At Elim, we know that each individual has been created in their Creator’s image and has a God-given purpose.
Our mission is to equip individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest God-given potential!
Each day, over 900 individuals with disabilities turn to Elim for educational, vocational, and therapeutic programming. Over 400 staff members serve these children and adults on one of Elim’s two campuses (Palos Heights, Illinois, and Orland Park, Illinois). Hundreds of children are also served within one of 14 Christian schools nationwide that partner with Elim Outreach.
Elim Christian Services’ mission is to equip individuals with special needs to achieve their highest God-given potential. Elim Christian Services serves persons with disabilities through several programs and services, including Elim Christian School, Elim’s Adult Services Program, and Elim’s Outreach Program.
Elim Christian School offers education and therapies to students 3 to 21 years old who have developmental and/or physical disabilities. Elim Christian School also offers an educational program called the Pathways Program (previously known as the Autism Comprehensive Education Program) for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have needs that demand resources beyond Elim’s general school program.
Elim’s Adult Services program provides vocational training, life-skills training, and continuing education and work opportunities to adults with disabilities. Adult Services also includes the HOPE Packs program, a unique program equipping people with disabilities to minister to the needs of others by assembling packs of school and food supplies that are subsequently distributed in the United States and around the world.
Elim’s Outreach Program makes an impact both nationally and internationally. Outreach provides direct and consultative support to 15 Christian schools nationally, providing expertise in special education to schools that do not have this resource. Through International Outreach, Elim’s staff shares the special education knowledge and expertise that they have acquired throughout Elim’s history with other educators worldwide.
Through our main campus in Palos Heights and our Outreach partnerships nationally, Elim Christian Services assists over 900 persons with disabilities. Although we are a Christian organization, our services are open to all individuals with disabilities regardless of their religious affiliation.
Statement of Faith
The foundation of the mission of Elim Christian Services is based on the conviction that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. The Bible provides a Christian world and life view that gives purpose, definition, and context to Elim’s ministry to children and adults with disabilities.
Empowered by this vision, Elim Christian Services recognizes its obligation to provide those with disabilities a Christian education and training in vocational and life skills that will equip them to achieve their highest God-given potential.
Elim is committed to and rooted in the Bible as the infallible Word of God, and stands within the tradition of the Reformation. Elim’s heritage as a ministry is rooted specifically in the Reformed faith as expressed in the teachings of John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, and in several Christian denominations from the Reformed tradition.
In 1952, Elim Christian School was named a benevolent cause of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and continues to maintain a close relationship with that denomination.
Elim Christian Services equips people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential by offering person-centered services and partnering with communities.
People with disabilities thriving in their communities
- We are Christ-centered
- We all have value and purpose
- We are a learning and sharing community