The Best of Our Abilities Contest


We called on our communities to take part in this contest by nominating a person with disabilities who demonstrates some of the following criteria:

  • Helping others in the community
  • Participating in activities displaying their skills and expertise
  • Demonstrating empathy and sensitivity to others
  • Acting as a positive role model
  • Having an uplifting and positive attitude

Congratulations to the first place winner and honorable mentions below! 


BEST OF OUR ABILITIES WINNER 2020


Mary Rogers

Prairie Green at Dixie Crossing


Ms. Mary Rogers has been a part of the Prairie Green community since 2015 and has made a huge impact along with several others in support of others living outside of the Prairie Green community. In 2018 Prairie Green started a Kniffty Knitters club that included residents who wanted to learn to knit or crochet and also residents who've been doing it all of their lives. Mary Rogers came into the club as a beginner with only having the right side of her body to use to due to a stroke she suffered from in earlier years, but she does not let that stop her. Mary has become a hat making professional, using hat looms and her positive attitude she has managed to create over 100 handmade hats that are distributed yearly by the Kniffty Knitters club during the holiday season to warm the heads and hearts of those who need them.


HONORABLE MENTIONS 2020


Daniel Caithamer

Deer Path of Huntley


Daniel has been a resident at Deer Path of Huntley since 2018. He is always friendly and helpful to other residents and staff. Recently, he noticed that several shopping carts had accumulated at our community. He took the initiative to return these and made several trips to get all of the carts back to the appropriate stores. His positive attitude and desire to help around the community make him an excellent role model.

Joe Damptz

Deer Path of Huntley



Joe has been a resident at Deer Path of Huntley for less than a year. He is always looking for productive ways to keep himself busy and continues to keep the exterior of the facility grounds clean. His persistence has made a big difference.



Daryl Grey

Grand Prairie of Macomb



Daryl has been at Grand Prairie since 2016. Since moving in she has been extremely helpful to me (Amanda, RSC). She has always been the first to volunteer with activities. She helps me set up, clean up and even helps me pass out materials door to door. Daryl goes above and beyond to help other residents. She has even hosted a few of her own activities, such as making Fall wreaths. If a resident is unable to see to make a craft, she pitches in and makes one for them so they don't feel left out. She is extremely creative and makes Christmas crafts for the other residents. You can bet if someone needs help, Daryl will be the first one there.




Terri Grandchamp

Heritage Woods of Plainfield


Terri Grandchamp has lived at Heritage Woods of Plainfield for just over a year though in that year Terri has become a very active member in the community participating in a variety of activity and joining planning committees to help bring bigger and better events to the community. Terri is always cheerleading for activity participation, encouraging others by getting the word out. She is also involved with getting to know others and making them feel comfortable through the move in committee. Terri always is positive with a big hello and smile for everyone she sees. Her attitude and zest for life is uplifting to all of us here in the community.





Marian Ayers

Heritage Woods of Yorkville


Marian Ayers has been a resident here at Heritage Woods of Yorkville for 9 years. She is very active here with our daily activities and always has a positive attitude. She encourages others to attend and even through this pandemic, she makes sure to keep attending with a positive attitude.

Marian enjoys daily exercise, crafts, trivia, Bingo and Wii Bowling. She has never been one to stay in her apartment except when the Cubs are playing as she is a huge CUBS Fan.

One thing the entire staff here at Heritage Woods of Yorkville can honestly say is she is very sweet and always has a smile on her face.




Catherine McDaniel

Montclare of Lawndale


Catherine is very active in our community, she holds the position as President of Resident Council. She takes her title very serious always making sure Residents concerns are being met. She also volunteers in the Country Store. Residents enjoys her welcoming smile and professional customer services she gives to them. Catherine also teaches a crafty corner class twice a month, showing residents how to make leather purses, wallets, moccasins and other small projects. Catherine has an uplifting and positive attitude, always encouraging other Residents to attend group activities. Catherine love to dance and she makes everyone dance with her. She also enjoys bingo, Wii, puzzles , movies & most important talking to her 8 sons on the phone or video calls. Ms. Catherine is such a joy to be around.


Beverly McGilvrey

St. Anthony of Lansing


Beverly McGilvery is a team player she participates in all activities, she even comes up with some wonderful ideas when it comes to the activities. I prefer to call her my secretary she loves to help with whatever is going on. She also has became friends with her neighbor, who she gets out of her apartment to walk to get some exercise. Beverly is committed to staying active in the community and I appreciate her very much.


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Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

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