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Meet Michel

Michel, a VISIONS participant, has been coming to MRI for about three months now. Referred to MRI by Decatur Manor, Michel spends his days in group, working in license plates and greeting his new friends. He comes in a little later than most because he leads the morning meeting at the Brick House Foundation, the sober living home where he currently resides.

Not only does Michel live there, but he is also a resident manager. This means he provides support for a lot of the new residents. Michel assists their recovery by teaching them about structure, which is a skill many recovering from addiction need help with. He establishes chore schedules, organizes legal papers and filing, attends legal matters, like drug court, with fellow housemates and assists with general life skills such as scheduling and keeping appointments. Basically, if there is an issue, anyone in the house can come to Michel for help resolving it.

So how has MRI helped Michel? I mean, it sounds like he’s got it all together! That’s easy, “MRI is stability for me,” he explains. Whenever he runs into issues such as trying to refill his necessary medication, he knows he can always call Lisa, his MRI case manger, and she will help. Most recently, Michel knew he needed more help than he was able to receive. He needed to admit himself to the hospital, but he was worried he would lose his job at MRI. He called Lisa and was relieved to hear her say, “I understand. See you when you get out!”

Michel was shocked. “Any other employer would have fired me for missing work, but Lisa understood.” Michel was able to get the help he needed and return to his job, which was still here for him. “Being able to have a job and contribute, that’s important to me,” says Michel. “That’s what makes or breaks my self esteem.”

Michel is just one of the many adults who attend MRI daily. Click here to learn more about MRI’s VISIONS Mental Health program.

MRI Named Non-Profit of the Year

Each year, the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce holds an awards luncheon to celebrate local organizations making a positive impact in our community. This year, MRI was named Non-Profit of the Year. MRI’s Executive Director Amy Bliefnick and MRI Day Training participant Karina Hayes accepted the award on behalf of all staff and individuals served.

September 21st was a great day for MRI, and more specifically for everyone who makes this organization what it is. On that day, MRI was recognized by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce as the Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

While I was honored to publicly accept this award, I feel it’s important to note that I did so on behalf of countless individuals whose influence over many years has led us to where we are now.

MRI did not happen overnight. Years of strong leadership from former Executive Directors Kay Scrogin and Dreux Lewandowski, as well as many past and present Board members, have been the driving force behind the agency’s growth and excellence. Our staff – which is over 250 strong – takes each day as an opportunity to show compassion and inspire others to do the same.

And let’s not forget the support this organization receives from the businesses, civic and social organizations, and leaders of Decatur and Macon County. In my opinion, this is the greatest community anywhere, and we’re fortunate to call it home.

Finally, I have to acknowledge the most important contributor to MRI’s success – our clients, both past and present. I want to thank them, their parents, family, and guardians for allowing us the privilege of being a part of their lives. For myself, and every member of our staff, there is no greater joy than to play a role in their continued success. They are the reason for everything we do.

Again, September 21st was a great day for MRI. And, we can’t wait for many more!


Amy Bliefnick
MRI Executive Director

 

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival is back & bigger than ever! This year MRI and the Decatur Area Arts Council (DAAC) are teaming up to bring craft beer back to downtown Decatur.

This year, The Decatur Craft Beer Festival will be Saturday, September 30 from 1-5 pm on N. Water Street outside the DAAC. We’ll have over 100 unique craft beers & ciders, local breweries from across the state, live music and food trucks.

Festival tickets are $25 and include admission to the event, 8 tasting tickets, a souvenir glass, live music and access to the on-site food trucks.

2017’s VIP event ($100 tickets) will be held on Friday, September 29 from 7-10 pm inside the DAAC. At the VIP event, you will find rare and hard to find beers and ciders not available at the festival, delicious hors d’oeuvres, exclusive auction items, a VIP goodie bag and ticket holding lanyard, entrance into Saturday’s festival, double the tasting tickets, souvenir glass and more!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT www.decaturcraftbeerfestival.com.

All proceeds stay in the Decatur community by benefitting two local non-profits:
1. MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.) – provides programs and services for over 800 children and adults with disabilities each year
2. Decatur Area Arts Council – introduces and promotes the arts, enhances arts educational opportunities, and increases the impact of and access to the arts to improve the quality of life in the community

Thank you to our major sponsors:
Neuhoff Communications
Decatur Digital Solutions
Busey Bank
Land of Lincoln Credit Union
Wasserbrew
Brechnitz Group of Raymond James
Coziahr Harley-Davidson
Cim-Tek Filtration
Decatur Earthmover Credit Union
Alan & Beth Frigy
Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
Brechnitz Group of Raymond James
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Decatur North Water
R.V. Evans Company
Flora Gems
Heckman Healthcare

#IlGive 2017

#ILGive to MRI

Join MRI on May 30 & May 31 for ILGive Community Fundraising Day!

What is #ILGive? It’s a day devoted to giving back to non-profits in your community. Join us and give back to MRI as we serve over 800 children and adults with disabilities right here in Macon County.

Donate today

Join us in building meaningful lives.

#ILGive to MRI

25th Annual MRI Charity Golf Outing

Join MRI as we hit the green to give back in the 25th Annual MRI Charity Golf Outing on Monday, June 5 at South Side Country Club. The $560 registration fee includes one team of four players, golf fees, carts, lunch, drinks, a goody bag and dinner.

*Four person scramble
*Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 am
*Shotgun start at 1:00 pm
*Dinner & prizes at 5:30 pm

Contact Melanie Bilbrey at 217.875.8850 or MBilbrey@maconresources.org to register.

All proceeds benefit MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.), the largest service provider for children and adults with disabilities in the Mid-West. Each year, MRI serves over 800 children and adults with disabilities in job placement, day training, after school care, inclusive day care, community involvement and more!

THANK YOU to our major sponsors:
3M

Silver sponsors:
Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
John & Rita Mickler
R.V. Evans Company
BKD

Bronze Sponsors:
Thrivent Financial
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Illini Pharmacy Services
Agri-Fab

Hole Sponsors:
PFE Corp.
R.D. McMillen
McLeod Express
Carroll & Kay Scrogin
Dunn Company
Parke & Son, inc.
Hickory Point Bank

Cart Sponsors:
Miles Chevrolet/Crown Toyota Nissan

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.

Tony 1

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!
CEFCU
Cromwell 5 Stations Colorwand17HD logo

 

JLHubbard

 

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.

 

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