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Shop Locally and Support Oak-Leyden

Ten Thousand Villages will generously donate 15% of its net sales during their special Oak-Leyden shopping event, Thursday, March 26, from 4 – 7 p.m. at 121 N. Marion St. in Oak Park.

10k4Shop for home decor, fair trade coffee and soups, jewelry, scarves, and wonderfully unique handmade gifts from around the world. Check out Ten Thousand Villages’ spring holiday collection and preview what’s in store on our Facebook page!

Get Your March Munchies at Starship

Order from Starship any or every Tuesday in March, mention Oak-Leyden, and we’ll receive 20% of your total purchase. This deal is good for take-out and delivery and available to everyone, so please spread the word to your family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends! Click to see their weekly soups and specials for Oak-Leyden.



Starship is open daily, from  8 a.m. to 9 p.m, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Order in person, by phone, or through their easy online ordering system.

They deliver anytime, anywhere and offer catering, too. Starship is located at 7618 W. Madison in Forest Park, 708-771-3016, www.starshiprestaurant.com.

Oak-Leyden in the News

MT71-30We appreciate those in our community who shine a spotlight on our mission and achievements. Most recently:

Lou Manfredini, “Mr. Fix-It,”  featured Oak-Leyden and the work we do on his Saturday, March 21, WGN-AM morning broadcast.

IFF featured Oak-Leyden as a client success story. IFF has been an important partner to our organization, providing financing to acquire and renovate our new 10,000-square-foot developmental training site in Elmwood Park as well as three homes in western Cook County, and improvements to our fleet of vehicles. To read IFF’s Oak-Leyden success story, click here.




Thanks for Toasting Children’s Services!

OaktoberfestpicHofbräuhaus in Rosemont hosted a one-of-a-kind “Dine for a Cause” Brewer’s tasting on Friday, March 20, to benefit Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services Program. Hofbräuhaus’ chef Klaus and brewmaster Rob teamed up to invent a delicious and memorable four-course beer and gourmet meal pairing. A great time was had by all, with a silent auction and raffle, yodeling, a brewery tour, and a stein lifting contest.  Thanks to the Hofbräuhaus and our volunteers and guests for a memorable evening, supporting Children’s Services!

Danke to our silent auction, raffle, and in-kind donors:


A Red Orchid Theatre
Abt Electronics and Appliances
ACH Companies
Athenaeum Theatre
Carmike Cinemas/Muvico
Chicago Blitz Professional Indoor Football
Coach/Premium Outlets
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
deedee & edee
Derby Lite®
Elan Hair, Body & Sole
Famous Liquors
Good Earth Greenhouse
Greenline Wheels
Sen. Don HarmonHeritagegoodone
The Language & Music School
Lucky Strike Lanes
Lynfred Winery
Amanda Miller Design Studio
Museum of Contemporary Art ChicagoBBT-Logo-Vertical (2)
Naper Settlement
Nottoli & Son
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Pamela Penney Textile Arts
Planet Fitness/Elmwood Park
The Redhead Piano Bar
School of Rock
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.hblogo
Kathleen Sweeney
Ten Thousand Villages/Oak Park
Top Golf/Wood Dale
Trader Joe’s/Batavia
Two Brothers Brewing
Vera Bradley/Premium Outlets
Whirly Ball
Windy City Limousine
Wines for Humanity
Wonder Works: A Children’s Museum in Oak Park
David Wood
Rachel Wood
Zanie’s Comedy Nite Club

Special thanks to our sponsors!


GBG1Go Baby, Go!

We’re driving a car pool of a different kind at our 411 Chicago Ave. location in Oak Park. Through a donation by the Kiwanis Club of Oak Park-River Forest, Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services Program was able to purchase three battery-operated cars and a local State Farm agent sponsored a fourth that O-L volunteers have adapted for use by our Children’s Services Program participants.

After a trip to Toys ‘R’ Us, Dr. Cole Galloway, a professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware, invented a less expensive alternative to electric wheelchairs for

GBG6physically impaired children between the ages of 18 and 24 months. Galloway realized he could retrofit battery-operated toy cars using creative materials like PVC tubing, swimming pool noodles, and kickboards. Thus, GoBabyGo (www.udel.edu/gobabygo) was formed.

To date, the program has retrofitted nearly 100 cars, many of which are customized to provide physical therapy for specific impairments. Galloway’s vehicles, which aim to increase mobility and bridge the “exploration gap” between abled and impaired children, have been shown to increase cognitive and motor skills in their drivers.  “It unlocks brain development and exploratory drive for the child, and ignites active, engaged play from adults and peers,” Galloway says. “When your main goal is mobility and socialization of young children andGBG4 their families, you can’t ask for better collaborators than Barbie and Mater.”GBG2

On Sept. 13, volunteers from Northwestern University’s engineering department, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Oak-Leyden Children’s Services staff, and Dr. Deb Gaebler from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, gathered to complete the retrofits. Thanks to all who donated and volunteered to help make this program innovation possible.

There’s no stopping our little drivers now, as program therapists and parents cheer them on to Go Baby, Go!

Oak-Leyden Receives Special Recognition

CARF_GoldSeal_108pxwebOak-Leyden Developmental Services has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International for our day and residential programs.

newpic2 CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates Oak-Leyden’s commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality. For more information on CARF, visit www.carf.org.

cavalcadepic2Oak-Leyden Developmental Services was recognized for the beautification of its headquarters’ façade at 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. The 2014 Cavalcade of Pride Commercial Building Award was presented by Oak Park’s Community Design Commission at the Nineteenth Century Club on Nov. 20. Opening remarks were made by village president, Anan Abu-Taleb, to a capacity crowd of honorees and supporters of the village’s 2014 Preservation Awards, Green Awards, and Cavalcade of Pride Awards.

411The 411 Chicago Avenue facility houses Oak-Leyden’s management staff as well as playrooms for Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services’ therapy program, and is one of 15 near-west suburban facilities operated by Oak-Leyden. The Oak-Leyden façade project was partially funded by a grant from Oak Park Development Corp.







Mixed-aged Music Together Class


Sign up today! Our Music Together® classes for all children from newborns through kindergarteners are held Fridays at 9:15 a.m. at 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park.

For more information, contact Rachel Wood at 708-524-1050 x107 or rwood@oak-leyden.org.

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