Adult Services

Each day over 220 men and women come to learn, work, serve, and grow at one of Elim’s two Chicago-area campuses. From supervised and structured on-campus activities to community integration and public service opportunities, each and every adult that entrusts their time and talents to Elim is challenged and equipped to answer God’s call on their lives.


In 1969, Elim began serving adults who have developmental disabilities to meet the needs of graduating Elim students. These graduates had limited job opportunities or access to programs to further their skill development. Each day over 200 men and women from area residential locations (whether living with family or in a group home) come to work and learn at a level that fits their skills, abilities, and interests.

The focus of our services is to assist individuals to experience lives of significance. In identifying services and activities, we strive to find purposeful activities that engage meaningful relationships. We have found that in serving others our adults experience a sense of meaning and purpose.

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Life Skills Development

Promoting independence in one’s self care and community are necessary to experience more personal freedom, choice, and esteem.

Vocational Training

Adults receive training in vocational skills and behaviors through on site community outreach projects and skill training opportunities, volunteering in their communities, and community job placement.

Community Integration

We provide numerous opportunities to engage individuals in our community through volunteering in the community, enjoying recreational activities such as parks, museums, and theaters, shopping and dining, mission trips, and holding jobs in the community.

Hope Packs

It’s hard to imagine a program that brings more blessings than Elim HOPE Packs. Elim’s adults love serving others. Their efforts have resulted in tens of thousands of school supply and food kits for children and their families worldwide.

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We’re Ready to Serve

Over 200 adults with disabilities are willing and ready to change the world. They volunteer at local churches, ministries, and other organizations. They are lead worship, school assemblies and love being part of our communities.

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