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Special Programs


Janelle Chadwick
dpcc@dupagecounty.gov 630-665-6400

In addition to all house and neighborhood activities, there are Special Programs that residents are encouraged to explore and lead an active lifestyle. Some of these programs do require a sign-up. See the neighborhood/ unit Recreation coordinator to learn more about participating in a Special Program. 

Special Programs
Veterans Service Organization (VETSO)

The Veterans Service Organization or VETSO is a volunteer lead program that sponsors meeting twice a month for residents who are veterans. 

Special Social events are also hosted through out the year, including cook outs, community outings, and concerts!  For more information contact the Vetso office at 630-784-4264 or Recreation Department 630-784-4303 


Residents with a past interest, or new curiosity, are encouraged to come and work on projects in the ceramics workshop! 

Located on the 2nd floor, the ceramics workshop offers a creative outlet for the residents to create personalized ceramic pieces for their room or as gifts for their friends and family!  Please contact your recreation coordinator to learn more about this program and how to sign up for classes. 

Many of the items made by our residents are for sale and can be purchased by attending the DuPage County Annual Fall Festival. For information on these events, contact the Recreation Department at 630-784-4302. Proceeds from these sales go to the Resident Recreation Fund.

Many of these programs are run by volunteers. Sign up or learn more about the DuPage Care Canter Volunteer program!


DONKA Computer Training Program

Donka, Inc. is a separate non-profit organization providing no-cost computer training to persons with physical and visual disabilities. The computers are specially designed to accommodate the physical ability and skill level of the resident/student. Once the training program is completed, the resident may independently utilize the computer lab. Visit their website for more information.

Garden Club

Garden Club

hands in the gardenGardening has played a large part in the history of this facility since its beginning in the late 1800’s. Originally gardens were for food production to provide the resident’s meals. In the early 80’s, the Recreation Therapy Department reorganized the Horticulture Therapy Program and it has evolved into the program it is today because of the importance that is placed on a comprehensive leisure program available to long term residents.

The heart of the garden is the sunny raised bed area. At 3 feet tall, the six long rows of divided garden plots are accessible to residents. The staff and numerous volunteers which include master gardeners are an integral part of making the program run smoothly.

Garden Club meet weekly thought out the Spring and Summer Months. Residents have a chance to work with volunteers in their garden plot and attend an education meeting that provides instruction and the most up to date techniques for a successful garden from The DuPage Master Gardeners. 

We are always looking for volunteers to help with programs. Residents and their families are invited to learn more about gardening opportunities by calling 630-784-4303. The garden entrance is located across from the Recreation Room on 1 Center.

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