Serving Individuals with Disabilities since 1965
New Federal Rules on Subminimum Wage
There is a building nationwide movement to end subminimum wage, or "piece-rate," as you may have heard it phrased.   New Federal rules make it much more difficult for a person to be paid in such a manner.  Though a person can enter our programs in the same way as they always have, they'll need to obtain a lot of documentation in order to be paid by piece rate. We have mixed feelings about thi...
Slightly older news, but a first-time mention in this paper.   Our focus is always our mission to serve adults with disabilities, but we do so many small things that impact the community that is so supportive of us.
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 ...
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...

Exelon Volunteer Day

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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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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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