Lombard group home offers housing option for suburban adults
LOMBARD – Jared Jacobson is itching to move out of his parents' house and into a place of his own in Lombard with a few buddies. He's ready for independence.
Jared, 25, is autistic with a mild intellectual delay, said his mother, June Jacobson. Although he's mostly non-verbal, he communicates with his family, friends and teachers by using sign language.
Currently a resident of Elmhurst, Jared Jacobson has been approved to move into a Community Integrated Living Arrangement. It's operated by Seguin Services, a Cicero-based organization that provides housing, programming and other services to children, adults and elders with developmental disabilities.
"We just got the official word that he's moving in," June said. "As far as I'm concerned, the slower [the transition], the better."
A CILA is a group home for disabled adults that looks like a regular single-family house but is equipped with special features inside depending on residents' needs. The CILA is Seguin's first in Lombard, located at 708 E. Berkshire Ave., and residents are starting to move in.
Seguin already operates 65 CILAs throughout the suburbs and has been branching out into DuPage County.
The newest house will be staffed around the clock, while occupants will be responsible for cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and yard maintenance. Like Jared, each of the men living in the CILA has an autism diagnosis and is in their 20s, said Joe Mengoni, Seguin's vice president for adult residential and clinical services.
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