We see the whole person. We believe everyone deserves a life of dignity, purpose and fulfillment.

A real home. A job to take pride in. A fulfilling social life. People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) want what everyone wants:  a place of their own to live, something rewarding to do during the day, and to spend time with friends.

Encompass forges innovative partnerships among service providers and the community to make this—and much more—possible for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Guided by a philosophy of person-centered care and the principle that any planning should be done hand in hand with people with disabilities, not for them, Encompass seeks to provide adults with I/DD a full array of financially sustainable, community-based services and supports, including:

CILAs and consumer-directed residences

Encompass is working with JCFS Chicago and other Jewish agencies to expand capacity for person-centered group homes and with community partners to create new residential models and options.

Customized employment placements

Funding secured by Encompass provides Jewish adults with disabilities access to JVS Career & Employment's Customized Employment comprehensive discovery process that considers the adult’s unique interests, skills and strengths, provides pre-employment training and upon placement, a job coach.

Robust, social/recreational program with inclusion opportunities

Funded by Encompass and operated by Keshet, this program offers a full array of activities and inclusive events 3-5 days each week across the city, near north and northern suburbs, frequently at JCC Chicago locations. View our Social-Recreational Calendar

Judaic observance and synagogue inclusion opportunities

In partnership with JUF, a community outreach, research and planning effort is underway to make our synagogues and congregations more inclusive.

Advocacy efforts & community outreach to develop resources

Encompass advocates at the state and national level for increased funding and improved access to services and supports, including for more affordable housing options. Current advocacy projects (includes Task Force)

Join our efforts. To learn how you and/or your organization can contribute your time, treasure and talents, contact Jodi Newmark, Director at 773.765.3146.

Encompass is proud to partner with the following organizations: JCFS Chicago, Jewish United Fund, JVS Career & Employment, JCC Chicago, Keshet, The Center for Enriched Living and Center for Independent Futures.

We also can assist adults with I/DD and their families in the following ways:

  • Help with processing your application for the Home-based Waiver (if already approved to apply)
  • Guide you through the entire planning process (if you have been invited to apply for CILA funding)
  • Connect you with other families who have CILA funding

Check out Heichal Home: A Community-integrated Living Arrangement (CILA)

Encompass is administered by JCFS Chicago, a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.