The Deicke Home in west suburban Lombard, which has been caring for adults with disabilities for over 30 years, is facing the very real possibility of closing its doors forever.
Executive director Bruce Thompson says the last five years have been tough. 16 of a possible 20 spots are full. But even a full house won’t stop the financial crisis folks here are facing.
“Things obviously cost more than they used to cost so there’s built in costs that go with running a house of this size that exceeds what we’re taking in,” he says.
What they are taking in consists of some government funding through HUD. Residents rely on social security and the day to day operations are covered largely through fundraising and philanthropy, which five years ago began to dry up.
In the last three weeks the group has managed to raise about $38,000 dollars, meaning the home will stay open until the end of April.
After that no one here knows what the future will hold but the concerns from everyone are great.
For more information log on to http://www.deickehome.org/
And to help donate, log on to Gofundme.com/savedeickehome