Jack Mabley Developmental Center
1120 Washington Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021
What is the Jack Mabley Developmental Center?
The Jack Mabley Developmental Center serves those with developmental disabilities. The center is located in Dixon, Illinois and is a residential facility for individuals with developmental and sensory disabilities. As part of its mission the Center attempts to provide its residents with meaningful job opportunities.
Our Rockford Catholic Deaf Apostolate and the Catholic Office of the Deaf in Chicago help host a once a year Christmas Party for the adult residents at the Jack Mabley Center. Gifts are purchased through the generosity of the Catholic faithful so that every resident receives a special present at the Christmas Party. The day is filled with visits to the residents, stories told about Christmas, Christmas songs sung and a special visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in handing out the gifts! This volunteer event has been taking place for almost 10 years and we hope to continue the tradition for many more years.
On September 8, 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recommended the closure of seven facilities across the state due to budget cuts, including the Jack Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon, IL. The Mabley Center serves as a safety net for developmentally disabled people with significant behavioral, medical, and personal care needs that cannot currently be met by community providers.
Please sign this petition urging the state legislature to take the steps necessary to keep the Mabley Center open.
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