Stories

Client Success: Stanley

Stanley is celebrating his 18th year of working at Jewel! Stanley started working for Jewel in 2000 in Wood Dale, Illinois. One year later, he transferred to the Jewel at Village Crossing in Skokie and has worked there ever since. ...

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Client Success: Jacob

Jacob is a true employment success story. Jacob joined the Orchard Village family when he moved into the Newcastle group home. At the time, he was not interested in community-based employment. Instead, he started attending a sheltered ...

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Growing and Thriving

In 2013, Orchard Village proudly (and successfully!) planted for the first time an urban organic garden on its Skokie administrative campus. The quarter-acre “farm,” tended by staff, clients and volunteers, as well as ...

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Client Vacations

We all need to get away from our routines from time to time, to see and experience new things, and to relax and recharge. For many years, through semi-annual vacations, Orchard Village has given intermittent CILA (community integrated ...

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“Just Being Me”

Adults with developmental disabilities are often given few opportunities for full creative expression—yet they have so much of importance to tell us. A group of Orchard Village’s residential clients were given just such an ...

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Special Olympians

When James Haugen, Human Resources Manager for Mariano’s, was honored at Orchard Village’s Golf Classic, his simple statement—”We’re all meant to work”—truly resonated. Mariano’s stores have given many Orchard ...

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