Welcome to Orchard Village!

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 to Induct Four Individuals into New "Hall of Fame" at May 9, 2015 "Blossom Gala"

Orchard Village has a long and distinguished history...let's celebrate it! The Hall of Fame will annually recognize individuals present and past who have distinguished themselves by providing the agency with extraordinary and exemplary leadership, dedication, advocacy and support. The initial honorees include Donna Pleason, Donald Bielinski, Robert Thrush and Bernard Saltzberg (dec.). Congratulations!

Honorees will be recognized at the 28th Annual "Blossom Gala," our signature fundraising event, set for Saturday, May 9, 2015 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago. A permanent wall display will be created in the organization's primary administrative building. Learn more about the "Blossom Gala" here.


THANKS for Supporting Orchard Village on #GivingTuesday--You Helped Us Exceed Our $15,000 Goal!

We raised more than $20,000 in 24 hours, much of which is eligible for a generous match from the Coleman Foundation.


Orchard Academy Featured on FOX 32 "News at Nine"

Click here to see a feature story about Orchard Academy that aired in November 2014. It provides an informative look at the therapeutic and transition services provided by the Academy to young adults 17 thru 21  with disabilities and diverse learning styles. The Academy provides a path toward self-sufficiency by helping students secure employment, increase independent living skills and successfully integrate into their communities.


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.