Chicago Avenue Celebrates Community

July 12, 2016

The Chicago Avenue Community Living Option Residence recently celebrated ten years of food and friendship. At the end of June, the building’s residents hosted their tenth annual Taste of Chicago Avenue party to thank their families and supporters. Modeled after Taste of Chicago, this event enlists all who live in the building to prepare a favorite dish to share in backyard over laughs and stories.

The Chicago Avenue community is supported by a family that now has three generations of involvement with Center for Independent Futures. Community Builder Matt Landau’s mother served in the same role, supporting residents through check-ins, community activities, and emergency support.

Matt became a friend to the community, attending activities, helping his neighbors change lightbulbs, and grilling for their summer meetings. Last year, Matt and his wife, Bri, also became parents to their first daughter, bringing another generation of their family to Center for Independent Futures.

“Being involved with Center for Independent Futures has been wonderful. It helped me and Bri figure out what we wanted to do. Once we started working with individuals with disabilities, we realized we loved it,” Matt shares.

The Landau family provides the support individuals need to live independently. Established by families seeking a new vision for their loved ones, our Community Living Option Residences are structured on a philosophy of community engagement and support. Community Builders provide overnight emergency support and facilitate community, including social events and weekly decision-making meetings.

For more information on the Evanston, Illinois, Community Living Option Residences or how we can help you create similar communities in your area, call us at (847) 328-2044.

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