Building confidence and developing independent living skills for over 47 years
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Joy Decker discuss the following:
- How long has Esperanza been in Chicago?
- What is your background and how did you end up at Esperanza?
- What services and programs does Esperanza offer? How do you all fund these programs?
- What do you see as the largest need when it comes to the community that Esperanza serves?
- How can people support Esperanza?
Summary: Esperanza Community Services is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities to build skills, confidence and become as independent as possible. In our programs delivered at our West Town campus and throughout the community, students and adult participants are building academic, developmental and life skills, as well as confidence and self-esteem. At Esperanza, we see achievements every day.
Joy Decker has been committed to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help improve their quality of life for over 24 years. Joy joined Esperanza in 2014 from Orchard Village where she held various roles including case manager, residential director, senior director of programs, and President and CEO. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Drake University and a M.A. in Nonprofit Administration with distinction from North Park University.
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