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Independence Place

Four years after Bjorklund House opened in 1994, Independence Place opened two blocks away. There, eight developmentally disabled male adults live together in a small community. With fewer developmental challenges than residents at Bjorklund House, they experience a higher level of independence.

In an atmosphere that reflects the love of God and Bible-based Christian values, residents live in self-contained apartments. Each has its own bathroom and kitchen. Residents test their independence while having a live-in staff member and up to two additional staffers available day and night. Each day, we build on the independence residents have already achieved, enabling them to step closer to maximizing their God-given potential.

Meet our family

CER of Illinois Administrative Staff

Independence Place Residents

CER of Illinois Board Members

CER of Illinois Family Support Group

Contact us at:

Julie Smith - Administrator

Catherine Hauser - QIDP/Case Manager

Brandi Sanders - QIDP/Case Manager

Shanya Smith - House Manager

Independence Place

15700 Reynolds Lane Oak Forest, IL 60452 (708) 897-8369 Fax: (708) 687-8238 This program currently does not have any openings. If you would like to be considered for placement, please download the application below and mail it to the address above. CER of Illinois Application