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.

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!

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.

Busy day

Posted By: jmallaney on May 8, 2013 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Spring is a busy time here at SU…among many other things today:

Big heavy grant application

John got a long and arduous grant request for a new vehicle off his desk;

 

 

 

Kyle working on dip tubesKyle cranked out some dip tubes for one of our customers;

 

 

 

 

Allen working hardAllen planted trees;

 

 

 

 

Future jelly?Jalapeno pepper plants are will hopefully lead us to a jam-packed fall (jam, get it?);

 

 

 

 

Working up a sweatBrian, Linda and Theresa worked on how they’d talk about how tired they were from helping in the garden when they get home from SU today.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Posted By: jmallaney on March 15, 2012 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Thank you to the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation and Com Ed for funding our upgrade to energy efficient lighting.

Here’s a

and an after:

 

Mike hanging lights:

 

And Tony working in much better light than in the past!

New Stuff

Posted By: jmallaney on July 12, 2011 in News - Comments: No Comments »

We received our new paper and hard drive shredders today.  These were paid for by ARRA funds to help  us start up a shredding business.  The hard drive shredder completely destroys computer hard drives so that no one can ever steal the data from them.

 

 

Workshop receives grant

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SU received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2012, which began on July 1 and will end June 30, 2012.  The grant is for economic development.  Our goal is to maintain or increase the jobs we have available in the workshop.  The money must all be spent by the end of the fiscal  year.  The grant would not have been possible without the support of Representative Mautino and Mayor Lansford.

New Fork Truck

Posted By: jmallaney on June 29, 2011 in News - Comments: No Comments »

The New Fork Truck arrived today. This is another part of the ARRA funds helping us to create a mobile shredding business to give work to consumers and generate revenue to support the program. We’re signing the purchase order for the truck today.

New Baler

Posted By: jmallaney on June 23, 2011 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Our new baler arrived this morning. We purchased this with ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Funds through the Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services. We have also purchased other items for our future mobile shredding business: tables, bins. On order is a new forktruck, shredder, and a hard drive shredder for computer hard drives. Finally the truck will be ordered as soon as a few more details are worked out. This will be a great opportunity for SU to generate some income to support our services, once everything’s in place.

How on earth did Amber both take this photo and get her elbow in it at the same time? Mysterious...

Successful grant requests

Posted By: jmallaney on August 20, 2009 in News - Comments: No Comments »

Our classrooms have been enhanced over the last couple of months with two successful grant requests.  The Dollar General Foundation gave us funds for new computer hardware for the classrooms and also literacy software.  One of the things we purchased with these funds was a touch screen with software designed for visual learners, called the DT Trainer.  Employees and consumers have been enjoying the new additions.

Also, Reading Horizons donated phonics software and curriculum out of their Lemons for Literacy Program.  We are in the process of identifying a classroom in which to place these new resources.

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