Northwest IL


Trinity offers adults in its Northwest service area a number of supports and services. This includes nine residential options and a range of vocational, educational and health services.

In Des Plaines, Trinity operates an Adult Learning program for adults who live on the North Side and near Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Participants engage in a wide range of activities that teach basic skills for independent living—health and safety, culinary arts, environmental awareness, nutrition and wellness. Or, participants focus on gaining the skills needed to find a job, maintain personal finances, and become more self-reliant.

The learning program accommodates the cognitive challenges of the participant while supporting him or her as a valued, contributing member of the community. For instance, the group’s recycling work is extended to nearby small businesses, bringing participants together with their merchant neighbors. In addition, the program is working on culinary arts and horticulture projects that may soon develop into a local business enterprise.

Trinity’s Northwest Illinois service began with a 2003 merger between Trinity and VISIONS. Originally known as Blare House, VISIONS opened in 1981 to offer housing and other supports to individuals with autism. Today, this service continues to fill an important need in the region for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

For more information on Northwest Illinois operations, contact Jennifer Hodges at 2101 Oxford Court, Des Plaines, IL 60018, or 847-299-2200, or via e-mail at