Optimism

An article in the Times over the weekend. Despite the state grant for the workshop being gone forever and cuts looming in this year’s state budget, we have a sense of optimism here at SU. Donna Stone is leading a community effort to raise $50,000/year to provide stable funding for the workshop program. We’ll be breaking ground on our new group home (paid for through ARRA funds and SU) hopefully in July. We also have ARRA funds to start a mobile shredding business, though we won’t be ready to go until summer or possibly even fall. After some hard years, even with more to come, perhaps, it took us a second to recognize that feeling: optimism.

Budget Season Continues

An excellent editorial in the Chicago Tribune on the backwardsness of Governor Quinn’s proposed budget as it relates to services for people with disabilities.

The Pantagraph put forth a similar opinion.

The ARC put out a budget toolkit. It describes the broad differences between the three budget proposals from the Governor, House and Senate. The Governor’s is the only one that increases institutional spending while severely cutting community spending.

Update: another editorial here and another article here.

Meanwhile, supporters from the Streator community will meet from 6-7 pm tonight at SU, working on ways to fundraise on an annual basis to keep funding for the Workshop Program stable in the future. The grant funding the workshop was cut this past year. WS Supporters Letter 5-11

Rummage Sale May 21 and 22

SU is having our first rummage sale May 21 and 22.  We’re accepting donations at the main building between 8 am and 4 pm weekdays.  As you do your spring cleaning, split out your perennials, and bake, please remember  us.  If you’re interested in volunteering to help sort donated items, please give us a call.

DSP Crystal Irvin is leading this effort.  Proceeds will go towards activities and activity supplies for consumers.