Welcome to Elm
services to people with disabilities since 1959
Based Agency Providing Work, Vocational, Residential and Social Services
- We help people with
disabilities be independent and live in the community.
- We serve over 200 people a day.
- We have over 100,000 square feet of production space with 9 docks
and over $500,000 of shrink-wrap packaging equipment. Our customers are in
retail stores through out North America. We can provide
specialized packaging in almost any volume.
- We have offer certified confidential shredding for documents.
- We have residential programs throughout Jacksonville.
- We have been nationally
accredited by CARF since 1972.
ELM CITY LONG TERM PLANNING
One of the
non-budgetary items we need to focus on is long-term planning. Long-term
being 2-3 years at best. There are many recent articles debating the actual
worth of strategic planning. The previous ideas were have long term plans of
5-10 years and short term versions of under 5 years. Consensus seems to come
back to broad overarching 5 year plan with some detailed short term concepts
that that remain very flexible on an annual basis. Major 5 years may be ok
in a stable financial environment, but we are not there. Illinois’ finances
are not going to stabilize for quite some time. We still need to decide how
we will prepare our business just as any other company does.
In any case we
need to step into this direction. The first step we are taking is the
traditional SWOT analysis which looks at Strengths, Weaknesses,
Opportunities, and Threats. No matter how we do this CARF and state regs all
expect some type of planning process. Simply responding to whatever comes
our way is not a good option. We really need to spend some serious time
looking at options and picking what works.
Click here to
go to Survey Monkey SWOT form -->
Click here to go to the ECC website SWOT form -->
On September 11, we held our 14th annual Golf Outing at our neighbors:
Northridge Hills Golf Course. Northridge is an executive nine hole
course with rolling terrain
and challenging greens. Weather looked bleak early that morning, then by
noon the sun was out and it could not have been better conditions. We have
always kept this event a small outing that can be done in about 2 1/2 hours
on a Friday afternoon. We are extremely grateful for all the local teams who
have been part of this event for several years. Northridge provided
brats/burgers and all the trimmings. And staff brought some extremely good
cheese cakes, cookies, and other desert favorites. This year all the
income from the event is being used to provide over 200 high quality Elm
City shirts everyone.
||NATIONAL DIRECT SERVICE PROFESSIONAL WEEK
|On August 20, 2015, Governor Rauner signed a proclamation
declaring September 13-19, 2015 as ‘Direct Service Professional Recognition
Week’ to honor all the people in Illinois to provide DSP services to the
people we see every day. A full sized copy of the proclamation is hanging in
the front entrance of the Walnut Admin area. The role of DSP positions is
very important to what we do on a daily basis. We a large meal for all staff
catered by Bogie's Black Tie Catering. Special packs were delivered to
all shifts for the residential staff who could not make it to the day event.
We had so much food we were able to easily cover the main event and two more
meals. Great food for all at Elm City to thank all the people we work with who
provide DSP services. Thank you to all and keep up the great work
|THE ECC LAWN CREW
The Elm City lawn crew is putting in some serious cutting time this summer.
We maintain the acres of grounds at the former JDC, the ball fields for Jacksonville
Area Baseball at the American Legion/JDC fields, the Elm City campus and our
homes. The non-stop rain early in the summer made for non-stop grass and
soft ground, not to mention odd cutting times between the rains. Later, the
heat indexes hitting over 100 created a tough job. This year has included a
lot of tree limb removal after some heavy storms. They do a
|THE ECC TENT AT THE MORGAN
COUNTY 2015 FAIR
another season and the Elm City tent is making the rounds. Over ten years
ago we purchased this tent as a way to give back to the community. We
provide the tent to community groups for various events. Over the years it
has been at golf tournaments, youth football, and many other community
events. So far in 2015, it has been at the Downtown Celebration, 4th of July
Blast, Bragging Rights BBQ, Duncan Manor Ice Cream socials, Chamber of
Commerce picnics, main stage at the Morgan County Fair, and the PAWS
fundraiser. We are back at Duncan Manor on September 24 for the next event
FY 2016 ILLINOIS STATE BUDGET NEWS
September 18, 2015, Illinois still does not have a finalized state budget. Governor Rauner
has said he wants his Turnaround Agenda approved before he will discuss
budget items. Speaker Madigan refuses to discuss any items he considers to
be not directly related to the budget unless a budget is approved. Federal
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman has ruled that the state must pay Medicaid
providers for services they are providing. It has made for some very odd
planning to figure out what will happen in the future. Elm City continues to
do our job everyday as we always have. There are many community providers
who have been put into a financial bind and have spent their reserves to
operate. Whatever your political ideals may be, please contact your local
state senator and representative and tell them what your think should be
done. Our trade association, IARF, has released two important documents that
stress the impact of entering FY16 without a budget deal on children and
adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental
illnesses receiving community-based services.
