DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.

DSC Will Be Closed for a Staff Institute Day on Thursday, April 27th All Day Programs are Closed ~ Group Homes Will Remain Open


DSC Unveils New Mission and Vision Statements

As DSC continues to shift more and more to service delivery and program options to community-based choices, we felt our mission and vision should reflective of change. With this in mind, we are thrilled to share with you DSC’s new mission and vision statements.

 

Mission: DSC supports people to live a rich and meaningful life.

Vision: Striving to assure that every person lives a full life in the community.

 

We appreciate all DSC supporters who help us to achieve our mission and vision and are eager to continue making a difference together!


Midweek Maifest - Join Us!

Though C-U Oktoberfest is many months away, we remain in the festive spirit!  Join us Tuesday, May 2 in the Seven Saints Biergarten  for the Midweek Maifest!  Enjoy festive beer, food and polkas with Grammy-nominated performer Alex Meixner.  Alex is highly-regarded for his traditional Austrian-German repertoire and well as his contemporary fusions with folk and pop music.  You may also have recently seen him performing polka and singing the praises of pepperoni in national television commercials!

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with music starting around 6:00 p.m.  The entry fee is only $10 which will support the mission of the DSC.  A big thanks to our sponsors Farm Credit Illinois, Robeson Family Benefit Fund, DCF, Hyatt Place, Seven Saints and Hacker-Pschorr!

Come celebrate the arrival of spring with us at the Midweek Maifest.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Date:      Tuesday, May 2

Time:      5:30pm – 8:30pm

Venue:    Seven Saints Biergarten, 105 N. Market Street, Champaign       


C- U in the Prairibbean 13

The Eastern Illinois Parrot Head Club (EIPHC) will be hosting its 13th annual fundraising event on August 5, 2017 in Downtown Champaign! The event will showcase Jake and Jackson as the opening act, followed by The Tons O' Fun Band, and The Boat Drunks will finish the evening of great local music! 

As always, there will be a large silent auction featuring many great items! This year's event is also featuring a $2,500 CASH raffle!

Join us for this fun and energy-filled evening and help us "Party with a Purpose"!

August 5, 2017 ~~ 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Downtown Champaign in the parking lot at the corner of Washington and Neil

Stay tuned for more information on purchasing event and raffle tickets!

There are a variety of volunteer positions available at C-U in the Prairibbean including working at the entrance gates, selling cash raffle tickets, and volunteers for the auction tent.

Sign-up to volunteer by contacting Nikki Kopmann at nkopmann@dsc-illinois.org or 217-356-9176 for more information.


"Meet Me on Mondays"

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! Stay tuned to learn about our staff and consumers, how they became involved with DSC, and what they love about the organization! We will be introducing new individuals on Mondays! 

This week, let's meet Louis! 

Louis is a materials handler and loves the atmosphere at DSC because he has been able to meet many friends while being productive in a work environment. 

When Louis is not working he is relaxing in his pajamas at home, where he lives with his sister and loves that they are a happy family.  He also loves when his nephews make him coconut cupcakes and talk to him about their days. 

DSC is another family to Louis and has loved all the people he has worked with.  Louis has made some great memories playing the Nerf Gun game with one his managers, Alex.

Louis is planning to travel to Ohio for his upcoming birthday to visit is family, and cannot wait to try some Chinese buffets while on vacation.

Have fun on your vacation Louis and thank you for all of your hard work!


Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Launches Multi-State Investment Program for Children and Adults with a Disability or Blindness

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.


Leaders Employing All People

LEAP Certification

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. If you are interested, please contact Partners for Employment at (217) 360-0033 or via email at pfe.by.leap@gmail.com.


Do You Have (clean, dry) Cardboard, Papers and Magazines Cluttering Up Your House? 

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.  


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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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