About Us

Libenu is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization comprised of parents and professionals working together to address the needs of Jewish adults and children with disabilities in the Metropolitan Chicago area. The group was formed in response to the shortage of available services relative to the significant and immediate needs of the population.

Libenu, from the Hebrew word meaning “Our Hearts”, reflects a heartfelt commitment to enabling Jewish adults with developmental disabilities to maximize their level of independence and self-determination in an inclusive community setting.

Core Beliefs

At Libenu, we believe that every individual with a
disability has the right to:

  • Live independently, with dignity and respect
  • Reside in a comfortable, safe, person-centered, inclusive environment
  • Have access to meaningful day programming that includes vocational preparation
  • Develop self-sufficiency through gainful employment
  • Engage in social and recreational activities that foster inclusion
  • Participate in Jewish life as fully included members of the community

Core Values

At Libenu, our values are to:

  • Provide a gold standard of care and service while adhering to Torah values
  • Maximize opportunities for children and adults with disabilities while fostering independence, inclusion, and self-sufficiency
  • Be person and family centered and proactively address the changing needs of Libenu clients across their lifespan
  • Model excellence, integrity, and professionalism
  • Maintain a “we before me” philosophy

Equal Opportunity Organization

At Libenu, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where all employees and clients are treated with respect and dignity. We firmly believe that diversity and inclusivity lead to a more innovative and successful organization, and we strive to create a culture that values different perspectives and backgrounds.

As an equal opportunity employer and service provider, Libenu does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. We are dedicated to providing our employees with a work environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.