Our garden is planted and things are coming along. Some of us were out today seeing how things were going and enjoying some fresh air (until we went in for air conditioning). &nbs ...Read More
On April 26, a big crew of employees from Exelon volunteered their time at the new house on Illinois Street. They tore out the bathrooms, walls, floor covering, drop ceiling, capped all th ...Read More
Senator Rezin sent by a certificate of the IL Senate Recognition of SU's 50th Anniversary. Thank you for thinking of us in the midst of a very busy session, Senator! Our party turned ou ...Read More
Say Hi to Brittany when you see her Thursday night! She'll be at our anniversary party and is a truly awesome person to be around. ...Read More
SU is just one of the agencies that has signed this letter. We start our new fiscal years on July 1, and it really is difficult to set a budget without knowing what our state funding will be. Fortunately for SU, the state has notified us that we will receive funding in our coming year. We don’t know for sure that our rates won’t be cut though. We’ll also have difficulty if they pass a minimum wage increase but don’t give us additional funding to cover it. So, for now, we’re cutting back on our spending and reducing outings for our residents, and holding off on filling positions that go empty.
The major challenge is that we won’t receive any payments from the state until they pass a budget. That’s scary! We do have a line of credit we can draw on if our bank accounts empty out. We certainly hope it doesn’t come to that.
We also empathize with agencies whose funding is not guaranteed by the state beginning July 1. If they keep providing services, they don’t know of they’ll get paid for them until a state budget is passed! Some can’t afford to do that. Hopefully this budget will be completed very soon.
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 our day to help the surveyor with documentation, inspections, etc. The surveys look at a wide variety of things, from interviews with consumers and employees and guardians, personnel records, governance, service plans, Safety and Human Rights and Behavioral Intervention Committee minutes, policies and beyond.
Our garden is planted and things are coming along. Some of us were out today seeing how things were going and enjoying some fresh air (until we went in for air conditioning).
On April 26, a big crew of employees from Exelon volunteered their time at the new house on Illinois Street. They tore out the bathrooms, walls, floor covering, drop ceiling, capped all the electric, tire out plumbing, landscaped and more. We were shocked when we realized they had done so much demolition inside yet somehow left it cleaner than they found it. Exelon also donated plants, mulch, and a roll off dumpster.
The house is a donation from Wells Fargo, along with $7,500 towards renovation. The Dunham Fund donated $20,000 as well. Established by John C. Dunham in 1996, funded in 2007 in accordance with the provisions of Mr. Dunham’s trust and nurtured during the intervening years by Mr. Dunham and a board of personally appointed advisors, the Dunham Fund honors Mr. Dunham’s life and philanthropy through grants to organizations that have the vision and programs to help fulfill Mr. Dunham’s dream of “making the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper.”
Senator Rezin sent by a certificate of the IL Senate Recognition of SU’s 50th Anniversary. Thank you for thinking of us in the midst of a very busy session, Senator!
Our party turned out great–450 people in attendance. People said they really enjoyed it and were virtually all surprised to see just how many different things go on at SU.
SU could never have made it 50 years without the support of all of our friends and the Streator Community. Thank you all. Here’s to the next 50!!
Check out this article on a young man we serve. His story is incredible and we are so glad to be a part of his success. This is the program for which the state eliminated funding several years ago (and we’re still mad about that), so his success is a tribute the the support of our friends and community, the LaSalle County Mental Health Board and the Streator Area United Way.
Please come to our 50th Anniversary Party Thursday, May 7, between 4-7 pm. We’ll have incredible door prizes, giveaways, food and drink and the Streator High School Jazz Band. It will be a really fun time.
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 will happen, or how long it will take them to come to agreement. Besides the potential for funding cuts, a major fear is a compromise that would include an increase in minimum wage without a corresponding increase in funding to help cover it. The lack of increases over the past decade, not to mention the cuts we’ve already endured in recent years, would leave us in a position of having to make unappetizing choices. So, we’ll pass on the popcorn while, with trepidation, watch the show.
Exelon Employees gave us a Volunteer Day at the Illinois Street House on Saturday. They were absolutely incredible–prepared, hardworking, good-natured, organized. They got more done than we could have dreamed, despite the chilly rain for the yard crew. We should have some “during” photos soon, but here are some “after” photos.