To meet the needs of our regional community regarding COVID-19, SIH has set-up a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline to provide telephone screening, information and to answer general questions: 1-844-988-7800. Clinicians will answer questions, assess each caller and advise on next steps for evaluation or potential testing in accordance with current Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
This resource is for individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. SIH urges the public to call this number or their family doctor before visiting a clinic, physician’s office or emergency department.
The SIH COVID-19 hotline is designed to protect the community, healthcare providers and patients from potential spread of the disease.
For more information on COVID-19 visit: • SIH www.sih.net • Illinois Department of Public Health www.dph.illinois.gov • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov SIH stands committed to the health and well-being of our regional community. Regular SIHrelated COVID-19 updates will be provided via www.sih.net and SIH Facebook and Twitter pages (@sihealthcare). -30- For additional information, contact SIH Public Information Officer Rosslind Rice at (618) 534- 2848 or Rosslind.firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2020
COVID-19 prompts additional safety measures at SIH hospitals (CARBONDALE, IL) For the health, safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff, SIH has implemented changes to entry points at SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, SIH Herrin Hospital and SIH St. Joseph Memorial Hospital until further notice. Entry to each hospital will be limited to the main and Emergency Department entrances. Signage is in place to direct flow into each hospital. Upon entry, all patients and visitors will undergo a brief illness screening. Visitors will receive a badge, which will include the date of the visit and department and/or patient room location. If visitors have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, SIH respectfully asks those individuals to refrain from coming to the hospital at this time. Additionally, SIH will enforce a visitor restriction policy and allow two visitors per patient. Individuals under 18 years of age are not allowed to visit at this time. Exceptions to this policy will be made for end-of-life circumstances. SIH understands this is a challenging time for our patients, families and employees. We ask for your patience and support of these temporary measures. -30- For addition information, contact SIH Public Information Officer Rosslind Rice at (618) 534-2848 or email@example.com .
Free Art Workshops Available To Prepare For All Species Puppet Parade (April 22)The Beloved Puppetista Host Art Workshops
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carbondale Park District Contact:
Kathy Renfro, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 618-529-4147
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carbondale, IL – The Beloved Puppetista will host free art workshops to prepare All Species Puppet Parade banners, puppets, and parade costumes. These workshops are held on Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 11, & 18 from 10:00am – 2:00pm and located at Art House, 112 N Williams Street, the little red house behind Hickory Lodge (enter and park for free behind Hickory Lodge, 1115 W Sycamore).
This will be the 7th annual All Species Puppet Parade (April 22) in Carbondale, Illinois. It’s become a spring tradition for many families and organizations. The parade takes place on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22. Who are the Beloved Puppetistas? They are an educational & performance puppet troupe group of volunteers from the community, including many SIU students and faculty. The workshops combine environmental education with art making, letting you add your voice to the issues that shape climate change, animal extinction, or your love for all species. The puppets are all created primarily from cardboard, recycled materials and craft supplies. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Admission, parking, and supplies are free. Feel free to create a banner for the walk for climate change solutions.
For more information, contact Cade Bursell at 618-521-3804 (email@example.com) or Kathy Renfro at 618-529-4147 (firstname.lastname@example.org). A huge thanks to all participating organizations; Carbondale Community Arts, Carbondale Park District, Carbondale Main Street, SIU Touch of Nature, Neighborhood Coop, SIU Sustainability, SIU Student Volunteers, & SIU Honors Program Student Volunteers.
This program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. Payment assistance is a type of subsidy that reduces the mortgage payment for a short time. The amount of assistance is determined by the adjusted family income.
Who: low and very low-income households in Illinois who wish to purchase a home of their own.
What: 100% financing-33 year term-3% interest rate that may be subsidized for qualified applicants.
When: Rural Development accepts applications year-round.
Where: Rural Areas with populations 20,000 or less. Apply at any Rural Development location. The Quincy office is located at 338 S. 36th Street, Quincy, IL. 62301 phone number is 217-224-9307 ext. 4.
Why: You will have a sense of stability, security, and pride of ownership.
Who may apply for this program? A number of factors are considered when determining an applicant’s eligibility for Single Family Direct Home Loans. At a minimum, applicants interested in obtaining a direct loan must have an adjusted income that is at or below the applicable low-income limit for the area where they wish to buy a house and they must demonstrate a willingness and ability to repay debt.
Applicants must meet income eligibility for a direct loan. Please select your state from the dropdown menu above.
