It is about belonging and meaningful work
"We want to change the way our world views this population by taking the "status quo” of providing these individuals with custodial care to these individuals creating beautiful, marketable items to sell to help sustain the vocational community they enjoy everyday."
Our nation provides excellent services for children with special needs, but upon aging out of the school system at 22, those services disappear. 80% of adults with special needs sit at home with no purpose and no community- isolated from society and each other.
Our mission is to change that by providing an innovative vocational community for adults with special needs as well as change the way the world views this population.
BiG Great Lakes was birthed through a dream that a mother had to create a faith centered purposeful community for her adult special needs children. After visiting "BiG" in Texas, she knew she found the model that she wanted to see here reproduced here in northeastern Illinois.
BiGGL is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization.
Mike Sooley- Program Director
Julia Schillar- Citizen Lead
JOELLA PATTERSON- CITIZEN LEAD
Annette Cvengros- Founder
Thank you to our 14 Trailblazers who helped us launch BiG Great Lakes: Laurel, James, Tyler, Aaron, Lydia, April, Emanuel, Fermin, Jereth, Gabe, Carlos, Gavin, Charlie and Carl (not pictured).