“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
For the third consecutive year, the Center for Independent Futures community honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day by partnering with the Woman’s Club of Evanston for a service project.
Members of both organizations gathered to cook soup for Soup at Six, a non-profit organization that provides free dinner at Hemenway Methodist Church in Evanston every Tuesday evening, welcoming over 100 guests.
Volunteers spent time chatting, laughing, and getting to know each other while they chopped vegetables, prepared chicken, and stirred soup. Working side-by-side with fellow community members provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to make new connections and develop social skills.
Thank you to our volunteers and the volunteers from the Woman’s Club who made this event possible! To see more photographs from the event, click here to view our photo album on Facebook.
The Arc of Illinois will be holding the 16th Annual Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) Leadership Conference on January 23 in Alsip, IL. This year’s conference will feature John Dickerson, a leader in the field whose key career milestones included the transformation of services in Indiana – the closure of all state hospitals by creating community supports for the people who lived in five state institutions; lowering the waiting list from 12 years to less than 1 year. As a lobbyist and community organizer, he has seen the power of both the individual and those who come together to create change – make incredible progress.
John’s presentation will focus on “Making a Difference” by providing specific tools to bring people closer to the people they support, more engaged with the organization, and feeling more supported and better about themselves. Participants will leave with specific, easy to use ideas that they can begin implementing tomorrow. John is the founder and CEO of Quillo, a unique new approach to the workforce crisis facing organizations serving people with disabilities.
Break out sessions later in the afternoon feature topics around Government Benefits, Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Creating Trauma Informed Organizations. Speakers include Sherri Schneider, President of Family Benefit Solutions, Inc., Susan Kahan, a member of the clinical staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disability Family Clinics and Krescene Beck, program coordinator for the Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance.
Arc of Illinois Belief & Mission
The Arc of Illinois truly believes that we are all people first and because of that, regardless of any developmental or intellectual differences, everyone deserves the same rights and opportunities. The Arc regularly hosts events to gather family members, self advocates, and professionals in the field and educate them on the latest and best practices.