With a goal of $ 25,000, Oak-Leyden aims to launch a new mental health program

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services is hosting a fundraising campaign to create a new mental health program for its adult participants as they cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oak-Leyden, a long-standing Oak Park-based nonprofit that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities in nearby Chicago’s western suburbs, seeks to bring in at least $ 25,000, which will be used to support a new position for a licensed clinical professional advisor to provide group and individual therapy for adult clients.

Oak-Leyden has created a GoFundMe account to collect donations and the campaign runs throughout the month of June. Oak-Leyden is headquartered at 411 Chicago Ave.

Elisabeth Loren, director of development at Oak-Leyden, said people with intellectual disabilities, including those with limited verbal communication skills, depend on routine for their livelihood. They need “consistent” access to services such as seeing their doctors or therapists regularly or participating in activities with friends and family, she said. And for years Oak-Leyden was a pillar, until the first wave of the pandemic in March 2020.

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