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Little City Breaks Ground on Coleman Foundation Children’s Home

The new home will be part of the Duffey Family Children’s Village, specifically designed to create a safe, transformational and therapeutic environment for children on the autism spectrum.

Coleman Home Groundbreaking CeremonyLittle City continued its mission of building a brighter future for children with autism by recently breaking ground on the new The Coleman Foundation Home.

The home, made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Coleman Foundation, will be the third of six planned homes in the Duffey Family Children’s Village.

“We have already seen great successes in our two homes at the Children’s Village and there is no doubt this new home will also help change lives in meaningful ways,” said Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director of Little City. “The Coleman Foundation’s generosity will certainly inspire others to provide additional financial support for the completion of the entire Children’s Village.”

coleman checkLittle City is dedicated to taking the lead in developing baselines that can be replicated and adopted throughout the nation, whether in settings similar to our own or for families caring for their loved ones at home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that one in 50 children between the ages of 6 and 17 has some form of autism. An earlier report from the CDC estimated that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States had been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

For more information, visit www.littlecity.org or contact Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director, at sjeffers@littlecity.org or 847-221-7860.

About Little City
Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.


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"There are so many capable and caring staff at Little City, past and present, who have helped Clifford. He has made a lot of progress in mastering his behavior."

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