What is an eligible area? Generally, rural areas with a population of less than 35,000 are eligible. Visit the USDA Income and Property Eligibility website for complete details.
How may funds be used? Loan funds may be used to help low-income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas. Funds can be used to build, repair, renovate or relocate a home, or to purchase and prepare sites, including providing water and sewage facilities.
How much may I borrow?
Using the Single-Family Housing Direct Eligibility Assessment tool, potential applicants may enter information online to determine if the Section 502 Direct Loan Program is a good fit for them prior to applying. The tool will provide a preliminary eligibility determination after a potential applicant enters information on their general household composition, monthly income, monthly debts, property location, estimated property taxes, and estimated hazard insurance. Potential applicants are welcome to submit a complete application for an official determination by USDA Rural Development (RD) regardless of the eligibility assessment results. Upon receipt of a complete application, RD will determine the applicant’s eligibility using verified information and the applicant’s maximum loan amount based on their repayment ability and the area loan limit for the county in which the property is located.
What are the interest rate and payback periods?
Is there a deadline to apply? Applications for this program are accepted through your local RD office year-round.
How long does an application take? Processing times vary depending on funding availability and program demand in the area in which an applicant is interested in buying and completeness of the application package.
What governs this program?
Apply at any Rural Development location. The Quincy office is located at 338 S. 36th Street, Quincy, IL. 62301 phone number is 217-224-9307 ext. 4.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Contact: Amy Dion, Brand Manager, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, (618) 529-3533, ext. 201, or amy@Neighborhood.Coop; Jennifer Paulson, Executive Director, Food Works, (618)-370-3287 or email email@example.com
Proceeds to Benefit Regional Non-Profit, Food Works
Carbondale, Ill. – Want to meet an alpaca? Feed chickens and goats? See how local food is grown and harvested? Sample local produce and products? Area families and individuals can do all of these things and more by participating in the 2019 Neighborhood Co-op Grocery Farm Crawl, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15 from 1pm-6pm both days.
Sponsors include AES Solar, Kiki’s Coffee House in Anna, Carbondale Tourism, the Iron Whisk, the Southern Illinoisan, and the Daily Egyptian.
Presented by the Neighborhood Co-op and Food Works, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization facilitating the development of a regional food economy in Southern Illinois, this family-friendly, two-day event brings people together to visit and learn about 14 local southern Illinois farms. Participants will meet the farmers, learn the history of each farm, see how high-quality, locally-grown and locally-sourced products make it from farm to market, and learn the importance of supporting a local food economy.
The Farm Crawl is a self-guided tour, allowing participants to visit all 14 farms at their own pace for only $20 per car load. Car passes may be purchased in person at the Neighborhood Co-op at 1815 West Main in Carbondale, through September 15. All proceeds will benefit Food Works.
Participating farms include Autumn Ridge Hemp Farm, Bison Bluff Farms, Countrysprout Organics, Dayempur Farm & Dayempur Herbals, Echo Valley, Flora Bay Farm, Flyway Family Farm, La Colina Linda, LCL Farm, Owl Creek Vineyard, River to River Farm, Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch, Shawnee Hills Lavender, and Southern Illinois University Horticulture Research Center.
Activities on the farms include guided tours exploring organic processes, permaculture, hoop houses, greenhouses and high tunnels, crop and grazing rotation, alternative energy, and more. The farms feature alpacas, sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, chickens, fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and mushrooms. Children’s activities include feeding farm animals, scavenger hunts, coloring and drawing pages, and plenty of opportunities to play. Many farms will have items to sample and/or purchase.
About Neighborhood Co-Op Grocery
The mission of the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery is to serve the needs of owners and patrons by providing wholesome foods economically in the cooperative tradition, in ways that best promote the health of the individual, the community, and the earth. Learn more at www.neighborhood.coop.
About Food Works
Food Works is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization facilitating the development of a regional food economy in Southern Illinois. This enduring approach emphasizes access to good food for everyone, keeps food dollars circulating in local communities, and balances human needs with the health of the air, water and land resources on which all life depends. Food Works offers educational, on-farm field days for everyone interested in local foods. Learn more at fwsoil.org.
Brand Development Manager
Murdale Shopping Center
1815 W. Main St.
Carbondale, IL 62901
618.529.3533 x 201
CENTERSTONE AUTISM SERVICES THINK! LEARN! EXPLORE!
For over 50 years, Centerston has provided community behavioral health services in Southern Illinois. Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives.
