"Dinner In The Dark" Fundraiser, Sept. 10th, 2015

Come and enjoy the experience of "Dinner in the Dark" when all attendees eat a meal blindfolded.  By using a blindfold, a sighted person will experience how difficult it is to maneuver even the simple task of eating. 

 It also gives attendees an even playing field for those who are sight impaired.  After the meal, blindfolds shall be removed and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the music, live and silent auction. 

This fun and unique fundraiser will be Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Soangetaha Country Club located at 238 North Soangetaha Road, Galesburg. 

Doors open at 6:00pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance to reserve your setting. 

Why this fundraiser is so important is to help Stone-Hayes to continue providing services for the disabled community in Knox, Warren and Henderson Counties.  The more INDEPENDENT a person means LESS DEPENDENCY on tax dollars. 

It has been proven that Center's for Independent Living save the state and taxpayers money.  The cost to provide services to one individual is $200 per month.  Without Stone-Hayes services it could cost tax payers $2,875 per month.

Come out for a great cause and have fun doing it!


Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living

GALESBURG, Illinois (June 9, 2014) - The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (NICL) announces the rollout this week of a statewide program that will provide training to persons with significant disabilities who are newly enrolled in the Home Services Program (HSP). The training program is coordinated by INCL, and the trainings will be conducted by Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living (SHCIL).

HSP is a program of the Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services which allows eligible persons with disabilities, who might otherwise be placed in nursing homes, to live in their own homes and hire Personal Assistants (PAs) to provide the services they need. Such services can range from cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry to assistance of a more personal nature such as bathing, grooming, and dressing. The services provided and the number of hours a PA works each day are specified in a service plan developed, after the consumer has been assessed for the program. Once the consumer’s eligibility have been determined and the service plan developed, the consumer my recruit Pas of his/her choice. The PA wages are paid by the state. It is estimated that these services cost the state about one-third the cost of nursing home services.

This unique program provided freedom and dignity to nearly 30,000 individuals with disabilities throughout Illinois, by allowing them to live in their own homes and hire providers they choose to assist them with very personal needs. The training was developed to assist consumers in developing skills to manage their relationships with their Pas and to safeguard against fraud in the program.

The program will provide training to each new consumer, on an individual basis, the curriculum will cover recruiting, interviewing and hiring Pas, and extensive information on how to recognize and avoid fraud, abuse and neglect. Because this is a Medicaid waiver program, these issues are extremely important. Upon completion of a training, the Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living will provide the consumer with reference material and contact information so the Stone-Hayes Center Independent Living can continue to be a resource to the consumer.

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living is contracting with Illinois Department of Human Services to provide these trainings. They represent one part of an effort to assure that this important program meets the needs of consumers in a professional way that protects the rights of consumer and taxpayer dollars. In addition to this, an array of trainings for Pas has been developed, including mandatory orientations for all new Pas. INCIL partners with SEIU, the union representing Pas, to provide training to current and new Pas.

For further information or set up an appointment, please contact:
Lynn Voeller- Home Services Advocate
Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living
39 N. Prairie St.
Galesburg, IL. 61401