With a target of $ 25,000, Oak-Leyden is aiming 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 who are dealing with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oak-Leyden, a longtime nonprofit organization based in Oak Park that serves adults and children with disabilities in the nearby western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking to raise at least $ 25,000 to be used to support a new position for licensed clinical professional counselor to provide group and individual therapy for adult clients.

Oak-Leyden has set up a GoFundMe fundraising account and the campaign is running throughout June. Oak-Leyden is headquartered at 411 Chicago Ave.

Elizabeth Lauren, director of development at Oak-Leyden, said people with intellectual disabilities, including those with limited verbal communication skills, depended on a living routine. They need “constant” access to services such as regular visits to their doctors or therapists or visits to activities with friends and family, she said. And for years, Oak-Leiden has been a mainstay – until the first wave of the pandemic in March 2020.

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