About Us

Open Door Rehabilitation Center (Open Door) began with family. Actually, two families – David and Juanita Graf and William and Virginia Squier, Jr. – who developed a community-based “employment” workshop in the Graf ’s basement.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Open Door Rehabilitation Center is to provide unrivaled, high-quality, person-driven services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in order to promote independence, growth, and an exceptional quality of life for those we serve.

Our Vision

To continue to be a leading provider of high-quality care and services to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults in Illinois. In order to do this, we will maintain our unique culture, remain community based and family oriented, and continue to evolve and innovate.


Our History

Open Door Rehabilitation Center began in 1963. David Graf, a Vocational Arts teacher at Sandwich High School, his wife Juanita, and William Squier Sr., an executive with the James Knights Company of Sandwich, and his wife Virginia began the Open Door Workshop in the basement of the Graf residence in Sandwich. The consumers included Grafs’ daughter Cynthia and Squiers’ son William Jr. plus four other adults with developmental disabilities.

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