ZION – NBC 5 Chicago visited the Killian Center April 10th to film a feature on NorthPointe’s “TableTop Farmer” project, a program teaching individuals with disabilities to hydroponically grow greens as well as develop their own micro-business.
NBC interviewed NorthPointe CEO Dina Donohue-Chase, who explained the importance of giving people with disabilities the opportunity to start their own micro-business.
“Employment options for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and/or mental illness have historically been quite limited,” Donohue-Chase said, “our organization specializes in offering programs designed to empower people with disabilities to seek out and gain meaningful employment in their community through specialized training and job placing programs. It’s where business and community come together to create perfect social good”
The segment was highlighted by a live demonstration from TableTop farmer Ja’Don, who shared his hydro-farming expertise.
The story also included an interview with James, who shared his experience painting and selling artwork through NorthPointe’s “ART360” program. ART360 promotes awareness, community, and opportunity for artists through the recognition and sale of their paintings. Custom pieces can be commissioned, or buyers can choose from the wide selection of art in our gallery at the Killian Center. The remainder of the segment featured the final NorthPointe micro-enterprise program, “The Charming Bead,” where artisans create a variety of necklaces, bracelets, and other items for purchase.
NorthPointe recently launched an online store called “MarketPointe” where visitors can purchase artwork and jewelry, and learn more about ordering fresh micro-greens from “TableTop Farmers”.
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.