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Esperanza Community Services

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • People with Disabilities


520 North Marshfield AvenueChicago, IL 60622 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Esperanza Community Services is dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities become as independent as possible.


Located in the WestTown neighborhood of Chicago, Esperanza Community Services provides individualized therapeutic and educational programs to help individuals with mild, moderate, and severe developmental disabilities achieve their full potential. For some, this means learning basic life skills that will help them attain a higher degree of self-reliance. For others, it means developing skills that lead to an increased level of community integration and independence.

Our mission is accomplished primarily through four programs, which are delivered at our main campus inWestTownand throughout the community. These include:

Esperanza School, a therapeutic day school for students age 5-21

Coleridge Adult Day Program, offering prevocational and life skills training in a workshop setting

Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA), a supervised, 24-hour residential program that emphasizes skills needed to remain integrated within the community

Client and Family Support Program (CFSP), providing families who care for an individual with a developmental disability in their home with help accessing resources and information

Creativity and the arts are celebrated at Esperanza. Activities like drawing, painting and theater are therapeutic as well as opportunities for individuals to learn and exercise independence. All of our programs are offered in both English and Spanish to meet the diverse needs of the populations we serve.

Esperanza Community Services helps more than 250 individuals annually acrossCookCountyand beyond. Since opening in 1969, Esperanza Community Services has helped more than 7,000 children and adults move towards their individual goals and achieve their potential.


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