Options & Advocacy for McHenry County has been providing service coordination and a wide range of other supports for over 24 years. We have grown over the years to serve over 2,200 families and individuals annually with a staff of 32 employees. Our Child & Family Connections program serves any child under the age who is experiencing a delay in their development. Each month that programs receives 80 new referrals – yes 80! Our Community Access Coordination program serves anyone who has a lifelong intellectual or developmental disability. That program now serves nearly 400 children and adults. Our Autism Support Program serves nearly that many and the request for services from that program continues to increase. Support groups, free playgroups and Sibshops rounds out the amazing supports offered by Options & Advocacy.
While state and local funding remain “flat,” we rely on our fundraising to make a real difference. This year our main fundraiser, Harvest Howl, is going to be a family friendly event on Saturday, October 27 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Crystal Lake. It will feature live music by Pirates Over 40 – a popular local band that plays many venues over the summer months. We will have silent auction items, raffles, activities for the kids, and more!
Please consider donating a silent auction item (or two!), being a sponsor or attending. It will be a great evening of fun and celebrating our fine work at Options & Advocacy as well as the amazing children and adults that we are privileged to support.