Press Release

Zion, IL

NorthPointe ART360 and Charming Bead Program Participants attend Waukegan’s “Gospel On the Beach”

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham poses with NorthPointe program participants.

NorthPointe Resource’s ART360 and Charming Bead program participants set up shop to sell jewelry and art at Waukegan’s Christian Faith Fellowship Church (CFFC) “Gospel on the Beach” event July 14th at Waukegan Municipal Beach. Along with almost twenty other vendors, NorthPointe program participants enjoyed an afternoon of food, gospel music, as well as a visit from Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham.

As part NorthPointe’s newly launched micro-enterprise initiative, the Charming Bead and ART360 programs offer individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or mental illness the opportunity to start their own micro-businesses through the creation and sale of art and jewelry. Participants are also given the opportunity to sell hydroponically-grown greens through the Tabletop Farmer program.

“The event had a great turnout, and we really appreciate how much the Waukegan community has embraced us,” said NorthPointe Creative Careers Manager Tom Brost, “it’s truly the generosity of organizations like CFFC and Explore Waukegan that make our programs possible.”

As part of the organizations mission to affect the community for economic and community development, “Gospel at the Beach” provides community businesses and artists a venue to gain exposure and earn income.

Established in 1953, NorthPointe Resources is a premier provider of a full range of award-winning programs for people with disabilities and/or mental illness living in northern Illinois, supporting approximately 500 people annually. To learn more please visit

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