State Comes Up Short
•October 28, 2015•
By Mike Brothers
While the state’s budget continues to take away from community services, Mid Illinois Senior Services in Sullivan is finding ways to cope.
Deb Groendal is executive director of the agency that provides a variety of senior services from Peace Meal programs to Medicare Insurance counseling.
“About 60 percent of our budget comes from the state,” Groendal said, pointing out none of that money is now being received. Another 40 percent of Mid-Illinois Senior Services is funded through federal grants with Moultrie County taxpayers helping out with a property tax contribution.
One outside source of income that has helped fill the gap left by lack of a state contribution is the Thrift Store, located on the square in downtown Sullivan.
Managed by Jackie Maxedon, a staff of three and one volunteer Lorene Harris, the Thrift Store offers repurposed items for sale 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday and 10-2 Saturdays.
“We really appreciate the community support we have received,” Groendal said. “Without the Thrift Store we would have to cut services.” She explained the state budget crisis has already shuttered some senior service facilities in other communities. Read More