Serving Individuals with Disabilities since 1965
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!
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.

Garden Time

Posted By: jmallaney on June 11, 2015 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

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).

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Exelon Volunteer Day

Posted By: jmallaney on May 22, 2015 in Boxes, Community - Comments: No Comments »

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.”

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Senate Recognition

Posted By: jmallaney on May 15, 2015 in Boxes, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

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!!

 

IL Sen Certificate

Brittany

Posted By: jmallaney on May 6, 2015 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

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.20150505155110

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.

 

 

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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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DSP Article

Posted By: jmallaney on September 23, 2014 in Boxes, News - Comments: No Comments »

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!

Ginger assists Betsy into the main building at the start of the day.

Ginger assists Betsy into the main building at the start of the day.

Renner Article

Posted By: jmallaney on September 22, 2014 in Boxes, Folks and doings, News - Comments: No Comments »

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.

 

Lisa and Linda Rodrick on a Wednesday afternoon.

Lisa and Linda Rodrick on a Wednesday afternoon.

Thrivent Choice

Posted By: jmallaney on August 11, 2014 in Boxes, Community - Comments: No Comments »

Here’s another easy way to help SU:  if you’re an eligible Thrivent Financial member and have Choice Dollars® available to direct, please keep us in mind. For more info click here.

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We’re adding another home!!!

Posted By: jmallaney on August 8, 2014 in Boxes, Folks and doings, Future - Comments: No Comments »

There’s a great article on it in the Times today.  We’re really excited.  Even so, I don’t think we are excited as Jimmy pulling the first harvest of the year out of the garden at Knox Estates:

Producing produce!

Producing produce!

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