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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!
Renner Article
A great article in the Times on Saturday on our Assistant Residential Director Lisa Renner.  We are so lucky to have her here at SU.  
Title VI Notices
On the "Documents and Reports" page we have put up federally required notices for consumers who utilize our transportation services.
On the Radio
Go here to listen to an interview on WSPL.  Sherri Stephens and Ellie Eccleston talk about their work with the people we serve!
Signage
We updated the signage on the side of our vans.  We're hoping to generate more paper and hard drive shredding jobs for us.  We really like how it turned out.
Survey Says…
DHS dropped by unannounced for their annual survey of our Developmental Training Program today.  They look at many things:  clinical records, personnel records, safety and human rights committees, policies, site walk-through, staff and consumer interviews, etc.  We got a perfect 100% score this year!!!  Kudos to the SU Team for their dedication and hard work.
Closure Update
Survey analysis from parents/guardians of persons who moved out of the state institution in Jacksonville.  It shows that tremendous fear at the outset of the process led to satisfaction with the outcome. JDC Data Brief
Ranking the States Once Again
Illinois is once again near the bottom of the annual Case for Inclusion Rankings.  Disability Scoop has a short article.  You can get the full report and a lot of state-by-state detail at the main site.  Illinois can do better in supporting people with developmental disabilities!!!
Budget season begins
OK, sort of.  Governor Quinn's Budget Address won't come until late March, but articles have begun.  Much will depend on whether the temporary tax increase, set to expire at the end of this year, is extended or not.  It seems doubtful we'll find out until the lame duck session following the November elections.  So, we'll probably end up with a budget of which we can be confident for only the f...

Budget Season

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

Celebrity Bartending

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Cleaning up for the New Year

Quiet day today with work slow for the holidays.  Lots of cleaning projects...including floors and nails!     Which project would you choose? ...Read More

Hard Drive Shredding Special

Please help us get the word out about this service.  It has a lot of potential for SU and our consumers.   ...Read More

Budget Season

Posted By: jmallaney on February 20, 2015 in Boxes, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

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.

 

 

FUNDING INEQUITIES I-FEB 2015

 

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Posted By: jmallaney on February 10, 2015 in Community - Comments: No Comments »

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.

Celebrity Bartending

Posted By: jmallaney on February 2, 2015 in Boxes, Events - Comments: No Comments »

It’ll be a fun evening!

HardScrabble Flyer

New Year

Posted By: jmallaney on January 6, 2015 in Community, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

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.

Cleaning up for the New Year

Posted By: jmallaney on December 31, 2014 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

Quiet day today with work slow for the holidays.  Lots of cleaning projects…including floors and nails!

 

We're currently running a caption contest for everyone.  So far we have Ty's Angels and The Avengers.

We’re currently running a caption contest for everyone. So far we have Ty’s Angels and The Avengers.

 

Diana's class' cleaning project was to do their faces and nails.

Diana’s class’ cleaning project was to do their faces and nails.

Which project would you choose?

Happy holidays!

Posted By: jmallaney on December 22, 2014 in Community - Comments: No Comments »

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.

FY14 Annual Report

Posted By: jmallaney on December 2, 2014 in News - Comments: No Comments »

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!!!!!

Governor Transition

Posted By: jmallaney on in Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

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.

Hard Drive Shredding Special

Posted By: jmallaney on October 18, 2014 in Boxes, Future - Comments: No Comments »

Hard Drive Flyer

Please help us get the word out about this service.  It has a lot of potential for SU and our consumers.

 

Word Cloud

Posted By: jmallaney on October 16, 2014 in Boxes, Website - Comments: No Comments »

Here’s a Word Cloud of the www.streatorunlimited.org webpage.

 

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