Avenues to Independence provides a variety of flexible day programming options located in the northwest suburbs and Chicago. These include contract packaging jobs, community employment, workforce training, computer training, art programming, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Job Placement Programs

Avenues develops employment opportunities, on-the-job training and support services for persons employed in the community. We provide job searching, application and interviewing skills, and job coaches on a limited basis. We strive to develop a good match between the employer, the employee and co-workers for the best outcome.

Since 1977, Avenues has been providing capable, dependable and dedicated workers to Chicago area businesses. By Utilizing Avenues’ services, you not only get top-notch professional employees, you also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to worthwhile community organization.


Contract Packaging at Wheeling

Avenues work center, located in Wheeling offers job training and employment opportunities specializing in packaging and assembly operations. Individuals are paid to package, label and collate various items for jobs that are contracted with businesses. Individuals learn important and socially acceptable work skills, designed to ready them for employment in the community. Revenue from job contracts also helps to support agency programming.


Recycling Avenue

Recycling Avenue located in Wheeling, has significant benefits not only for Avenues clients but to the environment as well. Recycling Avenue provides training, employment and socialization opportunities to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Recycling Avenue trains its employees to help communities, schools, and businesses, and other organizations recycle unwanted small electronics, and a myriad of donated household items in an eco-friendly way.


Computer Training

The computer center, located within Avenues work center provides workers with new job and enrichment skills: increasing their quality of life at work and home. Under the guidance of a computer specialist, state of the art technology available throughout the work center, benefits individuals with all disabilities.


Creative Avenues

Creative Avenues will give participants the opportunity to embrace and express their creativity through a variety of fine art mediums and practices. While participants can produce art for their own enjoyment entrepreneurial opportunities exist and artwork can be sold for income.

The program will run two days per week serving 8-10 clients per class.


AveVenture

AveVenture Employment Training program offers opportunities for workforce training to 12 adults with disabilities. The program includes training in customer service best practices, computer skills, cashiering, and general retail skills.

The Thrift Shoppe that houses the program also provides an important revenue stream for Avenues’ many successful programs.

AveVenture also provides clients the chance to be entrepreneurs by creating and selling their own products such as jewelry and artwork.