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.
FY 2016 ILLINOIS STATE BUDGET NEWS
At Least 25,000 Developmentally Disabled and Mentally Ill
Children & Adults to Lose Services, Nearly 5,000 jobs to Disappear if FY 16
Budget Impasse Not Addressed
Conservative Estimate includes only Member Agencies of IARF -- Impacts
Likely Much Worse
As of June 26, 2015, Governor Rauner has provided
appropriations for K-12 schools to open this fall. He has vetoed all other
budget related items. That means that on July 1, 2015 there will be no money
available to pay community based organizations like Elm City for the
services they provide. Many organizations and planning closures and laying
off staff because they simply do not have savings or other revenue to cover
their costs. To understand the potential impact. IARF did a survey of thier
membership. Using data from the 90% of IARF members who participated in the
FY16 Budget Impasse Survey, the Association 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.
PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE
Monday, March 9 2015 was the 66th all you can eat Pancake Feast at
McLelland Hall on the MacMurray College campus. Kiwanis served about 5,000 meals.
Elm City was well represented as a sponsor, providing equipment, and work
crews from the ECC AKtion Club. Mark Gillespie, Jeff Hepworth, Robin
Rinaldo, Travis Hamm, and Tom Frederick worked the kitchen and Hall. Dick
Cody, Buchanan/Cody Funeral Home was extremely generous in providing 130
tickets which pushed our total to 250 meals for anyone who wanted to to. We
made sure all the tickets were used.
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.
OPERATION CARE PACKAGE
Some consumers and staff put together money and got
gifts for a donation to Operation Care Package in Joliet which runs the ‘Let
No Hero Be Forgotten’ program. OCP provides a volunteer service which
supports our men and women in the military with mail call surprise packages.
A very fine project for the holidays.
Operation Care Package, 611 Wilcox St., Joliet IL,
60435. Here is their
thank you letter:
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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