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Budget Season, Such as it is here in Illinois
UW Findings The Illinois United Way put out a survey of the impact of the budget impasse here in Illinois.  Simply put, it has been horrific.  As for the impact on SU, it has been thankfully minimal.  Because of court orders we have continued to be paid for our services.  The only thing that hasn't been paid has been our janitorial contract at the Illinois State Police Headquarters in LP. ...
Annual Report
Visit our Documents and Reports page to see our FY15 Annual Report.
Article on State Budget
SU was mentioned in a state budget article.  They mention the DON score.  That doesn't not have a direct impact on SU's funding from the state.  It does impact some of the people who live on their own or with family who receive services through the Division of Rehabilitation Services Home Services Program though.  Still, we find this uncharted state budget territory to be nerve-wracking, even ...
NDEAM
Happy October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month!  Work/Employment is a major part of what we do at SU.  We have work on-site for our consumers in our workshop, from the powder coat paint line to washing totes to packaging and dip tubes.  We support people off-site, at the LaSalle State Police Headquarters and US Foods.  Consumers work in the community in a variety of Streator bus...
Annual State of the States Report
The annual State of the States Report is ready.  If you look at the state scorecard link, Illinois sadly remains near the bottom at 47.  There doesn't appear to be any discussion in Springfield about how to get our rating to a place that reflects the great state we are.
Criminal Justice
A great article on the interaction of learning/developmental disabilities and the criminal justice system.  We at SU have supported people though such issues.  We can have an incredible impact on a person's life by helping them stay out of jail or prison and become independent, self-supporting tax-payers.  If you're a state faced with difficult funding decisions based on lack of resources, this...
Survey Says
We added the 2015 state survey of our day and residential programs to our Documents and Reports page.  We were pleased to have scores of 97% and 99%.  These are unannounced surveys.  The day program is surveyed every year while the residential program is surveyed every 3 years.  We live the rules and do our best every day so don't mind them being unannounced, other than carving the time out of...
Once Again, That Time of Year
It's Illinois State Budget Season once again.  Time for our annual hoping (not much of that in recent years) and fearing (sadly, with good cause in recent years).  It will be especially harrowing this year with a new Governor in the mix.  Currently, he, the Senate Democrats, and the House Democrats, are a long ways apart on their negotiation positions.  It is very difficult to project what wil...
FY14 Annual Report
Our annual report is now available--just click on the "Documents and Reports" link at the right.  As  you'll see on the first page, please plan to come to SU's 50th Anniversary Party between 4-7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015!!!!!
DSP Article
Another great article in The Times, this one on DSP Recognition Week.  One additional thing to note about Ginger--Mandy commented that Ginger enjoys her job so much that sometimes she starts dancing while she's working!

Indoors in the Winter

    We miss getting outside in the winter, but we find ways to enjoy our time indoors. ...Read More

The DSP Wage Crisis

It's always a fight to get funding for the good work we do and, the truth is, it seems like we're always losing.  Our last increase to help with Direct Care Wages was in 2007.  We had a sm ...Read More

Christmas Party

The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association put together a wonderful Christmas Party for our residents  yesterday. Pictured are Mary Ellen Lair, Jane Soltis, Santa Claus, Anna Mae Negray, ...Read More

NDEAM

Happy October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month!  Work/Employment is a major part of what we do at SU.  We have work on-site for our consumers in our workshop, from the powde ...Read More

Indoors in the Winter

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Eddie and Jimmie taking it easy.

Eddie and Jimmie taking it easy.

 

Dale cleaning up his room.

Dale cleaning up his room.

 

We miss getting outside in the winter, but we find ways to enjoy our time indoors.

Budget Season, Such as it is here in Illinois

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UW Findings

The Illinois United Way put out a survey of the impact of the budget impasse here in Illinois.  Simply put, it has been horrific.  As for the impact on SU, it has been thankfully minimal.  Because of court orders we have continued to be paid for our services.  The only thing that hasn’t been paid has been our janitorial contract at the Illinois State Police Headquarters in LP.  We haven’t been paid since July 1 due to there being no state budget this fiscal year.  We can’t imagine where we’d be right now were it not for the court order for our services.  There are many agencies without court orders for their services and they are having a very difficult time.

Separate from that, we desperately need an increase in funding.  On the one hand, it seems crazy to say so at this time.  On the other, we’re having trouble keeping up with salaries and expenses after ten years without any funding increase plus those cuts to our workshop grant.  We having filled our last three day program positions that opened up and are not bringing workshop consumers in when there’s no work for them.  This is hard on them in terms of income, and hard on some families as they need to find supports for their child during the day.

