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Meet Tony

Tony 2Meet Tony, a MRI Day Vocational Training participant. Tony may be blind, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his passions, including music. Tony taught himself to play piano by ear at the age of five. However, his musical abilities don’t stop there! Tony can also play keyboard, auto harp and sing.

MRI clients and employees can hear Tony’s music around lunchtime. Monday – Friday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tony plays piano outside the cafeteria so those who are eating lunch can enjoy some smooth tunes. Tony enjoys playing the piano because other people enjoy it. One of his favorite things to do is make new friends and he feels he does this best through music.

Tony used to travel around to various nursing homes and libraries to play piano for the guests. He hopes to start doing that again soon so he can continue meeting new people. His current goal is to create a CD and hear himself on the radio.

When Tony is not playing one of the various instruments he enjoys, he can be found bowling with his friends, hanging out with his girlfriend or watching a classic Western film.

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Meet Olivia

MRI’s Our Voice Through Art has allowed Olivia to gain confidence, make friends and think outside the box.  Through the class, she has been able to explore various materials, which has shown her how to look at the world differently.

Olivia’s communication skills have also improved as she becomes more comfortable asking for help, sharing materials and complimenting others’ work. She even carries on conversations with her peers as they complete their artwork.

But most importantly, her mom explains, “she feels a part of something. She feels important.”

 

Overcome Obstacles with MRI on April 28!

Join MRI, WAND-TV NewsCenter 17, Cromwell Radio Group and local community leaders in overcoming obstacles on Friday, April 28!

How can you overcome obstacles with MRI?
1. DONATE to MRI: http://bit.ly/mriobstacles.
2. PRE-ORDER Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Hickory River Smokehouse Decatur for yourself or your office.
3. CHALLENGE A FRIEND OR FOE to MRI’s obstacle course.

MRI helps over 800 children and adults with disabilities in our community overcome obstacles each year.

Krispy Kreme dozens ($7 per box) and Hickory River Smokehouse lunches ($7 per box) can be picked up at the event in downtown Decatur. To pre-order : CALL 217.875.8850 | EMAIL mbilbrey@maconresources.org

Thank you to our premier sponsors!
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Major sponsors:
Decatur Earthmover Credit Union
Carmen Rivera & Jose Mendoza
John & Lin Malachowski
Client sponsors:
IPI Wealth Management
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Cemeteries & Cremation Center
Land of Lincoln Credit Union
Central Illinois Scale Company
Kiwanis Club of Decatur
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
BKD, LLP
Swartz Properties
Pepsi
Dynagraphics Inc./Fast Impressions

 

 


Thank you to our client sponsors:

Kiwanis Club of Decatur
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
BKD, LLP
Swartz Properties
Pepsi

 

MRI Announces New Leadership

The Board of Directors of Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI) announces the selection of Amy Bliefnick to succeed retiring Executive Director, Dreux Lewandowski. Ms Bliefnick is a Decatur native who has served as Director of the Illinois State Fair from 2004 – 2015, Board Chairman and Director of Richland Community College, Director of Development for St. Teresa High School, and Illinois State Special Olympic Board of Directors.

 

Mr. Lewandowski began his tenure at MRI in 2004 and has been working in disability services for 35 years. Under his direction MRI expanded services to both children and adults in the areas of childcare, early childhood prevention, community living and job training programs.

MRI to Provide Our Voice Through Art

Our Voice Through Art, a local program providing art classes for teens and adults with disabilities, will now be offered through MRI.

Jarrett.FacebookOur Voice Through Art began when Jarrett Sekosky, who is on the Autism spectrum and has very little verbal communication, discovered he was able to express himself through art. Since then, Jarrett, his family and his supporters have been working hard to share this connection with other individuals with disabilities in the community. Our Voice Through Art offers multiple six-week sessions per year, with the next session starting February 7. Each session is led by Argenta-Orena art teacher Jodi England with her assistant Terri Ellis and varying guest artists. Each week, the class focuses on a different form of art ranging from drawing to sculpting and more!

Follow Our Voice Through Art on Facebook to stay connected with what we’re doing. For more information or to register for the upcoming session call MRI at 217-875-8850 or email MBilbrey@maconresources.org.

 

Shop Local this Holiday Season

If you are looking for a unique gift this holiday season, consider shopping local at MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.). Each novelty gift purchased directly supports disability services in our community. MRI offers custom license plate signs and art and engraved signs and coasters. MRI’s Etsy page has a few already made designs, but can take custom orders of any type.

