I think we can see things moving in the right direction…

Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel.  TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go. -Mandy Hale The Illinois legislature concluded their budget session early this year and I am personally heartened by […]

A Simple Meditation

Due to the pandemic the last two and a half years have been very challenging because of the isolation and the heightened concern over our loved ones – those we serve – or ourselves, contracting the COVID-19 virus. This situation, in addition to the divisive social and political atmosphere in our country, as well as […]

Walking in Joy

If you walk in joy, happiness is close behind. Todd Stocker I’ve had several people over the years who have approached me with somewhat disgruntled expressions and asked, “Why are you always coming up with different ways to try and get money from us? You’ve got the Walk ‘n Roll, the Gala, Giving Tuesday, heck, […]

DSP Recognition Week 2021

The National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Appreciation Week this year is being held from Sept. 12th through Sept. 18th.

Let’s Do Something Wonderful

Every time we look at the clock, we must learn to feel a sense of urgency. We must learn to realize that “now” is happening and will very soon be gone. We must look at the digits on the display and be overcome with an urge to do something before those digits change. Before “now” […]

Updates and a Request for Your Legislative Advocacy

As executive director of Garden Center Services, I can say that this challenging past year of the pandemic has been especially stressful for community-based agencies like ours that provide residential support to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. GCS currently serves 140 individuals who are either living in one of our 12 community living arrangements […]