Social Services

Group starts 19th year of building wheelchair ramps

DANVILLE -- The Vermilion County Handicapped Association has launched its 19th year of building wheelchair ramps for qualified residents in the county.

The organization will build ramps on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, weather permitting, from now through October.

City council backs CommUnity Matters

CHAMPAIGN -- The city council on Monday night unanimously supported the continuation of the CommUnity Matters program, which city officials say has been improving conditions in lower-income neighborhoods while encouraging students to pursue college.

Refugee Center faces budget cut

URBANA -- About 2,600 people each year call on Anh Ha Ho and her colleagues with questions about schools, taxes, housing, jobs, medical care you name it. And most of them don't speak much English.

The East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center functions as a mini-social services agency, helping immigrants and refugees adjust to life in Champaign County.

Kraft donates $15,000 to fund Foodmobiles

URBANA -- A $15,000 grant from Kraft Foods will sponsor seven Foodmobiles in coming months for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to fight hunger in underserved communities.

Used medical equipment drive to benefit nonprofit

URBANA -- Remember those crutches tucked away in the closet, along with Grandma's old walker?

They could gather dust a few years longer, but Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville would like you to consider donating them and other home medical equipment you're no longer using to help needy people around the world.

Marathon still needs more than 100 volunteers

CHAMPAIGN The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon needs more course team volunteers for this year's races, which are set for April 29-30.

Crisis Nursery plans 'Wrap the Nursery' event

URBANA -- Things haven't gone exactly as planned for Rachel Ziegler.

She moved to the Mahomet area several months ago from Colorado with her fiance, who had just gotten out of the Army after combat duty in Iraq. The plan, she says, was to live with his parents for a few weeks until they found a place, as he had a lead on a job at Kraft.

'Ready, Set, Grow!' event set for Saturday

URBANA -- Researchers say the first few years of a child's life are critical for brain development, and what babies learn in the first nine months can affect the rest of their lives.

Developers discuss planned Champaign project

CHAMPAIGN -- The Book of Genesis makes no reference to an orange waterfall in Eden. But in the modern Eden, there will be.

That's right. When Eden Supportive Living opens a 150-unit apartment building for the physically disabled in downtown Champaign in mid-2012, it's expected to have a nine-story waterfall flowing into a reflecting pool.

About supportive living facilities

Supportive living an Illinois overview

What they are: Apartment-style housing that offers 24-hour assistance with personal care and other services. Residents live independently in a private apartment with a kitchen, private bathroom and lockable entrance.

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