Likewise, MRI Independence Pointe is selling all remaining Ornaments of Hope for $5 each. The Ornaments of Hope, also known as the official city ornaments, depict various scenes around Central Illinois including the Oglesby Mansion (1995), Caterpillar (2011) Wabash Depot (2013) and more. See below for a full list of available ornaments.

Shopping local ensures the money you spend stays within your community. By shopping at MRI, your gifts directly support programs like job training, Autism services, speech & language therapy, day vocational training, home visiting and more.

To order a sign or ornament, contact MRI at 217-875-1910 or visit MRI’s Etsy page.

Available ornaments include:

• 1995 Oglesby Mansion
• 1998 Coles County Courthouse
• 2000 Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
• 2001 Decatur Memorial Hospital
• 2002 Charleston Carnegie Public Library
• 2004 Celebration of Faith (St. James, First United Methodist, St. Paul’s Lutheran)
• 2008 Abraham Lincoln
• 2010 Central Park
• 2011 Caterpillar
• 2013 Wabash Depot
• 2014 First Responders

 

Blue Tower Training Update

A note from Shirley Paceley, Blue Tower Training Director:
It has been an honor for me to have spent the past sixteen years sharing the mission of Blue Tower Training, a division of Macon Resources, Inc. Blue Tower Training began in the year 2000 and has impacted the lives of people with disabilities and their families on a local, state and national level. We have also extended our outreach to disability organizations, victim services, state and national associations and many others.

As I prepare for semi-retirement and for leaving Macon Resources, Inc. after nearly 30 years, I want to thank everyone for their support and their dedication to promote growth, independence and self worth for people with disabilities. I want you to know that my commitment to this work will not end at this time. Effective August 31st, Blue Tower Training will transition to Blue Tower Solutions, a not-for-profit organization created by Krescene Beck, Leanne Roth, Linda Sandman and myself to carry on our dedication to equality, justice and freedom for people with disabilities. You may reach me at shirleypaceley@gmail.com.

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival

The first, annual Decatur Craft Beer Festival will feature over 80 craft beers and ciders, a silent auction, live music by Chris Bradley, good grub, quality company and more! Presented by Decatur Brew Works and Doherty’s Pub & Pins, this one of a kind Decatur event, will feature brews from many across the country and also Central Illinois breweries.

Festival tickets include: 4 beer samples, appetizers & 1 souvenir tasting glass.

Limited VIP tickets are available. 

Proceeds from The Decatur Craft Beer Festival will benefit MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.), the region’s primary service provider for children and adults with disabilities. MRI programming positively impacts over 800 individuals in Decatur and surrounding area each year.

WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
WHERE: Doherty’s Pub & Pins – 242 East William Street, Decatur, IL 62523 – View Map
TICKETS can be purchased at Decatur Brew Works or Doherty’s Pub and Pins (available mid August) or online.

Proceeds from The Decatur Craft Beer Festival ticket sales benefit the following local non-profits that serve children and families in the Decatur area:
1. MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.) – provides services that promote the growth, indepdence and self-worth of over 800 children and adults with disabilities each year
2. NE Community-Fund – helps local families with various needs including food, clothing and emergency funds
3. The Good Samaritan Inn‘s Mercy Gardens

 

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The Decatur Craft Beer Festival is sponsored by: Decatur Earthmover Credit Union, ATI Services of Illinois, Dave and Kim Wasserkrug, Cromwell Radio Group, MW Made It, Skeff Distributing, Dynagraphics/Wood Printing, George A. Mueller Beer Company, Cim-Tek FiltrationDoherty’s Pub and PinsDecatur Brew Works, Sunbelt Rentals, RogardsFleet Feet Sports & Spin City Cycles.

Questions about the event? Contact Kelly Gagnon, Director of Public Relations and Development at 217.875.8880 or kgagnon@maconresources.org.

Are you interested in being a Festival Sponsor? CLICK HERE.

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Meet Larry

With the support of MRI’s intermittent CILA, Larry is able to live by himself in his apartment and maintain his independence. 

Larry with keyLarry has lived in his own apartment for four years with the support of MRI’s intermittent CILA. Before living on his own, Larry lived in a strict group home where many decisions were made for him. Things like when to eat meals and when to go to bed were determined by the group home. Larry knew he was capable of making decisions and wanted to live his life the way he wanted to live it, so he reach out to MRI’s intermittent CILA program. MRI’s intermittent CILA allows Larry to be independent and live independently while still providing needed life and safety supports. He is now able to plan his days around what he wants to do. Larry enjoys exercising, cooking his own meals and going to church. Larry is very active in his community and has made many friends during his daily walks around Kroger for exercise, trips to Taco Bell and weekly church visits.

