John and Becky Duffey Make $1 Million Leadership Gift to Little City to Advance Quality of Life for Children with Autism

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Construction of the first two homes of the Duffey Family Children’s Village is planned for 2013

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Rendering of one of the new homes in the Duffey Family Children's Village

The Duffey Children’s Village is indeed a breakthrough in the design of home environments for children with autism.

Children with autism and other developmental disabilities at Little City Foundation will benefit from the therapeutic design of the new Duffey Family Children’s Village as they live, learn and play. “Thanks to the one million dollar leadership gift of John M. and Becky J. Duffey, significant support from Vincent W. and Patricia A. Foglia as well as the family of late Little City resident Larry Rudis, and the support of many other generous donors, Little City will break ground on the first two children’s homes this spring,” announced Board President Edward J. Hockfield.

“The Duffey Children’s Village is indeed a breakthrough in the design of home environments for children with autism,” added Hockfield.

The design of the Duffey Children’s Village at Little City incorporates the latest international research in autism offering sensory rooms, therapeutic playgrounds and other features while including the use of soothing paint colors, LED lighting, textures that promote tactile stimulation and much more.

“The Duffey Family Children’s Village is a premiere philanthropic opportunity for caring community members who want to be part of creating a brighter future for children with autism,” commented Little City Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers. “We anticipate that the completion of the first two homes will establish a model that inspires others to join us in our vision to advance care for children with autism.”

“Supporting children with autism and other developmental disabilities is something my family is deeply passionate about,” commented Little City Board Member John Duffey. “We’re honored to be a part of making the vision for these specially designed homes for children with autism a reality, and hope the Village will inspire positive changes in the way our nation currently cares for children with autism and special needs.”

In addition to its therapeutic features, the Duffey Village is seeking a LEED-Platinum rating for green design elements funded in substantial part by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. “Green technology such as geothermal radiant heat and solar will make the homes truly, state-of-the art,” concluded Jeffers.

“We’re extremely grateful to the many donors that have joined the Duffey, Foglia and Rudis families in their support of the Village,” added Chief Development Officer Rebecca Clarkin. “These homes are the first to be built at Little City in more than three decades and we’re delighted this long-time initiative is finally coming to fruition.”

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For complete information, visit or contact Lisa Hoffmann at lhoffmann(at)littlecity(dot)org or 847-221-7825.


About Little City Foundation
For more than 50 years, Little City Foundation has developed innovative and personalized programs to fully assist and empower children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a commitment to attaining a greater quality of life for Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens, Little City actively promotes choice, person-centered planning and a holistic approach to health and wellness. Little City’s ChildBridge services include in-home personal and family supports, clinical and behavior intervention, 24/7 residential services and special needs foster care and adoption. Little City’s LifePath Adult Services offers a variety of residential options, employment opportunities, home-based services, case management, day supports, Special Olympics, an award-winning Center for the Arts and more. The organization has a 56-acre campus in Palatine and offices in Chicago. Visit

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