Adult Residential Services
Little Friends strives to help our residents enjoy the freedom to shape their own lives and make decisions about their own homes, friends and how they spend their time. Our breadth of experience in the field of autism has provided us with the tools to adapt each environment to meet the unique needs of our residents.
Intermittent or 24-hour support is provided based upon each individual’s needs. Those we serve also receive help accessing resources such as Medicaid, food (LINK) assistance and Social Security. As part of the residential living program, Little Friends’ highly professional and state-licensed staff also provides a clinical assessment of each individual’s health status and self-medication capabilities and help to coordinate services to meet each person’s physical, mental, emotional and behavioral needs.
Little Friends manages the more than thirty properties those we support call home. Homes and apartments located throughout DuPage and Will Counties provide access to numerous amenities such as shopping, dining, and entertainment for our clients.
“My name is Dan and I have been receiving services through Little Friends for a little over eighteen years. I grew up in the Chicagoland area, but in the later years, I have been living in my own apartment in Downers Grove. At my apartment, I was able to get out into the community by calling for a cab, but I did not socialize with my neighbors. I was interested in moving to a group home situation, but wasn’t sure that I wanted to give up the independence I had in my own apartment. It was important to me to live close enough to my current workshop, so that I didn’t have to change where I went to work. In the spring of 2017 I moved into a townhome owned by Little Friends and now I couldn’t be happier. This was a lovely opportunity for me to continue living on my own with a roommate, but also be closer to where staff is available should I need assistance.
At my townhouse, I have friends on my block who invite me over for meals and parties. I am even getting ready to host a birthday party at my house. I have to make sure it is a calm party because I don’t want to jeopardize my living situation with Little Friends. No one else in the world would give me such a nice place to live, and I want to do everything I can to make sure I can stay there forever. My roommate is a great guy. He is quiet and friendly, and he loves to cook. I love to eat so we make a good pair. I hope he never moves. Occasionally my roommate will pick up sandwiches for us on his way home from work; but I pay him for mine. We split the rest of the bills right down the middle so that each of us pay our part. One of the best things about living in my town house is that someone is always around; if not staff, than a peer who is always willing to help me out or offer companionship. I go to work four days a week, and on the fifth day, I spend the day with staff shopping and preparing meals. My staff is like a second mom to me, she is a great cook. I can’t live without her.
My mom is happy that I am happy, and she comes by my townhouse every Sunday to take me out to lunch. Next year, I would like to go on a vacation where I can swim in a lake and a pool; maybe at a resort.
Thank you to everyone who gives to Little Friends and makes it possible for me to live in such an awesome place.”
Dan, Residential Services