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Residential, Work, and Social Support For Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Riverside Foundation is an active and inclusive community dedicated to supporting adults with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. With our roots in Lincolnshire, Illinois, our expansive residential services campus has been a cornerstone since our establishment. In 2014, we proudly broadened our horizons by introducing small group homes across neighboring communities. Our commitment to providing staff-supported living environments in these homes empowers our residents to experience greater independence.

We’re passionate about offering this housing model and plan to extend these opportunities as we grow. Our ongoing expansion aims to enable more individuals to choose the fulfilling lifestyle of a small group home. Furthermore, our Community Center serves as a hub for fostering creativity, expanding knowledge, and facilitating community integration. Through engaging in volunteer activities, our residents develop meaningful connections and enhance their sense of belonging within the broader community.

How Our Services Work

At Riverside Foundation, we prioritize our residents’ well-being by conducting comprehensive assessments that consider their strengths, needs, and any physical, emotional, or psychological challenges they may face. Our dedicated team of professionals tailors a personalized program for each individual, integrating social services, specialized therapies, recreational activities, and medical support to address their unique requirements.

Residents actively participate in shaping their individualized programs, aligning them with personal goals that encompass educational pursuits, interests, and moments of enjoyment. A core element of our approach is fostering community integration, where each resident engages in life-skills training and recreational activities, facilitating their integration into a wider community.

Our interdisciplinary team works cohesively to empower residents, guiding them to enhance their sense of responsibility, independence, and social skills. Through this collaborative effort, we aim to support each resident in maximizing their potential for a fulfilling life.

Our Admission Policy

Riverside Foundation welcomes individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 18 years of age or older, providing support and resources to enhance their quality of life. Our admission criteria encompass the following:

1. Eligibility:  Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are ambulatory or semi-ambulatory, medically and emotionally stable, and capable of benefiting from the programs offered by the agency.

2. Financial Support: Individuals eligible for Medicaid, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, or a combination of these sources may receive funding to support their participation in Riverside Foundation’s programs.

3. Non-Discrimination: Riverside Foundation embraces diversity and does not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law, provided they meet the aforementioned admission requirements.

At Riverside Foundation, we strive to create an inclusive environment that celebrates the uniqueness of every individual and aims to empower them to lead fulfilling lives.

A Riverside Story: Ruthann & David

Ruthann & David have known each other since “the old days” when they went to the Lake County Society of Human Development in Zion, Illinois in 1970. In 1978, Ruthann came to live at Riverside Foundation. They were reunited in 2011 when David also moved to Riverside. They are on the same team and participate in many outings and activities together. David and Ruthann are truly old friends.

Our Services


The Riverside Foundation’s campus and residential facility serves nearly 100 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over half of our residents have been here at least 20 years!


Group homes let residents live independently with assistance in a supportive, cooperative environment while providing neighborhood living and a sense of community.


Our Work & Activity Center provides our residents with the opportunity to develop skills and assume responsibilities for real-life work in an environment that emphasizes individual goals and choices.


If you’re on the hunt for a fulfilling career, look no further than Riverside Foundation!


"My brother-in-law, Kelly, had lived with his parents his entire life. At Riverside, we were impressed from the very beginning. The residents all seemed happy, healthy, well cared for, and engaged in productive activities during the day. We feel very fortunate to have found Riverside."
Mary Schneider
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