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Crafting for a cause - Adults with disabilities create art to raise funds

Crafting for a cause - Adults with disabilities create art to raise funds

Over forty local residents and their young adult children with developmental disabilities attended a crafting afternoon at Our Place in Wilmette to print cards, frame artwork and decoupage glassware. Their creations and those made by other participants of Our Place will be sold at the Our Place booth at the upcoming Holiday Market, a collaboration of Our Place and The Community Church of Wilmette. All funds raised will be used to support programs and increase community awareness.

Sally Dobroski, of Kenilworth, who has been teaching art at Our Place for over three years, said “I am constantly impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm the participants show as they experiment and try new things in art.”

In addition to the Our Place artwork, The Holiday Market will feature over 20 local artists and artisans, including paintings, jewelry, knit wear, scarves, clothing, garden containers and arrangements, hand-painted picture frames, books transformed into art, specialty foods and pet treats and clothing. Hot cider, lunch, desserts and beverages will be served in the café and a bake sale will feature homemade pastries and coupons for special orders, including pies for Thanksgiving. A raffle will feature items from participating artists and local merchants.

Our Place supports teens and adults with developmental disabilities so they can live meaningful, productive lives in their home community, with vocational, skill building and enrichment programs.

The Community Church of Wilmette supports programs addressing hunger, abused women and children, at-risk teens, families in need and seniors.

The Holiday Market runs on Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th, from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. at the Community Church of Wilmette, 1020 Forest. Additional information is available at www.ourplaceofnewtrier.org.

Our Place is located in downtown Wilmette and serves close to 50 participants, representing communities from Skokie to Lake Forest, and as far west as Morton Grove and Deerfield.

For more information on Our Place, please contact William
Johnson by email at wjohnson@ourplaceofnewtrier.org or (847-208-6872).

Visit www.OurPlaceofNewTrier.org

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