OTTAWA FRIENDSHIP HOUSE


MISSION
PHILOSOPHY
HISTORY
THE ORGANIZATION

THE PROGRAMS
   
REGULAR WORK
    DEVELOPMENTAL TRAINING
    COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT

    RESIDENTIAL

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MISSION OF OTTAWA FRIENDSHIP HOUSE

It is the mission of Ottawa Friendship House to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through informed choice and empowerment, continued education, recreation, paid work training, living supports, community integration, and community employment.

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PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of Ottawa Friendship House is that persons with developmental disabilities may be helped to achieve their maximum vocational, educational, social and personal growth potential through a coordinated program which incorporates services that are appropriate for their own choices and needs.

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HISTORY

picture of cafeteria builldingOttawa Friendship House has been providing services to adults with disabilities of Ottawa area since 1966.  The agency began in a borrowed building on the south side of Ottawa, and in 1978 moved to its present 25-acre site 2 miles south of Ottawa off Hwy. 23.

Today, a staff of 38 provides services to 125 individuals in our various programs, including Residential Developmental Training, Regular Work, and Community Employment.  A semi-independent Residential setting is also at the site, and is home for 16 persons.

Programs are designed to assist individuals in providing employment, counseling, education and training to participants.  Ottawa Friendship House also networks with other community resources and agencies to provide other supports needed and desired by individuals in our program, such as medical needs, housing, benefits, transportation, mental health, etc.  The program promotes linking with community resources to promote positive community involvement and maximize independence and self-sufficiency.

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THE ORGANIZATION

Ottawa Friendship House is a non-profit corporation under the jurisdiction of a volunteer board of directors.  Funding is from a variety of sources, including:

    * Illinois Department of Human Services
    * LaSalle County 708 Board
    * United Way of Eastern LaSalle County
    * Contract Income from local industry
    * Private donations and bequests

The organization maintains working relationships and agreements with numerous community resources in order to provide other services needed by persons in the program.

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THE PROGRAMS

REGULAR WORK

picture of 2 persons walking at the agencyThe Regular Work program provides a variety or work, social and recreational opportunities to individuals.  The program helps prepare persons for community employment, or extended organizational employment by means of a variety of contract tasks, maintenance and food service jobs.  Through contracts from local businesses, individuals have a variety of piece rate projects to work on, from simple to complex.   These jobs involve a variety of skills such as light assembly, gathering, glueing, packaging, among others.  Other hourly jobs are available such as outdoor maintenance and food service jobs in our cafeteria. Amounts of pay are directly related to the productivity of the person, as well as availability of work projects.  Participants receive 2 weeks of vacation after 1 year in the program.  Holiday pay is also paid.  Besides developing work skills, the program strives to develop appropriate social skills through interaction with co-workers and staff.  Recreational opportunities are also made available in order to help provide a balanced program.  Follow-along support is available for persons who leave the program.

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DEVELOPMENTAL TRAINING

This program is designed to assist persons challenged by developmental disabilities in acquiring, improving and maintaining the work and living skills that allow them to pursue the greatest degree of self-sufficiency possible in their lives.  We promote continued growth toward maximum potential in mental, physical and social development.   Programs in Development Training are designed to teach and improve basic self-help skills, community living skills, social skills, communication, and productive work skills.

Educational exercises in language, reading, writing, quantitative skills, personal skills, and control of maladaptive behaviors are a part of individualized plans focused on continued growth and achievement.  Individuals also acquire and improve positive work skills and attitudes by learning the meaning, demands and value of work through involvement in the workshop program.  Continued social development is promoted through an on-going recreational program.  Continued supports are available to persons who leave the program.

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COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT

Persons in the Regular Work Program or Developmental Training program, or those refereed from the outside, can participate in the Community Employment program.  The program helps individuals train for, locate, obtain and maintain employment of one's choice in the private sector.  The program will assess an individual's strengths, needs and desires, and assist him or her in obtaining employment.  In addition, we assist in obtaining other supports needed by the person in the program.

Once in a job, we will provide job training, follow up, crisis intervention, and coordinate other supports needed to succeed in the community.  While in the program, we continue to network with other community resources to provide other services as needed or desired.

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FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE

RESIDENTIAL

picture of a residential home

The Friendship Village Residential program provides a home like atmosphere for adults, 18 years of age or older.  The residential service is for semi-independent persons, who provide for many of their own daily living requirements.  The program strives to promote maximum independence of the individual through counseling, socialization and recreation, as well as linkage to other community supports.  The individuals live by themselves, 3 or 4 to a home, each having their own bedroom, and share a common living room, kitchen and bath.  The program does not have 24 hour, and live-in supervision.   It provides after hours support, training and recreation by way of residential staff.

At Ottawa Friendship House we respect the dignity and worth of all people.  We promote growth, achievement, independence, self-sufficiency, and success through training, assistance and support.  We advocate for individual choice and self-empowerment.

No individual is denied entry  into Ottawa Friendship House's programs on grounds or race, sex, religion, or national origin.  The facility complies with the ADA, and is an equal opportunity employer.

map of the ottawa area

From Ottawa:

        Rt. 23 2 mi. South of City Limits, Cross Tracks, Turn
        East (L) on 2525 Rd.

From Streator:

        Rt. 23 5 mi. N. of Grand Ridge, Cross Covel Creek,
        Turn East (R) on 2535 Rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottawa Friendship House is a non-for-profit corporation under IRS Code 501(c)(3).
Donations maybe tax deductible.

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