Our Mission

The mission of the Open Door Rehabilitation Center is to provide vocational, residential, day and community support services to adults with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, in order to increase or maintain skills in the least restrictive environment and to help people achieve their maximum potential.

Join Open Door at The Sandwich Fair!

Open Door will be shaking and baking – lemon shake-ups and pizza, that is! – in its booth at the 128th Sandwich Fair. The Fair, which takes place September 9 – 13, 2015, is the most popular fair in the State of Illinois! And, in addition to the more than 240,000 people who visit annually, it is a favorite destination for our clients. Not only do many of our folks work at the Fair, they visit the grounds, enjoy the rides and “fair food,” attend the concerts and tractor pulls, and generally have a great time at this treasured event in our hometown community!

Click on the links below to find out more about joining us at the Fair, which is a fundraiser for our services and programs:

  • You may sponsor the MyBuddy Program – which provides extra funds for our clients’ extracurricular activities and unique personal needs.
    Sponsor A Buddy
  • You may also sponsor our booth and many of the supplies we need for your refreshments. 
    Lemon Shake-Up Booth Sponsor
  • Volunteer at our booth! We have shifts available throughout the day and throughout the week.
    Volunteer at our booth!

Lemon Shakeups at the Sandwich Fair! (Sept. 9 - 13)

Well, summer is still with us – but you may be seeing the next season peeking around the corner! In this issue of The Voice, we celebrate Sandwich and what it means to our clients to feel welcome in this beautiful community. From the famous “Regiment” at our annual summer picnic to the new library to the famous Fair that ushers in autumn, the entire Open Door family relish living in Sandwich.

Click on the link below to read the latest newsletter and get to know Sandwich just a little bit better – through our eyes.

And, to get in the mood for the Fair, look inside the newsletter for ways you can join us at our lemon shake-up and pizza booth. Your support – as a sponsor, donor, volunteer – ensures our ability to provide exceptional programs and services to our clients. Just print and fill out the sponsor page – and we’ll see you at the Fair!

The Voice Newsletter July-August 2015 (pdf)

Sponsor A Buddy

Lemon Shake-up Booth Sponsor

Volunteer at our booth! 

Annual Membership Drive

Dear Friend,
How would you spend $60 a month? The 64 consumers participating in our CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement), also known as “Group Homes,” are allowed to retain $60 from their earned wages and social security as a result of the state funding formula. The state expects these funds to cover clothing, activities, and toiletries, such as deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo, and other items.
Haircuts? We are fortunate to have two full-time staff people who among their other capacities are also cosmetology-licensed, which enables the consumers to receive haircuts at no charge.
Thanks to your generous support in the past, Open Door has been able to defray some of the costs. Families help out the best they can. Some simply do not have the financial means to be able to contribute as much as they would like. Other consumers have Open Door as their only family.
I invite you to participate in our annual membership drive. Your generous support is critical in providing a healthy environment for adults with such developmental disabilities as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities.
For over 51 years, we have been blessed to have the support of so many individuals, organizations, and businesses. We humbly thank you.
Warm regards, Dave Baker Executive Director