Chairperson Jerry Meyer and President Charley Smith founded Community Services Foundation in 1989 to support programs of Southwest Community Services, a nonprofit agency providing services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and chronic mental health disorders.
For over a decade, Community Services Foundation supported Southwest Community Services by funding new programs and supplementing its IL DHS programs.
In 2003, Community Service Foundation purchased CTF Illinois (CTF). The addition of Community Integrated Living Arrangement homes (CILAs) and additional day programs round out the services supported by the Foundation.
In 2014, Community Services Foundation founded a new agency that services adults with intellectual disabilities in an optional community setting. LifeStyles Academy, located in Palos Park, IL, is a post-secondary education and training center designed for adults with intellectual disabilities to achieve additional education experiences, employment opportunities, and independent living goals.
In 2016, CTF Illinois and Southwest Community Services merged together as one, unified agency, now known as the new CTF Illinois, in order to better serve individuals with diverse disabilities.