Our mission

Orchard Village partners with families and communities to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities using a community-integrated approach.
Orchard Village empowers people with developmental disabilities through vocational, educational, recreational, and residential programs to live their best lives.

With donors’ support, Orchard Village changed the lives of individuals, families, and the community, including:

  • 300 men, women and children receive services annually.
  • 65 individuals live in 10 Orchard Village homes with 24-hour assistance.
  • 28 individuals live independently with intermittent support.
  • 30 participants receive Day Program Services.
  • 15 students receive individualized and group instruction at Orchard Academy.
  • 70 clients participate in vocational programs, learning valuable skill that help them to acquire and keep a job.
  • Home-based services assists 83 individuals who wish to live with their families or who want to live independently.

Our Services

Day Program Services

InnOVations Vocational Day Program InnOVations is a vocationally-focused alternative day program centered on work experiences, job training, vocational skill-building, and therapeutic recreation. The program operates from 9 am ...

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Residential Services

Help people realize their dream to live in a home in their community.

People with disabilities share with everyone the goal to reside in a house or apartment they can call their own. Orchard Village helps the people it serves to realize this dream of joining in the social life of a real neighborhood. Orchard ...

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Employment Services

Facilitate an individual’s desire for employment in their community.

Meaningful and rewarding employment is important to all of us. Orchard Village partners with the local businesses to place the individuals we support in real, ongoing competitive jobs. Businesses are provided with capable and ...

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Home Based Support Services

Support individuals living at home with their families or independently in their community.

One way that Orchard Village supports children and adults with disabilities who live at home is through providing Self Direction Assistance (SDA) through the Home Based Support Services (HBSS) Program. HBSS is funded by the Illinois ...

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Our Approach

Orchard Village, founded in Skokie, Illinois in 1972, is a fully licensed nonprofit organization that annually provides support to nearly 300 individuals (all ages) with developmental disabilities in north and northwest Chicagoland.

Our residential, vocational, home-based and transitional services are person-centered, addressing the needs and personal goals of those in our care.

Our objective is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to live a fulfilling life where each individual controls his or her own destiny.

Success Stories

Meet Reed!

Reed recently came to Orchard Village during the pandemic. Despite the challenges of her timing, she has grown a lot and been such a positive light to her friends and program staff. Reed benefits from multiple Orchard Village services, but ...

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Meet Matthew!

Matthew's been a student at Orchard Academy for three years after being referred by his high school. Since his first day, he has interned at various job sites, including Marshall's, Cici's Pizza, the Niles Food Pantry, and Walgreen's, ...

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Meet Shawn!

Shawn is one of our residents whom we assisted in finding and maintaining the "favorite job that he's had so far" at a local pizza restaurant, where he has worked for two years. Shawn enjoys being a cashier and interacting with customers. He ...

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Celebrating our Team: Jennifer Burgess

During our 50th Anniversary year, we are honoring some of the outstanding people who made Orchard Village what it is today. Director of Residential Services, Jennifer Burgess has been a big part of our success over the years. She has been ...

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Remembering Ellen

In December, Orchard Village was saddened by the death of one of its beloved volunteers, Ellen Sontag. Ellen volunteered as an art instructor at both our day programs and Orchard Academy, helping clients express themselves through ...

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Environmental Update

As we begin 2022, Orchard Village plans to take more steps to be green! In December, Henley House, one of Orchard Village’s 24-hour homes had solar panels installed on the roof. Generously donated by Ailey Solar, the panels will work ...

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