Once again, we head into state budget season. Governor Rauner's Budget Address is all over the news. What would his proposed budget mean for SU? Somewhat surprisingly, in a kind-of-a-g ...Read More
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Once again, we head into state budget season. Governor Rauner’s Budget Address is all over the news. What would his proposed budget mean for SU? Somewhat surprisingly, in a kind-of-a-good way, our rates for day program and residential were not cut. The chart below demonstrates that not being cut is not all it’s cracked up to be after over a decade, especially when the Workshop Grant was completely eliminated as well. The people we serve will be negatively impacted by the Medicaid cuts, and for those who live in our homes, SU will have to make up the difference, so that is a cut of a sort.
What happens next? The House and Senate will work on developing their own budgets. Given that we have a new Governor of a different party, it’s hard to predict how things are going to progress or end up. We need to make it through this not just with “no cuts” but with an increase to raise the wages of our direct care staff and cover the cost of things getting more expensive. We also want to make certain that if there are any increases in minimum wage, we are given increased funding to deal with that.
We’re not unrealistic about Illinois’ finances, but we are also providing critical services. We will see how things go.
We got our first donation – $56 – through the Thrivent Chioce Program. If you are a member, please check out the program and see an easy way to support SU.
The holiday season is over and here comes the new year. It will be an interesting one with a new governor and Illinois’ budgetary challenges. We don’t have a sense of what will happen yet…could be funding cuts, more payment delays, new revenue for the state, etc. We’re keeping an ear out so we can plan as best we can and working on educating our new governor and the new representatives and senators on the importance of what we do.
Work slows down a little this time of year as businesses with whom we contract have days off and employees taking time off and needing product in their own warehouse for inventory. We’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to do some painting, waxing and buffing, cleaning, and dragging out the old Richard Simmons videos. Things are picking back up now though. We have a shredding job in Coal City today as well as more shredding in-house.
We’re gradually preparing for our big SU 50th anniversary party from 4-7 pm on Thursday, May 7. We want a big turnout, so please save the date and encourage your coworkers, friends and families to come. We’ll have soft drinks and adult beverages, tasty food, cool door prizes, the jazz band and more! If they don’t know anything about SU, that’s fine too…just tell them free eats and drinks and music. We absolutely love people to see what we do–often they will have a helpful idea then and there or sometime down the road.
We wish a happy and healthy new year to you all and thank you for all the support you have given us over recent years and over the last 50.
Quiet day today with work slow for the holidays. Lots of cleaning projects…including floors and nails!
Which project would you choose?
SU had a lovely surprise today: the Streator Area United Way presented us (and other agencies) with a $3,000 check to help us with our services. This was due to the great efforts of all the volunteers, the generosity of the people and companies supporting the United Way here in Streator, and the commitment of SAUW Board of Directors.
It’s been a great holiday season for us, with a grant from the Bradley T. Federow Trust, and a variety of donations from our friends. Streator is an amazing community.
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!!!!!
We have been monitoring the transition from Governor Quinn to Governor Rauner. With a change not just in governors, but in the governor’s political party, there can be changes in priorities. There will be lots of new faces in the different state departments, especially at the leadership level. We don’t know if changes that were already in the works will continue, such as closure of state institutions, combining all the Medicaid Waivers into one, increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, etc. And, of course, how the new administration will approach the state budget and how that will impact SU. Our goal, as always and regardless of political party, is to educate our elected officials on the needs of the people we serve and advocate for those needs.
Probably the biggest priority at the moment is to increase funding for direct care staff wages. These are the people who do the important work, directly with the people served. We worked very hard last spring to get increase for direct care staff into the budget, calling it the Care Campaign. There are too many people who are great at direct care who have to leave for other jobs that can pay higher wages. Our most immediate concern is to make sure that, if a minimum wage increase is passed, there is funding included to increase staff wages as well. Otherwise we will be in a bit of a bind.
Please help us get the word out about this service. It has a lot of potential for SU and our consumers.