Lev Chicago Respite Program
Parents who have a child with special needs often find themselves overwhelmed with the constant demands of caring for their child while trying to balance the equally important needs of their family. Simple things that most families take for granted – sharing dinnertime, helping the other children with homework, or even a quick trip to the grocery store – can become seemingly impossible tasks. The stress takes an enormous toll on the entire family, which can result in exhaustion, depression, isolation, and hopelessness. Libenu recognizes the urgency in providing relief to these families and is once again the innovator in answering an unmet need in the community.The Lev Chicago Respite program, opening in February of 2017, will provide much-needed assistance to families by offering professional, dependable, well-structured respite services in a warm, nurturing Jewish environment. Initially, the program will be offered three afternoons per week and serve children between the ages of 5–14. Participants will enjoy a variety of social and recreational activities centered around Jewish holidays and traditions, as well as a delicious, healthy kosher dinner. A high staff-to-client ratio will ensure that everyone’s needs are properly addressed and that Libenu’s “gold standard of care” is maintained.
Libenu has been selected to cohort nine of the UpStart Accelerator, the Jewish community’s leading engine behind the success of innovative, early-stage organizations. Through a competitive and highly selective process from the Accelerator’s largest applicant pool ever, Libenu was chosen as one of the most innovative Jewish not-for-profit organizations in the world. Libenu will join a cohort of nine other organizations that are opening up new access points to Jewish life. This is a perfect opportunity for Libenu at this vital time of growth.
Our New Home
In November of 2016, Libenu opened its newest home located on Touhy Avenue in West Rogers Park. The total gut renovation of a two-flat was designed to accommodate the specific needs of the residents ranging from state of the art accessible bathrooms, to common space with an open floor plan. The innovative concept for this home allows for both units the to be used independently which provides for a variety of personalities and levels of need, while at the same time being supervised under one roof.The residents had a warm welcome to the community and have enjoyed trying the many different synagogues and kosher eating options that the community has to offer. We are sure they will make great use of their new home for many years to come. This home was made possible thanks to the initial vision and generosity of Ricky Rothner and Bob and Debbie Hartman. Special thanks to the Philipp Family for their generous donation of furniture, and to Ilana Perl for donating her interior design services.