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Oak-Leyden Developmental Services conducts fundraising campaign create a new mental health program for adult participants struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oak-Leyden, a longtime Oak Park-based nonprofit that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities in Chicago’s near western suburbs, is hoping to raise at least $25,000 to support a new position as a licensed clinical professional consultant. conduct group and individual therapy for adult clients.

Oak-Leyden has set up a GoFundMe account to collect donations and the campaign runs through June. The headquarters of Oak-Leyden is located at 411 Chicago Ave.

Elizabeth Loren, development director at Oak-Leyden, said people with intellectual disabilities, including those with limited verbal communication skills, depend on routine for their livelihood. They need “permanent” access to services, she said, such as regular visits to doctors or therapists or attending events with friends and family. And for years, Oak Leiden was a mainstay – until the first wave of the pandemic hit in March 2020.

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