A Thanksgiving Tradition

Each year at Rimland, our wonderful Peer Review Team hosts a fantastic Thanksgiving feast! We decorate, get dressed up, and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by our Rimland family. All of our clients had the opportunity to enjoy a freshly cooked traditional Thanksgiving meal that included mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, mac n’ cheese, dressing, sweet potato pie, and of course turkey!  Thanksgiving is the perfect time for reflection and gratitude, and we are truly thankful for everyone at Rimland and our surrounding community. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!





Our dedicated Thanksgiving Staff


Our beautiful holiday decorations


Behind the scenes


Holiday Craft Fair & Save the Date

Rimland’s Holiday Craft Fair & Bingo Party was a great success and a lot of fun! We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported this event. Clients, employees, and guests alike enjoyed the friendly competition. If you weren’t able to make the event, please know that there are still many holiday crafts, paintings, and works of art created by our clients that are still available. We will have them for sale during our Holiday Luncheon on December 21st. Speaking of which… don’t forget to save the date! More details will follow soon, but please feel free to reach out to Laura Egan if you have any questions in the meantime., 847.328.4090


A Budding Partnership

Rimland has recently partnered with a company called LifeSpeed to connect behavioral therapists with our clients. They are starting by working with a small group of individuals and implementing customized behavior plans. Once we have fully established this program, we will look to expand it and connect more Rimland individuals with behavioral therapists. We are thrilled to partner with a local Chicago business that cares just as much about supporting adults with autism as we do! Click this link to learn more about LifeSpeed

A Grand Town to Visit

Clonakilty, Ireland, has become the first autism friendly town, all thanks to the organization AsIAm. Although Ireland is quite a bit away from Rimland, it is fantastic to see the initiative than an entire town has taken to create environments that are welcoming to individuals with autism. Over 200 organizations in the town worked together to become accredited as autism-friendly. This includes relaxation zones, quiet times, and the ability to bring service dogs to more locations. This is an incredible step forward in promoting neurodiverse communities and we can’t wait to see which American city is the first to join the movement!  More information can be found in this article:

Rimland’s Newest Addition!

Our newest CILA, called Grey, is almost complete! After purchasing the property, Rimland has completely renovated the interior of the home to align it with our Core Standards that we implement in all of our homes. The home has passed all city inspections and we will be receiving licensure for the occupancy total soon. It has always been our goal to provide top quality care for individuals with autism and one of the main ways we go about this is by designing autism friendly homes that are sustainable, welcoming, and safe for all residents.  To learn more about the strategy behind the interior designs and how Rimland goes about renovating newly purchased homes, please visit the “Residential Living” and “Residential Renovations” pages of our website

A Taste of Rimland at Nico Osteria!

Rimland has partnered with two fantastic Chicago organizations to celebrate the culinary gifts of one of our clients. Doors Open Dishes is a unique initiative that pairs individuals with disabilities with chefs at local restaurants across Chicago. Gold Coast standout Nico Osteria is one of Chicago’s premiere Italian restaurants. Doors Open Dishes engaged Nico Osteria’s chef de cuisine, Bill Montage, to meet and work with Rimland client and cooking enthusiast Carrissia to create a dish inspired by Carrissia’s favorite ingredients and flavors. The experience was captured in this video and the dish they created is currently on the menu at Nico Osteria! Throughout the month of November, visit Nico Osteria during lunchtime hours to taste the delicious dish that Chef Bill and Carrissia have created while supporting adults with autism. Nico Osteria will be donating proceeds from sales of the dish to Rimland! Are you hungry yet? We’ll see you in November at Nico Osteria!

Cheerful Cards

At work on cards for kids

Rimland residents are working with our dedicated volunteer Ann Moltz on a project via our art program at DT. Clients are making positive cards for children at local children’s hospitals. The Levy Senior Center in Evanston is spearheading this initiative and Rimland is thrilled to collaborate on this program. After clients make their cards, Mrs. Moltz will take them to the Levy Senior Center, which will convey the cards to the children’s hospitals.

A holiday card in progress

This is a great way for Evanston organizations to work together to help others and build a more tightly knit community. We are so thrilled to participate in this program!

Meet Our New Dental Partner!

