Human Services

Avenues to Independence

  • Park Ridge, IL
  • http://www.avenuestoindependence.org

Mission Statement

Avenues to Independence is dedicated to putting aside old ideas about what is possible.  We work in partnership with the community to support and encourage people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose.  Our success will eventually be measured by how little we are needed

Main Programs

  1. Residential group homes
  2. Job Placement
  3. Day programs
  4. Home Based Support

ruling year

1954

Executive Director since 1983

Self-reported

Mr. Robert Okazaki

Vice President since 1983

Self-reported

Ms. Catherine Kerr

Keywords

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developmental disability, mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, housing, employment

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Also Known As

Avenues to Independence

EIN

36-6008710

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Approaching our seventh decade, Avenues continues to embrace the programs that have been at the core of everything we do since our inception.  Along the way, we've implemented technology, software applications, and other devices that advance the capabilities, safety, and independence of our participants. As we plan our 60th celebration, we know that today's achievements truly are a foundation for the future, as Avenues makes the right moves.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Residential group homes

1-24 hour residential support-provides housing and support staff that enable individuals to live as independently as possible.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Budget

2,500,000

Program 2

Job Placement

The Job Placement Program at Avenues helps adults with
developmental disabilities become integrated into the community and achieve
self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Our clients participate in new experiences
and new relationships, which benefit not only the participant, but also those
with whom they interact. The sense of pride our clients have about their
life and work in a community setting is apparent.

The goal of the Job
Placement Program we provide individuals with access to life-enriching
experiences that help them gain the autonomy they desire and are capable of
attaining. When they are given the opportunity to work they can improve their
general quality of life, increase their ability to save money and decrease
their dependency on others for their care.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

250,000

Program 3

Day programs

retail, computer, Ebay, community involvement, art, socialization, volunteering opportunities for individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Budget

1,800,000

Program 4

Home Based Support

Individualized counseling and support for individuals remaining in their own homes.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

250,000

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AVENUES TO INDEPENDENCE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Avenues to Independence

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Executive Director

Mr. Robert Okazaki

Vice President

Ms. Catherine Kerr

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Peg O'Herron

No Affiliation

Term: July 2012 - June 2017

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