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 offer certified confidential shredding for documents.
- We have residential programs throughout Jacksonville.
- We have been nationally
accredited by CARF since 1972.
Coalition to overide Governor Rauner's Veto of HB 5931 -
$15 an hour DSP salary
Professionals (DSPs) earn low wages because state payments to support
individuals in the community have not increased in nearly a decade. Low
wages for DSPs result in high employee turnover and an inability to hire new
workers. Community providers are relying more on overtime to cover shifts,
leading to staff burnout. In some cases, shifts can't be covered, putting
individuals at risk. The Community Disability Living Wage Act (HB 5931),
which would have provided DSPs a living wage, was vetoed by Governor Rauner
WE'RE NOT DONE
During the Fall
Veto Session of the General Assembly beginning Nov 15, the legislature will
have an opportunity to OVERRIDE the Governor's veto and make this important
bill the law. We all need to work together these next few weeks to support
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
The most powerful voices in this Campaign are those of families,
individuals themselves and friends and supporters who vote in local
elections. Take action today! Call you your State Representative and
Senator to urge their support for the veto override.
Click here to find your lawmaker's phone number.
It is critically important that all legislators - including those
that voted yes on the bill originally - commit to voting "yes" to override
the Governor's veto of HB 5931. You can take the links below to see how
your Senator and Representative voted on the original bill - so you can
remind him or her they voted "yes" and ask them to stay with us.If he or she
voted "no" you can urge them to take this opportunity to change that vote
and support DSPs!.
See how your legislator voted:
Senate Roll Call on HB 5931
House Roll Call on HB 5931
Direct Service Professional do a terrific job with the people we serve on a
daily basis. Unfortunately the average DSP salary in Illinois if $9.35
because of the rates paid by the state for the services provided by
community providers like Elm City are so low. DSP positions have become very hard
to fill and keep filled because the pay is so low. HB 5931 proposed raising
the rates to to a salary level of $15 an hour. It was passed overwhelmingly
by the House and the Senate, while Governor Rauner vetoed it as too
expensive. What follows outlines the agreed
activities outlined by the Coalition aimed at arriving at a successful
override of the Governorís total veto of the Community Disability Living
Wage Act (HB 5931) during the Veto Session in late November.
CLICK here to read the
Coalition action plan and take part.
CLICK TO SIGN THE PETITION
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
CARF ACCREDITATION IS COMING
We have received notice that
CARF will be here Nov 16, 2016-Nov18, 2016 for our accreditation review. Division of
Mental Health (DMH) and the State Use regulations both require
national accreditation. Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation
Facilities (CARF) has been the standard we have followed since ir was first
years ago. Division of Developmental Disability no longer requires CARF, but the
verbiage of accreditation is starting to bubble back up
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 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
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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