A. Marklund is a HOME
Marklund is a nonprofit organization that serves infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs.
With three residential locations–the Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva, the Marklund Philip Center in Bloomingdale, and the Marklund Wasmond Center in Elgin–it is currently home to nearly 174 clients. The Hyde Center is specifically licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) while the Philip and Wasmond Centers are licensed as Medically Complex/Skilled Nursing facilities for adults and children with developmental disabilities (MC/DD).
Having locations in Bloomingdale and Elgin, Marklund Day School is a State Board of Education Licensed Therapeutic Day program that partners with area school districts to serve children with multiple medical needs, learning, emotional and developmental disabilities, and those diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.
Marklund’s three campuses have on-site Developmental Training Centers for adults, with program that provides individualized programming for adults that focuses on daily living and vocational skills to improve each individual’s level of independence.
Marklund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, today with more than 500 staff members and thousands of volunteers.
At Marklund, many of our clients are non-ambulatory and have severe cognitive deficits due to genetic disorders, complications during pregnancy and delivery, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or drug abuse during pregnancy. Others acquired disabilities during infancy or childhood through tragic but common accidents involving cars, bicycles, skateboards, swimming pools, garage doors and guns. Many have complex medical problems that require 24-hour skilled nursing care and regular therapy interventions.
But at Marklund, our clients have safe, happy lives filled with goals and achievements. Our PROMISE is to make everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities.
The story of Marklund is one of unconditional love, selflessness and hope. Marklund was founded when a nurse named Claire Haverkampf 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 1958 by Pat and Bob Wasmond, after Pat, a nurse, was offered to provide care to a child with severe disabilities. Pat offered her assistance and the child came to live with Pat, Bob and their children.
Word spread in the Elgin area of this exceptional family and the wonderful care this child was receiving. Soon the Wasmonds began receiving calls from other families seeking this kind of help. It became evident to Pat there was a vital call for this type of care in the Elgin area. She and her husband decided to create a home for children with profound disabilities and Little Angels was founded. Over the past 59 years, Little Angels–now called the Marklund Wasmond Home–grew to where it now is home to 57 residents.
With a solid foundation and foresight, Marklund has grown into eight homes 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, Kane and Cook counties.
Combined, our 500+ full and part time staff now make everyday life possible for over 250 clients and students. “This could not have happened without the strong, dedicated, mission-driven staff and Board of Directors that Marklund is blessed to have,” said Gil Fonger,Marklund president & CEO. “I am grateful to our founders – Claire & Stan Haverkampf (Marklund) and Pat & Bob Wasmond (Little Angels) – for what they started over 60 years ago, as well as our administrative, direct care and support teams for what they continue to do today.”
Every nonprofit has a MISSION.
We have a PROMISE…
Making everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities
A happy, safe, purpose-filled life for every individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
OUR CORE VALUES:
what we believe, how we behave – ACT:
Attitude / Accountability
Compassion / Creativity
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
1. We will have a Client-Centered Focus
2. We will strive to be an Employer of Choice
3. We will conduct business in a way that is Transparent and with Integrity
4. We will be Committed to Excellence in all we do
5. We will have Responsible Stewardship of our resources
6. We will encourage Supported Independence for our clients and students
7. We will develop relationships and Partnerships in the Community
At Marklund, we are proud to carry out our mission of serving individuals with severe and profound developmental disabilities and being a highly trusted nonprofit charity organization. As a recognized tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Marklund seeks to be transparent in its financial operations by making the following information publicly available. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.