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 A SUCCESS STORY FROM EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

David’s new full-time employment aligns with his education, training, and interests

David wanted to find and keep work that aligned with his training Certificate and Associate’s degree from a local community college. David’s job search included a combination of coaching, job applications, interviews, employer visits, and informational interviews.

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David loves that he is doing work that he went to school for and that he is trained to do. “I’m focused on productivity and doing good work,” he reported. “The job helps me to interact with all different types of people.” David shared that he is constantly looking to get to the next level. Read more…

OnPointe Training and Consulting

OnPointe provides training and consultation services on evidence-based programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental illness. Many of these evidenced-based programs have been developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago through our Community Academic Partnership (CAP). One of these programs, HealthMatters™, is nationally recognized.

Thrivent Enhances Community Involvement for NorthPointe Resources’ Program Participants

Dina Donohue-Chase, CEO NorthPointe Resources, and Deborah Rabine, NorthPointe Director of Development, receiving Thrivent’s generous donation with a huge “Thanks!”

The Thrivent Community recently selected NorthPointe Resources as a recipient of a year-end giving project, including a donation of toiletries, an invitation to attend a ballet and a monetary donation. Thrivent’s generosity not only benefited NorthPointe through providing increased resources but also brought a new experience and increased community involvement.

NorthPointe Resources’ program participants joined Thrivent members at a performance of The Magic of the Nutcracker ballet held at Waukegan’s Genesee Theater. The Magic of the Nutcracker was a first-time experience for many from the group. and attendees were thoroughly amazed and grateful for the experience.

Read more about Thrivent’s generosity here

ANCOR Addresses Disability Services Workforce Crisis

On March 28, The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) released its Workforce Paper, Addressing the Disability Services Workforce Crisis of the 21st Century.

Calling the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce shortage a national public health crisis, ANCOR finds solutions to this crisis including increasing federal and state funding, increasing public awareness, improving career models, etc. Read the official ANCOR Press Release, including helpful resources and a link to their Workforce Paper addressing this issue here.

Together, we can continue to provide services and care while empowering individuals with disabilities and mental illness to achieve their dreams.

NorthPointe Resources Launches New Website: SOARR Behavior Health Services and Expands Services

NorthPointe Resources has launched a new website – www.SOARRbehavioralhealthservices.org.This website provides programs and support for people seeking mental health services throughout Lake, McHenry and northern Cook Counties.
Mental health challenges
impact each and every one of our communities and create a crisis situation that not only affects the individual, but also affects families, friends, neighbors, veterans, employers, schools, hospitals, and the criminal justice system. “Mental health services have long been provided by NorthPointe and accessed through our current site. We developed this dedicated site so that people seeking mental health services will be able to find and access our services quickly,” stated Dina Donohue-Chase, CEO NorthPointe Resources.

The program is focused on the belief that individual paths to recovery differ, and supportive services for mental and behavioral health disorders should be tailored to fit each individual’s needs and be offered in their local neighborhoods and communities.

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Knights of Columbus Donate Funds from Annual Tootsie Roll Drive to NorthPointe Resources

NorthPointe’s CEO, Dina Donohue-Chase, with Father Paul Stemn at the Knight of Columbus’ check presentation.

In January, Our Lady of Humility Knights of Columbus Council donated the proceeds from their annual Tootsie Roll Drive to NorthPointe Resources.

The Tootsie Roll Drive was conducted over the span of three days last September at the Zion Piggly Wiggly store. NorthPointe volunteers joined the Knights of Columbus’ members to pass out Tootsie Rolls and bring awareness to the community about NorthPointe and their dedication to their mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness to achieve their dreams. For over twenty years NorthPointe has been fortunate to have been the designated recipient of the fundraiser.

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NorthPointe Resources Receives New Minivans

NorthPointe Resources is the proud recipient of three paratransit minivan vehicles awarded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Consolidated Vehicle Procurement program. “The addition of three new vehicles allows us to transport even more NorthPointe program participants to community activities, volunteer opportunities and appointments. The new vans looks so nice and are easy to use. The ramp provides accessibility for a person who uses a wheelchair to ride safely and comfortably,” said Kristin Krok, Director of Day Program at NorthPointe Resources.”

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