Outreach—Rebuilding Together

Orchard Village
7660 Grosspoint Road
Skokie IL

May 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kenilworth Union Church is rebuilding again this year at the end of April!  The Rebuilding Together effort at Kenilworth Union Church is now in its 4th year supporting this very worthwhile national organization.  We have been assigned a 4 acre complex called Orchard Village, a group home for people with developmental challenges located in Skokie. The work will require some minor repairs, lots of painting and staining, and some trimming of bushes.  All work is outside. This project will be on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to about 1 p.m., and we would love to have you join us. Please let us know of your interest which will help us facilitate work assignments.  Questions?  Contact either: Steve Hoffman or Jim McColl .

Orchard Village began in 1972 with the same mission it continues to pursue today. Bernard Saltzberg, a proud father of three sons with disabilities, decided to create a nurturing community wherein his sons and other young people with disabilities might thrive after their formal schooling ended at age 22. Bernie wanted to create a residential facility in which people with disabilities could live in a setting as similar to a normal home as possible—and in a safe and caring environment.  After much hard work to fund the project, Bernie, Ed Melia and other parents from around the community purchased a six-flat apartment building located on a small cul-de-sac in Skokie.  In September of 1973, Orchard Village appointed Mr. Saltzberg as the first Executive Director.  The organization has grown substantially over the years from its original beginning.

Their overall guiding principle, however, has remained the same—to teach disabled individuals the basic living skills which will allow them to live as normal a life as possible.  This includes finding them paying jobs in the nearby community, teaching them to use public transportation and to earn a living, and giving them the sense of contributing to society as their individual physical and mental capabilities allow.