1314 West Walnut,

Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Off: 217-245-9504

Fax: 217-245-2350  

Email: ecc@elmcity.org

Web page: www.elmcity.org

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Welcome to Elm City Center!

Providing services to people with disabilities since 1959

A Community 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's AKtion Club is expanding by adding four members. The club is associated with the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club and has been active in many community events. Past projects have included working at the  annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage event which served over 5,000 people, diapers and clothes for overseas projects, raising money for Relay for Life (annually they raise about $3,000), delivering meals for local seniors, Salvation Army Bell ringing. and many other projects. The Club has about 25 members and is looking for local projects. Their goal is to give back to the community and help other people. The club is starting a new year so a new slate of officers is scheduled for a vote at the next meeting. The AKtion Club will be visiting the main Kiwanis club meetings soon.  


On March 13, 2014, we received notice that Elm City had been awarded a 3 year national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities  (CARF). Our CARF Survey was 2/19/2014 through 2/21/2014. We have been accredited by CARF since it was first required by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) over 30 years ago.  A copy of the survey report is located in the listing on the left of the page.

Throughout a typical year, Elm City goes through multiple surveys and reviews to make sure we are providing good quality programs and facilities: DHS\Bureau of Accreditation Licensure and Certification, DHS\Bureau of Quality Management, DHS financial reviews, State Fire Marshall, DMH post payment reviews, facility reviews for HVAC/electrical/safety systems, insurance reviews, financial audits. They all require significant preparation work to make sure we comply with the various regulations we are required to follow


The remodeling of our two most recent homes is done.  One will be 100% 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 regular 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.

This home has an extra large kitchen, enclosed breezeway, two living rooms, a three car garage, and many closets.

If you know someone with a disability who is looking for a residential setting or you simply want more information contact Judy Leak at 217-245-9504.

Elm City Lawn crews keeping JDC looking good

We have a state use contract with the State of Illinois to maintain the lawn at Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC) through 2015. JDC itself may be closed, but the grass keeps growing. It is our job to keep the grounds looking good with general ground maintenance and mowing. The job requires cutting 61 acres around buildings, trees, streets, gardens, and sidewalks. Our mowing crew uses four large John Deere 31 horsepower mowers with 5' and-6' decks, hand mowers for tight spots, string trimmers, and groundskeepers. All our mower operators need to be able to work relatively independently to cover the acres we need to cut and get it done within the contract time allowed. Everyone gets trained on how to safely run the mowers and use the other equipment. The crew uses a 2013 Dodge RAM Truck with a 16' trailer to move the equipment to the mowing sites and pick up materials. We regularly go through the grounds picking up broken tree limbs and other debris as required. We also notify the security staff at JDC when the lawn crews find closed buildings with broken windows and open doors. This has been a very good job for our crews who have done a great job. And the mowing season starts........


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 stationís 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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