Katherine Hamann has been hired as the new Director of The Arc’s Family Transition Program. Our family advocates in this program meet with guardians whose family members live in State Operated Developmental Centers and listen to their histories and their concerns about community living for their relatives. As a guardian of a sister with lifelong disabilities, Katherine identifies with families facing the challenges of transitions. She has been there: her sister lived at Howe Developmental Center. Katherine states her primary goal is to offer hope that a positive transition to community living is possible. Here is a link to the program description: Family Transition Program .
Please welcome Katherine to The Arc and share your success stories with her by emailing: Katherine@TheArcofIL.org

Also new to The Arc in the Life Span Program is Lydia Galan pictured here with Mike Kaminsky. She is an Outreach Coordinator/Family Advocate.

My Name is Lydia Galan
I live in Bensenville IL. I have been an Allkids agent for the past ten years assisting families with the application process and other helpful resources. I am also a trained Medical Spanish interpreter, assisting families with language barriers.
In our family we have a little angel.  Her name is Emma and she has Down syndrome.

I am excited to be a part of The Arc of Illinois family advocacy organization.
Mi nombre es Lydia Galan
Yo vivo en Bensenville, IL. Yo a trabajado como agente del programa de Allkids por díez años, asistiendo a las familias llenar las solicitudes y otros recurosos de ayuda. Y tambien soy una intérprete, asistiendo a las familias que no hablan íngles.
En nuestra familia tenemos una ángelita que se llama Emma, y ella tiene syndrome de downs.
Estoy muy allegre de ser parte de la familia de El Arco de Illinois y pueder apollar esta organizacion.

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)