Welcome to Riverside Foundation Community Programs

Riverside Foundation’s campus, home of our residential facility, is located in a tree-filled setting next to the Des Plaines River in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Currently, we serve nearly 100 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More than half of our residents have been here at least 20 years!

Discover the Riverside Experience: Community Campus & Homes 

At Riverside Foundation, our commitment to fostering a sense of belonging, independence, and family is at the heart of our community programs. Our expansion efforts have led us to establish welcoming small group homes in nearby neighborhoods, creating opportunities for independent living while surrounded by a supportive environment. 

Independent Living with Supportive Surroundings 

Our community homes prioritize inclusivity and the feeling of home, ensuring that every individual feels valued and supported. We believe in personalized service planning that caters to individual needs, empowering residents with self-advocacy skills and encouraging their active participation in community events. Our comprehensive services extend to vocational planning, as well as medical, psychiatric, and counseling support, promoting residents’ overall well-being and coping skills development. 


At our residential facility, we focus on individual autonomy within an environment of professional care. We are committed to providing each resident with a learning environment that meets each person’s assessed strengths and needs. Our program integrates social services, recreation, specialized therapies and medical services to meet our residents’ physical, psychological and emotional challenges.

Our services include:

  • Professional intake assessment
  • Individualized habilitation plans
  • Structured activities designed to increase functional independence
  • 24 hour-a-day nursing support
  • Programming to increase daily living community skills & social skills


Our residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of programs designed to enhance development and independence, as well as add enjoyment and positive experiences to their lives.

Some of our most popular in house programs include:

  • Pet therapy offered by the Lincolnshire Animal Hospital
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Yoga
  • Wii games & tournaments
  • Circles –  a social skills program that provides training in appropriate social interactions with others
  • Computer classes
  • Health and fitness activities
  • Aerobics at Lincolnshire Tennis Club

Out for a nice walk

McDonald’s outing

Enjoying the Lincolnshire Concert series

Visit to Lambs Farm

Being Part of the Community

Our residents enjoy regular outings as an integral part of our education and recreational programs. Some of our residents complete their banking in small groups at Baxter Credit Union, wash their clothes at a local laundromat, shop at the many stores in the area and go on forest preserve walks. They also take field trips to movies, restaurants, local village fairs and visit places such as the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Ravinia, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago museums and sporting activities.

"Riverside has had a major impact on our lives. Our daughter, Valerie, was just graduating from the transition program. Through a wonderful friend, we found out there was an opening at Riverside. After a couple of interviews we realized that Valerie would flourish there. In these past 7 years, we have come to know and love the residents and staff who create a loving and caring atmosphere. You can feel it when you enter the facility. It was a very difficult decision to make but we have grown to trust Riverside. It has enabled us all to grow and Valerie has flourished (as we had hoped)."
Jeff Pennoyer
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