Social & Recreational Opportunities

It’s about having fun, building friendships…just living your life.

Opportunities for meeting new people, participating in community and cultural events, including religious activities and celebrations, can be challenging when these are not inclusive or welcoming to persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Jewish Child & Family Services is committed to opening our communities up, so people of all abilities can enjoy one another and live rich, fulfilling lives.

Community Connections is a program for adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who live and work in their community (independently or with minimal support), and who are looking for ways to increase their social connections. By working with our Community Builder, participants can build skills that will help them expand their interests, meet new people and develop friendships. For more information on eligibility and participation in Community Connections, contact Allison Rodenhouse, Director, Family and Community Supports, 773.765.3160.

YadB'Yad offers quarterly social, cultural and religious activities and events that bring together Jewish adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities or learning disabilities. Activities and events are held throughout the community, such as at the Fiedler Hillel on the Northwestern Campus, and encourages participants to engage in their community, socialize with other participants or volunteers, and enjoy an evening out.
For more information on eligibility and participation contact Allison Rodenhouse, Director, Family and Community Supports, 773.765.3160.

For information on how you can volunteer, contact Sheryl Green.