Esperanza’s CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) is supporting residents to be as independent as possible.
Esperanza’s CILA residents are becoming more independent all the time. For Valentine’s Day, residents of Natoli House hosted their own Valentine’s Day house party! Benjamin got out his guitar and performed a few songs that he wrote, and his brother Edward made the grocery list and did all of the shopping. Michael, who often prefers to keep to himself, also decided to join the fun! The whole house pitched in to decorate, and the welcomed residents from the other CILA homes as well as Esperanza staff. Everyone had a great time dancing, singing and hanging out!
Chuck has made huge strides towards community reintegration. He is employed part-time, and is now also able to use public transportation to get to the grocery store and do his food shopping independently.
Isaiah, who had previously been non-verbal, has made strides towards his communication goals, and is now constructing whole sentences. He addresses his instructors by name, and is especially fond of telling them “I want some cookies!”
Benjamin Scott is a resident of Natoli House where he lives with his two brothers. All three siblings have come a long way since being on the brink of homelessness a few years ago when their mother became seriously ill. Benjamin’s story, though, is nothing short of amazing. Benjamin now works a full-time job, manages a savings account, a debit card and a cell phone plan. He’s also a musician who sings and plays guitar—“Just like John Lennon,” he says. Recently, Benjamin took the stage at Esperanza Junior Board’s inaugural Monster Mask-arade, and at the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville. Benjamin wowed ’em with his songs like Let’s Go Silver and Chicago.