GCS COVID Update

Earlier this week we were notified that the test for two of the individuals we support for the coronavirus came back negative. This was cause for much joy and relief, and also a recommitment to the strategies that we had put into place to keep our consumers and staff safe. To be this far into […]

A Story of Safety and Sacrifice

During this unprecedented novel coronavirus epidemic our agency’s top priority has been the safety and health of the wonderful individuals we’re honored to serve. We discerned that the best way to do this was to limit the exposure to the virus as much as possible. When we reached out to our staff to inquire if […]

Heroes Right in Front of Us

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” Dalai Lama Certainly now is one of those times that really identifies those individuals that are able to turn away from their own needs, and maybe their own fears, to be in a position to […]

It’s National Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week!

This week all disability agencies are celebrating National Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week. I think on a regular basis we strive to have our staff experience how much their dedicated, compassionate service means to us, and more importantly, to the men and women with developmental disabilities that are supported through our programs. But this week […]

Kindness Happens

Recently, the Chicago Tribune published a two-part series discussing abuse and neglect in CILAs (“community group homes”). Within part one it is suggested that because of the dire state of funding, agencies like ours (GCS) can only attract the sort of employee from whom we cannot expect high-quality and compassionate care. I find statements like […]

The Gift of Girl Scout Cookies

I recently received a phone call from a Mrs. Foley that I had met a couple of months ago at a memorial we had held for a wonderful man named Tim that had passed way too soon due to a chronic illness. Mrs. Foley was family to Tim, and she had spoken to me the […]