St. Coletta's of Illinois

Providing educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.


The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy School, (est. 1949) having a low student/teacher ratio, in a self-contained campus with exceptional and credentialed teachers, aides, and medical oversight where needed, has a robust curriculum focused on student development toward independence, productivity and societal participation in a most normal and least restrictive environment.


Moving toward becoming self-sufficient through the responsibility and benefit of work, St. Coletta’s clients are mentored by business savvy staff that provides supervision and assistance tailored to the ability of each person’s success. A substantial bridge in this endeavor is St. Coletta’s corporate partners. Jobbing out product package assembly, sealing, sorting, shrink wrapping, and similar tasks helps them meet deadlines and reduce costs while providing on-the-job-training to prospective future employees.


St. Coletta’s, combined with its Vocational Training, offers comprehensive expert services in a unique community-integrated residential program to enrich the lives of special needs adults. Residential life reflects typical suburban living. Professional residence managers design house-specific routines, chores and activities. Staff, on hand 24/7, engage proactive support strategies in skill sets including personal care, cooking, housekeeping, budgeting, home management, health care, community involvement and others suitable to the individuals, enabling them to live with continued confidence.

From The Blog

Fitness Program Motivates Brothers and Sisters

“I can run.  I can jump. I can swim. I can ride a bike.”  These are just a few things that our Brothers and Sisters CAN do!  Many people have preconceived notions of what individuals with developmentally disabilities can’t do. Because of these beliefs, most individuals with developmental disabilities get very little physical activity.  But […]

A Valentine’s Day Treat for the Women’s Shelter

St. Coletta’s hosted an event with the Women’s shelter of Tinley Park on Friday, February 14 from 5 to 7 in the evening. This event was inspired by one of our very own, Sister Adele Thibaudeau, and was facilitated by Katie Boyle. The Trailblazers had a lot of fun preparing for this event. The women […]

School Closed!

Due to the extreme temperatures, Kennedy School is closed today, Monday, January 27 and tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28. We will return on Wednesday. Stay warm!

Kennedy School Open House

The Kennedy School will be having an open house on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Come visit the school and see what great things are happening! Teachers and support staff will be present to answer any questions and provide tours. We also will have booths set up for information for […]

Fitting a Square Peg Into a Round Hole: Implementing Common Core Standards for Students with Special Needs

Melissa Jasieniecki, Principal of Kennedy School and Kelly Moore, BCBA will be presenting on common core standards on March 13, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at St. Coletta’s. CPDU’s will be offered and registration is FREE. Contact for more information. You can also attend the presentation at the ESEA/NCLB Conference at the […]

Staley, the Chicago Bears Mascot, is Coming!

Staley is coming to discuss the four “downs” of a healthy lifestyle. You don’t want to miss it!

On September 27th, we celebrated the Franciscan Fall Festival. There was a corn roast, delicious cupcakes, games, face painting, and music. Family and friends joined our brothers, sisters, students, and staff for a wonderful day in the sun. Special thanks to the St. Coletta’s of Illinois Foundation, Barb Siwinski, Emily Boehlke, and Marie Leigh, as […]

GROWTH UPDATES: Moves and Renovations

The Nursing Services Department has been moved to Rooms: 110A; 112; 114 and 115 in the facility addition. The new location will provide the department with much needed room for the nurses, the transporters, the medical appointment supervisor, the department Director and medical examinations. The new location will also position the Vocational nurse and the rest of the […]

PROFESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Heather Benedick, Assistant Director Of Psychology

For years Heather Benedick has dedicated herself to help the agency’s staff and brothers and sisters improve their quality of life. She has freely offered them her knowledge, wisdom and experience without hesitation or consideration given to her personal costs. She has given up much of her personal time to work with staff and the […]

4th of July Parade

On July 3rd, the students, teachers, and aides at the Kennedy School donned patriotic colors for their parade around the St. Coletta’s campus. The weather cooperated and gave some sunshine for the students to show off their homemade flag and t-shirts. Looking good!


Darla Reppert is a Residential QSP/Case Manager. Her managers agree that she is always thinking of the consumers on her caseload. She goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to the individuals assigned to her caseload. She is an advocate for all the consumers assigned to her at all times looking out for […]

Wheelchair Repairman

Department: Vocational Department Position Summary: Reporting to the Supervisor of Volunteer Services, The Volunteer will serve as a wheelchair repairman for Pheasant and Zolecki supporting the agency’s mission of serving individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Location: 18350 Crossing Drive, Tinley Park Illinois Vocational Area in the Classrooms where Pheasant and Zolecki is located or any other […]

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