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 A SUCCESS STORY FROM EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Program participants interview at Six Flags Great America

After practicing their interview skills and refining job search materials, Employment Matters program participants Gary R. and Pavel S. and SOARR participant Juan G. interviewed today for part-time positions at Six Flags Great America. Their preparation and work paid off with a successful afternoon of interviewing!

NorthPointe Resources remains committed to advancing Employment First in the communities that we serve. Simply put, Employment First means breaking down barriers and supporting consumers in their desire to obtain real jobs and real wages in the community.

Read more Employment Matters Success Stories.

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.

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State Senator Melinda Bush Tours NorthPointe Resources

The senator met many of NorthPointe’s staff, program participants, and their families. Left to right: Mrs. Mary Jo Kollross, NorthPointe Resources CEO Dina Donohue-Chase, Mr. Mike Kollross and State Senator Melinda Bush

Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, from Illinois’ 31st District, visited NorthPointe Resources on Friday, April 21, 2017. The Senator’s visit took place at NorthPointe’s headquarters in The Killian Center located in Zion IL.

As part of the visit, a tour of the facility was conducted during which the senator met with many of NorthPointe’s staff and program participants. NorthPointe supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and/or mental health issues. The visit was part of her ongoing effort to get to know her constituents in the 10th district, understand their thoughts and concerns, and make sure their voices are heard when she addresses the senate.

At the end of her vistit, a program participant shared that he was able to obtain his dream job with the support of NorthPointe’s customized employment services, but now he worries that his friends may not have the same opportunities if the funding shortage continues.

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NorthPointe Resources Beautifies homes through generous donations from community partners.

Thanks to the help of community partners, NorthPointe Resources was able to update the common areas of the 17 community homes where they provide support services for people with developmental disabilities.

“We rely on our community partner’s donations and grants to help us furnish our community homes as well as the Killian Center. We are fortunate to have wonderful partnerships with Penny Mustard, Upscale Rummage Sale, Crate and Barrel, and BILTRITE Furniture, as well as the many families who support NorthPointe. All of the items that were donated are modern and in new or ‘like new condition,’ stated Dina Donohue-Chase, CEO, NorthPointe Resources. “Updating 17 homes was quite a task, and we couldn’t have done it without our supportive partners and families.”

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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.

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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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