Penny Mustard Furnishings in Lincolnshire Partners with NorthPointe to Donate Customers’ Furniture! 

Read all about the wonderful partnership here.



 David: Full-Time Employment Aligns with his Education, Training, and Interests

David wanted to find and keep work that aligned with his training Certificate and Associate’s degree from a local community college. David’s job search included a combination of coaching, job applications, interviews, employer visits, and informational interviews.

David found the job he was looking for and after 7 months David reports that he loves his job and his co-workers; His co-workers and supervisors are incredibly supportive and above all, David loves the fact that he is doing the work that he went to school for and that he is trained to do. “I’m focused on productivity and doing good work,” he reported. “The job helps me to interact with all different type of people.” David shared that he is constantly looking to get to the next level.

Future goals for David include paying off his student loans, getting a better car, and as some point getting his place and living on his own. David reports that he would like to give back to the community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.







Thank You, Mr. Super Clean!

NorthPointe would like to thank Don Hutson and his brother Dan Hutson from Mr. Super Clean. NorthPointe has relied on the services of the family owned carpet cleaning business for several years. Recently, we needed the carpets and upholstery cleaned at one of our community homes but, due to the state budget crisis, we were unable to afford the service at that time. When Don learned of our situation, he offered to do the job at no charge. Now the residents of that home are enjoying clean carpets and upholstery thanks to the generous gift from Mr. Super Clean.

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Thank you, Penny Mustard Furnishings in Vernon Hills!


The Penny Mustard Furnishings store in Lincolnshire wanted to help their customers donate their old furniture when they bought new items at their store. NorthPointe Resources is in need of high quality, very gently used home furnishings for use in their community homes.  Penny Mustard and NorthPointe formed a partnership to satisfy both their needs. Now, when buyers purchase new items at Penny Mustard’s Lincolnshire location, they are provided with a brochure about NorthPointe Resources and their donation needs. The customer can call NorthPointe to offer to donate their items. Once NorthPointe has approved the donation, they will schedule a pick-up of the items. The customer is able to feel good about their donation, Penny Mustard has made their customer happy and NorthPointe receives some fantastic items for use in the community homes. It’s a win-win-win! 

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Coalition of Disability Advocates Statement on Governor Rauner’s Veto of HB 5931 – Community Disability Living Wage Act

August 27, 2016

“Governor Rauner has vetoed HB 5931 in its entirety.  Association staff received word from the House Sponsor early yesterday afternoon, and we received a courtesy call from the Governor’s office as well.  Because we’ve been working in good faith with a coalition of statewide organizations on this issue, protocol dictated that we work with them to reach an agreed statement before we distributed such statement to members and the media.  The attached statement reached agreement late yesterday evening.

You can view the Governor’s veto message at this link.

This outcome was not entirely unexpected.  As such, IARF will urge the coalition to work together over the next several weeks and months with the legislature and the Governor towards the overarching goal of achieving a living wage for DSPs.

While this outcome certainly stings, let us not forget that the months of hard advocacy and outreach was critical to moving this issue to this point.  We’ve elevated the significance of this issue and we will continue to work together to move this across the finish line.

Please stay tuned for additional information on this issue.  In the meantime, please feel free to share this statement (or your own) with your local media.”  



Join the campaign to urge our leaders in Springfield to Value their Lives – Value the Work and Raise the Wage for Direct Support Professionals.

Help us spread the word! In the coming weeks we will be posting new information and sending updates because we believe it is important that everyone takes action on this important issue. Here is what you can do:

Spread the word among your personal and professional networks. Inspire your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to do the same.

Engage in our online communityFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Contact your local legislators

In the coming weeks you will be hearing from us about more ways that you can become involved and take action on this very important issue.

We can’t wait any longer for a solution. The time to act is now.

Additional Resources:

We are DSPs Facebook Page

AAIDD Statement on Workforce Crisis

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