Moultrie 
County 
Beacon, Inc


Providing day program, residential and home based support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities, community-based mental health services to individuals with mental illness and enrichment programs for preschool aged children.
 



“People with developmental disabilities have special needs, 

but their basic needs are the same as everyone else’s.  

The need to have a home, learn useful, relevant skills; work; and develop and sustain relationships with people they care about and who care about them.”  


-Author Unknown



OUR MISSION

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. operates on the principle that all people with developmental disabilities and mental illness have:
  • strengths, abilities and value to their community,
  • the constitutional, civic and moral right to  live, work, play and worship in the safe and healthy community of their choice, and,
  • must be treated with dignity and respect.

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. is committed to providing services that empower people with disabilities, and their families, to make informed choices regarding life decisions.

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. will support the families of persons served by acting as an advocate in the community and provide them with leadership, compassion and respect.

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. will continue to strive for excellence in service delivery, enabling people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential and insuring the future of the organization for generations to come. 

DSP RECOGNITION WEEK 
 
SWEET TREATS 
FOR THOSE WHO GIVE SO MUCH  

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We were immensely successful last week with the Illinois Senate passing the Community Disability Living Wage Act - SB 955 over to the House.  That couldn't have happened without your advocacy and your vigilance. 

However, we really need your help again. 

We need to urgently build support for SB955 - 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 - in the Illinois House of Representatives. 

We've passed the bill through the Senate, now we need the Illinois House of Representatives to take up the bill and pass it on to the Governor!
 
Send a clear message - by phone, by email, by postcard, by letter, or in person:

Urge your Representatives to Support SB955 - people with disabilities deserve more...they need caregivers who earn a living wage. 

Share this with your family, friends, neighbors - everyone you know!
 
Previous bills have been stopped at the Governor's desk.

The situation is much too dire now to be ignored!

Go to theydeservemore.com to learn more about the campaign.
 


BEACON BENEFIT AUCTION
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT


The 13th Annual Beacon Benefit was held Friday, April 21st at the Otto Center in Arthur, IL.

We are very lucky to have such loyal and enthusiastic support from our community, families and friends. Thank you for all you did to help make this benefit another HUGE success!

It is amazing what can be accomplished with the effort of our supporters, staff and families.  For all of you who eagerly purchased Fried Pies in February and again at the auction, along with the homemade baked goods that were generously donated and the donuts freshly made that morning we were able to have a very successful BAKE SALE

This year we raised over $37,000 on our bake sale alone!

More of the final proceeds from the sale totaled:
  • Auction - $37, 221
  • Supper - $9,529
  • Carry Out Supper - $3,078
  • Lunch Stand - $2,793
  • Ice Cream - $1,428
  • Monetary donations - $2,530
  • Pretzels & Coffee - $741

This brings our gross proceeds to almost
$95,000!

We can't thank you enough for all your support
again this year!


NEWS
FROM OUR DIRECTOR , 
SUSAN RAUCH



State of Illinois Budget Crisis


Their full title is Direct Support Professional, and their work is challenging, rewarding, necessary and underappreciated.  The Moultrie County Beacon currently employs 86 trained and certified DSP’s who provide supports ranging from daily personal care (eating, grooming and dressing) to teaching essential skills and attending to complex medical needs for adults with developmental disabilities.   DSP’s complete 153 hours of classroom and on-the-job training, criminal background checks and pre-employment and ongoing drug testing.  


Funding to pay DSP’s comes from mandated State of Illinois funds provided to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.  State payments to support DSP’s have remained stagnant for 10 years, even though the Consumer Price Index has increased by 14% over the same period.  Low wages mean that nearly half of Illinois DSP’s rely on some form of public benefits, despite working full time.  Low wages also result in high employee turnover creating upheaval in the lives of those who need a stable workforce.  In contrast, our state increased wages for personal assistants and support workers in the Community Care and Home Services Programs while workers caring for our developmentally disabled citizens go unnoticed.  


The Moultrie County Beacon has proclaimed October 17 – 21 “DSP Week” as a show of support and appreciation for the important work that they do.  Please join us in recognizing these caring, hardworking professionals who are the backbone of the service delivery system for people with developmental disabilities – and encourage our state leaders to do the same.  


Susan Rauch, Executive Director

Moultrie County Beacon, Inc.


IT WAS 
AN AMAZING WEEK!



We can not thank you enough for the generous efforts and gifts given to make sure our DSP’s felt loved and encouraged during DSP RECOGNITION WEEK October 17-21, 2016 at the Moultrie County Beacon.


Here is a sample of how we were able to do to shower our DSP’s with thanks during the week:

  • On Monday our DSP’s providing around the clock care were treated to fresh donuts at each of our NINE residential homes.

  • On Tuesday cake pops were delivered for a sweet treat during the day.  These cake pops were made by Debra Thompson from Windsor, IL.  Her business is the The Cookie Lady and More.  We also had cupcakes delivered as a generous offering from Goldie Bontrager and they were just like Goldie….heavenly.

