It’s hard to know what 2010 will hold for Streator Unlimited. On the plus side, we’ve got a stable and dedicated staff with a lot of motivation to do the best we possible can for the people we serve. On the minus is the unreliable payment from our main funder, the State of Illinois. Agencies from Central Illinois to the Chicago Area are grappling with the same challenges. So are schools. And Illinois’ debt continues to grow. We are very grateful for all the support we have received from our local community over the holiday season. We will continue to put our best efforts towards our mission in the coming year.
Here’s an article from the Rockford Register Star. Streator Unlimited is no exception when it comes to late payments from the State of Illinois. We continue to spend as little as possible and borrow money (and pay interest) in order to pay our employees and bills. So far we’ve managed to get by, but we live in daily fear that things will be stretched past the breaking point before Illinois’ issues are resolved.
Streator Unlimited is now on Facebook.
Check out our page and become a fan! (Clicking the image below will take you directly to our Facebook page.)
You can place an order via phone, our previously posted web form, or at Streator Unlimited’s Web Store. We currently accept cash, checks, and Paypal.
Note: We will not be shipping orders
If you prefer to first smell the different scents for yourself, stop by the front office and check out our “scratch and sniff” catalog!
Jenny Preston is doing a follow up to the tremendously successful candle fundraiser she put together last year. As last year, the proceeds will go towards program supplies and activities at day program. This year we have Gold Canyon Candles, selling 26 oz for $23.00, 16 oz for $19.50, or 8 oz for $15.50. Please drop by the office or give us a call to come sample the different scents we have available. Jenny will be faxing in the order December 10 so the candles can be shipped here to SU before Christmas.
This really isn’t news to anyone who receives funding here in Illinois. Between being at the bottom of the list in terms of funding community services for people with developmental disabilities and near the top of the list of states in financial peril, where does that leave agencies who depend on state funding to serve people with disabilities? We keep reminding ourselves not to worry overmuch: finish worrying about this fiscal year before worrying the next. But that next year is looming as a frightening thing.
SU received a payment of $789.64 from the State of Illinois. This doesn’t make much of a dent in the more than $500,000 they are behind on paying us, but it does cover the interest on the money we borrowed in October and November (so far) to stay current on our own payroll and bills.
You can find the complete states-in-peril report on this page.
At today’s meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Streator Executive Director John Mallaney presented SU’s Annual Report and gave a brief update. Stephanie Harcharik then spoke about customized employment and how it can be a positive thing for both businesses in Streator and people with disabilities.
SU is a featured presenter at the 2009 Illinois Transition Conference. We’ll be talking about our participation in the RICES (Rural Illinois Customized Employment Sustainability) Project. We’re listed under Program Information, then click on November 9 and scroll down.