Community Day Services
Little Friends’ Community Day Services Program, housed at Spectrum Vocational Services in Downers Grove, has provided individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to achieve career and personal goals for nearly 50 years. Spectrum's Community Based Program allows individuals to choose from two tracks of services. In some cases, a combination of both tracks can be implemented into an individual's weekly routine to best meet his or her needs.
To qualify, Individuals:
Have a diagnosed disability that significantly interferes with their ability to be gainfully employed in the community
Possess a state issued identity card and a valid social security card
Be legally able to work in the United States
Behave in a manner that does not endanger the safety of others or disrupt the program
Be independent enough that one-to-one staff assistance is not required
Be eligible for third-party funding or be able to accept responsibility for program fees
Spectrum's Work Services Track is a vocational program for men and women with developmental disabilities. Individuals work on subcontract jobs, such as light assembly or packaging, and are paid for the work that they do. In addition to specific job skills, each person develops an understanding of appropriate work habits, attitudes, behaviors and social skills required by community employers.
Spectrum's Activities and Training Track focuses on combining daily living skills instruction with vocational training and recreation to create an active day program for men and women with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. The people we serve enjoy community outings, learning groups and lifeskills training. They also participate in book clubs, pet therapy, fitness groups and several other recreational activities.