SOURCE: CARC/Clearbrook



November 16, 2009 11:13 ET

CARC and Clearbrook Merger Will Create Largest, Strongest Non-Profit Agency in Illinois Serving the Developmentally Disabled

Combination of Two Strong Non-Profits Will Provide New Options in Chicago Area

CHICAGO, IL and ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - CARC and Clearbrook, two of the largest and most financially sound non-profit organizations in Illinois, are teaming up in a merger of equals that will offer more options to developmentally disabled children and adults.

The merger will create the largest and strongest agency in Illinois supporting persons with developmental disabilities. The name of the new organization will be CARC/Clearbrook. Its combined resources will include an annual budget exceeding $50 million, with more than 700 full-time employees and nearly 500 part-time employees.

"The key to this merger is that we are moving proactively from a position of financial and geographic strength to meet the needs of the families and persons we serve," said Kristin V. MacRae, president and CEO, CARC. "We believe the benefits of combining our organizations will result in greater choice, independence and community integration for people with special needs. The combined organization will enjoy enhanced opportunities for fundraising, operational efficiencies and purchasing power as well."

"CARC/Clearbrook will operate from Beverly to Gurnee," said Carl La Mell, president, Clearbrook. "Traditionally, CARC has served Chicago, while Clearbrook has served eight suburban counties with a concentration in the northwest suburbs. This is a unique opportunity to select the best policies and programs from each organization that can enhance support to the developmentally disabled. The merged organization will be able to offer the families and persons served a broader spectrum of care and more options."

The combined organization will offer a wide variety of services. Children's services include early intervention programs, home-based support, a foster care program and respite programs. Adult non-residential services include home-based support services, developmental training, respite programs, seniors' programs (social, educational, recreational), work centers and job placement. Autism services programs are provided for adults during the day. Adult residential services offer a variety of community living options. In addition, the new organization will continue to operate a number of business enterprises to generate jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Both organizations' boards voted unanimously in favor the merger. A non-binding letter of intent outlines a transition period from January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010. It is expected that the current chairs of each organization's board will serve as co-chairs. Beginning July 1, 2010 CARC/Clearbrook will operate with a single board of directors and will operate with two chief executive officers who will share responsibility.

About CARC

CARC provides a broad array of responsive programs designed to empower individuals of all age and abilities... services that help 1,500 children, adults and seniors with opportunities to learn, grow and thrive within the Chicago neighborhood communities in which they reside.

About Clearbrook

Clearbrook is a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the lives of more than 3,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Opportunities and experiences abound at Clearbrook for people with such diagnoses as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and mental retardation.

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