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Zion, Illinois

Zion Park District Commissioner Carolyn Rivers Tours NorthPointe Resources

Zion – Zion Park District Commissioner Carolyn Rivers toured NorthPointe Resources May 25th to learn more about the organizations various programs and services.

Carolyn Rivers and Cheryl Dunlap admire a painting created by an ART360 participant.

While the tour touched on all of NorthPointe’s programs, a sizable portion of the tour was centered on NorthPointe’s ART360, Charming Bead, and TableTop Farmer micro-enterprise programs. NorthPointe’s micro-enterprise programs provide individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities, as well as people with mental illness, the opportunity to start their own community-based micro-businesses.

Participants receive training in order to to earn an income by creating and selling art through the “ART 360”, jewelry through “The Charming Bead”, and hydroponically-grown micro-greens through the “TableTop Farmer” programs.

Rivers, accompanied by NorthPointe Development Manager Cheryl Dunlap, stopped in each area to ask questions and chat with staff and program participants.

“It was an honor to tour the facility with Cheryl,” Rivers said, “in my opinion NorthPointe is totally committed to serving the needs of the community in creative unique way that is beneficial to the spirit of humanity.”

“The recent support we have received from our community leaders has been tremendous,” Dunlap said following the conclusion of the tour, “knowing that the Park District Board shares our vision of inclusion for all of Zion’s citizens across all aspects of community life is awesome.”

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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