Social Services

State payment lag may force nursing home to borrow

URBANA — Because of anticipated delays in state Medicaid reimbursements, officials at the Champaign County Nursing Home are looking at borrowing as much as $2 million to ease the facility through difficult financial times.

Women's clinic sees more patients; fund drive planned

DANVILLE — The sheer volume of women needing support services has stretched the Women's Care Clinic.

The clinic saw a 40 percent increase in client numbers from 2009 to 2010. The first six months of 2011 also had a 17 percent increase over the first six months of 2010.

Kim Paden, clinic executive director, said several things are contributing to the increase.

United Way set to kick off drive in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — Last year, thousands of students in Vermilion County and beyond learned how to stay safe in personal relationships and on the Internet through the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center's prevention education program.

This year, the rape crisis center will take the program to even more students thanks to a $2,000 allocation from the United Way of Danville Area.

Anti-hunger group to raise money for BackPack

A local group that fights childhood hunger will hold its annual fundraiser next week to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank's BackPack Program.

Now entering its fifth year, FACET — Friends Against Children's Empty Tummies — has set a fundraising goal of $5,000, enough to sponsor backpacks for 28 children for an entire school year.

BackPack program expands to Mahomet, Monticello

URBANA — A program that helps feed hungry children on the weekends is expanding into some communities where poverty may not be as apparent.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank's BackPack Program is serving students this fall in Mahomet and Monticello, as well as several communities in Coles County.

Prairie Center closes detox program over budget cuts

URBANA — The Prairie Center has closed its detox program as a result of state budget cuts, leaving people with drug and alcohol problems no place to turn but hospital emergency rooms.

The program served people from about 64 of the state's 102 counties at the Prairie Center's building at 122 W. Hill St., C, according to Prairie Center CEO Bruce Suardini.

United Way: Stuff The Bus 2011

They United Way held it's 2nd annual "Stuff the Bus" event in late August of 2011.

Robin Scholz

Schools, agencies get state funding for at-risk family programs

The Danville and Urbana school districts, the Center for Children's Services in Danville and the Developmental Services Center in Champaign are a few of the local entities that have won state funding, aimed at helping at-risk infants and toddlers get a leg up on their education and in life.

Stuff the Bus starts Wednesday

With diapers, copy paper and other donations rolling in, the second annual Stuff the Bus drive is set to commence Wednesday morning.

Program seeks more advocates for children

URBANA — The Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate program will conduct training for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 500 abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.

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