  • On Wednesday our staff were treated to caramel apples made for them by administrative staff!  The jonathan apples were purchased at Okaw Valley Orchard and hand dipped and coated with toppings of their choice among peanuts, chopped M&M’s, pretzel bits and sprinkles.  They were delicious and tags read “Thanks for sticking with us” which is truly a sentiment to our DSP’s.

  • Thursday was a day of training for our residential staff!  Ongoing training is required throughout the year and on this day we started with a message from Susan Rauch, our Executive Director about the continued fight for higher wages and our need to contact congressman regarding our push to override the Gov. Rauner’s veto of a pay raise.  What happened next is the best part of the story - and will follow in our message below.  Staff were treated to a catered lunch of pulled pork, potato salad, cole slaw and chips, served by administrative staff.  Gifts were given out throughout the day, made possible by the donations from our families and community.  

  • Friday our DSP’s from Developmental Training had their lunch catered as well and more gifts were showered on them on behalf of all of us who value their work so tremendously.


It was a fabulous week and it is our hope that our DSP staff felt the LOVE that we have for them and how much we value their commitment to the individuals that they come to serve EVERY DAY!




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May we give forward

As you give to us

During our Fall Training Day, October 20th, during our DSP Appreciation Week, we had a presentation by United Way with an entertaining video presentation about the funding that is utilized in Moultrie County and a heartwarming story about the success for a young man who benefited from the generosity of donors.  Payroll deductions were explained and our DSP’s overwhelmingly responded by signing up to donate from their hard-earned pay.  It is said that those with the least, give the most, and with pay raises a distant memory, OUR FOLKS GAVE ANYWAY…….. And we couldn’t be more proud.  


FISHING TRIP ON LAKE SHELBYVILLE
Two very lucky fellows enjoyed a guided fishing trip on Lake Shelbyville recently and as you can see they had quite a bit of luck.  Fishing with Lake Shelbyville guide Steve Welch, they brought home so many fish, they were able to invite their guide to a fish fry at their home in Sullivan.   

Steve wrote of this experience:  
Tina and I went to dinner with our new friends from The Moultrie County Beacon. David, Kent and Nathan. We got to see their nice home and had an enjoyable evening. Of course they can't wait to go fishing again!!!!

You see, community residential services are intended to provide individuals with a living arrangement that is much like yours and mine.  Individuals are fully integrated into communities, making friends and acquaintances who provide them with enriching experiences and support beyond those who are paid to provide them with care.  

The Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. operates nine residential homes in Sullivan and provide Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA's) to 36 individuals, providing them with 24 hour care and support.  These men and women call Sullivan home, and are citizens with the rights and liberties that we all enjoy.   

Community integration means that individuals receive the care and support to learn independent living skills in the least restrictive setting possible, quite unlike settings that provided institutional care in decades past.  Immense progress has been made in service provision to individuals with intellectual disabilities.  

Providing care to these individuals is a big responsibility.  Our Direct Service Personnel (DSP's) receive classroom and on the job training for over 140 hours upon hiring.  They pass rigorous standards for providing care and implement a plan of care that is developed by a community support team led by a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional, family, guardians, day programming and nursing staff.  

Perhaps this gives you a glimpse of the immense importance of this profession.  Direct Service Personel do an extremely important job, with oversight by agency staff, case coordination agencies, inspector generals, medical professionals and family members.  This is quite unlike a job in fast food, retail sales and other entry level work experience, but the rate of pay for these individuals remains inadequate for providing for themselves outside of poverty level wages.  And due to the rates provided to us by the State of Illinois for their compensation, and asking so much of them in regard to the quality of the care that they are expected to provide, this is woefully unfair.

Please consider offering a voice of support for our DSP's and the important job that they do for individuals in their care.  These employees provide a high standard of care and their work is so valuable to us all.   




THANK YOU FOR THE GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM OUR FRIENDS AT EK PETROLEUM!



During the month of May our friends at EK Petroleum in Sullivan donated 1 cent for each gallon of gas sold at any of their locations.  

This effort raised $822.54 which will aid the Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. during this time of budget shortfalls. 

EK Petroleum is a generous supporter for many important causes in our area.

Thank You John and Roger 
and all of you who supported this effort with your gas purchases!
 

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NEWS PROGRESS!


Legislative Updates 
from
ILLINOIS Association 
of Rehabilitation Facilities

Since its incorporation, IARF has been the voice of human service organizations in government. In addition we have worked to provide agencies with individual consultation on issues that affect them specifically. IARF also commits itself to developing programs that return members’ investment of their dues.  Our purpose is clear, "To assist in the development and improvement of services in Illinois."
            
The Association represents nearly 80 member agencies providing services and supports in more than 900 locations across the state of Illinois from Galena to Karnak, Chicago to Metro East St. Louis, and Quincy to Danville. Our membership provides services and supports in 111 of 118 legislative districts representing a unique opportunity to shape public policy as our membership is active at the grassroots level.