Human Service Providers Necessary
This is a Letter to the Editor that was in The Pantagraph on Wednesday, February 18. It was written by our Executive Director, Gail Kear.
“I am deeply concerned about the Gov. Rauner’s proposal that only “essential” programs, those that are mandated, court-ordered or reimbursed by Medicaid, should be funded. In public talks and in his State of the State speech he has said little about the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.
Slashing the budgets of human service providers would result in more unemployment, a negative impact on local and state economies, and a lack of services for thousands of people with disabilities, seniors, homeless citizens and people living on low incomes. Many human service providers such as Life Center for Independent Living save the state money. The governor and legislators must ask themselves if this is the direction in which the state should go.
LIFE-CIL provides many services to people with disabilities that are essential to their lives and continued independence, enabling them to live in their own homes and avoid unnecessary institutional care. One of our programs has assisted 64 individuals to move from nursing homes to their own homes over the last 14 years, saving the state over $5.3 million. The 20 Centers for Independent Living in Illinois that provide this program have collectively saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Countless other human service agencies provide critical services that keep people out of expensive hospitals and jails and state institutions.
Human service agencies such as LIFE CIL are a cost-effective investment for the state, and the improved quality of life for those we serve is priceless.”
The writer is executive director, LIFE Center for Independent Living
Having Trouble Hearing on the Telephone?
LIFE Center for Independent Living may be able to help! LIFE CIL is a selection center for the ITAC amplified telephone program. If you are a resident of the state of Illinois, have a landline telephone and are hard of hearing, you could qualify for a FREE amplified telephone and be able to stay in touch with your family, friends and loved ones over the phone.
If you are interested in receiving an application or if you have questions about the program, please contact one of our offices and talk with either Beth in our Bloomington office or Nicole in our Pontiac office.
We are currently looking for a volunteer receptionist for Mondays in our Bloomington office. This volunteer position would include answering the telephone, greeting our visitors, assisting with our equipment loan program, including some paperwork, and minimal photocopying. We would prefer to have someone who is dependable and committed to working each Monday.
If you are interested, please contact Brianne at our Bloomington office for an application or for more information.
Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe needs your help!
Any of you that have been to our Wheelchair Basketball event in the spring knows who the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe are!
The Kids on the Block, Inc. is an international program that began in 1977 in response to US Public Law 94-142 requiring children with disabilities be educated in the least restrictive environment. The Kids on the Block, Inc. have over 40 different programs that address various disabilities, educational and medical differences and social concerns for groups or organizations to choose from. The puppet troupe performs skits you can learn about a few disabilities displayed in the program by puppets who are blind or have Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, or Down Syndrome.
Like us on Facebook!
You can click on the LIKE button to the right, or you can visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lifecil. We are hoping we will be able to further assist the community through social media and keep in touch with those who want to know what LIFE CIL is up to!