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 offer certified confidential shredding for documents.
  • We have residential programs throughout Jacksonville.
  • We have been nationally accredited by  CARF since 1972. See our 2016 results

QUICK NEWS


WE NEED YOUR HELP

They Deserve More Graphic Elm City and a statewide coalition of people with disabilities, families, service providers, and advocacy organizations need your immediate help!

We need to urgently build support for SB955 and SB2960 - The Community Disability Living Wage Act - which will provide a long-overdue solution to the state's caregiver crisis by raising starting wages for direct support professionals to $15 per hour.

Send a clear message - by taking a link below to support SB955 and HB2960 - people with disabilities deserve more...they need caregivers who earn a living wage. Share this with your family, friends, neighbor and everyone you know! Previous bills have been stopped at the Governor's desk.

The situation is much too dire now to be ignored.

Click here to send a message to the Governor, State Senator and State Representative!  Click here to download a printable postcard to send to Governor Bruce Rauner


"BRAGGIN' RIGHTS BBQ" - WE  ARE THERE

On June 3, 2017 Elm City Center took part in the 17th annual Bragging Rights BBQ at Morgan County Fairgrounds. This event is a fundraiser for the Jacksonville Area Youth Football League (JAYFL). Over 800 people attended. We were one of 16 cooking teams. Samantha Wilson made a terrific sauce which we were able to use on pork tenderloin, chicken wings, and a variety of bratwurst. Dee Cole was our experienced BBQ master who made sure we did everything right. This was $5 all you can eat package where attendees move from one cooking team to another and get small samples of what the team offers. We went through over 60 pounds of pork, 20 pounds of wings and an endless supply of brats. Our tent was staffed by people from our CILAs from 10:30 am to about 4:00pm. They all did a great job. We will be back next year

Illinois Made, Illinois Proud; Elm City Center

WAND TV Channel 17 in Decatur recently did a story about Elm City and explained what we do. They learned about us through a story they had done on Serious Lip Balm and the efforts they took to get their product to market by using us. That led to the WAND reporter wanting to come to us. The story shows our work with two great customers: Serious and Reynolds Consumer Products. It is a very good, very positive piece that was broadcast throughout Central Illinois.

Click on Video to See the U-Tube video Image result for Serious Lip Balm

GONE FOR GOOD

We Are The Paper Shredders

You want it gone? We are the place.

We make paper gone. From a little bag of old checks to 20 tons of confidential records.

We shred to 1/4inch strips then ship it to recycling companies who return that paper to any of hundreds of products you use everyday.

  • Our Shredding operation is in 35 local companies in Jacksonville. From small professional practices to large dealerships. Walk-ins are encouraged.
  • We also take large volume of any size.
  • You come to us or we go to you
  • Confidential and secure
  • Cardboard, newspaper, white bond, colored paper, we do it all.
  • Contact Mark Gillespie at the phone numbers on the left or just stop by.
  • We will unload your car or truck.
You can read our most recent reports HERE or by pressing the 2016 CARF Report button in the left menu button

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS GROW AGAIN

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 5 foot and 6 foot wide 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 Vicky McGee or Cyndi 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 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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