The Dental Mobile

The Belmont Dental Mobile Clinic’s goal is to provide top quality care in a safe and high-tech mobile unit. Along with standard general dentistry services such as checkups, teeth-cleaning, and x-rays, the Belmont Dental Mobile Clinic provides periodontal and preventative dentistry that addresses treatments such as gum cleaning and fluoride treatments. This program serves many people in the community and is funded by the Department of Human Services. What we really love about this program is that they can come directly to our Developmental Training Center. This eliminates the need for us to provide transportation, but more importantly, it allows us to provide top quality care in a familiar environment for our clients. We are so thrilled about this partnership and look forward to using this program for many years to come!

Holiday Fundraisers – Join Us!

Plant and Wreath Sale

Holiday Plant and Christmas Wreath Fundraiser

Our holiday plant sale is already in full swing. All proceeds from this sale will benefit Rimland Services! Holiday evergreen orders must be placed by October 15, 2018 and plant orders are due by November 15, 2018. All purchases will be available for pickup at Rimland, 1265 Hartrey, Evanston, IL, on Friday, November 30 from 3pm – 7pm and on Saturday, December 1, from 8am – 12pm.

Visit the online form to place your order today!

Holiday Craft Fair Art Projects

Holiday Crafts

Are you ready for the holidays? Our Holiday Craft Fair & Bingo Party Fundraiser will take place on November 11 from 2 – 5 at Rimland’s headquarters. Supporters can purchase custom-made candles, cards, and crafts made by the individuals at Rimland.


There will also be holiday snacks, music, and—of course—bingo! On top of this, there will be a musical performance by our clients. See you there!

New DT Arts Initiatives

Spiderman Mural

Mural Works

In addition to providing music on Fridays, Tom, our musician, who has partnered with Rimland for many years, is also offering an art class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He draws murals at DT and the clients paint them in. This is a wonderful program that offers clients an opportunity to do a sensory activity while at the same time beautifying DT and making the place their own.

Mural in progress

Music For A While

Three days a week from 10am-2pm, clients are learning to play musical instruments such as the piano, drums, guitar, and flute from a professional musician. Soon, a group of our clients will be ready to do a presentation where they show off the skills they have learned. We have had several musical programs throughout the years at DT, and this is a highly engaging and fun activity that everyone can participate in and show off what they’ve learned.


Fun in the Sun

Cool in the Pool

Rimland’s annual client vacation took place from September 24 – 28. Twelve clients and four staff members enjoyed  the days at a big vacation rental home in Kissimmee, Florida. There, they enjoyed endless swimming in the pool and group BBQs.

Swimming like the fishes

The group also ventured out to the Disney parks a few times, including the Animal Kingdom and the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review dinner show (we have been several times over the years and everyone still loves the show!). The group also enjoyed the opportunity to relax and eat out at restaurants.

Eating out

The Client Trip is a great Rimland tradition that we take a lot of pride in. Everyone deserves to enjoy a vacation and this is a fantastic way for our clients to engage with the world, apply their skills, and have some fun in the sun. We are already counting the days until next year’s Client Trip!

Come spin with us!

Rimland is partnering with Evanston’s premium indoor cycling spot, Cycle Bar, for a spin class fundraiser. Join us on Saturday, September 22 at 12pm for an invigorating, 45-minute spin class, and 100% of the event proceeds will go to Rimland. Spaces are filling up, so it is important for participants to register using this link or go to our website for more information.

All questions regarding fundraising and events can be directed to Laura Egan,

The “bad boy” of autism research

Stanford researcher Dennis Wall

“Many people with autism have trouble understanding social cues and emotions, and this can greatly limit how they fare in the world. Wall developed an algorithm that relies on artificial intelligence. His plan was to incorporate the algorithm into the glasses, so that someone wearing the glasses would see a tiny emoticon that matches the expression on the face of another person.” — From “How Dennis Wall Became the ‘Bad Boy’ of Autism Research”

Follow the link to learn more about Dennis Wall’s controversial approach to autism diagnosis.

