Partnerships with the community play a vital role in the success of the center. We are grateful for the community support. Take a look at what we’ve been up to and let us know how we can connect or collaborate with your project.
Homebound Book Delivery: The collaborative programming with Skokie Public library offers participants the opportunity to serve in their community delivering books, CDs and DVDs to homebound residents in Skokie Village. Helping in the community gives our clients a sense of purpose and pride. A little bookmark is given with each delivery – a perfect way to pass the community message "Together We Can."
The Next Chapter Book Club meets at the Skokie Library with other members of the community as they read together. A few of our clients participate in this unique community-based book club for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community.
Summer Reading Club: Several clients enjoyed the summer reading club at the library. They received awards and small prizes for the amount of books they read.
In the Fall of 2015 we were honored to be part of the ADA 25th anniversary celebration, showing the artwork of our participants of the Art From the Heart ❤️Creations® Program in the library lobby.
2017 Honoring Skokie's Finest:The participants helped tie red and blue ribbons around Skokie. It’s a village-wide campaign “Honoring Skokie’s Finest and Bravest” in May. The Douglas Center was a proud part of cutting, assembling and packaging the ribbons for the community. Then adorning trees with red and blue.
Open Studios Installment at the Village Hall
Open Studios Project:The Douglas Center was asked to participate in a community collaboration project organized by the Village of Skokie and Open Studio Art. Facilitators from the Open Studios came in to work with our participants on a small canvas, practicing "no comment" art making. Letting there imagination run free without any critique or criticism. The final canvases are part of a large installation at the Village of Skokie.