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NorthPointe would like to thank all of it’s community participants for continuing to support our mission and services. 

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 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.




Illinois lawmakers approved a partial spending plan Thursday, June 30 that would ensure schools stay open another year and give colleges and human services programs funding for six months,.

The temporary budget calls for a $673 million increase for social services, but that’s only about 65 percent of what is owed on services provided from July 2015 through the end of this year. Details have not been provided regarding a payment timeline.

While the crisis has deepened in the absence of a state budget, social services agencies have been struggling for much longer. There has been more than a decade of neglect for social services.

Many agencies have closed and others have been forced to raid reserves and take out loans for daily operations, still others have made deep cuts, and could soon close their doors

Illinois, on average, owes $525,000 to every agency that is waiting for payment on state contracts. Those agencies have accumulated an estimated $37.7 million in debt.

Keep letting your legislators know that Human Services in Illinois need to be funded fairly Call today and tell them
Please make sure human service organizations are reimbursed at a level that enables them to continue to provide services.”If something isn’t done, more agencies will close, people with lose vital services and Illinois workers will lose their jobs.

There is nothing more impactful than your phone calls and outreach.
Please ask your family, friends and neighbors to help get the message to our politicians!

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DON’T FORGET to share the information on social 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:

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AAIDD Statement on Workforce Crisis

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