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The office space at 1015 Davis St. was humming with activity Friday afternoon as Evanston’s Center for Independent Futures (CIF) held an open house to show off its new headquarters.

The Center was founded in Evanston in 2002 by Jane Doyle, its executive director, and Kay Brantz as a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting families with members who need help living on their own as adults.

It has established residences for small groups of disabled individuals who can live independent lives with minimum live-in support, or as it states in its literature: “CIF creates products and services to establish sustainable solutions through community living options, personal networks, lifelong planning, and education.”

It accomplishes this with a staff of 40, only 13 of whom are fulltime employees, and they serve some 125 families around Evanston and as far away as Michigan.

“We look forward to continued growth as we expand our ability to affect the lives of individuals with disabilities and support these individuals as they bring unique talents and gifts to strengthen their communities,” Doyle says.

The group is supported by contributions principally from individuals and foundations, including funds raised at its annual benefit, which this year is scheduled for April 19 at the Galleria Marchetti in Chicago.

More information about the organization is available on its website.

Top: Executive Director Doyle, at left, with supporter Andy Bowe and assistant director, Ann Sickon, at the CIF open house.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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