Item description for Elim: A Chicago Christian School And Life-training Center For The Disabled (Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America) by Robert P. Swierenga...
Overview Founded in 1948 by the Dutch Reformed community of Chicago, Elim Christian School (recently renamed Elim Christian Services) was the first Reformed school to serve those with developmental and physical limitations. Since its inception, this unique institution has been an "oasis in the desert of disability" for more than 5,000 persons, ages three to sixty-five. Elim remains the only Reformed residential school in North America for special needs children, while its workshop, Oasis Enterprises, trains and employs nearly two hundred adults after they have "aged out" of school. The first book to recount the history of this special place from its beginning in a church basement through its rise to national prominence, Robert Swierenga's Elim provides an in-depth look at special education and the impact of public policy on faith-based institutions in America. Nearly 200 photographs and illustrations bring to life the story of this remarkable, inspiring community.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.72" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series Historical Series Of The Reforme
ISBN 0802829643 ISBN13 9780802829641
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert P. Swierenga
Robert P. Swierenga is Albertus C. Van Raalte Research Professor of History at the A.C. Van Raalte Institute, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. A specialist in Dutch immigration history, Swierenga was knighted in 2000 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Robert P. Swierenga currently resides in the state of Ohio.