Residential Supports

JCFS has group homes that offer adults with disabilities an independent, community based, group living environment to meet their unique needs.

Residential Supports in the community

JCFS is licensed to provide CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) services through DHS (Illinois Department of Human Services). We currently support and staff two homes and are planning for a third home in the summer of 2015. Our consumer directed CILA model focuses on individual choice and family partnering. Many families and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities are actively involved with JCFS planning and facilitating natural connections for individuals who would like to live together. Several new homes with various funding models are in the planning stages.  


JCFS strives to ensure Jewish individuals with I/DD remain active in the Jewish community. The importance of religious heritage and Jewish life is stressed through the celebration of Jewish holidays and various Jewish gatherings. Those who are not Jewish are also supported to observe their cultural and religious traditions.

First steps toward public funding resources

Registering with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database is the first and most important step you and your family can take to receive assistance. To verify eligibility and register, you must meet with a Pre- Admission Screening (PAS) or Independent Service Coordination Agency (ISC). Search the DHS Office Locator for offices near you. Also, you can call the JCFS Disability Helpline and we will be happy to talk you through the process at 773.467.3838.


To learn more contact Emily Tegenkamp by phone at 773 467-3741 or


To get involved with our efforts click here to learn about Encompass or contact Jodi Newmark at 773-467-3923 or