Stories

Client Success: Jacob

Jacob is a true employment success story. Jacob joined the Orchard Village family in 2014 when he moved into the Newcastle group home. At the time, he was not interested in community-based employment. Instead, he started attending a ...

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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, has increased its ...

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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. In 2016, a group of Orchard Village’s residential clients were given just such an ...

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Partner Profile: Mariano’s

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. Since 2014, Mariano’s stores have given 25 ...

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Special Olympians

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This quote is what our athletes at Orchard Village aspire to each time they compete in the Spring/Summer games. Orchard Village started the Orchard Village Track and Field ...

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