The Co-founders vision of seeing people with developmental disabilities grow into active members of society is continually realized by the men and women of Lambs Farm. From retirement homes to local churches, many Participants are motivated to give back to their community by volunteering their time each week.
Several Participants frequently spend time at Winchester House Healthcare and Rehabilitation helping to set up, facilitate and engage in activities with the residents. They provide time, care and support that is much needed and appreciated by the staff and residents.
Many Participants also volunteer at their local churches each week as active members of their congregations, and organizations like Equestrian Connection which offers therapeutic horse back riding.
Through their hard work, they show everyone that they are not just recipients of services, but are contributors and desire to show the community the same care they receive.
Additionally, due to this ongoing interest, our Helping Hands Quest class is offered to the Participants as another easy way to engage in volunteer work around the area each week.
For the Fall Quest session, our Participants have volunteered at Bernie’s Book Bank, Northern Illinois Food Bank, The Park at Vernon Hills-Brookdale Senior Living and Feed My Starving Children.
“This is my favorite Quest class,” said Participant Marc Nachtman. “I like to get out in the community and help other people.”
Uniquely, these opportunities come full circle for us here! Often the Northern Illinois Food Bank provides food for our residences at Lambs Farm and in the community. Due to these donations, our Participants are able to enjoy delicious meals and enhance their daily living skills while preparing the food together with staff. We are so thankful for these contributions!