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Day at the Lake, 2013 — June 23 and July 28

day_at_the_lake_2013Individuals with special needs and their families are invited to spend a  “Day at the Lake”  on June 23 and July 29.   The event runs from 11am to 5pm  and is at Lake Como, just north of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. The event is sponsored by a few members of  Willow Creek Community Church.  This event is free of charge, but registration is requested as spaces fill up quickly.

The event will feature swimming, boating, fellowship, food and fun!  Families are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and fishing poles in addition to the usual suits, towels and sunscreen.   TheNemoNews has heard that this is a *FUN* event as well as a chance to meet other families.

To register for a Day at the Lake contact Trudy at 847-855-9571 or email

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Shepherds Ministries Launches Summer Camp Discovery

SC BumperShepherds Ministries (in Union Grove, Wisconsin) will offer three one-week residential summer camp sessions for individuals with intellectual disabilities this year.  “Camp Discovery”  will target students aged 13-21 as they discover “purpose and possibility” in their lives.  The camps will feature field trips, sports, devotions, life skills and counseling.  Empowerment, goal setting and collaboration are themes in the camp.  The fee for each week is $700.

“We encourage students to discover their abilities over their disabilities in everything we do at Shepherds Ministries” said Brian Canright, Transition Coordinator at the College.  “We try to create a space where the student’s abilities can  surface and build possibility.”

Some (but not all) campers  are attending the camp to try out life at Shepherd’s College.  The College offers 3-year programs  in horticulture or culinary arts during the school year.  Shepherds Ministries offers a variety of residential and day services as well as sponsoring Shepherds College.

Click here for the Discovery Camp webpage.  (  The sessions will be held:

  • June 17-23 for ages 13-17
  • June 24-30 or July 1-5 for ages 18-21,

Shepherds Ministries has a Christian spiritual component in all their offerings.  Programs are open to anyone interested.   For more information about Camp Discovery contact Andrea Humphrey at 262-878-5620, ext. 1423,


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Nemo News at Parents’ Meeting — YL Capernaum

Mary Curran Rhodes, publisher of The Nemo News will speak at the next Parent Meeting of Young Life Capernaum, on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 6:30-7:30pm.  There will be a demonstration of the website and a discussion about improving communications in Lake County.   It will take place at the United Methodist Church of Libertyville, 429 Brainerd Avenue.

Young Life Capernaum is an interdenominational Christian social group with transition age (14-25) individuals with special needs.   Parents meet separately at the same time.  The Libertyville group began last fall.  For more information about Young Life Capernaum or the parent’s group contact Tasha Taylor, , 847-735-9595


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Young Life Capernaum – Libertyville Starts September 28

Young Life Capernaum will hold its first meeting on Friday September 28, 2012 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  The meeting will be held at the Libertyville United Methodist Church.  Themed “Rockstar Club” night, there will be games and activities for teens and young adults with and without disabilities.  The group plans to meet there on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from now until December.

Parents and guardians are also invited to attend a coffee during this meeting.  Cam Traut, the school nurse at Libertyville High School will lead the parent meeting, and explain the program.   She is also Chair of this Christian initiative in Lake County.

Young Life Capernaum began during the 1980′s in California and has grown nationwide since then.  Their website is  A video describing the program can be found at

The purpose of the local group is:

YoungLife Capernaum exists for the special needs population to have leaders in the lives of all the teens and young adults in Lake County who have special needs (no matter how extreme) to show them Jesus’ love as well and to offer them meaningful relationships that surpass the limits of high school (or a specialized school) and also to offer fun events where they can feel safe, confident, enjoy their friends, and be themselves.


For more information about the program contact Tasha Taylor at 847-735-9595.

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YL Capernaum Bowling Night May 25

Young Life Capernaum is hosting it’s first event in Lake County on Friday, May 25.  Abled and disabled youth are invited to bowl at the Brunswick Zone, 316 Center Drive in Vernon Hills at 6:30pm.

Young Life  Capernaum represents a growing movement among Christian churches to reach out to those with disabilities and promote peer friendship through club, camp, service and other activities.  There are several Young Life groups in Lake County, but this is the first Capaernaum group in the county.   TheNemoNews has reported on efforts to organize this new group.  There is already a group in Naperville.

The Young Life website describes the project as follows.

Young Life Capernaum gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities. Young Life staff and volunteers model Christ’s unconditional love and acceptance as they walk alongside these young adults — filling their lives with love and support.


For more information on this group or the bowling outing, contact Tasha Taylor at 847-735-9595 or Melisa Roberts at 847-504-7128,

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Young Life Capernaum Information Meeting Planned

Young Life Capernaum is a Christian ministry for teenagers and young adults with disabilities.  A group forming in Lake County will have an informational meeting on Sunday, April 22, from 3-4:30pm at Trinity International University in Deerfield.  The meeting will take place in the Waybright Center Conference Rooms.  Families, individuals, and potential volunteers are invited to attend. There are other Young Life groups in the Lake County area, but this is the first one aiming at the special needs community in Lake County.
From the email:
All of us desire friendship, adventure, purpose, and direction of life. Teens and young adults with disabilities are no different! Our goal for Capernaum in Lake County will be to provide teens and young adults with disabilities the chance to experience growing and fulfilling friendships, to engage in activities that challenge their physical limits, to grow their potential, to explore the relevance of faith in their lives, and to have fun!!
For more information contact Tasha Taylor at 847-735-9595.
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Theology and Disability: ARC Webinar March 29

“The Power of Inclusive Spiritual Supports for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities” is the title of a nation-wide webinar sponsored by The Arc on March 29, 2012. The webinar is open to the public — including clergy, service providers and ARC Chapters.  Registration fees vary.

Noting that “For some…faith communities are a pathway to more inclusive and productive lives…”,  speakers Bill Gaventa and Erik Carter will discuss what the growing body of research shows , how to work with congregations of all traditions, and strategies to encourage engagement, even in residential placements..

For more information contact The Arc, 202-534-3707 or


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Creating Options Town Hall Meeting — November 9, 2011

The Mayer Kaplan JCC auditorium was packed for a Town Hall Meeting titled “Creating Housing and Full-Life Options for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.”    The meeting was convened by a task force concerned with the unmet needs for housing and community services in the area.   The Task Force principally consists of representatives of the Jewish Federation, Jewish Child & Family Services and Keshet.  In addition to launching a pilot project, they hope to develop a model for other communities to adopt and replicate.

Cathy Ficker-Terrill, CEO of the Institute on Public Policy discussed “How to Get from Here to There?”, a summary of current status, trends and opportunities.  Then she emceed a lengthy question and answer session with the audience.  Members were asked to answer three questions:  1)  What is your dream for the future for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities regarding a sustainable model that would allow them to live withing the community? 2)  What do you consider to be the biggest challenge in creating a sustainable model for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who wish to live within the community? and 3)  How can you help?

Following the lively discussion, attendees were invited to participate in committees studying services, funding, communications, development, and outreach.

For more information email

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