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Twenty two years ago Larry made the decision to become a vegetarian. He did so as a way to become healthier and has diligently stuck with it.When Larry began to have health issues because he was not getting enough iron, MRI staff supported him in meeting with a doctor so he could learn how to add more iron into his diet, which he is now able to do. Larry uses his vegetarian cook book to plan meals for himself. During the fall and winter, his favorite meals to make are soups and vegetarian chili because they are easy to reheat he can eat it all week long. It is safe and easy for Larry to cook in his own apartment. If anything were to go wrong, Larry has MRI CILA staff just a phone call away.

larry calendar writingLarry is not only strict with his vegetarian diet, but also with his work out routine. He takes daily walks and works out three times a week. This type of organization and precision can be seen in other aspects of Larry’s life as well. He keeps a calendar on his wall and at the end of every day he writes down exactly what he did that day. Because Larry is so structured himself, adding another layer of daily structure does not work. He does best when he has the freedom to organize his day based on what he determines to be priorities in his life, which is what MRI is able to provide.

Now that Larry has an apartment to call his own, he has new goals. He already saved money and bought a new couch. Now he is saving money to go on a trip with his friends this fall. Larry decided to put part of his monthly spending money in the bank and cut back on his trips to Taco Bell in order to save for the trip. With the help of MRI, he is in charge of his own finances, which means he has taken on the responsibility of setting money aside for food and bills.Larry outside house

Larry creates his own schedule and spends a lot of time in the community and with his church family. The staff at Kroger, Taco Bell and his local Subway enjoy seeing Larry about town. Many people know Larry because of his regular visits.  In fact, they tend to worry if he does not show up for a few days. Larry has been able to thrive since moving into his own apartment with the support of MRI. He has discovered new things he enjoys doing, new places he had never been and he has made new friends in the community.

 

Meet Elden

“Our lives – especially Elden’s – will forever be more meaningful thanks to Independence Pointe.” -Jenell, Elden’s mother

Elden Bowling ShrinkJust before his third birthday, Elden had been receiving Early Intervention speech and language services through Independence Pointe. As his Early Intervention services were about to end, Elden’s mother, Jenell, was worried about his future. That December, she was invited to Independence Pointe’s Christmas Party. After attending the party and meeting the Independence Pointe staff and other families receiving services, “all those anxieties went away.”

Since that first meeting, Elden has been enrolled in various services offered at Independence Pointe. He is currently in speech therapy, which he began right after turning three. Elden had been non-verbal until he was almost four. Thanks to Independence Pointe’s speech therapy program, Elden spoke his first words at age four. “To hear him now at the age of six,” Jenell explains, “you would never guess he was ever non-verbal.”

Through his hard work and the guidance of the amazing Independence Pointe ABA staff, his social awareness and skills gave grown leaps and bounds.” -Jenell, Elden’s motherbowl-a-thon3-min

Shortly after beginning speech therapy, Elden was diagnosed with Autism. That summer, they began Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Independence Pointe. Elden spent the summer at Independence Pointe working hard to improve his social skills. He used to enjoy watching other kids play, but now he wants to join in as well! Independence Pointe has even helped out at home. Jenell explains, “we’ve learned more about what triggers his meltdowns and how to effectively calm him down.”

Recently, Elden’s parents also started attending Parents Night Out, a program designed to give parents a night out while Independence Pointe teaches and entertains their children. While the parents get a short break from parenting, the children work on social skills by playing games, enjoying guest performers, and taking field trips into the community.

“Parents Night Out is more than just getting an occasional night out with my husband. Elden gets essential social interaction and play. He gets to experience activities and friends in a setting that I know is safe.” -Jenell, Elden’s mother

Elden-minIndependence Pointe provides services to promote the growth of individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children’s Autism Services at Independence Pointe include Speech and Language Therapy, Child Care for children of all abilities ages 0-18, Social Skills Camp, Social Skills Support, an Autism Resource Room, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA provides instruction to improve the day-to-day life of children with ASD or other developmental disabilities.  ABA instruction, typically offered in a one-on-one setting to meet the needs of each learner, is focused on teaching skills and decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning.

For more information on MRI Autism Services for children, click here.

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