Have It Your Way with My25

Rimland has recently begun a new partnership with My25, and we are incredibly excited about it! My25 is a program that develops customized menus and healthy eating habits for our residents. This program will be implemented in our community integrated living arrangements. They have a proven change management process that ensures a successful transition into a healthier lifestyle through education, resources, and continued guidance while individuals work on developing healthier eating habits. In addition, this program will help Rimland reduce food waste and save money on groceries. This is part of our ongoing efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible and remain fiscally responsible. Rimland staff will receive training on how to work with the My25 program and obtain resources that they can use in their personal lives as well. Most important, though, we are so excited about this program because it introduces a higher level of personal choice for the individuals we support. Healthy eating is much easier to accomplish when individuals are able to choose the types of healthy foods they want, and this program does just that. We can’t wait to see the results!

Chef’s Choice

We are proud to announce a new partnership with private chef and nutritionist Chef Fallon Jacobs Sr., to cook at our Developmental Training Center lunch program five days per week. Chef Fallon will be crafting delicious meals such as meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans, and turkey tacos with Spanish rice and Mexican corn. For a special meal on Fridays, we will be having homemade pizzas with desserts such as marble cake. Fallon’s company is called Indecisive Eats and we are looking forward to chowing down on some delicious lunches.

Meet Aspiring Chef with Autism Jeremiah Josey

Jeremiah Josey

Jeremiah Josey, an aspiring chef and author with autism, is pursuing his dreams. In addition to having written about about life with autism, Jeremiah is an aspiring pastry chef based in Maryland who hosts a cooking show on YouTube called “Jeremiah’s Cooking Adventure.” As a young chef with autism, he is an advocate for those who are also on the spectrum.

“Because I have autism I’m not gonna let that stop me from getting in the way of my abilities and trying to accomplish my dreams,” he said.

Read more and watch a video about Jeremiah here



Odds and Ends: Shop with Scrip

Don’t forget to sign up for the Shop with Scrip program as an easy way to support Rimland! The Shop with Scrip rebate program enables you to raise money for Rimland while purchasing everyday items. Target, Amazon, Apple, and Home Depot are just a few of the companies who have partnered with this program. Use Rimland’s enrollment code to get started (ELC5316D59897) at and address any questions to

Save, invest, and grow with Illinois ABLE

Save, invest, grow


Invest in your future and save up to $100,000 without losing your SSI monthly benefits. With Illinois ABLE, you can save and invest your own money. You can pay for the expenses that are part of living with a disability. That includes things like taking lessons to learn a new skill. If you work, you can save money from your job without worrying about the $2000 asset limit. Most importantly, with Illinois ABLE you can gain some control and independence for your life! For more information, or to enroll, visit

Getting to know…Rimland’s Amy Werner

Rimland’s Amy Werner

Amy Werner is familiar to the Rimland community as the organization’s former administrative assistant, who subsequently became administrative coordinator and then operations director. She was recently interviewed by the digital media platform VoyageChicago as part of their “Chicago’s Most Inspiring Stories” project. VoyageChicago reached out to Amy through social media after seeing some of Rimland’s posts. She was really excited to be offered this opportunity to talk about Rimland, not just as an organization, but as a group of people working hard to serve others. Follow the link to learn more about Amy and her journey from new college graduate to valued Rimland team member.

Chef in Progress!

Farm to table

Will Rimland produce Chicago’s next Rick Bayless? We are delighted to share that Rimland has recently begun a partnership with the program Doors Open Dishes in a fundraising and awareness effort. Launched by Nicole Schnitzler, a food writer whose brother is an individual with autism, Doors Open Dishes is a unique initiative that pairs individuals with disabilities with chefs at local restaurants across Chicago. The chef meets with an individual with special needs to discuss and learn about the individual’s favorite foods and to develop an original dish—from a unique peanut butter and jelly sundae spin-off to a farm-to-table makeover of fried chicken—that is inspired by the conversation with the individual. The dish is then showcased at the chef’s restaurant, and the proceeds from sales of the dish go to the organization supporting the individual. We are thrilled to partner one of our very own residents with the team at the acclaimed Gold Coast Italian seafood restaurant Nico Osteria this November! Click here to find out more about Doors Open Dishes, and be sure to mark your calendars and whet your appetites for a memorable dinner at Nico Osteria this fall.