CCAR Industries is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by a local parents’ group in 1969. Our mission is to provide community-based services and supports that enhance the quality of life of East Central Illinois citizens with developmental disabilities and/or other functional limitations throughout their lifespan. Our team is dedicated to providing high quality, individualized services to program consumers and their families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any ideas or if you would like more information about our agency!
UPDATE! ANTICIPATED FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET CUTS
The proposed FY16 state budget does not include funding for Respite services. This would impact 25 agency families and would result in the loss of $66,612. In addition, more stringent eligibility standards for Early Intervention (Birth Through Two) services are proposed for FY16. Currently, children need to demonstrate a 30% (or more) delay in developmental areas to qualify for services. Proposed for FY16, children would need to demonstrate a 50% (or more) delay in developmental areas. In real terms, we predict that 50% of the families served by CCAR Industries may not meet eligibility standards. That would result in 50 children potentially being denied services and would be a $90,000 loss for the agency.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO STOP THESE CUTS! In order to stop these cuts, we ask that you contact your legislators to convey that cuts to Early Intervention and Respite Services are unacceptable. Click HERE to access the list of local legislators. You can see the full list by clicking HERE for Senators and HERE for Representatives.
WHO IS MARY?
Artist. Gardener. Cook. Pet-Lover. Employee. Friend. All of these words could be used to describe Mary Madden. Mary has called CCAR Industries “home” since 1999 when she began living in one of the agency’s Community Integrated Living Arrangement (C.I.L.A.) homes. After graduating from the Neil Armstrong Program in 2002, Mary began working at CCAR Industries. She cleans several agency properties on Monday through Friday in addition to performing assembly work. In her free time, Mary enjoys caring for the Manufacturing Plant’s raised bed garden. Since salad is one of her favorite food items, she planted several cherry tomato plants last year.
Mary is a skilled artist who has helped with several agency projects and fundraisers. She says that she particularly enjoyed painting signs for a St. Jude’s fundraiser and for Charleston Kiwanis fundraisers. Mary says she was motivated to help with both activities because, “I like helping kids and that’s what the money was for.”
Mary is an animal-lover! She looks forward to spending time with Daisy (our Residential Program Director’s golden retriever) who visits the programs during the summer months. In addition, Mary has cared for a hamster and guinea pig at the Manufacturing Plant when one of the staff members has gone on vacation. Mary spent a great deal of time learning the proper diet and habits of these animals.
In her free time, Mary says she enjoys cooking meals and spending time with her residential house staff. She is looking forward to Special Olympics in May and spending a week at Camp New Hope in the summer.
When asked to describe her years at CCAR Industries, Mary replied: “I really like it here. I like painting and making money. Everyone is really nice, and we go places a lot. I like my house staff a lot! I like it here.”