The story of Marklund is one of unconditional love, selflessness and hope. Marklund was founded when Claire Haverkampf, RN, began to provide foster care to Mark William Lund, a little boy born with Down Syndrome and severe cardiac complications. Five days after his birth on December 21, 1954, at Elmhurst Hospital, Mark William Lund came to live with Claire and her husband Stan and their two children in their Northlake home. Here, Mark was cared for as a member of the family.
Word of the Haverkampf's selflessness spread and soon they opened their expanded home to more children with developmental disabilities. As the "family" grew, so did their need for physical space. They moved to a larger home in Bloomingdale where Marklund was formed.
The Haverkampfs were visionaries. They saw the real need for a place where infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities could find a full life experience.
In October, 2016, Marklund acquired the Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care organization in Elgin. The two centers shared similar histories, with Little Angels being founded in 1957 by Pat and Bob Wasmond, after Pat, a nurse, was offered to provide care to a child with severe disabilities. Over the past 59 years, Little Angels--now called the Marklund Wasmond Home--grew to where it now is home to 57 residents, and the Cathy Freeman Center for Developmental Training.
With a solid foundation and foresight, Marklund has grown into eight homes and many related programs throughout the Chicago area. Marklund serves individuals with severe and profound developmental disabilities through 24-hour nursing care, and a full range of therapeutic and educational programs.
Beginning with two children, and two homes, Marklund is now a place where hundreds are impacted, by many staff and volunteers, in many different sites throughout DuPage and Kane counties.