About Clearbrook West
In 2015, Clearbrook expanded into Crystal Lake to help meet the needs of the communities surrounding McHenry County. Programs and services such as home-based, community day programs, residential, vocational, and respite are offered. The goal of these programs is to help individuals be as successful as possible in their home and community.
As a response to tremendous growth in the region, Clearbrook wanted to establish an official name for the locations, programs, and services offered in the McHenry County area. In 2020 the branch name, Clearbrook West, was given to reflect all areas served in the surrounding communities.
Annually, Clearbrook West supports over 250+ individuals, as well as their families, in McHenry County, in over 39 communities and 8 locations throughout northern Illinois.
Programs & Services
There are two CHOICE program locations in McHenry County. One is centrally located off of the Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake Plaza. The second location is located off of Seminary Avenue in Woodstock. The program’s goal is full community integration for participants. Whether through independent or supported employment, engaging in volunteer opportunities, or participating socially – participants who attend CHOICE are given the freedom to choose their activities day-to-day. By empowering program participants to become involved in their communities, they flourish as individuals, business people, and neighbors.
CHOICE Woodstock shares the vision of CHOICE McHenry County of providing individuals an environment that provides opportunities for self-discovery, personally directed services, daily community access, and opportunities to pursue personal goals. The Woodstock program strives to provide growth and independence; using a 12-week course calendar, individuals are able to essentially build their own program based on their interests and goals. This program will also utilize a partnership with Naturally Gifted to provide a vocational curriculum and job development for individuals who express interest. The program space itself will offer creative spaces dedicated to technology, cooking, living skills, the arts, and literature.
Home-Based Services provide eligible individuals and families with services and supports in the comfort and familiarity of their home and community. Clearbrook’s Home-Based Services offers a variety of services to eligible individuals in McHenry County. Support services include, but are not limited to, educational, transitional, in-home staff, clinical and supportive housing.
Community Employment Services provide opportunities for clients to learn valuable skills and professionalism that translate into real-world behaviors and work ethics. Job coaches are able to evaluate habits and workplace readiness in a variety industries and locations throughout the county.
Naturally Gifted is designed to offer vocational enrichment and hands-on skills training for our individuals. Participants follow a twelve-week curriculum that integrates classroom learning, hands-on skill development, and community job shadowing. The goal of the curriculum is to help clients be successful in work settings and strengthen employment-related skills. Clients then complete the program by doing an internship at Naturally Gifted, where they get to make products, do inventory, gain customer service experience, and more. All products are natural, organic, and made with therapeutic-grade essential oils. Learn more by visiting Clearbrook.org/NatGift or shop online at naturally-gifted.square.site.
Clearbrook West opened its first CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) home in Crystal Lake in the spring of 2018. Since 2018, Clearbrook West has opened two additional CILA homes in Crystal Lake, one for six women and another for six men. Clearbrook West hopes to be opening a fourth home in Woodstock in 2022.
community mental health center
We serve the adult residents of McHenry County who are diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and have a mental illness. The CMHC does not require the individual to be a part of Clearbrook prior to the service. It is designed to support the community while providing additional support to the current individuals Clearbrook West serves. Learn more about the CMHC here.
CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
Clearbrook is always looking for new partners in the community. There are many volunteer opportunities waiting for you, events for you to attend, community connections to make, and much more. Please contact us to learn more.
6500 Northwest Highway, Suite 2A
Crystal Lake, IL 60014