Clearbrook celebrates ribbon-cutting ceremony at vocational program and store, Naturally Gifted

  • Clearbrook's coordinator of day services Megan Woodruff, president Tony DiVittorio and Emily Fencl are joined by Amy and Hannah at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Naturally Gifted.

    Clearbrook's coordinator of day services Megan Woodruff, president Tony DiVittorio and Emily Fencl are joined by Amy and Hannah at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Naturally Gifted. Courtesy of Juliann Carlson

 
Submitted by Juliann Carlson
Updated 10/4/2019 7:52 PM

On Oct. 2, Naturally Gifted, a division of Clearbrook, celebrated their presence within the Crystal Lake community and McHenry County with a ribbon-cutting ceremony through the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Clearbrook is an organization dedicated to providing innovative services, opportunities, and supports to over 8,000 people impacted by intellectual/developmental disabilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Naturally Gifted, located in Crystal Lake, offers vocational enrichment and hands-on skills training for individuals that participate in the program.

They follow a 12-week curriculum that integrates classroom learning, hands-on skill development through making the products, doing inventory, and customer service, and community job shadowing. All products are all-natural and made from therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Clearbrook President Tony Di Vittorio cut the ribbon with the ceremonial scissors with help from program staff and individuals involved in Naturally Gifted's program.

Attendees then moved to the back of the building for coffee, pictures, and a few words from Di Vittorio.

The event wrapped up with Megan Woodruff, coordinator of day services in McHenry County, giving a tour and having Clearbrook clients share their favorite Naturally Gifted products -- the lavender scent seemed to be the fan favorite.

For more information, contact Juliann Carlson at (847) 385-5374 or jcarlson@clearbrook.org. Visit www.facebook.com/clerabrookmchenrycounty.

What started in 1955 as a parent's response to the unmet educational requirements of their children with special needs, Clearbrook is now a leader in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities. Each year, Clearbrook serves more than 8,000 children and adults -- as well as their families -- in over 160 communities throughout northern Illinois.

Clearbrook provides personalized children's, adult day, employment, residential and clinical services at more than 50 locations throughout the Chicago area and is the largest provider of home-based services in the state of Illinois. Employing more than 900 people, Clearbrook reports that 92 percent of every dollar raised goes directly into programs and services. For more information, visit www.clearbrook.org.

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