About Elim

At Elim, we know that each individual has been made in their Creator’s image and has a God-given purpose. Our mission is to equip people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential by offering person-centered services and partnering with their communities.

Elim’s vision is to see people with disabilities thriving in their communities. We are dedicated to working to equip each student, adult participant, and our community partners to make this happen. Over 400 staff members serve children and adults on one of Elim’s two campuses (Crestwood and Orland Park, Illinois), while hundreds more benefit from our school consulting services through Elim Learning.

Mission

Elim Christian Services equips people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential by offering person-centered services and partnering with communities.

Vision

Elim Christian Services strives to see people with disabilities thriving in their communities.

Core values

We are Christ-centered. We all have value and purpose. We are a learning & sharing community.

Elim Christian Services’ mission is to equip individuals with special needs to achieve their highest God-given potential. Elim Christian Services supports people with disabilities….including Elim Christian School, Elim Adult Services, and Elim Learning.

Elim Christian School educates students 3-22 who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Elim Christian School also has a program that is specifically designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Elim Adult Services also provides opportunities for participants to minister to the needs of others by assembling school supplies that they distribute to children in area schools.

Elim’s Learning Program makes an impact by providing consulting services to schools, partnering with international schools, and through Elim organizational learning initiatives. Learning 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 Crestwood 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.