The DSP Wage Crisis

Posted By: jmallaney on January 11, 2016 in Boxes, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

It’s always a fight to get funding for the good work we do and, the truth is, it seems like we’re always losing.  Our last increase to help with Direct Care Wages was in 2007.  We had a small increase in 2011, but tons more was cut when they eliminated Workshop funding.  Back in 2007 SU was able to pay direct care staff $2.00/hour more than minimum wage.  Now that is not so.  It makes us sad to lose people who really love working here but can’t afford to.  Costs keep going up for everything–our health insurance increase by 27% this year alone, and it has been increasing since 2007.  We’ve worked hard to keep up our mission–lots and lots of community support and grants have helped.  But, state budget crisis or no, we need some help from our main funder, and we need it now.

 

DSP Wage Crisis

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Christmas Party

Posted By: jmallaney on December 8, 2015 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association put together a wonderful Christmas Party for our residents  yesterday. Pictured are Mary Ellen Lair, Jane Soltis, Santa Claus, Anna Mae Negray, Amy Strawn. They hosted a luncheon, played Holiday Bingo, sang Christmas carols, and Santa handed out gift bags for the residential program which included all five homes.

 

Party

Annual Report

Posted By: jmallaney on December 1, 2015 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Visit our Documents and Reports page to see our FY15 Annual Report.

Article on State Budget

Posted By: jmallaney on November 9, 2015 in Illinois, News - Comments: No Comments »

SU was mentioned in a state budget article.  They mention the DON score.  That doesn’t not have a direct impact on SU’s funding from the state.  It does impact some of the people who live on their own or with family who receive services through the Division of Rehabilitation Services Home Services Program though.  Still, we find this uncharted state budget territory to be nerve-wracking, even if we are getting paid for our services through court orders.

NDEAM

Posted By: jmallaney on October 2, 2015 in Boxes, News - Comments: No Comments »

Happy October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month!  Work/Employment is a major part of what we do at SU.  We have work on-site for our consumers in our workshop, from the powder coat paint line to washing totes to packaging and dip tubes.  We support people off-site, at the LaSalle State Police Headquarters and US Foods.  Consumers work in the community in a variety of Streator businesses.  Take a look at our at our SUCCESS page and see what we can do for you!

 

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Autumn

Posted By: jmallaney on September 23, 2015 in Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

Heading into autumn with a variety of activities:

  • A nice trip to Spring Lake Park–check out the photos on our Facebook page.
  • Another batch of jalapeno jelly made from our garden.
  • Continuing preparations for Food for Thought.
  • Looking at starting a car detailing business at the Streator Incubator.
  • We got a new medium-duty lift van from a successful IDOT grant application.  We moved one of our lift vans to Kent Street so that it would be easier for everyone to get out together sometimes.
  • Work on the Illinois Street House continues…it was a slow summer for that, but things will be picking up now.
  • We’re putting off a lot of purchases until the state budget shakes out (it will shake out at some point, won’t it?).  Due to court orders, we’re getting paid, which takes a lot of pressure off, but they could still cut our funding retroactive to July 1 as part of a budget deal.  We sure hope not–we’re not entirely sure how we’d be able to deal with that.
  • We’re hiring evening/midnight/weekend residential positions.

New 50 years page

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Check out our new page featuring facts from our 50th Anniversary.

Four Deposits

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  1. $39.24 from Amazon Smile.  Please keep supporting us from using the link when you shop at Amazon!
  2. $132 from Thrivent Choice.  If you’re a member, please select Streator Unlimited for your Thrivent Choice Dollars!
  3. $246.22 from Kroger Community Rewards.  If you haven’t registered your card yet, please add SU!
  4. $FY16 state funding.  A court ordered the state to start paying for services provided in the new fiscal year (beginning July 1).  Previously the state had said they wouldn’t pay us until the budget was finished.  Even so, we won’t breathe easy until a budget is  passed, because they could still cut our funding.  Honestly, state financial crises notwithstanding, we really need an increase.

We’re incredibly fortunate to have such strong support from our community through individual donations, support of businesses and clubs, the LaSalle County Mental Health Board funded by your tax dollars, grants we’re able to obtain and the Streator Area United Way.  It all makes a big difference in what we’re able to do!

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