Join MRI, WAND TV and Cromwell Radio in overcoming obstacles in Central Park on Friday, April 27.
How can you help Overcome Obstacles? Click on one of the titles below to begin.
1. COLLECT PLEDGES TO COMPETE: Collect at least $25 in pledges to compete in our downtown obstacle course. Raise $50 for a free T shirt and raise $100 or more for a leg up in the race. Start your own fundraising page and collect donations for MRI.
2. PRE-ORDER: Krispy Kreme doughnuts ($7/dozen) or Downtown Decatur boxed lunches ($7/box) featuring Beach House, Wildflour & MRI Creative Catering.
3. DONATE: MRI values the individuals we serve and your donations are what keep our doors open.
MRI helps over 800 children and adults with disabilities in our community overcome obstacles each day. We invite you to join us in celebrating their achievements and testing yourself in overcoming similar obstacles.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts ($7 per box) and boxed lunches ($7 per box) can be picked up at the event in Central Park or delivered (orders of 10 or more). To pre-order : CALL 217.875.8850 | EMAIL email@example.com
Thank you to our major sponsors:
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Decatur Blueprint, Inc.
Decatur Coffee Connection
Decatur Earthmover Credit Union
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds
Central Illinois Scale Company
Jerger Pediatric Dentistry: Bret M. Jerger, DDS
Star Silkscreen Design, Inc.
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Cemeteries & Cremation Center
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Pepsi Refreshment Services-Decatur
If you were to visit MRI (Macon Resources, inc.) out on Hubbard Avenue, there is a good chance you would be welcomed by a big smile from Angie. Angie has been with MRI for over 33 years, and has witnessed many changes throughout those years! She has held multiple employment positions around the building; however, working as an Agency Greeter is her most recent achievement!
Growing up, Angie faced bullying throughout school. It was difficult for her to find a place to fit in, and as a result she moved from school to school. As she progressed through school, the bullying intensified and all of the harassment took a toll on her. Eventually she shut herself off from everyone to avoid the negativity. At the age of 17 Angie was able to utilize the services provided by MRI and she finally found a place of belonging. She slowly began to open up and become the kind and caring person she is today.
“I want to be more independent. I want to try stuff on my own.” -Angie
We sat down with Angie one afternoon and had a wonderful time listening to her describe the events of her past that have led her to where she is now. Her early years with MRI were highly supervised. Angie received an escort to help her into, and throughout the building. Once she warmed up to the atmosphere and the people, Angie soon noticed she was receiving more attention from staff than she needed. One night Angie expressed to her mother, “I want to be more independent. I want to try stuff on my own.” and the next day Angie escorted herself into the building. This moment was the first step Angie had taken towards becoming more independent for herself!
As more time passed and confidence in herself grew, Angie wanted to push her sense of independence even further. She wanted to get a job and start earning money on her own. Angie recalls her first job at MRI as stuffing newspapers. During that job she learned valuable skills such as work ethic and money management. With the help of MRI’s employment staff, Angie has held multiple jobs both within MRI and in the community.
Aside from working, Angie also is involved with volunteering! A few years ago Angie was informed that McKinley Court Care Center had multiple opportunities for volunteers at their building in Decatur. Angie took it upon herself to find them in the phone book and give them a call to see where she could help. After receiving the Volunteer of the Year award for three years in a row at McKinley Court, Angie was offered a job there! Her duties consist of; participating in bingo with the residents, socializing and completing paperwork.
Angie is very thankful for the services MRI provides and the skills she has learned along the way. She looks forward to what lies ahead of her and the places she will go.
it’s National Joke Day and we are definitely celebrating at MRI! Check out some of our favorite jokes and jokesters below.
“Knock Knock” “Who’s there” “Who” “Who who?” “Who you!”- Tonya
“Why did he throw the alarm clock out the window?” “To see time fly!”
“Where does the vampire keep his money?” “The blood bank!”
“What kind of watch does a witch wear?” “A witch watch!”
“Knock knock” “Who’s there?” “Banana” “Banana who?” “Let’s split!” – Reene
“What did the cow say to the farmer?” “Mooooooooooooove it!”
“How come the alligator couldn’t see where to go?” “He had no glasses!”
“If the red house is on the left and the blue house is on the right, where is the white house?”
“Washington, DC!” – Becky
“Knock knock” “Who’s there?” “Hello” “Hello who?” “Hello my hairy leg!” – Greg
“Did you hear about the man who stole all the plumbing from the police department?”
“The police had nothing to go on!” – Noah
“Why is a bad joke like a pencil?” “Because it has no point!” – Morgan
“How do all the oceans say hello to each other?” “They wave!” – Janet
“Knock knock” “Who’s there?” “Apple” “Apple who?” “Do you want a candy apple?” – Chasidee
“Susie came home from school and her mom said, ‘what did you learn in school today?’
and Susie said, ‘not enough because they want me to come back tomorrow!'” – Amy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.