A Smooth Transition at
Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Meet Emilio. In October 2021, he started working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Glenview. He makes smoothies; chops, dices, and portions herbs, vegetables, and fruit; makes sauces and salsas; helps clean; and much more. "Each task has different volume bins and different places they need to go when finished. There’s a lot to remember,” said TotalLink Employment Specialist, Greg Spigelman.

“It is a pleasure to have Emilio as part of our team. He has an important role in ensuring all of our preparations are properly portioned, labeled, dated, and rotated. He has grown professionally in his abilities and helps co-workers keep up with their assigned tasks to serve our customers. He is always positive and willing to help. We appreciate Emilio. He is a pleasure to have on our team.” 
-John Vogelmeier, Store Owner
In addition to working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Emilio attends art classes at Oakton Community College. His art will be showcased at TotalLink's art show at Restore Hyper Wellness in Northbrook on Sunday, April 24, from 10 am to 3 pm. This June, his artwork will also be featured on a golf tag for TotalLink2 Community's upcoming golf outing.

For more information about TotalLink’s Employment Program, visit totallink2.org or contact Emily Raming at eraming@totallink2.org or 224-412-4718.

Body, Heart & Mind

A Safe Space for REAL Talk 

Body, Heart & Mind, one of TotalLink’s favorite learning programs, is a safe place to have real talk and ask hard questions about life.

Participants explore the ins and outs of relationships and dating, healthy communication, gender identity, body image, using social media safely, self-advocacy, consent, caring for our bodies, and so much more. We use a curriculum called ElevatUs, written specifically for adults with disabilities. The curriculum guides our work and allows us to shift depending on need or participant questions and suggestions. 

For more information about TotalLink's Body, Heart & Mind program or our other social and lifelong learning programs, visit our website or contact Madison McGinty at mmcginty@totallink2.org.
Body, Heart & Mind participants crack up as they practice a "healthy communication" role-play during class.
"Role play seems to be the most popular activity throughout the curriculum, as it allows the young adults to practice the skills they are learning in a silly but real way. Recently, we practiced role-playing about expressing feelings for someone and responding appropriately whether they reciprocated feelings or not. These are situations we all wish we could practice!” 
–Madison McGinty, Program Director &
Body, Heart & Mind Facilitator 
Thank you to our Golf Outing Sponsors:
 The Nuflatot Trot is a great way to share your enthusiasm and support of TotalLink with friends, family, co-workers, and anyone in your network. 
There are a couple of ways you can help us: 
Thank you to our Nuflatot Trot Sponsors:

Raise a Slice for TotalLink on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Lou Malnati's Northbrook, Wilmette, and Park Ridge locations.

Lou Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales to TotalLink2 Community (based on pre-tax purchase, excluding alcohol) from every order received from carryout or delivery (within zone). Click here for complete details and flyer.

Support TotalLink2 Community
Help to continue to provide vital programs to young adults with disabilities.
Donate today at www.totallink2.org/donations 

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