The Center for Enriched Living celebrates Thanksgiving

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Dorothy Brindisi (left), of Lincolnshire, and staff Aimee Halstuk (right), were among the 50 attendees at the Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday, Nov. 17 at The Center for Enriched Living (CEL) in Riverwoods.

Program participants, ranging in age from 18-60, and CEL's volunteers and staff worked together to prepare a traditional holiday meal of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. The Annual Thanksgiving Feast is representative of CEL's year-round programs designed to help people with developmental disabilities build life skills. By enjoying an early Thanksgiving, CEL members share the tradition they look forward to all year - good food and good friends.

Established in 1968, CEL is a private non-profit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities. The CEL provides an environment where its members feel accepted so they are open to being challenged to achieve. Participants are called "members" to foster a sense of belonging. CEL offers a variety of programs seven days a week that address the social skill building needs of our members.

To learn more about The Center for Enriched Living, visit or call (847) 948-7001.