Crete Lions Club

Alma Del Bianco *

Anita Del Bianco

Jennifer Dahlman

Jessica Delgado

Herbert and Nancy Dollarhide

James Downs

David Dunlop

Jay Ehlman

Robert and Dianne Engram

Nicole Erickson

Judith Esterlein

Phillip and Livia Faso

Linda Kelly-Fisher and David Fisher

First Savings Bank of Hegewisch

Christopher and Rosalia Foit

Erica Gibson

Christopher Griffin

Karen Harper

Gregory Heim

Justin Henry

Jay and Gina Hiland

Homewood Rotary Foundation

Christina Houser

Arnette Hubbard

Mike Huber

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)


Rev Dr Elliott Johnson

Christopher and Allison Kaufmann

Steven and Diane Kauzlarich

Loren Kemp

Richard and Kelly Kint

Mark Killian

Scott Kizer

Knights of Columbus Council #13448

Chad Kodiak

Mary Kuzma

Ian Laterreur

Louis Dodd Insurance Agency

Timothy Lynn

Jeffrey Malizia

Ron and Genie Marklund

Patricia and Albert Martin

Betty Matlock

Mary Mayer

Steve McCoin

Michael McNicholas

Mesirow Financial

Wiley Moore

Mutual of America

NIR Roof Care

Nigro Roofing Restoration

NGS Enterprises, Inc / Casmir Records

Greg and Amy O'Brien

Paige Business Ventures

Jody Parks

Phillip Paige

PayPal Giving Fund

Marcia Pendexter

Kara and Brian Pierce

Cheryl Prater

Maria Puentes-Bugarin

Al and Cheri Reid

Anthony and Sharon Renzetti

Denice Rhodes

Krystal Roberts

Dennis Rothermel

Joseph Rubinas

Joe and Bridget Rubinas

Christy Schlothauer

Michael and Lindsay Segert

Mary and Bill Shepherd

Bryan and Nicole Sherrick

Keith and Kara Sias

Paul and Margaret Slade

Jullian Spearson

Donor Gifts


Edmund and Mary Kathryn Spindler

State Farm Companies Foundation

Sutton Auto Group Fund

Tom Templeton

Rick and Donna Thiernau

Diane Kelley-Thompson and James Thompson

Patricia and Robert Trebe

Toyota Financial

Michael Wade and Kathy Miller

Benjamin Weiskopf

Christina Wernick

Andrew Wible

Leola Woods

James and Gertie Wooten

Andrew Woyna

Arthur Young


ABA of Illinois

Amazon Smile


Todd Becker

Dale Becker

Bloom Township

Calumet City Plumbing

Angelique Cope

Courtwood LLC

Mary De La Cruz

Noreen Dowdall

Alexandra Dusza

George and Gem Foster

Catherine Freeman Hall

Pam and Greg Gastelum

Robert Grecco

David and Kathleen Gromala

Jim Hardy

Nicole Hoen

Paul Jackson

John and Sharon Jelinek

Andrea Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

John Kasperek Co, Inc

Berdia Lee

Chris Mays

Stefan Mourillon

Christy O'Halloran

Jeff Pasch

Lisa Perkins

Christine and Eric Rechsteiner

Stephen Reilly and Joanne O'Malley

Samuel and Donna Ross

Rotary Club of Chicago Heights/Park Forest

Michael Rubinas

Constance Schram

Carol Schroeder

Robert and Lori Scott

Tighe Shaffer

Timothy Shaw

Lerone Sidberry

Dr Micah Swansey

David and Karen Teichman

TriALco, Inc

Donna and Dan Vance

Alvenna Ward

Thomas and Theresa Wojtalewicz

Kari Zohfeld


Abbott Laboratories

Noelia Aguirre and Rita Aguirre


Dionne Archie

Arnie Bauer Buick GMC Cadillac

Larry and Carmen Ballentine

Jesse Barrett

BBC Fasteners

Big Apple Pancake House

Karen Belcher

Robert and Susan Benetti

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Geraldine Bergamini

Walt Bergren

