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Message From The CEO

Dear Shore Friends and Families,

Welcome 2021! We all may be looking forward to the new year for a variety of reasons. We, at Shore, are celebrating a very momentous occasion—the 70th anniversary of Shore Community Services!

Seventy years ago, on January 3, 1951, a group of visionary parents, including our founders, Lois and Thomas Lloyd, established Shore. The Lloyds had a daughter named Patricia, fondly called “Patty,” who had special needs. At the time, there were no programs or services offered to individuals with disabilities. This sparked action among families in the Skokie-Evanston community who joined together to form a school to educate children with disabilities.

It is no surprise that Shore filled a huge community need back then and continues to do so today.

In the last seven decades, we have expanded and evolved with the ever-changing needs of our community and our individuals served. Many of you have supported and rooted for us over the years, from moving and transforming our physical spaces to growing and innovating our programs and services. We now proudly serve nearly 400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from over 20 North Shore communities.

It is because of you—our dedicated leadership, family members, supporters and team members that we are still able to fulfill our mission and purpose of guiding individual abilities. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the Lloyd Family to whom we are truly grateful for carrying on their family’s legacy after all these years.

In honor of our 70th, we are busy planning for some very special but safe events this year, including our annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 25th and our 70th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, September 9. We hope to see many of you there!

We also would love to hear from you. Please share some of your Shore stories, past, present, or future of how you envision the Shore of tomorrow. Email us at, and reference 70th anniversary stories.

Once again, thank you for continuing on this journey with us, for being a part of our family and, most of all, for empowering our individuals served to live their best lives. Happy Birthday to Shore!

Yours in grateful appreciation,


India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
(847) 982-2030 ext. 215


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