Serving Individuals with Disabilities since 1965
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!!!!!

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!

 

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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.

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.

 

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Christmas Party

Posted By: jmallaney on December 8, 2015 in Boxes, Folks and doings - Comments: No Comments »

The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association put together a wonderful Christmas Party for our residents  yesterday. Pictured are Mary Ellen Lair, Jane Soltis, Santa Claus, Anna Mae Negray, Amy Strawn. They hosted a luncheon, played Holiday Bingo, sang Christmas carols, and Santa handed out gift bags for the residential program which included all five homes.

 

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NDEAM

Posted By: jmallaney on October 2, 2015 in Boxes, News - Comments: No Comments »

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 businesses.  Take a look at our at our SUCCESS page and see what we can do for you!

 

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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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Outside 1More photos on our Facebook Page!

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

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