Clearbrook West: The Journey to Becoming Exceptional

Clearbrook West

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve a fulfilling life full of opportunities. To become exceptional, being a part of a community, a family, is essential.

CHOICE, Clearbrook West’s community day services program, encourages individuals to choose their areas of interest while utilizing opportunities for personal and professional growth. This could include employment, volunteering, socializing, or participating in leisure activities. Daily, they are encouraged to identify their own areas of interest and are given the chance to select activities they would like to pursue. Currently, CHOICE operates out of Crystal Lake. Shortly, another will open in Woodstock.

Counting down to the holidays, the program staff planned “12 Days of Christmas,” which includes a variety of fun activities for the individuals to enjoy, such as decorating a tree, a visit from Santa, or watching classic holiday movies such as “Elf.”

Emily Fencl, Assistant Vice President of Clearbrook West, states “being able to bring the CHOICE Program to McHenry County almost six years ago has been an exciting endeavor! We have been able to offer more opportunities for social and community engagement, skill development, and choices for many individuals. Seeing the progress the individuals make on a daily, weekly, monthly basis brings the staff and me so much joy! I am excited that we can offer more opportunities to more people as Clearbrook West continues to expand in McHenry County.”

Clearbrook West serves over 250 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who reside within 39 communities in McHenry County.

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