Our mission

Orchard Village partners with families and communities to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities with 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 Denise

Denise P., a newer client at Orchard Village, has been working at Jewel-Osco for over four months now with the help of our vocational team. She is employed as a service clerk at Jewel, helping to put carts away and bag groceries for customers. ...

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Success Story: Avis

Avis, 21, started attending InnOVations, Orchard Village's non-traditional and employment preparation focused day program for adults with developmental disabilities, in April of 2018. His goal? A job in the community! Nancy ...

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Success Story: Semayah

Semayah, a resident of Lowell house and Orchard Village since 2016, has made great strides in reaching her goals. Lowell house is one of Orchard Village's 10 residential homes. Residential homes, also known as CILAs (Community ...

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Thank You DSPs: Meet Nike

Direct Support Professional, Nike, has worked at Orchard Village for the last six years and considers the individuals she serves as family. “I love working with them. It’s part of me. They really, really trust us and believe in us”. ...

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Thank You DSPs: Meet Deidre

Deidre has worked at Orchard Village as a direct support professional for the last 12 years, and previously from 1999 – 2002. She currently works at the Bel-Air residence, where she assists clients in their daily living and maintaining ...

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Staff Highlight: Vonkisha

While 2020 was a year of many firsts for us all, our clients at Orchard Village faced no exception. All of our residential clients were sheltered-in-place during the stay-at-home orders and had essentially been quarantining together ...

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