A great article on how the community is supporting us in the face of our grant cuts. Please note that Donahue Auto Service is donating $2.50 from every oil change in the month of December and Sailboat Coins & Currency will match this. It has been overwhelming and thrilling to see the support coming from a wide variety of sources. There have been some incredibly generous individuals, businesses and organizations. Support has come in many other ways as well–an impromptu Christmas Party out at Knox Estates this afternoon thrown by community members, donations of gift certificates to local restaurants and the movie theatre to replace outings that we’ve had to reduce for our consumers, offers to volunteer, you name it. The people of Streator are extraordinary in their support of their community.
In terms of the restoration of those funds, or at least a chance for some of those consumers to get funding under the Medicaid Waiver now, instead of waiting to get to the top of the 20,000+ waiting list, we’ve had no news yet from Representative Mautino, who is doing his best to make that happen. We continue to have hope, but that hope is dwindling.