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Spring 2024


Friends of MILESTONE: 

Incredible that it is already Spring. We are genuinely excited about upcoming events and another impressive “MILESTONE” to celebrate. This year, 2024, marks the 25th Anniversary of the MILESTONE Dental Clinic. Yes, in 1999, once again our great visionaries tackled the need of dental services for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. What they developed was the first clinic of its kind in the State of Illinois that provides stateof-the-art dentistry for patients with developmental disabilities. Our amazing staff continue to provide services to patients from dozens of Illinois counties. Through their efforts, and the continued support of our community, and all of you, we will continue providing quality care and services for years to come. Plans are underway to mark this momentous occasion. Happy 25th Anniversary MILESTONE Dental Clinic! 

Spring also brings the excitement of new activities and planning. Our MILESTONE Artisans are hard at work designing and completing new creations. These works of art and creations will be on full display as they once again participate in Rockford’s annual Spring Art Walk. This year the event will take place April 19 – 20, 2024. The athletes are preparing for the annual Spring Games Track and Field competition. This event will be an early weekend in May, and all are working hard vying to earn their way to the State Summer Games. Spring also brings planning and practices for our MILESTONE Singers and Dancers. They currently are and will continue to work hard as they love being on stage showing the greater Rockford community their incredible talents. 

Some may wonder how all of this comes together. The answer is simple, MILESTONE has incredible, fantastic, resolute staff. No matter what want, or need is put in front of them they join forces and find a way to get it done. I continue to be amazed daily by what they do. Some time back Shawn Way was asked what MILESTONE was? He stated, “Hands around a heart that is what we are?” That statement rings loud and clear when looking at all they can accomplish. 

Thank you to everyone, the individuals, families, parents and guardians, the amazing staff past and present, you and our wonderful community for your continued thoughts, prayers, and support. Together we make a difference. Thank you!

Bill Grahn      
CEO and Executive Director