Contact us at 779-777-7285


December 12, 2018

It’s here! Check out our 2019 Winter/Spring Program Guide

November 21, 2018

Meet Allie Basken, KSRA’s New Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator!

Dear Families and Friends of Kishwaukee SRA;

I am Allie Basken, the new Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator at KSRA! I am honored to have been selected for this position, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this amazing organization. I am very excited to be here and see where the future will take us all together!

I wanted to take a moment to enthusiastically say “Hello!” to everyone and share a little bit about myself. I’d love to start off by sharing with you all my background in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. I am
certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). For the last year, I have worked in the field at the Rockford Park District. I have had the opportunity to run a multitude of TR programs and services in the Rockford area. I’m thrilled to continue delivering valuable, enjoyable and strong TR programs and services here at the KSRA.

I’m originally from northern Wisconsin but have lived in this area for a little over a year. I am looking forward to becoming more engaged with this community as I get more familiar with the area. I am a big NIU football fan, you may catch me at Huskie Stadium in the fall! I am a huge animal lover, so I also look
forward to spending time and getting acquainted with animal rescues and shelters in the area.

I look forward to meeting and growing with you all! In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns or would like to talk, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.

I hope you are excited as I am for the opportunities of development and growth, we will experience together in the years to come!

Allie T. Basken, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator

October 30, 2018

Have you met KSRA’s new Executive Director? Here’s your chance!

Meet Dawn: Open House Events

An invitation to come share stories and ideas or just say “Hi” and visit with the new Executive Director of Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association, Dawn Schaefer. This is an open time to chat and learn more about some ideas for the future of KSRA along with give your input.

November 10

  • Sandwich Park District 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Genoa Park District 12:30 – 1:30 pm
  • Flagg/Rochelle Park District 3:00 – 4:00 pm

November 14

  • DeKalb Park District @ Hopkins Community Center, Terrace Room 6:00 – 7:00 pm

December 5

  • Sycamore Park District @ Sycamore Community Center 6:00 – 7:00 pm

September 25, 2018

September 11, 2018


Meet Dawn Schaefer, KSRA’s New Executive Director!

Dear Kishwaukee SRA Participants, Families and Friends;

I send a warm and happy “Hello” to all of you. I am Dawn Schaefer, the new Executive Director at our KSRA! It is a great honor to have been chosen to lead this wonderful organization. I am excited and look forward to the future that we will build together.

Allow me to share with you my time and experience in the field of Therapeutic Recreation (TR).  I have been in this field for a little over 20 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Louis University and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation Administration from Aurora University. I am nationally certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS). Much of my time in the field has been with other Special Recreation Associations in the Chicagoland and Champaign – Urbana areas. I have also been a Recreation Therapist with the Illinois Department of Corrections and, most recently, at an acute care behavioral health hospital for youth and teens in central Illinois. Throughout my career I have served on many statewide boards that work to improve and grow the services to community Parks and Recreation providers and Special Recreation Associations. I have held seats on the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) as the Central Illinois Representative along with serving as the Chair of the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section (ITRS). I have spoken at local, state, and national level conferences on topics that impact TR services. I have also served as an Adjunct Professor at Aurora University. While my career has allowed me many experiences, my passion for delivering TR programs and services has been strong and steadfast.

Once my relocation is complete, I look forward to learning about all the local restaurants and bakeries. I enjoy baking and cooking when I am at home and love to eat at great places. I am also looking forward to spending more time with my family. My move to the area will bring me closer to my family, whom reside in the Chicagoland suburbs.

In the coming months I will be hosting Open Houses within the five member agencies. I hope you will consider attending one or all of these events as it will be a chance for me to meet and chat with you to learn about what you want for the future of KSRA. I will post the dates and locations on our website and send invitations to the families that live within the specific community. If you are unable to attend the Open Houses, I always welcome communication via email or phone, or if you prefer, we can set a time to sit and chat in person. I have an open-door policy and enjoy hearing from people.

I am looking forward to our years together learning and growing while having fun along the way!

Dawn R. Schaefer, MS, CTRS
Executive Director
779-777-7284 (direct line)

Welcome, Dawn!!

August 28, 2018


August 6, 2018


It’s finally here!!!  KSRA’S *BRAND NEW* Fall 2018 Program Guide!!!

