RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS GETTING READY TO
The remodeling of our two most recent homes is coming along
well. They should be ready late November/early December 2013. One will be
100% accessible by people in wheel chairs. The other will simply be a
regular home. Both are converted duplexes which will allow each person to
have their own bedroom if that is needed. Each home will have 24 hour staff
to assist with whatever needs to be done. 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.
If you know someone with a disability who is looking for a
residential setting have them contact Judy Leak at 217-245-9504.
Elm City Lawn crews keeping JDC looking
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. 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'-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. Mowing got really interesting when it rained for weeks on end.
It will get very exciting as we move into the Fall season and the 100's of trees on the
property start dropping multiple tons of leaves. This has been a very good job for our
crews who have done a great job.