When Richard “Rick” Smith Jr. was born with Down syndrome 53 years ago, his parents Rose and Rich were determined to make the life of their only child the best it could be. They arranged for him to attend the original Seguin School, where he was offered the chance to develop, learn and grow. 

Since then Richard has been an active participant in everything the world has to offer.  Rose and Rich ensured that he had a good education, while providing opportunities for him to participate in sports and enjoy social and recreational activities in the community. Through employment services provided by UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, Richard has been able to work in a gainful, productive, meaningful job. As his father gratefully affirms, “Richard wouldn’t be who he is today without UCP Seguin.”   

Throughout their many years of involvement with the organization, the Smiths have been faithful financial donors in support of UCP Seguin’s programs for people with developmental disabilities. In addition to monetary gifts, Rich and Rose gave of their time and talent, helping to form a local special recreation association to provide fun activities for individuals with disabilities in the west suburbs. Even as his wife Rose passed away, Rich carried on her legacy of generosity. Rich has acted as the Moonlighters DJ for many years so all the people with disabilities could rock the night away with friends during their Saturday nights out.

Buoyed by his son’s successes, his wife’s memory, and his own zest for life, Rich Smith personifies the spirit of philanthropy, a spirit that that continues to make UCP Seguin a preeminent organization serving people with disabilities.

You can join Rich Smith and help to provide life without limits for people with disabilities. Donate online at ucpseguin.org or send gifts to UCP Seguin, 332 Harrison Street, Oak Park IL 60304

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