Join us, this Sunday, October 15th at Clark Bar (207 W. Clark Street, Champaign) for the check presentation from C-U in the Prairibbean 13! The Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club will unveil the amount of money raised from this year's event which was held on Saturday, August 5th. Join us in the celebration of hard work and another successful event! We will post the amount of the check once we know the total!
Our friends at Flooring Surfaces chose DSC as their Salute to making our community better for all of us! Thank you, Flooring Surfaces and WCIA! We appreciate you and your support!
Click below to enjoy the latest issue of the DSC Community News newsletter!
Meet Me on Mondays is our feature that highlights current staff members and individuals who chose our services. DSC is full of truly incredible people and we want to share this information with you, the public!
Meet Zach Wetherell!
Zach is a DSC Board Member having joined DSC’s board in 2013. Zach became interested in DSC after seeing an informational DSC video at a Champaign Rotary meeting, in which Zach in a member. Zach was looking for a way to get more involved in community leadership and felt especially drawn to DSC because of having an uncle who was supported by a similar agency, ARC, a national organization with statewide chapters that support disability assistance, programs and advocacy. In fact, Zach’s grandpa was a founding board member of ARC!
Zach approached DSC’s CEO, Dale Morrissey, about ways he could be involved and joined the Prairie Homes Inc. and C-U Independence Inc. Board of Directors in 2013. These boards are affiliate boards to DSC. Then, in 2015, Zach joined DSC’s Board of Directors and is currently serving as the Chair of the Tree of Hope Committee.
Zach grew up in Stewardson, IL and studied finance at Parkland College and then the University of Illinois. He is currently a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty and is the Owner Services Director for the company’s property management division.
Zach and his wife Brittney have two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching his sons grow. His hobbies and interests include commercial real estate, traveling, baseball, golf, skiing, boating, and hunting.
When asked some of his favorite things about being on DSC’s Board, Zach shared that he enjoys meeting and getting to know our program participants. He admires that when they face challenges, they do it with a positive attitude and smiles on their faces. He appreciates DSC’s proactive approach to community services and our new, focused mission: DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.
He feels the biggest challenges are the lack of commitment and willingness of our state to provide adequate funding for disability services.
Zach is a huge asset to the team at DSC and we appreciate all he does for our community!
DSC and Community Choices are collaborating through the creation of LEAP (Leaders Employing All People) to advance the Employment First initiative.
Rockwell Automation was one of our first LEAP certified businesses, and when asked why they decided to become LEAP certified, Ms.Marty Miner, Senior Human Resource Representative, shared, “It’s just the right thing to do.” In working to make Champaign County an even more disability inclusive community, we are offering businesses to receive this certification through the hiring, or interest in hiring, people with disabilities. For more information about LEAP contact Stephanie Davenport Employment First/LEAP Coordinator at 356-9176 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Dash Management dba/McDonald’s for recently becoming LEAP certified. McDonald's has been a long standing supporter of employing all people, including those with disabilities. LEAP stands for Leaders in Employing All People and is a free, 1-hr training offered to employers to educate them on best practices for employing a person with a disability in their business. DSC offers a variety of educational resources and tools to employers. If you’d like more information, contact DSC Employment First/LEAP Coordinator, Stephanie Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-356-9176.
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership that brings together 14 states to encourage individuals to invest money on behalf of people with a disability or blindness without jeopardizing their federal disability benefits through the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) act.
Illinois leads the National ABLE Alliance, the country’s largest multi-state agreement for these special investment tools. ABLE investment and banking accounts can grow tax free, and can be used to pay for qualifying, disability-related expenses. The introduction of this program culminates nearly two years of negotiations.
Well we have just the thing for you! DSC Business Operations center recycles all kinds of cardboard and paper - including magazines, catalogs, office paper, etc. - as part of our effort to keep the environment clean and financially support DSC's programs. (We do not accept books at this time).
You can bring your recyclable paper to DSC’s Business Operations at 3102 W Clark Rd in Champaign, 8am—4pm, M-F. From Duncan, turn west onto Clark Rd (just north of Springfield). Turn right to go behind DSC’s Business Operations facility to drop off your items at the back loading dock door.
Our staff strives to provide quality supports and services to consumers, their families, and fellow employees each and every day and they deserved to be recognized for their exemplary work!
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