Community Partnerships

We have partnerships with many community organizations in Chicago that support our teaching, research and scholarship, and service missions. Below is a partial list of our most active partners.

Access Living, the Chicago Center for Independent Living, is a disability advocacy organization that is run by people with disabilities. They provide peer support and resources to people with a variety of disabilities and engage in disability advocacy.

Bonaventure House is a transitional living facility for adults with HIV or AIDS, and who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It serves as a resource center to assist up to 35 residents in transitioning to independent living. Many residents are in recovery and have a history of addiction.

El Valor serves adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities in community group homes and a day program. The day program includes activity groups as well as a computer lab and fitness activities. There is also a healthy lifestyles program run by the UIC OT department.

Esperanza School serves children and young adults with a variety of moderate to severe developmental disabilities, primarily autism, as well as behavior needs.  The school is a private, therapeutic day school and provides a bilingual Spanish-English environment.

The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center provides temporary secure housing for youth from the age of 10 through 16 years who are awaiting adjudication of their cases. The center provides a safe, secure and caring environment with programs that enhance personal development and improve opportunity for success.

Marjorie Kovler Center helps transform the lives of refugees recovering from the complex consequences of politically-sanctioned torture. Kovler Center provides medical, mental health, and social services as well as a bi-monthly cooking group for survivors, gardening, and computer and English classes.

St. Leonard’s Ministries, Michael Barlow Center and Grace House, serves formerly incarcerated men and women (ex-offenders). The Barlow Center has a high school completion program which also provides one-on-one tutoring. Grace House is a residence for women and they provide fitness, yoga, and wellness programs.

St. Vincent de Paul Center: St. Vincent de Paul Center’s mission is to strengthen and empower those most in need through quality child care, early childhood education and outreach to at-risk families.

Team Rainbow is a new and growing community organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) refugees and asylum seekers. The members are interested in employment readiness and cultural orientation programming.

Urban Autism Solutions is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities. Their initiatives include:  Growing Solutions Farm, community integrated residences, social programs and independent living and learning experiences.