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.

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!!

 

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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.

50 years! Come to our party!

Posted By: jmallaney on April 24, 2015 in Events - Comments: No Comments »

This is our 50th year of providing services in the Streator community.  We are having a party on Thursday, May 7 from 4-7 pm.  Please join us for champagne, soft drinks, horderves, the Streator High School Jazz Band, giveaways and fabulous door prizes.  Let’s all celebrate the people who got SU this far, the community that has and continues to support us, and the lives made better by our efforts.

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SU Part of Kroger Community Rewards Program

Posted By: jmallaney on March 26, 2015 in Community - Comments: No Comments »

You can support SU by registering your Kroger Card here.  Much like Amazon Smile, small donations of the money you spend at Kroger will go to SU.  Easy as pie, whether you purchase the ingredients, a deli pie or frozen.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Posted By: jmallaney on February 10, 2015 in Community - Comments: No Comments »

We got our first donation – $56 – through the Thrivent Chioce Program.  If you are a member, please check out the program and see an easy way to support SU.

Celebrity Bartending

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

It’ll be a fun evening!

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New Year

Posted By: jmallaney on January 6, 2015 in Community, Illinois - Comments: No Comments »

The holiday season is over and here comes the new year.  It will be an interesting one with a new governor and Illinois’ budgetary challenges.  We don’t have a sense of what will happen yet…could be funding cuts, more payment delays, new revenue for the state, etc.  We’re keeping an ear out so we can plan as best we can and working on educating our new governor and the new representatives and senators on the importance of what we do.

Work slows down a little this time of year as businesses with whom we contract have days off and employees taking time off and needing product in their own warehouse for inventory.  We’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to do some painting, waxing and buffing, cleaning, and dragging out the old Richard Simmons videos.  Things are picking back up now though.  We have a shredding job in Coal City today as well as more shredding in-house.

We’re gradually preparing for our big SU 50th anniversary party from 4-7 pm on Thursday, May 7.  We want a big turnout, so please save the date and encourage your coworkers, friends and families to come.  We’ll have soft drinks and adult beverages, tasty food, cool door prizes, the jazz band and more!  If they don’t know anything about SU, that’s fine too…just tell them free eats and drinks and music.  We absolutely love people to see what we do–often they will have a helpful idea then and there or sometime down the road.

We wish a happy and healthy new year to you all and thank you for all the support you have given us over recent years and over the last 50.

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