IARF Press Release and Information Materials
IARF FY16 Budget Impasse Impact Statements - details the number of
consumers and staff in community-based agencies who will be impacted by a
budget impasse. Furthermore, it provides a timeline for the dismantling of
community-based ID/DD and mental health services and supports – layoffs,
closure notifications, termination of services, etc. IARF staff have shared
this information with key legislators and staff, administration officials,
and various other stakeholder groups.
IARF Press Release – FY16 Budget Impasse – similar to the impact
statement document above, this press release highlights the consequences of
entering FY16 without a budget deal in place. At least 25,000
developmentally disabled and mentally ill children and adults stand to lose
services, while nearly 5,000 of their support staff in community-based
agencies will lose their jobs. Both of these figures are based on IARF
responses only and are an understatement compared to the system as a whole.
IARF Budget Impasse Survey Q&A – during a survey follow-up call several
questions were asked by IARF member agencies. Attached are those questions
with answers from staff. These are for your reference.
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS GETTING READY TO
The remodeling of our two most recent homes is done. One
HOME IS100% accessible by people in wheel chairs. The other will simply be a
regular home. Both homes:
Are large, converted duplexes with four bedrooms.
Have laundry facilities with washer and dryer
Each home will have 24 hour staff
to assist with whatever needs to be done.
Are in nice, well maintained residential neighborhoods.
We are on the market for two more
homes that meet the CILA requirements. By the time this is all done we
will have 6 group homes and over 20 apartments throughout Jacksonville. We
have been talking with DDD Transitions about people we know who moved from
JDC and want to return to Jacksonville. We are also open to people on Puns,
part of Ligas. or simply looking to transition from home to independence.
This home is 100% wheelchair accessible with very large bathroom, roll in
showers, an extra large kitchen, a covered outdoor deck, and large living
areas. SEE SHILOH DETAILS
This home has an extra large kitchen, enclosed breezeway, two living rooms,
a three car garage, and many closets.
SEE WESTFAIR DETAILS
If you know someone with a disability who is looking for a
residential setting or you simply want more information contact Julie Pikert
or Cyndy Claussen at 217-245-9504.
THE PAST COMES BACK
Buildings often have a past that is very different from
current operations. Believe it or not, our Admin building used to be the
home for WJJY-TV in 1969-1971 which served Jacksonville, Springfield, and
Quincy. WJJY-TV was the most powerful TV station in the nation and one of
the tallest structures in the hemisphere.
On Columbus Day, 2014 we were visited by J. Mitch Hopper who was one of the
first employees and worked with Chief Engineer, Harold Eskew in mounting
equipment, running wires under the control room floor, installing many of
the thousands of connectors. He also
installed the basic telephone system we still use today. He stayed with the
station as a staff engineer/technician and ran many of the on-air shifts as
well as being the primary film editor. He has a website:
http://www.brainmist.com/wjjy_tv/wjjy_tv.htm that talks about the
station’s history and how they went out of business. Their studio was
located where our lunch room currently exists. The real floor is 3
feet below the current floor which we raised when we built the lunch room
several years ago. The engineering room is now a large meeting room. The
base of the relay tower that sent the pictures to the transmittal tower in
Bluffs still exists on our property. Years later, the Bluffs transmission tower crashed down
during an extremely heavy ice storm. Elm City bought the TV property and
moved in after it had been empty for several years. Will Elm City still be
here 45 years from now? What do you think people will say about us then?
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