Have Dreams Happenings February 2018

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New Initiatives:

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Special Olympics

Enrollment is now open for the Have Dreams Special Olympics programs, both Track & Field and Aquatics.  

Special OlympicsJoin the Have Dreams Special Olympics team! Our athletes receive training to compete at the local Special Olympics Track & Field and Aquatics meets. The program:

  • Includes a healthy living learning unit
  • Focuses on endurance training and teamwork
  • Builds swimming stroke technique (aquatics)
  • Develops running, throwing, and jumping skills (track & field)

Training is conducted by certified experienced coaches in safe, friendly, and supportive environments.

For more information contact Dana Fenceroy, Outreach Director at dlabrose@havedreams.org or click here


Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH Parent Information Meeting:

Project SearchProject SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University (PSCA@NU) is a unique program that opens the doors of success through real-life work experience. Through this one year business-based transition to employment program, individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can acquire employable and marketable work skills to assist them in their seamless transition from high school to the workforce.


Please join us to learn more about this great opportunity for students in their last year of high school for the 2018-19 school year.

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Segal Visitor’s Center • Northwestern University • 1841 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208

Parking adjacent to building

RSVP: Dana Fenceroy at 847-905-0702, ext. 223 or dlabrose@havedreams.org

Click here for more information.

Have Dreams Academy

Have Dreams AcademyRegistration is currently open for our Have Dreams Employment Training programs. Have Dreams’ employment training programs combine internship experiences in a retail, light manufacturing, or office-based setting, and soft skills training to support adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in developing the transferable skills needed to be successful in competitive employment.

For more information about our Have Dreams Academy, please contact Andrea Franckowiak, Program Director at 847-905-0702, ext. 229, or ajohnsen@havedreams.org, or click here to learn more about the program.










NOD 2018

Night of DreamsSave the Date!

Friday, April 27th at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

160 E. Pearson St., Chicago

Have Dreams will host its 2018 Night of Dreams gala on Friday, April 27th at the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.  Guests will enjoy an elegant evening offering cocktails, dinner, dancing, and our signature Dreams of a Lifetime Live Auction.  Morton Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, will be honored with the 2018 Dream Maker Award for his partnership and support of Have Dreams and the Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism program at Northwestern. Click here for sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets.


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Golf Classic 2018

Mark your Calendar!

Golf Outing 2018Our 2018 Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 17th at the Itasca Country Club. The day will begin with a patio lunch at 11:00 followed by a shot-gun scramble format tournament at 12:00. After a day on the course, guests will be treated to cocktails, dinner and a silent and live auction. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.










Project Designer Bags 

Handbag DonationThanks to our giving community, we received over 30 handbags on MLK day to launch our Project Designer Bags project.  The goal of Project Designer Bags is to provide training in online retail for young adults with autism in a real business setting.  Donated, gently used designer handbags will be used in this new and exciting Have Dreams program to teach real world job skills and entrepreneurial/business skills to young adults with autism.

Project Designer Bags is the first project in Have Dreams’ new initiative, Helping Autism Ventures and Entrepreneurship.  This initiative is being launched to foster vocational skills for young adults with autism through entrepreneurship opportunities.

Parent and Have Dreams volunteer Pauline Shoback is leading this exciting new venture.  She recently visited with our Have Dreams Life SCILS participants to introduce them to the Project Designer Bags initiative and show them all the bags donated. Pauline shared with our Life SCILS men and women “that all of them will be workers in this project, in different ways.”  One of the questions asked by one of the Life SCILS program adults was “Do we actually get money?,” to which Pauline responded, “our goal is to start learning how we might be able to make money in business and enjoy what we do.”

Have Dreams staff will provide instruction to teach the required business skills needed for resale of the bags and running an online resale business. Young adults with autism will help obtain the donated bags, then clean, prepare and maintain the inventory of the stored bags at Have Dreams.  After the young adults do online research of the bags, they will price and photograph the bags for resale online.   Other responsibilities include learning how to help out at teas to obtain donated bags.

To donate a gently used designer handbag or learn more about how you can get involved with this new venture providing business skill learning opportunities for young adults with autism, please contact pshoback@havedreams.org




Life Trustee Celebration

On November 29, 2017, William and Connie Manika and Dale Seaberg became Have Dreams Life Trustees at a small celebration at the Have Dreams’ Park Ridge location. They were honored for their distinguished service to Have Dreams over the past two decades. Bill, Connie and Dale join Gil Fergus, Peggy Gilger and Dick Malone as Have Dreams Life Trustees.


Bill and Connie Manika have been supporters of Have Dreams since its inception in 1996. Bill served on the Board of Directors of Have Dreams for six years. Through their many contributions, they have been instrumental in Have Dreams’ growth from a small organization serving seven families to a multi-faceted organization that has served hundreds of families, trained thousands of professionals and continues to provide services for children, teens and adults across the entire autism spectrum

Dale Seaberg has also been an invaluable supporter of Have Dreams from its humble beginnings. Dale is a former board member, partnership board member and now serves on our Golf Committee. When Have Dreams moved to its current location in Park Ridge, Dale transformed our Park Ridge facility from the barren office space into a bright, inviting place for the children, families and staff to enjoy. After the structural work was complete, Dale and his wife Mary, personally selected all of the wall paint, carpeting and appliances. Over twenty years later, Dale can still be found touching up paint, fixing broken doors and tackling many other fixer-upper projects that need attention.  Dale and his family have also been very generous contributors to our mission throughout the years

Thank you to Dale, Bill and Connie for their enduring commitment to Have Dreams.