Our Beginning


ECAF was established on June 30, 1993 as the Brent Klosterman Children's Assistance Foundation, Inc. The first Board of Directors was comprised of Frank Catalano, Jr., Ed Envart, Peggy Fisher, Ken Larson and Duncan Skogsberg.




ECAF has strong ties in the Elmhurst community....


Assistance Provided

When a child is diagnosed with a medical problem the whole family is impacted, emotionally and often financially. Medical expenses not typically covered by insurance can begin to mount. ECAF exists to provide financial assistance to these families based on need. The types of assistance provided over the years include...


Speech and Language Therapy

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Visual Therapy

Behavioral Therapy

Assisted mobility devices

Medical equipment and supplies

Medical bills

Augmentative communication devices

Special needs camps

Adaptations to family vehicles

Special dietary requirements


Community Organizations

Elmhurst YMCA - automated chair lift for swimming pool

DuPage Easter Seals - Mars suit for physical therapy department

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital - Augmentative communication device

Elmhurst CUSD 205 Transition Program - taxi vouchers for vocational training

Center for Independence - physical therapy equipment


The Board



Friends of the Children


Joe Schamberger • 2017

Steve Rhea • 2016

Jack Island • 2015

Susie Sands • 2014

Sister Thomas Leo Monahan • 2013

Dan Cronin • 2012

Blanche Hill • 2011

Tom Marcucci • 2010

Guy Maniscalo • 2009

Kurt Schiele • 2008

Pete DiCianni • 2007

Bill Annicella • 2006

Doug Peterson • 2005

Rich Rosenberg • 2004

Larry Roesch • 2003

William Gooch • 2002

John Jevitz • 2001

Rick Bieterman • 2000

Joe Newton • 1999


Our Office

Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation, Inc. 
154 W. Park Avenue Unit 291
Elmhurst, IL 60126


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