Katherine Bergson

Robin Bettenhausen

David and Gina Betz

Beverly Ridge Funeral Home

Lisa Borden

Anita Boyd

John Bracha

Kelli Jean Brandt

Dianne Brewer

Sean Broderick

Raymond and Charlene Brower

Ellamae Brown

Lori Brown Runyon

Rose Butler-Hayes

Mark Campione

Serena Carr

Audrey Cast

Chicago Heights Engineering Group

Chicago Heights Lodge 1430

Michael Childress

Scott Cieniawski

Dolores Cleghorn

Anisha Combs

Ed Cornell

Sharon Cruse-Armstead

Debby Cullison

Kathy Curtis

Mary Dankowski

Randal and Carole Dawson

Sharon Del Bianco

Mike and Denice Delie

Kenyon Duner

Leroy and Linda Edmon

Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc

Alpha Lambda Chapter

Linda Fairleigh

Phillip Faso

Lorraine Fink

Dennis Fioretti

Maureen Fisher

Michele Fitzgerald

Dr Walter Flor and Cynthia Collings Flor

Gina and Jim Foote

Chester and Patricia Foster

David and Roberta Franco

Debora Gardner

Suemarie and John Gonzalez

Global Design MW Ltd

GoodCoin Giving Fund

Therese and John Goodrich

Gornick and Gornick Inc Accountants

Jean Grever

John Gromala

Colleen Hart

Greg Heim

Dolores Hellweg

Marlene and Harry Hemleben

Michael Hendrie

Randall and Dawn Hildeman

Billy Hoffman

Kerry and Deborah Ingram

Patricia Jackson

Jim Jelinek

James and Sarah Jewett

Maria Jimenez

Ryan Johnson

LeNita Johnson

Tom Kallai

Ann Kash

Phillip and Jane Keene

Donor Gifts


David and Sandra Kelly

John Kmetz

Matthew Kopff

Donald and Judith Korte

Sharon Leggett

Anne Marie Leofanti

Eileen Letts

Tony Lopez

Jo Ann Lorenz

Ken Macander

Mosqueda Maintenance

Cynthia Maiorano

Mark and Ellen Marquardt

Christopher and Cheryl Martin

Karen Maurer

James and Laverne McManemy

Mark McManemy

Arlene McNeil

McWilliams Chemical and Supply

Nancy Meyer

Joyce Morgan Michael

Rick Michalak

Jeffrey and Sheila Mina

Frederick Moore

Trevor Morgan

Thomas and Charmayne Munizzi

John and Monica Murphy

Rebecca Nagle

Caroline Nortey

Charles Nosich

Debra Nowocin

Christine Obbagy

Evelina Ochoa

Edward Paesel

Jon and Christine Pangborn

Adele Perkins

Judy Petrungaro

Mark and Melissa Pignotti

Denise Podbielniak

Andrew Podolak

Carol Primozic

Greg Puchalski

Norinne Pulec

Brady Purcell

Lois Purrazzo

Brandyn and Megan Radavich

Charles Renner

Mark and Cindy Reno

John and Judy Rickhoff

Lisa Robertson

Lucius Robertson

Robert Roeda

Byron and Iris Rogers

Ellen and Steven Rogin

Peter and Marge Rubinas

Southland Smiles, Ltd

Kristen Salkas

Richard and Dorothy Sanders

Mary Schmuttenmaer

Deborah Schnell

Gerard Schrementi

Scrementi's Restaurants and Banquets

Jeffrey Scukanec

Nickolas and Georgia Shizas

Myra Simmons

Ted Soeka

Don Spender Lawn Care

Allan Spooner

Amber St Clair

Ted Staroscik

Ronald and Pamelia Statum

Frank and Deborah Storino

Jerome Strick

Barbara Sturges

Zineta Sturm

Mike Sweaton

Sweet Josie Corp/Brown Onion Pub

Danuta Szlabowicz

Shirley Tillman

TisBest Philanthropy

Cindy, Gregg, Paige, Abbey Todd

Stephen Todd

Sylvia Tufts

Jon and Lisa Tullos

James and Theresa Unnerstall

Nancy and Charles Usher

Renee and James Valfre

David VanRoosendaal

Debra Verschelde

Janice Walters

Jim and Kim Ward

