WE ARE ALL BORN FOR A PURPOSE
LIFE-CHANGING SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST
Our association was founded in 2004, and we took our current name in 2008. Our goal is to help our members stand on their own two feet without relying on handouts. We want our members to understand that what they have to offer has value.
- Need help finding necessary services? If you live north of Roosevelt Road in Chicago, go to Community Alternatives.
- If you live south of Roosevelt Road in Chicago, go to Community Service Options.
- Get help with employment rights at Equip for Equality.
- Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation and Office of Developmental Disabilities - Click Here
- Read the most recent Illinois legislation benefitting cognitive and physical disabilities.
The Vaughn & Friends Alumni Association, Inc. membership now includes graduates from all high school special education programs and their friends, as well as the original members who were graduates of Jacqueline B. Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago, Illinois.
The symbol in the center of our logo is a Native American representation of the word everlasting or forever, and the crossed arrows represent friendship. It is encapsulated in a circle that has no beginning and no end to further enhance the idea of "forever." We are indeed a circle of friends, ever expanding to accommodate our growing membership and their unique needs. We chose Native American symbols because Native Americans had a philosophy of inclusive community that coincides with our own.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Vaughn & Friends Alumni Association, Inc. provides social, educational, and vocational support for graduates and former students of special education programs and their friends in the Chicago area.
We recognize and accept each person's humanity and dignity, and respect every individual. We also:
- Value Our Friends
- Value Our Community
- Value Learning
- Value Supporting Ourselves Through Work
- Value Each Person's Potential to Achieve
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
773-309-8349 (call first)
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Email Our Board Members and Officers
President — Jerrie Poulosophos - [email protected]
Secretary — Cathy Coughlin - [email protected]
Treasurer — Bertha Peters - [email protected]
Alumni Liason — Angelo Poulosophos - [email protected]
2100 N. Meade Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
Chicago and Surrounding Areas