Elim: A Chicago Christian School and Life-training Center for the Disabled

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Alban Books Limited, 2005 - Religion - 348 pages
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"Founded in 1948 by the Dutch Reformed community of Chicago, Elim Christian School was the first within the vaunted Christian Reformed educational system nationwide to provide educational services to those with developmental and physical limitations. It remains the only Reformed residential school in North America for special needs children, and its workshop, Oasis Enterprises, provides occupational training and meaningful employment for nearly two hundred adults after they "aged out" of school. In the past fifty-five years, this unique institution has been an "oasis in the desert of disability" for more than 5,000 persons ages three to sixty-five." "Elim, the first history of the institution, relies on the minutes of the administration and its publications to describe the astounding rise of the school from seven students in an Englewood church basement to the hundreds currently served on a 34-acre campus in Palos Heights, Illinois. While the official records provide the view "from the top," the book keeps a focus on the students and their achievements, which, after all, is the real story. The nearly 200 photographs and illustrations of students and staff bring the story to life. The vital fundraising role and encouragement of the "Women's army" - the Women's Service League, Mothers' Clubs, and Key Ladies, is also told in detail, based on the minutes of the League Board."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Beginnings
1
The Dynamic Duo
25
Elim Goes National
43
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Robert P. Swierenga is Albertus C. Van Raalte Research Professor of History at the A. C. Van Raalte Institute, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and professor emeritus of history at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

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