Bart and Kathleen Wegrzyn

Peter Wilkins

Marikay Witlock

Judith Wolter

Jack and Claudia Woodruff

Worn, Jerabek, Wiltse Architects, P C

Delores Yarbrough

Karen Yates

Kara and Andrew Zilis

Seth Zygarlicke


Demitra Adamovich

Beverly Allen

Michael Barone

Robert Blume

Frances Bruno

Sterling and Arlene Burke

Christina Fatten

Christine Finnegan

Rudolph Frigo

Teri Gaby

Carlida Goodley

Charles and Jeanine Gromala

Karen Susan Harsha

Bill Hearn

Louis and Yvonne Irons

Dennis and Dawn Keene

Joy Ladin

Mary Lewandowski

Garry Logan

Daria Luth

Robert and Willetta Machuga

Mark and Rachel Mappa

Alfred and Grace Martini

Bernadette Maune

Jacob Mays

Latoya Miles

Janet Muchnik

Robert and Corynne Nuckols

Rose Olsar

John and Karen Pascarella

Maureen Peterson

Patricia and Richard Robey

Nacole Robinson

Wayne Schmitt

Russell Shelton

Sonya Spaulding

AL Steele

Reginald Teverbaugh

Donald and Marilyn Thomas

Clarence Upshaw

Maureen Walsh

Leila Ward

Jody Waugh

The Weisenbach Family

Gerald Wien

Gerald Williams

Kayla Woodland

Chip Young

Jane Zalesiak

*IndicatesDeceased TheNewStarDevelopmentofficemadeeveryefforttoensuretheaccuracyoftheinformationcontainedinthisannualreportPlease acceptourapologyforanyerrorsoromissions


Your thoughtful gifts of in-kind donations to our events, departments, and homes have helped make our programs thrive through your generosity.

Thank you.

Joe Aurelio, Aurelio's Pizza

Monica Aguilera

Bella Mia - Midlothian

Mr and Mrs Robert Benetti

Kathleen and Dave Bowlds

Robin Cole

Ebony Coles

Anisha Combs

Cooper's Hawk

Jessica Delgado

Dunnings Market

Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc ,

Alpha Lambda Chapter

Phillip and Livia Faso

Gina Foote

Don and Marchelle Goens

Karen Hampton

Sheree Hampton

Harrah's Casino, Joliet

Mark Haines, Lincoln Oaks Golf Course

Jay and Gina Hiland

Ned and Doreen Horney

Christina Houser

Idlewild Country Club

Illinois Facilities Fund

Illinois Sports Facilities Authority

Mr and Mrs Michael Jerfita

Jonathon Kane Salon and Spa

Tom Kallai

Christina Krakowsky

Deborah Macenas

Mary Mayer

Kathy Mashburn

Nancy Meyer

Nicole Moore

Rebecca Nagle

New Star Board of Directors

Greg and Amy O'Brien

Joanne O'Malley and Stephen Reilly

Old Plank Trail Bank

Michael Pellicane, Finkl Steel

Judy Petrungaro

Christine Rechsteiner

Colleen Rogers

Alicia Robinson

Sharon and Anthony Renzetti

Cheryl and John Rosevear

Diane and Roger Ryon

Running For Kicks - Palos Heights

Michael and Lindsay Segert

Salon Serenity

Valerie Simmons

Randy Spears

Pat and Bob Trebe

Rick and Donna Thiernau

James Thompson and Diane Kelley-Thompson

Renee and James Valfre

David VanRoosendaal

Edwin Vergo

Matthew Werkau

Dr Terri Winfree

Wines for Humanity

Wood's Corner - Crete, IL

Chip Young

Tina Zanco

Kara and Andrew Zilis

Ms Kari Zohfeld


NewStarisaccreditedbytheDepartmentforHuman Services (DHS), Indiana Family and Social Services Association(IFSSA),theUSDepartmentofLabor,and theCouncilonQualityandLeadership(CQL).NewStar ismembersofTheArc,TheArcofIllinois,andTheArcof Indiana











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