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Hopes and dreams realized

See Center for Independent Futures' support in action.

Success Stories

Jonathan Shuman: Making my own choices and decisions.

Jonathan Shuman: Making my own choices and decisions.

A short film from Guy Bauer Productions captures a day in the life of Center for Independent Futures participant Jonathan Shuman, documenting his full life and the ways we support him and others to live their dreams. 

Lindsay Tonyan: Active, engaged, and supported.

Lindsay Tonyan: Active, engaged, and supported.

 In Lindsay's sunny one-bedroom condo, full of her artwork, visitors can see firsthand what it looks like when hopes and dreams are realized.

David Suchite: Making the next steps in his journey.

David Suchite: Making the next steps in his journey.

David received support from Center for Independent Futures at the high school’s Transition House on his way to achieving his goal to work in an office.

Sarah Armour: Living life with drive and passion.

Sarah Armour: Living life with drive and passion.

It’s Monday morning, and Sarah makes her commute to start another week at the office. After checking emails, shebegins her tasks for the day. It looks like a typical morning for a young professional, but Sarah’s route to this place in life was far from typical.

Avi Lesser: I'm movin' out!

Avi Lesser: I'm movin' out!

Avi Lesser set a goal to move out on his own by the time he was 25 years old. With the support of his family, friends, and Center for Independent Futures, his dream became a reality.

Mike Sener: Capabilities, courage and a little support.

Mike Sener: Capabilities, courage and a little support.

When Mike Sener wanted to stay behind in Illinois as his parents moved to California, the family turned to Center for Independent Futures for the support Mike needed to build a life and a community in Evanston.

April Hall: A new home for new dreams.

April Hall: A new home for new dreams.

April Hall and Amy are a typical mother-daughter pair. One thing, however, sets their family apart—April is an individual with disabilities. Through Center for Independent Futures, she gets the support she needs to support her daughter.

Kevin Schneider: Sometimes, a full life is a team effort.

Kevin Schneider: Sometimes, a full life is a team effort.

Kevin Schneider worked at Dominick’s for eighteen years. When the grocery chain unexpectedly closed, unemployment threatened to disrupt Kevin’s life. But thanks to the support of Center for Independent Futures, his team found a solution.

Niero Dominguez: Mapping his own way. Charting his own course.

Niero Dominguez: Mapping his own way. Charting his own course.

For students with disabilities, the challenge of navigating high school can be daunting. With the support of Center for Independent Futures, Neiro Dominguez forged his own path toward independence in his educational and personal endeavors.

Phil Gazzolo: It all started with the right recipe.

Phil Gazzolo: It all started with the right recipe.

Can confidence be bottled? Can independence be put in a jar? For Phil Gazzolo, every jar of Uncle Phil’s Chili Pop BBQ Sauce represents a dream fulfilled.

Patrick Fox: Taking the risk of independence.

Patrick Fox: Taking the risk of independence.

Before moving to Evanston, Patrick lived in the restrictive environment of a group home. Today, with the support of Center for Independent Futures, Patrick enjoys a full life, with varied interests and a long-time job. 

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Families Bring Their Voices to On the Table

On Tuesday, May 16, Center for Independent Futures returned to its origins by hosting a conversation of families around a table. Read More »