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.  




Orchard Village Board Appoints New President & CEO

The Orchard Village Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Marty Oliff has been hired to serve as the organization’s President & CEO. Marty will assume duties in mid-August, 2014. 

Marty brings to Orchard Village 33 years of administrative experience in the nonprofit human services sector, having supervised staff, developed programs, raised funds, managed facilities and worked closely with boards and volunteers. He most recently served as Executive Director of JCYS in Chicago which, in part, involved oversight of a large residential camping and respite program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Marty is energetic, well-organized and strategic, with an inclusive and collaborative management style—qualities he will now bring to the Orchard Village team and community.

Marty has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also taught and counseled students. He lives in Buffalo Grove and has two children, Sydney, 18 and Harrison, 15. Daughter Sydney will be a freshman at the University of Illinois this fall, and is planning to pursue a career in Special Education.

Please welcome Marty to Orchard Village!


Upcoming Event in Support of Orchard Village:

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.


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.