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Like so many other parents who have disabled adult children, I started to visit various agencies and came across Rimland. Although letting my daughter live somewhere else was maybe the hardest choice in my life, I knew it was the best decision for her. Within the first day she was with Rimland, she adjusted so well. Every time I visit her at her group home, she is smiling and happy. I can never thank Rimland enough for the kind loving care they provide.

— James Medin, Parent
Technical Assistance
A bird's-eye view of the new tech room.

A bird’s-eye view of the new tech room.

Rimland is grateful to have received grant funding that we used to create a new tech room, which is now in use in the Developmental Training Center. We received the grant, called the Niles Township Grant, from Niles Township; Rimland has partnered with Niles Township for several years. The new tech room contains a smart TV, iPads, and desks. Clients are enjoying learning how to use the new iPads to access their interests, such as music and videos.

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These activities facilitate their independence and skill development. The iPads are also stocked with a few autism apps that clients use to work on their social skills and fine motor functions such as writing their names.

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Once we are in the swing of things with the iPads, we will purchase games for an Xbox Kinect, which will enable clients to exercise more through the use of technology.

On the Road Again

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On September 30th Rimland received two Dodge mini vans from the Illinois Department of Transportation. These are the final two vehicles of the five vans awarded to Rimland from our 2014 grant application to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The two vans are six-passenger vehicles equipped with a wheelchair ramp and tie-down equipment to secure a wheelchair passenger.  We have submitted a 2016 application for additional vehicles and hope to hear back soon.

House Beautiful!
The kitchen was completely renovated.

The kitchen was completely renovated.

In in the May 2015 newsletter, we announced that the City of Evanston had awarded Rimland a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the City of Evanston to renovate our Hartrey South residence, home to four residents. The home was renovated to better accommodate wheelchairs and to meet Rimland standards that are durable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing.

New appliances are attractive and easy to use.

New appliances are attractive and easy to use.

Renovations included widening doorways and shower doors to accommodate wheelchairs and lowering lighting switches for easier access.

Hallways and doorways were widened.

Hallways and doorways were widened.

The kitchen and bathroom were remodeled, and the flooring throughout the residence was replaced with durable and sustainable porcelain to meet Rimland’s new standards for our residences.

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The renovations are complete and the ladies love their updated home!

The new flooring is durable and sustainable.

The new flooring is durable and sustainable.

The City of Evanston uses its CDBG funds to further community development objectives focusing on low- and moderate-income families and neighborhoods to provide decent housing, to provide a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities. To learn more about CDBG grants, please visit the City of Evanston website.

Access Granted
Photographer Elliot Mandel captures a shot of the accessibility ramp at Hartrey South.

Photographer Elliot Mandel captures a shot of the accessibility ramp at Hartrey South.

We are pleased to announce that the City of Evanston has awarded Rimland a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to renovate our Hartrey South residence. As our only home with a wheelchair-bound resident, Hartrey South will be renovated to make all aspects of the home more accessible. Renovation priorities include widening doorways and shower doors to accommodate wheelchairs and lowering lighting switches for easier access. The kitchen and bathroom will be remodeled, and the flooring throughout the residence will be replaced with durable and sustainable porcelain to meet Rimland’s new standards for our residences. Renovations will take place this summer.

The City of Evanston uses its CDBG funds to further community development objectives focusing on low- and moderate-income families and neighborhoods to provide decent housing, to provide a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities. To learn more about CDBG grants, please visit the City of Evanston website.