2014 VOLUNTEER CENTER HONOREES
Jane Gallery and Frank Craven
As the mother of a son with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Jane Gallery will be honored for her dedication to providing services for youth and young adults with disabilities that were not available prior to her efforts. In conjunction with NSSED she created P.E.L.S. (Parents. Educating. Learning. Supporting.), an open forum to help parents of children with disabilities network. Jane also worked closely with the Special Olympics at New Trier High School and the ELS (Enriching Lives Through Service) Program to welcome new parents to the system. Frustrated that once an individual with disabilities reaches 22, home based services in the state of Illinois stop, so in 2008 Jane worked with New Trier Township to establish a groundbreaking nonprofit called “Our Place” whose mission is to support teens and adults with developmental disabilities so they can live meaningful, productive, socially connected lives in their home communities. Jane and trustees and staff from the New Trier Township Food Pantry put together a valuable volunteer program with the Our Place participants to experience the joy of helping people in need on an ongoing basis by keeping the shelves stocked and organized. Our Place continues to expand its reach and serves 70 young adults and has been replicated in Wheaton and now Lake Forest.
FRANK CRAVEN, the son of Jane Gallery and George “Buz” Craven, is a happy participant of Our Place. And as such, he is also a prolific volunteer in the many opportunities to serve with his Our Place friends. He loves to work and be a part of a team. When he’s not working at Marshall’s, he is a dedicated helper at New Trier Township’s Food Pantry twice a week, and Three Crowns Park in Evanston helping Seniors with their …