Each year MRI hosts a Christmas luncheon for the people we serve and their family/guardians. The lunch is a wonderful event to welcome families into our building and have an opportunity to interact with friends and family and our staff .
Prior to the lunch we had a prayer provided by individuals served at MRI. Shortly after the prayer there was a special message from MRI President/CEO Amy Bliefnick. Amy welcomed the guests and announced an exciting event coming up in February.
February 8th marks the date of Night To Shine, a prom for individuals with special needs ages 14+. The Tim Tebow foundation proudly sponsors the event and helps to make this evening as extravagant as possible. More information on the event is to come shortly so be sure to keep your eye out for more information on how to be a part of this event.
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.
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.
Karina, a Day Training participant, is fairly new at MRI; however, she has made friends quickly. To be specific, she has made two best friends. Matt, who she loves because he is so unique, and Colleen, who she lives with. Karina is a MRI Ambassador and just recently represented MRI at Texas Roadhouse for a Special Olympics fundraiser.
When she is not hard at work at MRI, Karina enjoys talking on her cell phone.
She also collects bracelets of all kinds, ranging from homemade to gifts to store bought.
She loves any kind of chicken, but especially fried chicken. Her favorite food to cook at home is chicken noodle soup.
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.