Stories

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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Success Story: Harrison

Harrison works at Panino’s Pizzeria in Evanston and is currently living in his own apartment in Skokie, but he didn’t always. Harrison started out in 24-hour supervised living at Orchard Village with the goal of his own apartment and ...

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Success Story: 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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Success Story: 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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“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 residents were given just such an opportunity, ...

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