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Phone: (847) 438-8855
21154 W Shirley Rd
Palatine
Illinois 60074
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Target demographics: Adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 650 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: They could fill an essential role from assisting in our day programs, helping with our on-site marketplaces and during the lunchtime shifts, planning special events, serving as board members, helping to maintain our properties, or building a special friendship with an adult supported by one of our programs.

Programs: Client and Family Support Program gives children and adults with developmental disabilities needed support to remain at home with their families and opportunities to achieve thier dream to live and work at a semi-independent level.

The Respite Program is designed to support children and adults with disabilites in their home environment as an alternative to residential placement. Two Work and Training centers provide programs designed to assist clients with developmental disabilities develop to their fullest potential by achieving independent work skills, earning income, and heightening social and personal living skills.

Mission:
Incorporated in 1954, we currently serve approximately 700 individuals with developmental, physical and mental disabilities and their families in an area of over 600 square miles, including all of lake and northern Cook Counties in Illinois. Services provided include respite care, case management, advocacy and referral, work skills training, paid sub contract work opportunities, supported work in individual placement and group enclave settings at employer sites, socialization opportunities among others.
Results:
This last year we accomplished the following:
* Added a new, 14-passenger paratransit vehicle to our fleet
* Addisted townships in acquiring a Federal New Freedoms Transportation grant to pilot a coordinated multi-township paratransit service so people with disabilities residing in four northwest townships can access jobs
* Expanded alternative support services at both our day program centers so that older adults with disabilities have opportunities to participate in healthy day activities that minimize the impact of aging
* Completed major renovation of 1,200 s/f at our Waukegan Center to better support older adults with developmental disabilities residing in that area
* Transition Services for students with disabilities were developed for Waukegan High School students through a collaborative project with another area service provider, NorthPointe Resources
* Transition Services were resumed for students with disabilities from school district 211 (Palatine)
* More than 28 adults were placed, trained and supported in a variety of community jobs at employer sites throughout Cook and Lake Counties
* Countryside received the fifth largest award (out of 50 state applicants) from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to support our community job development, training, and support efforts
* In-Home Respite provided services to 150 families this year, including 14 new families
* Increased availability of subcontract work by more than 21% compared to 2009 so that more than 300 participants with disabilities employed at our Work and Training Centers had access to paid work opportunities
* Secured more than 50% of funds necessary to plan 9,000 s/f addition and building renovation at the Palatine Work and Training Center. A capital campaign titled "Building Opportunities" was launched in 2010
* We significantly expanded our donor base by securing many first-time donors in 2010
* Developed a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn applications to better inform the public about the Countryside mission
* Installed an electronic donor database to more efficiently track and analyze our progress in promoting donations and major gifts
* Added the ability for contributors to support Countryside through online giving

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04/15/13
I would like to nominate Countryside Association. I have had the pleasure of meeting an employee of this organization and am in awe of her endless dedication on behalf of her clients. I, along with many others, receive weekly notifications from this particular employee requesting donations for her... more »
04/13/13
Recently I attended a fund raising event and my emotions were completely taken over by the efforts of the staff and their commitment to making a difference in the community for people with disabilities. Seeing the direct impact by these committed individuals, but also working as a team to make a ... more »
04/12/13
One of my close friends works at Countryside. It has been challenging and refreshing to see her passion for helping folks with disabilities find employment. I know firsthand that she, and her coworkers, consistently go over-the-top in their personal commitments to helping their clients find, apply ... more »
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