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.
NEWS CONFERENCE AT JACIL
On January 11, 2016 we took part in a news conference at the Jacksonville
Area Center for Independent Living to discuss the impact of the the lack of
a state budget. The event was attended by Senator Sam McCann and Rep CD Davidsmeyer. JACIL, Prairie Council On Aging, West Central Mass Transit, and
Elm City Center there. There were about 25 other people representing a wide
range of people affected by the uncertainty of the budget situation. Several
groups have not been paid for months. JACIL explained how their Federal
dollars are being held up because the state has not supplied it's portion of
matching state dollars. funding cuts. JACIL, Prairie Council and Mass Trans
talked how they have cut hours, staff, and services. Elm City talked about
how low pay and a lack of rate increases have made it hard to find good
staff. Elm City has gone through over 500 applications to find 20 good
employees who meet the requirement of the jobs. Stories on the event can be
viewed at the
Springfield State Journal Register,
Jacksonville Journal Courier
As we head into winter, it is time to remind everyone how we handle
potential closures due to weather conditions. Normally, if Jacksonville
School district 117 closes due to weather (severe cold, heavy snow, bad
storms) Elm City will also close our Walnut campus. This year, 117 may use a
delayed start of 1-2 hours. We may do the same. There is no way to perfectly
predict what the weather will be this season. In any case listen to local
radio for the latest news: WLDS 1180 am/WEAI 107.1 fm
and WJVO 105.0 fm/WJIL 1550 am
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 -->
FY 2016 ILLINOIS STATE BUDGET NEWS
December 1, 2015, Illinois still does not have a finalized state budget. Governor Rauner
and the Legislative leaders are supposed to meet over the next days. Right
now it does not look like there will be much real action until sometime in
January 2016. Both the House and the Senate have very few days scheduled in
December. A new statewide United Way study showed a greatly increased number
of organizations are exceeding their financial capacity. Many groups have
closed programs and laid off staff. The State's bond ratings were recently
downgraded by Moody's and other firms.
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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