ZION – Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, NRG Energy Plant Manager Michael Monroe, as well as members of their respective staff toured NorthPointe Resources May 4th to learn more about the organization and their micro-enterprise programs.
NorthPointe’s micro-enterprise programs provides individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities, as well as people with mental illness, the opportunity to start their own micro-businesses. Participants receive training and earn an income through the creation and sale of art through the “ART 360”, jewelry through “The Charming Bead”, and hydroponically-grown greens through the “TableTop Farmer” programs.
“This visit was very exciting for the program participants as well as the staff,” NorthPointe Development Manager Cheryl Dunlap said, “taking the time to learn more about our programs and interact with our program participants, I believe truly demonstrates both NRG and the City of Waukegan’s commitment to inclusion and making communities a better place to live for everyone.”
“Both the City of Waukegan and NRG were impressed by innovative approach NorthPointe has taken to community employment through their micro-enterprise programs, and plan to continue their support of NorthPointe.” Ms. Dunlap added.
NRG recently donated two vertical hydroponic growing towers for the TableTop Farmer program, and the City of Waukegan’s monthly ArtWauk events provide a venue for program participants to sell their art and jewelry.
At the conclusion of the tour, Mr. Cunningham extended an invitation to NorthPointe to present at the Waukegan Town Hall, as well as expressed the possibility of displaying art there.
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 www.northpointeresources.org.