1055 West Washington St.,West Chicago, IL 60185
office (630) 293-0100 fax (630) 293-1510

Tues - Fri. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun. & Mon - Closed

 

About Us

Our Mission

To provide people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environment while producing and providing products and services to the community. In this pursuit, we honor the concepts of human dignity, respect, hard work, fellowship and friendship.

           

A dream in the minds of a small group of Naperville parents and the determination to make the dream a reality are behind the We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center, a not-for-profit corporation in West Chicago, IL.  This dream is being fulfilled by providing job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The founders recognized the lack of employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and came together to creatively address this need.  A greenhouse was identified as a labor intensive, multiskilled business - something necessary for a dynamic job vocational training ground. Individuals with disabilities were envisioned working with volunteers and greenhouse employees, learning the business and developing a variety of work skills. This vision became the support model for the venture.


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 The We Grow Dreams job-training program provides opportunities for our Team Members to learn a variety of tasks in the day-to-day operation of a wholesale and retail greenhouse business. Over 45 specific jobs have been identified for the job-training program including: deadheading plants, filling pots with soil for seeds/seedlings, transplanting, spacing plant materials, watering, stocking plants/supplies, greeting & assisting customers, running the cash register,  folding cartons, clerical tasks and maintenance tasks.  In addition to these jobs, our Craft Program produces greeting cards, hypertufa pots, personalized garden bricks, and bird feeders for sale to the public. Team Members develop valuable work, communication and social skills that will facilitate their employment in the future.

                               

Team Members work a minimum of ten hours per month with a job coach, and receive a monthly paycheck.  There is a monthly tuition fee for the program.  Many of our Team Members opt to pay for additional training hours to work towards earning Social Security Credits necessary for Medicare benefits.  Job coaches, provided by school program or by families, provide each Team Member the guidance, instruction and support needed to be successful in the workplace.  Families are asked to volunteer 10 hours a month.

For more information about our Team Member program and to schedule a tour, please contact Laurie Staple, at 630-293-0100, or e-mail lstaple@wegrowdreams.org