Become A BiG Citizen

BiG Great Lakes serves individuals with disabilities (Citizens) who are desiring to be a part of a community designed especially for them.

We are currently accepting applications. Fill out the Citizen application below.


To become a BiG Citizen, applicants must complete the following 5 steps:

Step 1 - TOUR

Take a glance at our innovative vocational program to better understand BiG culture and our goals as an organization. Email us to schedule a tour.

Step 2 - APPLY

After the tour, if you feel that your loved one might be a fit for BiG, we would welcome your application. Click the button below for an application. Download and email to [email protected] or mail to:

PO Box 9031

Gurnee, IL 60031

There is a $50 non-refundable application fee; this does not guarantee placement at BiG.


After reviewing the application, BiG staff will be excited to meet with you. They will schedule an interview with the potential Citizen and their family.


An admissions committee will evaluate the information from the application and initial interview. Prospective Citizens will be invited to complete a volunteer day at their campus. This gives the individual an opportunity to “try out” BiG, and job supervisors the chance to evaluate the potential placement.


After the volunteer day, it will be determined if BiG is a good fit for the applicant and a start date will be determined. If so, congratulations! Welcome to the BiG family!

Citizen Application


Each of these enterprises will provide a social entrepreneurial atmosphere and challenge the Citizens, while simultaneously giving them valuable work experience and a sense of purpose and belonging.

BiG Citizens are involved in creative enterprises such as pottery, watercolor, fudge, and granola.

**The products created through these different enterprises are sold in local markets and will be coming soon to an online store.

Tuition & Fees

*BiG strives to provide financial assistance to those in need and those who qualify.

Sample BiG Schedule

9:30-10:00 Arrival
10:00-10:30 Schedule/Devotional
10:30-11:15 Work Session 1
11:15-11:45 Break- Movement
11:45-12:45 Work Session 2
12:45-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Work Session 3
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Work Session 4
3:30-4:00 Clean Up and Head Home