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.
David loves the fact that he is doing the 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 type of people.” David shared that he is constantly looking to get to the next level. Read more…
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.
It’s everyone’s most wonderful time of the year! On December 16th more than 200 of NorthPointe’s program participants gathered for The Annual Holiday Hearts celebration. Every year NorthPointe program participants eagerly await the holiday party where they enjoy a delicious breakfast, followed by the singing of holiday carols and a visit from Santa and his crew from Tiny’s Social Club.
This year a member of the Waukegan Police Department was on hand to help celebrate with the attendees, after which volunteers distributed gifts. The Holiday Hearts celebration is important for many reasons. For some individuals this will be the only holiday celebration they will attend and the party allows them to enjoy the company of friends and those that support them during the holidays. For the individuals who do not have families, second gifts are gathered to be opened and enjoyed on Christmas morning.
The Holiday Hearts Party is planned and coordinated months in advance by NorthPointe staff and community volunteers. Gift lists are completed by program participants, distributed to gift-givers, including multi-gift participation from companies and individual donors. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center located in Zion, IL, is a great supporter of the Holiday Hearts Celebration and donated 75 gifts this year.
The now famous yearly Holiday Hearts Celebration remains a testament of holiday cheer and community involvement and giving.
Through their involvement with the Zion-Benton Coalition for Healthy Communities, NorthPointe learned of Top Box Express and knew they wanted to be involved. The people living in NorthPointe’s community homes benefit from the availability of fresh produce and quality meat products at an affordable price. NorthPointe’s staff also take advantage of the opportunity to obtain quality food at excellent prices. Additionally, Day Program participants at NorthPointe’s Killian Center are able to give back to the community by volunteering. Each month staff from NorthPointe bring a group of program participants to the Shiloh Center on pick-up day to help buyers get their purchases to their vehicles.
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.”