ELM CITY CENTER

1314 West Walnut,

Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Off: 217-245-9504

Fax: 217-245-2350  

Email: ecc@elmcity.org

Web page: www.elmcity.org

Work and Independence for people with disabilities.

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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.

QUICK NEWS


CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY BREAK SCHEDULE

  •  The Christmas/Holiday break is coming from December 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015.

  •  It’s party time – December 23 is our annual Christmas party and last day before the break. In the past that has meant up to 80 pizzas, salads, gifts, and a fun time

  •  The Walnut campus always closes over Christmas unless we get a rush order from our packaging customers

  •  Our CILAs, group homes, apartments, and support services never close unless the people in the homes are gone.

  • Whatever you do and wherever you go over the holiday time make sure you stay safe and have fun.

  • If you do nothing else, find someone and do at least one good deed for them every week.


RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS GETTING READY TO GROW AGAIN

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.

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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Revised - 12/4/2014