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...
Best
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.
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...

Quarter Auction

Posted By: jmallaney on August 25, 2016 in Events - Comments: No Comments »

Great article in the Times today about our annual Quarter Auction.  It’s this Saturday, August 27.

 

Best

Posted By: jmallaney on June 27, 2016 in News - Comments: No Comments »

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.

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.

 

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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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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Four Deposits

Posted By: jmallaney on August 19, 2015 in Community, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

  1. $39.24 from Amazon Smile.  Please keep supporting us from using the link when you shop at Amazon!
  2. $132 from Thrivent Choice.  If you’re a member, please select Streator Unlimited for your Thrivent Choice Dollars!
  3. $246.22 from Kroger Community Rewards.  If you haven’t registered your card yet, please add SU!
  4. $FY16 state funding.  A court ordered the state to start paying for services provided in the new fiscal year (beginning July 1).  Previously the state had said they wouldn’t pay us until the budget was finished.  Even so, we won’t breathe easy until a budget is  passed, because they could still cut our funding.  Honestly, state financial crises notwithstanding, we really need an increase.

We’re incredibly fortunate to have such strong support from our community through individual donations, support of businesses and clubs, the LaSalle County Mental Health Board funded by your tax dollars, grants we’re able to obtain and the Streator Area United Way.  It all makes a big difference in what we’re able to do!

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

Six Days Until Our Big Party!

Posted By: jmallaney on May 2, 2015 in Events - Comments: No Comments »

Please come to our 50th Anniversary Party Thursday, May 7, between 4-7 pm.  We’ll have incredible door prizes, giveaways, food and drink and the Streator High School Jazz Band.  It will be a really fun time.

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Illinois Street House

Posted By: jmallaney on April 28, 2015 in Community - Comments: No Comments »

Exelon Employees gave us a Volunteer Day at the Illinois Street House on Saturday.  They were absolutely incredible–prepared, hardworking, good-natured, organized.  They got more done than we could have dreamed, despite the chilly rain for the yard crew.  We should have some “during” photos soon, but here are some “after” photos.

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