Independence Tastes Delicious

Something delicious is happening in Chicago's southwest suburb of Homer Glen—it's the Handfuls of Hope kettle corn enterprise at LSSI's Shady Oaks Developmental Training Center. The Center provides vocational and social skills training to adults with developmental disabilities. The program's clients include members of the community and the 32 residents of the adjacent Shady Oaks Homes, which offer housing for adults with developmental disabilities.

Handfuls of Hope Kettle Corn is popped and packaged on-site and sold to benefit the program and its participants. The kettle corn enterprise provides them with job training and opportunities to earn an income from their work. LSSI continues to look for opportunities to broaden the sales potential of the kettle corn.

"We encourage independence, and the kettle corn enterprise provides clients with a meaningful way to make, package, and sell the product," said Daniel Asencio, Shady Oaks Program Director.

"I'm learning the machinery," said Chris Blogg, who lives at Shady Oaks. "Thanks to kettle corn, we'll be able to make our own money and be more independent."

Handfuls of Hope Kettle Corn is available for purchase. It can be used for a church fundraiser or sold at craft fairs or farmer's markets. Handfuls of Hope Kettle Corn also can be purchased in various quantities for a corporate or holiday gift.

For more information about Handfuls of Hope, contact Daniel.Asencio@LSSI.org, call 708.743.2315.