May 27, 2018

A huge thank you to Diveheart for teaming up with KSRA, Adventure Works of DeKalb County, and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA to provide and support educational scuba diving for our participants! We learned so much AND had a BLAST!!!

May 6, 2018

We finished the 5th Annual Give DeKalb County Day with such strong support! Not only did we raise over $1,000 from giving alone, but KSRA will also receive a percentage of the matching pool, bringing us so very close to our goal!!!

A GREAT BIG thank you to all our supporters.

It is through your generous giving to the scholarship fund that we will be better able to serve our awesome families!

April 30, 2018

Early Bird Registration for CML 2018 Ends TODAY at 5PM!
Register NOW to save money and a spot!

April 16, 2018

Have you heard about 211???

211 connects people in need with social service organizations providing health and human services assistance. You can learn more at:

April 8, 2018

Kishwaukee SRA is participating in Give DeKalb County on May 3,2018 – DeKalb County’s day of giving to help nonprofits connect to the larger community! Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $1,500 to assist participants in accessing important programming!

On May 3, starting at 12AM visit this page to make a donation to KSRA! You will have 24 hours to make your donation – all giving will end at 11:59PM on May 3. You will have the chance to become a Light Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, or Gold Level donor for our organization. As ever, donations of any amount are welcome!

Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know. Contact Julie Eggleston at 779-777-7284 or

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!

April 3, 2018

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! Our 2018 Spring/Summer Program Guide

March 15, 2018


A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made our Second Annual Spring Forward for Accessibility Fundraiser a success!


Congratulations to all our teams and especially to our winning team, Barely Managing, and the runners up, Dirty Truckers on their success! Our winners went home with the Gift Card Palooza prize and our runners up received the Golf Course Tour!

You made the night a success and raised a total of $1,586 – all going to the scholarship fund to assist families in attending KSRA programs! Thank you so much to our sponsors, Inboden’s Meat Market, Charles Rose Law, and First National Bank, and to all of the local business that donated to the raffles, silent auctions, and grand prizes.

A special THANK YOU to the Barbed Wire Betties, our amazing volunteers ! We couldn’t have done it without you :)

March 1, 2018

Early Bird Registration for CML 2018 is officially OPEN!!!

Click here to download the CML 2018 registration packet!

Contact Stacy at 779-777-7286 for more information or to register. 

February 1, 2018

February is International Recreation Therapy Month! Help us celebrate! #WeAreRecTherapy

January 31, 2018

Save the date!!

January 19, 2018


KSRA is making the news again with this great Invironments magazine article!

(Click to read the whole article)

And look out for all the latest from Invironments magazine at:

December 6, 2017


This is why we do what we do!!!    WE  INCLUSION

From one of our amazing families: As you know, you gave our daughter the dream of being a gymnast. She loves doing all the movements, but quietly hopes to be able to do some moves unassisted 
So at the end of her 2nd tumbling program, she achieved her goal!!! An unassisted somersault!! As you can see, she was OVERJOYED!!

KSRA means everything to us – thank you for all you do & give 


 November 27, 2017


It’s Almost Here!!!!



November 25, 2017


It’s here!! Check out KSRA’s 2018 Winter Program Guide

October 17, 2017


Check out KSRA’s awesome feature in New Values magazine! Click to read the article.

From our Archives

Thank you to all who made Give DeKalb County such a success!

We did it and just a little more!! We reached our goal of $1000 and in total raised the amount of $1020!
And a portion of that will be matched for more! Thank you Dekalb County Community Foundation for facilitating a seamless Give DeKalb County and thank you to all of the donors and to those who shared the word to donate. What an amazing feeling it was to see all of the support for the families that we serve!

The first ever Spring Forward for Accessibility was a huge success! Thank you to all of the local businesses that donated silent auction items, the grandest and grand prizes, the wine and beer pull supplies, and those who sponsored the event! Thank you to all who participated in the team tournament and to the audience! Congratulations to the CUBS team and the PDRMA Enthusiasts team on the win!

You guys made the night a success with all of the proceeds going towards the scholarship and accessible van fund! A special shout out to the DeKalb Barbed Wire Betties for being our event crew and a surprise team! You really brought the fire to the event!