LISLE, Illinois—Ray Graham Association (RGA) is proud to welcome Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs for a visit to discuss IL ABLE (Illinois Achieving a Better Life Experience) and their benefits for and with people with disabilities. The meeting provided an opportunity for the Treasurer to learn more about the work at Ray Graham Association and hear from IL ABLE account owners and IL ABLE-eligible constituents.
IL ABLE Accounts are an important financial tool for people with disabilities, allowing them to save for qualified disability expenses without risking loss of their benefits from assistance programs. The IL ABLE program has helped many individuals and families achieve financial security and independence, and the Treasurer’s visit underscores the importance of this program. “Ray Graham Association provides important programming that empowers people with disabilities with the necessary skills and tools that promote their independence and inclusion,” said Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. “We at the Illinois State Treasurer’s office share your vision of achieving greater independence and inclusion of people with disabilities through the power that comes from being able to save and control your own money. The IL ABLE – Achieving a Better Life Experience program enables people with disabilities and their families greater financial independence while preserving benefits.”
We are honored to welcome Treasurer Frerichs to discuss the benefits of IL ABLE accounts for people with disabilities” said Ray Graham Association President & CEO Kim Zoeller. “It means so much to have an engaged public official who is committed to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities in Illinois.”
Ray Graham Association has been providing services and support for people with disabilities since 1950, and is dedicated to promoting independence, choice, and access for individuals of all abilities. The Illinois ABLE program is a key component of this mission, and RGA is proud to be a partner in this important initiative. Learn more about IL ABLE benefits and eligibility at IllinoisABLE.com.
About the Illinois Treasurer
As Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs (FRAIR’-iks) is the state’s Chief Investment and Banking Officer and actively manages approximately $52 billion. The portfolio includes $26 billion in state funds, $17 billion in retirement and college savings plans and $9 billion on behalf of local and state governments. Frerichs’ office protects consumers by safeguarding more than $3.5 billion in unclaimed property, encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, assisting people with disabilities to save without losing government benefits, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.
About Ray Graham Association
Founded in 1950, Ray Graham Association serves nearly 2,000 people with disabilities and employs about 350 people. Ray Graham enriches lives by empowering those we support and those who care for them to reach, grow, and achieve. Since 1997, the Council of Quality and Leadership (CQL) has accredited Ray Graham Association for our leadership’s vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. 88% of every dollar donated to Ray Graham Association goes directly to people with disabilities. Learn more at RayGraham.org.
If you would like more information about RGA, please contact Chief Development Officer Mark Langan at 630-628-7174 or MLangan@RayGraham.org.
Treasurer Frerichs dialoguing with people supported by Ray Graham Association, photo by Alan Taylor (click for high-resolution)
Treasurer Frerichs, approved to be used by the media (click for high-resolution)
Ray Graham Association logo (click for high-resolution)