Malcolm Eaton Enterprises Constructs New Multi-Sensory Environment Through CFNIL Grant

Freeport, Illinois — “Malcolm Eaton Enterprises was the recipient of a grant of $13,019.00 by the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,” Brian Babcock, Community Liaison of Malcolm Eaton Enterprises said today.

Lighted Strands“With this grant, we were able to construct a multi-sensory environment on our campus. A growing number of the individuals we serve each day have sensory disorders. Having this environment available on our campus gives our staff a powerful and proven tool that they can use to work with these individuals,” Babcock said.

“We are very thankful for the CFNIL’s ongoing commitment to helping adults with developmental disabilities in our community.” said Tim Cook, Executive Director of Malcolm Eaton Enterprises. “We believe that we are the only agency in the Freeport community that has this type of service available.”

A multi-sensory environment is a dedicated room or space that is designed to control sound, space, temperature and lighting. It uses special equipment that stimulates senses, and promotes feelings of calm and concentration. Time spent in multi-sensory environments has been shown to increase focus, improve communication, and encourage pro-social behavior.

Bubble TowersMalcolm Eaton Enterprises provides a variety of programs and services to 200 adults with developmental disabilities in Stephenson and Winnebago Counties.  Through its programs, MEE encourages and assists people with disabilities, and those who touch their lives, by promoting informed choice, and creating opportunities which foster independent community living, work and play.  MEE has been serving Freeport and surrounding communities since 1966.

MEE is led by Executive Director, Tim Cook, and Board President, Patty Burke.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has been a regional leader in philanthropy since 1953. CFNIL serves as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of Northern Illinois. Since 2000, CFNIL has granted more than $46 million for charitable purposes.

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Cover photo: http://www.malcolmeaton.org

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