Welcome to Orchard Village!


group embrace at farm

For more than 40 years, Skokie-based Orchard Village has empowered persons with developmental challenges to achieve fulfilled lives in the community. To accomplish this, we proudly partner with families, neighbors, caregivers, businesses and individuals to provide community-integrated residential, vocational, educational and in-home services for our customers. Working together, everybody benefits.

The result: a winning partnership...a caring compact...a warm and mutual embrace.




Orchard Village partners with families and communities to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities through a community-integrated approach.

Orchard Village is a fully licensed nonprofit organization that provides supportive services to approximately 300 individuals each year. Advocating a person-centered approach, Orchard Village works with each of its customers to identify personal outcomes to strive toward, ensuring that every individual controls his or her own destiny.


Programs and Services:

Residential Services – Help people realize their dreams to live in a home in the community, whether a 24-hour or intermittently supervised group home or their own apartment. Our staff actively works with residential clients to ensure they are involved in their environments, are connected to family and friends and meaningfully engaged with their communities.

Vocational Services – Facilitate the desire for a job, supported or competitive. Vocational staff listens to the needs and desires of our clients and assesses their skill sets. With individualized training and ongoing support at the work site, clients are successful in their chosen careers. We provide comprehensive training ranging from resumé development to career advancement.

In-Home Respite Services – Support families who provide, in their own homes, ongoing care to their loved ones with disabilities. We provide a trained respite worker, matched to a family’s needs, to give members the gift of time to relax, recharge or attend to their other obligations.

Home Based Support Services – Provide support for children and adults who live at home with their families or on their own in the community. The program offers grant funds with which individuals can purchase services that allow them to maintain home living and reach personal goals.

Orchard Academy – Teaches the independent living, vocational and social skills necessary for 17-thru-21 year-olds in special education to transition successfully into adult life. Students find success in securing and retaining employment, learning to navigate public transportation, being involved in social activities, living on a budget, planning a daily menu, caring for their home and other skills essential to living on their own.  


Upcoming Events in Support of Orchard Village:

22nd ANNUAL ORCHARD VILLAGE GOLF CLASSIC: Join us on Monday, August 4, 2014 as we play the beautiful Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette. A full day is in store, with lessons, putting green and driving range available in the morning, followed by buffet lunch before a noon tee-off time. Course features hole contests. Following post-play cocktails, we’ll enjoy silent and live auctions, awards and a hearty dinner. Don’t miss out! Proceeds support our Vocational / Job Placement services for people with developmental challenges. For more info and to register, click here.

3rd ANNUAL ORCHARD VILLAGE MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN: Hop on your machine and take to the streets as we head out on a five-stop poker run! Kickstands up 10am at our usual starting point: Lake Shore Harley-Davidson in Libertyville. We finish at the biker-friendly Docks in Wauconda in the early afternoon, with plenty of raffle prize opportunities. Come ride with us and support Orchard Village! More info and registration here.


Recent Events in Support of Orchard Village:

"RACE TO EMBRACE": The second annual 5K Run/3K Walk in support of Orchard Village was held on Sunday morning, June 29, 2014 at Bunker Hill, Grove 6, in Niles. A glorious morning! Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.


Open Male 
1. Casey Henrickson  19:24
2. Felipe Zambrano  23:39
3. Viral Varshney  27:16

Open Female 
1. Becky Bielinski 25:28
2. Katie Breen 27:31
3. Snjjapron Bootchan 27:35

Masters Male
1. Miguel Carcia 21:35
2. Keith Burns 22:09
3. Charlie Shahbazian 24:12

Masters Female
1. Jill Rose 26:31
2. Ellen McCabe 30:56
3. Jennifer Jendras 35:24

Corporate Partnership & Cause Marketing Opportunities

Contact: Peter Kuntz

847-967-1800 ext 141 or peter_kuntz@orchardvillage.org

View our "Community/Embrace" Program Video

Please embrace Orchard Village! View our video highlighting our Residential, Vocational, In-Home Support and Orchard Academy programs along with some of our customers.

Orchard Academy is Growing!

Find out if Orchard Academy is the right option for your 17 thru 21 year-old. Learn more.