Charlie’s Gift Center Returns to TCH in Hinsdale

The Community House is delighted to announce the return of Charlie’s Gift Center for Autism and Related Disorders to our Hinsdale facility. Through a family-centered, team approach, Charlie’s Gift addresses the needs of children and families facing autism, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, and other mental health issues.  Charlie’s Gift is a program of The Community House, originally offered services in Hinsdale, and has been based in Downers Grove for the last nine years.   To better serve the entire family, educate the community, and expand the delivery of mental health supports with an expertise in autism and sensory disorders, Charlie’s Gift Center will be relocated to The Community House facility at 415 W. Eighth Street in Hinsdale as of May 24, 2017.

Charlie’s Gift Center will be co-located with The Community House’s Counseling Center, a mental health service housed at the main facility in Hinsdale.  By bringing these two important service units under the same roof, families will be able to participate in more services including stress management, mindfulness, and therapeutic arts and recreation. The combined impact of mental health services will benefit more youth and families – local children and parents, seniors, families impacted by stressors, youth at Willowbrook Corner, and neighbors from across the region.

“We are so excited to bring Charlie’s Gift back to our Hinsdale facility,” remarked Jeni Fabian, Executive Director of The Community House. “Clients will benefit from increased cross-referrals between our counseling and autism spectrum services, and we are expanding programming focused on stress management and mental wellbeing for all walks of life. We’ve seen a growing need to provide mental wellness supports for teens and families, and have witnessed first-hand the benefits youth receive from services designed with mental health and sensory processing expertise.”

Children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing disorders face unique challenges every day. Charlie’s Gift Center offers exceptional treatment approach to ASD, sensory processing concerns, mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  “There are so many individuals trying to effectively cope with anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Often they do not receive treatment, including youth on the autism spectrum,” states lead therapist Dr. Aimee Koerner-Frank. “By locating Charlie’s Gift Center and The Counseling Center together at The Community House, we will be in a better position to tailor mental health services for each family, and to deepen our scholarship opportunities.”

For more information about Charlie’s Gift Center or the Counseling Center, please contact Cara Romanini, at cromanini@thecommunityhouse.org or at 630.323.7500 ext. 250 or visit www.thecommunityhouse.org