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Recognized
SU received a statewide recognition award.  We are very proud of our achievements!
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!!!!!

Survey Says

The state dropped in unannounced this week to do the annual survey of our Developmental Training Program.  We were very pleased to earn a 98%.  If you'd like to see the survey report, it's ...Read More

Nine Charts – Article

This article was not new information for us.  Sometimes we feel like a broken record talking about the lack of state funding.  Sometimes we worry that people will think that's what we're g ...Read More

Battle of the Bartenders Fundraiser

The first battle is from 5-6 and features our own Sherri Stephens and Stephanie Harcharik vs. our own Board Members Nate Hovious and Jerry Justice.  Stephanie wants you to know she and Sher ...Read More

Survey Says

Posted By: jmallaney on May 27, 2016 in Boxes, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

The state dropped in unannounced this week to do the annual survey of our Developmental Training Program.  We were very pleased to earn a 98%.  If you’d like to see the survey report, it’s on our “Documents and Reports” page.

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Fun time at the annual consumer dance

Posted By: jmallaney on May 2, 2016 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

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Linda and Jimmy.

 

Recognized

Posted By: jmallaney on April 22, 2016 in News - Comments: No Comments »

SU received a statewide recognition award.  We are very proud of our achievements!

Bill Hearing

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

The Illinois House and the Illinois Senate will be hearing bills to increase funding so that Direct Care Employees can make a living wage.  If y you’d like to express your support, you can fill out a witness slip for both the House and Senate Bills.  Our direct care staff truly deserve better wages for the important work they do, and shouldn’t have to leave the field in order to make a living wage.

Nine Charts – Article

Posted By: jmallaney on April 1, 2016 in Boxes, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

This article was not new information for us.  Sometimes we feel like a broken record talking about the lack of state funding.  Sometimes we worry that people will think that’s what we’re going to keep saying forever and forever and it will never be enough.  This article is a good reminder that it’s not us, it’s the state.Where we are really feeling the strain right now is in staffing.  It’s very difficult to hire and keep direct care staff due to the fact that we can’t afford to offer higher wages.  It’s a big deal and keeps getting worse.  We can agree that the state does indeed have its own financial difficulties.  We can also agree that they could be doing better for people with disabilities.

Battle of the Bartenders Fundraiser

Posted By: jmallaney on March 4, 2016 in Boxes, Community, Events - Comments: No Comments »

The first battle is from 5-6 and features our own Sherri Stephens and Stephanie Harcharik vs. our own Board Members Nate Hovious and Jerry Justice.  Stephanie wants you to know she and Sherri will be taking donations ahead of time as well, so as to crush their competition.  Thank you Hardscrabble Lions!

 

Hardscrabble

 

DSP Wage Bill Introduced

Posted By: jmallaney on February 17, 2016 in Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

I’ts a very rough time for recruitment and retention of staff for those incredibly important direct care positions.  The problem is state-wide.  No increase in 10  years, plus cuts to our grants in the meantime, makes it hard to offer competitive wages.  It’s unfortunate–we’ve lost staff who love our consumers and the work they do with them, but who need to make a living wage.  There is a bill in the house at the moment to raise these wages to $15/hour.  It is here.

Indoors in the Winter

Posted By: jmallaney on February 1, 2016 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

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

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

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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