Elm City Center offers a variety of social and vocational services for our clients. We are proud of our accredited programs that enhance the lives of those we serve, and better the community in which we live and thrive.


The Clyde York Social Center

Named in honor of the tireless efforts of Mr. Clyde York, the social center provides an informal and structured atmosphere for leisure activities. People may “drop-in” for coffee or soft drinks and participate in various activities such as watching TV, reading, visiting, or just plain relaxing. Table games such as cards and checkers are also available. A weekly bingo night offers fun and prizes. A variety of special groups activities are scheduled monthly that include movies and many community events. Transportation is occasionally provided to these special activities. The Center is open seven days a week including all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A trained staff member is on duty at all times to organize activities, encourage participation, lend a friendly ear, and assist with any concerns.

Support Services

Support Services programs help many people be independent in the community. Services are provided at what ever level of assistance a person may ask for or need. Many people are very independent and live on their own. Other people will need varied levels of assistance based on their needs. A number of people will be living in the community for the first time in their lives and may need help to learn basic skills.

Learn more about Housing and Residential Programs here.


Our staff, often acting as advocates, provide assistance in securing housing, medical care, recreation, vocational, and other needed services. These staff work closely with employers, families, social service agencies, churches and significant others to help build a supportive and understanding network in the person’s life.

Special Services/Day Programs

In addition, special group activities that include job seeking, communication skills, worker role, casual cooking, and budgeting are held each month. These group sessions provide a forum for the person to discuss with others the situations and problems encountered in employment and community living, and to seek positive solutions.

Learn more about our Day Programs here.

Vocational Programs

Our main campus is located on 11 acres with almost 100,000 sq feet of space for production work, classrooms, and offices.

Work Related Services

  • Orientation to the work environment.
  • Orientation to the job culture..
  • Orientation to work duties.
  • Job performance and progress.
  • Increasing individual performance, as appropriate
  • Work-site job modifications, if needed.
  • Integration into the employment setting.
  • Strategies for resolving job-related issues.
  • Use of transportation.
  • Referral to other services.
  • Community Job Placement/Follow-up services.
  • Advocacy services

Non-Work Related Services

  • Basic self-care skills.
  • Menu planning and meal preparation.
  • Communication skills.
  • Housekeeping and home maintenance skills.
  • Basic, functional academic skills.
  • Career planning.
  • Consumer affairs and rights
  • Knowledge of governmental and community service agencies
  • Self-advocacy and assertiveness training.
  • Developing socially appropriate and age-appropriate behaviors.
  • Interpersonal relationships including those with the person’s spouse, family, and friends.
  • Life issues and transitions (e.g., leaving home, substance abuse, parenting, divorce, retirement, and death).
  • Financial and legal management including purchasing, banking, handling taxes, budgeting, and repaying debts.
  • Health maintenance
  • Medication management
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Nutrition and diet management
  • Personal hygiene
  • Infection control
  • Safety practices including dealing with injuries and life-threatening situations
  • Human sexuality.
  • Daily living tasks
  • Mobility, travel and community transportation skills.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Recreational and leisure time activities.
  • Use of phone and computer resources.
  • Utilization of community services and resources (e.g., laundromats, the library, post office, church, stores and consumer affairs office).
  • Contingency planning, problem solving, decision making.
  • Case management and service coordination
  • Our Goals
  • Meeting the packaging, production and manufacturing requirements of our customers with:
  • Product Assembly, Packaging
  • A skilled and professionally trained workforce
  • Inventory control and quality assurance programs
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Warehousing, Delivery
  • Helping people with disabilities live in the community
  • Vocational Services and employment
  • Residential and Social Services


As an employer, ECC follows all of the Federal and State rules any other business must comply with. In addition, we follow the US Department of Labor’s requirements for community rehabilitation providers (CRP) under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. As a CRP we are able to adjust work requirements to an individual’s capabilities.


Production work provides over half of the revenue needed to operate the ECC businesses. Funding is also provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Offices of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health for educational, social services, and support programs.


Located in Jacksonville, Illinois, ECC serves residents of Morgan and Scott counties. Schools, social service and government agencies, families, employers, and other interested persons can all refer people to the Center. Referrals should be made to the Center’s Admissions and Program Advisory Council

Basic Eligibility Requirements for all programs

  • Be at least 16 years old. There are no upper limits to age
  • Have a documented vocational, emotional, mental, or physical disability.
  • Be free of contagious disease except those protected by law.
  • Be free of behavior, which is harmful to them, others, and staff/property.
  • Be able to benefit from a program of services.
  • Be approved by the Center’s Admission Council.

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Day Programs:

  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Have a funding source
  • Work Adjustment Training
  • Have a funding source
  • Have had a vocational evaluation completed within the previous nine months.
  • Have an identified goal from evaluation of sheltered workshop, skills training, or competitive employment.
  • Have the potential for a production rate above 50% with one year less of training.
  • Transitional Training
  • Have a funding source
  • Be able to produce at a production rate of 30% or more of industrial minimum with no less than 30% in each of the three major types of contracts.
  • Be able to work with no less than 1-12 supervision ratio.
  • Maintain an attendance rate of at least 85%
  • Be able to work in groups
  • Be able to maintain the necessary quality on all contract work
  • Developmental Training
  • Have a funding source

Regular Work

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be able to produce at a production rate of 85% of industrial standard with no less than 50% on each of three major types of contracts over a three month period.
  • Be able to work with at least a 1-15 supervision ratio, Have a 95% attendance rate and Be able to work in groups.
  • Have the functional ability to accept a lay-off.
  • Be capable of maintaining self in the community with limited assistance.
  • Be able to maintain the necessary quality on all contracts
  • Be able to understand and observe safety regulations and have exhibited ability to maintain a good safety record.
  • Be able to accept and maintain acceptable standards of worker grooming and personal hygiene

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Residential/Case Management Programs

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older and have an emotional disability.
  • Meet the requirements of Morgan County Housing Authority and pass a background check.
  • Be free of addiction to alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
  • Not be under warrant for criminal action.
  • Be compatible with co-residents, be able to complete all daily living skills without staff supervision, and be self-medicating.
  • Either be working or attending day programming.
  • Have a previous history of success in other types of residential programming.


same as Supported Living plus:
  • Have beginning knowledge of community living skills.
  • Be motivated to learn independent living tasks.


(most services provided to people living independently in the community)
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Have a prior or continuing emotional disability.
  • Each individual program may have additional eligibility requirements as determined by the funding source, contractual agreements, and availability of funds, and openings in the programs