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Over The Years..
1981 - Incorporated as a Not-For-Profit Illinois Corporation. Sponsored conferences, family camps, and other
recreational and educational programs.
1987 - We receive an initial $55,000 grant from the State of Illinois to begin providing day services to five
individuals. Training is held in a rented classroom at the former Mary Queen of Heaven parochial school in
Elmhurst, IL. RRAF is one of the first community agencies in the state to accept adults with autism.
1990 - Founding father, Sam Lapertosa, Sr. passes away.
1991 - Founding mother, Rosemary Lapertosa passes away.
1992 - Programming services move to a larger, more community based site in Elmhurst, IL.
1997 - RRAF receives its first accreditation award through CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation
Commission. We receive a three year accreditation, the highest award possible.
2001 - RRAF purchases, remodels, and moves its operations to 613 South Main Street in Lombard.
2003 - RRAF purchases the property next to ours at 619 South Main Street; the former owner remains as a
2006 - Remodeling of the 619 building and parking lot is completed and day services expand across the two
2007 - Dennis Lake, a Board Member and Treasurer since 1991, passes away.
2011 - Executive Director/President, Marilyn Flanagan, becomes a surveyor for CARF.
2013 - Sally Field Mullan joins the Board of Directors.
2014 - Marilyn Flanagan joins the Board of Directors.
2015 - Sally Field Mullan is elected President; Marilyn Flanagan assumes the role of Senior Vice President,
Finance and Business Operations, while continuing to fulfill the role of Executive Director.
2016 - For the 18th time in 20 years RRAF's Developmental Training program receives a 100% rating when it
is surveyed by the Department of Human Services. RRAF receives its seventh consecutive three-year
accreditation award through CARF, International for its Community Integration Day program.
2018 - Our future awaits...
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