A Commitment to Serve

Sertoma Star Services was established through a merger of New Star and Sertoma Centre, two agencies with rich histories of providing state-of-the-art services and programs for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and those living with mental illness. The organizations have provided critical vocational, educational, therapeutic, and residential programs and services to individuals in and around the Chicagoland area and northwest Indiana for a collective 125-plus years.

Sertoma Centre

In 1971, three Sertoma clubs joined forces to meet a community need. POW-R Sertoma, Alsip Sertoma (now Action Sertoma), and Evergreen Park Sertoma took on an enormous venture that no other organization of its kind had considered tackling: to build a job training facility to give adults with disabilities a place to work.

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New Star

New Star was conceived as a result of a merger in 2016 of SouthSTAR Services and New Hope Center, Inc.  Both organizations were championed by courageous parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who were seeking better educational opportunities for their children.

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A Long Rich History