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What we do matters…..and our success starts with our employees

At Little Friends, we strive to be a premier agency with the goal of providing the best support and services to families and individuals with special challenges throughout the Chicago area, and this starts with our committed employees.

Our employees come together to make up our team to help our families and individuals to reach their fullest potentials to live, learn, work, and thrive in their communities.

We challenge ourselves and our employees every day to be innovators in the field by providing a place where employees can be creative and take leadership in the work they do.

View Openings

View opportunities to join our team and to be part of our growing success. For questions, or to contact a member of the Human Resources staff, please e-mail HR@lilfriends.com

Little Friends Employment Advancement Program

Little Friends Employment Advancement Program (LEAP) is committed to providing comprehensive support to our employees to enhance their professional growth and development. The program is designed to equip staff with the necessary skills and knowledge to better understand and serve individuals with disabilities. By completing the specialized courses offered by LEAP, staff members will be able to provide more effective support and care to the population we serve. As an incentive, staff members receive an increase in hourly rate upon successful completion of the courses.

Currently, LEAP is offering a six-month development opportunity – Aging with Grace. This program utilizes the GRACE training module, specifically designed to guide aging in the intellectual and developmental disabilities community. By participating in this program, staff members can acquire skills to best support the aging process and later life transitions for the population we serve. The program covers a wide range of topics that include the provision of optimal care while maintaining meaningful activities and relationships for those we serve as they age.

Employee Benefits

To support our employees Little Friends provides the following benefits:

  • Industry competitive salaries
  • Full-time and part-time positions throughout the week to meet the needs of employees wanting to make a difference in our families and individuals’ lives
  • Medical benefit options to choose the right option for you and your family (for eligible employees)
  • Dental benefit (for eligible employees)
  • 401(k) retirement plan for your future
  • Life insurance (for eligible employees)
  • Long-term disability and Sick Bank
  • Professional development opportunities to help employees grow in their careers and skills
  • Training opportunities to support staff within their positions
  • Employee recognition program
  • Employee assistance program
  • Paid time off (for eligible employees)

Volunteer Opportunities

Our agency’s need for volunteers is most prevelent in our Family Respite Services program. You can find more specific information on that page. We do have additional limited volunteer opportunities in our Adult Day Servies program. If you are interested in volunteering in our adult program, please complete our volunteer form and email it to ploy@lilfriends.com

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I love my school

“I love my school because I have great teachers and friends.”

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I like to socialize and laugh

“I like to socialize and laugh with my friends every day.”

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Little Friends staff are remarkable people

“As parents, we feel truly thankful and blessed for the opportunities that Little Friends has provided and offered.  Little Friends staff are remarkable people who are dedicated to what they do and those they serve.”

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Good times with friends and people who care

“For my son, this has not been just a school but the place where he spends good times with friends and people who care about him.”

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How grateful we are

“How grateful we are to all the angels who work with our son at Little Friends. This is his home.”

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Krejci means so much to Us

“Krejci means so much to us because it’s been the one place that has truly helped my child excel and grow; the place that he is not judged or made to feel different but accepted. I am so appreciative of the patience, care, and hard work from all the Krejci staff.”

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Positive Impact on our Family

“Respite has had such a positive impact on our family. We love that our kids can socialize with other families that share our similarities. It gives me comfort knowing he is in good hands”