Garden Center Services
The View From My Chair A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
our growth to meet the needs of our consumers & families, we cannot remain so dependent on just the state funding. This strategic approach is the incentive behind our fund development efforts, as well as the multiple business enterprises we have established to generate funds and provide paid work opportunities for our consumers.
Gerry & John
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Recently in the news, economists have cautiously begun to predict that the country’s longterm economic downturn may finally be turning around. While we all welcome any good financial news, the leadership at Garden Center Services has long recognized the dismal fiscal landscape for nonprofit agencies, and has worked tirelessly with our legislators and associations to inform our funders of the burden we have had to cover.
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Realizing that in order to be monetarily stable and continue
“...the annual average cost of serving an individual at a state operated facility at $226,420. Compare this to the amount of $62,000, which is the average amount paid to community-based agencies like Garden Center...” However, even as we continue to foster these new revenue streams, we are largely dependent on state revenue to provide services for the individuals we serve. As a community-based provider, Garden Center Services provides superior care at a significantly lower cost than those large facilities operated by the state. We have recent information that lists the annual average cost of serving an individual at a state operated facility at $226,420.
Compare this to the amount of $62,000, which is the average amount paid to community-based agencies like Garden Center Services to provide residential plus day program services to our consumers . Despite the clear economic savings and improved care provided by communitybased providers, law makers continue to funnel state funds to the state operated institutions. As the legislature returns to work in Springfield, I urge you to contact your legislators and voice your support for improved care for individuals with developmental disabilities, and the need for more dollars to be switched from state operated care, to the community. On our website, you can find a link to current pending bills that will improve the lives of the individuals we serve, along with a link to lawmakers’ offices. The only way we can improve state funding for the individuals we serve is by engaging our lawmakers. We must be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves!
GARDEN CENTER FAMILY SPOTLIGHT Shannon has been with Garden Center almost two years and is the Team Lead for our Moody house. Shannon says he loves working at Moody, “The guys all get along like brothers. They eat together, watch the games together, watch movies... it’s like a family there.” Shannon and the staff at Moody keep that family busy with regular activities like Friday night board games and pizza night, keeping up on the games of about every sport, and taking regular trips to Garden Center’s Thrift Store. Shannon grew up in Chicago. He is a sports fan and loves basketball, a passion he shares with the residents at Moody. Shannon also enjoys hiking, playing cards, and Stephen King novels.
Patrick has been with Garden Center for over three years. He lives at Garden Center’s Berwyn home and attends the day program on State. Patrick is well-known for his generosity and helpful nature. LaShawn, who works with Patrick at the State Street program, calls him her “security guard”. Wherever she goes in the building, she says Patrick is always close by to lend a hand. One of the things we admire about Patrick the most is his willingness to jump in and help without even being asked. From holding a chair to assist someone to transfer from a wheelchair to treating a friend to pizza, Patrick is a thoughtful guy. In his down-time, Patrick enjoys watching TV, especially reruns of Hogan’s Heros. He also likes to spend time on the computer catching up on favorite videos. He is a baseball fan and last year spent his Garden Center wish on a trip to a White Sox game. For this year’s wish he says he is looking forward to going to a demolition derby. “I can’t wait!”
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GCS OUT and ABOUT March found Garden Center busy in the community and getting the word out about our services.
• Computers • Vacuum sweepers • Books • Event tickets • Puzzles
Shari and Jon with Kamala Martinez of RR Donnelley
TINLEY PARK IRISH PARADE On March 11th, Garden Center consumers and staff braved the elements to march in the Tinley Park Irish Day Parade with Garden Gallery & Studio. Although it rained off-and-on throughout the event, we had a great time and showed off our unwavering Garden Center spirit!
• Games • Art/Craft supplies • Art frames • Blank canvases • CDs & players • VHS/DVD players • Exercise videos & equipment • Music instruments
PROJECT LINUS Nine Garden Center consumers and two staff visited RR Donnelley for our second year of service in the Project Linus event. Working alongside volunteers from RR Donnelley, participants made blankets for the comfort of children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. With Garden Center’s help, the group was able to complete all the blankets they needed in two days this year - an entire day faster than last year. Great job volunteers!
Our Booth at the Discover Tinley Expo
Also in March, Garden Center/Garden Gallery & Studio participated in both the Chicago Flower & Garden Show and the
• X-Box and Wii
Discover Tinley Expo where
Showin’ off our parade style
we were able to share the
• G a r d e n i n g
Garden Center story with countless new people. The reaction to our four artists’ work at the flower show was nothing short of amazing,
prompting an invitation by Tony Abruscato, the President of Flower
• Storage bins • Electric Stove
SHOW and DISCOVER TINLEY EXPO
• Digital cameras
• Storage cabinets
A little rain didn’t ruin our marchers’ day!
Show Productions, to offer us an even bigger level of involvement its floral Sophie’s painting and wer Show counterpart at the Flo
in the event next year. We’d like to offer a special thank you to Tony and the Flower Show for their amazing support as well as to Mary
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Beth Herr of Coyle & Herr who designed our lovely booth.
FIRST FRIDAY AT THE GALLERY Friday, April 5th 7pm to 9pm at Garden Gallery & Studio - 17459 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley
3rd ANNUAL GCS POTTING PARTY
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Friday, April 5th 7pm to 12am at Bourbon Street - 3359 W. 115th Street Merrionette Park
TINLEY PARK BREW & VINE FEST see gallery artists’ work Saturday, April 13th 3pm to 10pm Tinley Park Convention Center
SECOND CHANCE THRIFT SUPER SALE Sunday, April 21st 12pm to 4pm at Second Chance Thrift Shoppe - 44 Stephen Street, Lemont
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Growing dignity and independence
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8333 S. Austin Ave. Burbank, IL 60459 phone 708.636.0054
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OUR MISSION Garden Center Services is committed to supporting and empowering persons with developmental disabilities through innovative and personcentered services. Our commitment to the excellence of our programs is surpassed only by our devotion to the people we serve and the communities in which they live.
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FRIENDS OF GARDEN CENTER
Shannon, Chrissy and Nicole - St. Patrick’s fun
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Memorials for HELEN HOTEKO, JERRY LINNERT, and JUSTIN PRICE
Thank You for your support!
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