Centerstone has seven locations in Southern Illinois. They include the Alton, Carbondale, Marion and West Frankfort areas. Centerstone offers skilled counseling, psychiatric and medical services, substance abuse treatment, and services for adults with developmental disabilities.
In May 2019, Centerstone launched Centerstone Autism Services: Think! Learn! Explore! (CASTLE), an intensive, evidence-based therapy program for children between the ages of two- and five-years-old who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
CASTLE can help with a variety of challenges faced by children diagnosed with ASD including developing complex language and social skills (e.g., engaging in conversations with peers), completing daily living skills (e.g., toileting), learning age- and developmentally-appropriate academic skills (e.g., reading and writing), as well as decreasing challenging behaviors (e.g., aggression, non-compliance).
“At Centerstone, we understand that no two children are the same, so our services are individualized and based on the identified strengths, needs, and priorities of clients and their families,” said Marty D. Price, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with Centerstone and the Behavior Analytic Program Manager.
Goals are determined based on a comprehensive assessment of the child’s current skills and deficits and may include skill domains such as the development of age-appropriate academic and daily living skills, development of social skills and language, or behavior reduction.
“We believe in delivering care that changes people’s lives,” Price said.
Prior to beginning CASTLE therapy, a BCBA will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the child’s current skills and deficits. Language and behavioral assessments are used to identify potential causes for a child’s challenging behavior, as well as specific skills or general skill domains that should be targeted for improvement over the course of treatment.
Services will be provided in-clinic through a one-on-one format with a therapist or behavior analyst from the child’s treatment team. The BCBA assigned to the child’s case will create an individualized treatment plan for the client.
“At Centerstone, we consider parents and caregivers a vital component for client success. Our goal is to provide ongoing support to our families, in addition to teaching valuable new skills that they can use to implement components of their child’s programming within their everyday lives,” Price said.
Centerstone’s clinic-based service model includes ongoing support for parents and caregivers, as well as frequent parent training. Parents may receive a variety of trainings related to their child’s programming including but not limited to addressing behavioral concerns, implementation of the behavior plan, teaching activities of daily living, language and communication training, and providing learning opportunities in-home.
CASTLE is located at 402 East Plaza Drive, Suite #5, Carterville. Currently, CASTLE is accepting private pay and commercial insurance clients. For more information, call 855-608-3560. Read more about CASTLE.
Courtesy of Centerstone.org. To learn more about CASTLE and other services provided by Centerston got to www.centerstone.org
he John A. Logan board of trustees approved a lease agreement with Southern Illinois University Head Start, pending legal review, to expand services at the college, and to terminate employment of five preschool staff and the director effective June 30, following approval of the lease agreement by SIUC.
SIUC Head Start currently operates one classroom at the Logan Pre-School. On July 1, it will assume tenancy of the entire existing preschool space.
Head Start, using funding from the Administration of Children and Family Services, will operate two classrooms of prekindergarten, serving 37 low-income children. Head Start will also provide transportation to and from school and will have a 28-passenger school bus on site.
SIU Head Start will fill the third available space with toddlers and two-year-olds when expansion funds become available in the upcoming year.
The college will lease the space to SIU Head Start and charge a monthly rate based on occupancy. The rate will be based upon a $19,000 annual lease cost. As part of the lease, the college will provide electricity, water and janitorial services. SIU Head Start will apply for its own DCFS license and hire its own employees to staff the center.
"Though the college will no longer be responsible for the operation of the preschool, services to those that need it the most will continue," said Vice President of Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick. "In addition, Head Start has agreed to continue to allow Logan's Early Childhood Program students to have lab assignments in the center."
But this change includes the termination of all staff presently employed in the preschool and current Head Start classrooms, which includes five union staff members and one nonteaching professional staff member.
According to the John A. Logan website, those employees include Susan Arnould, Tracie Griffith, Robin Humphries, Michelle Maas, Heather Marks and Director Lindsey Yordy. The change also affects substitute teachers employed at the day care center, including Cynthia Bartelsmeyer, Therese Cain, Sue Corbell and Cheryl McCann, and Culinary Specialist Colleen Price.
Trustee Glenn Poshard asked if the college would be providing information to people losing services because of this change and help for the people losing jobs.
House answered that the college would be working with the union and that he believes that most, if not all of the employees affected would be able to return to work at the college.
"We won't have a day care program anymore," McCormick said.
The center currently offers child care and preschool services for children ages 15 months through 6 years, available for students, faculty, staff and the public.
"We will have 18 spots open for lower-income individuals, and that's in addition to 19 spots that SIU has now," McCormick said.
By transitioning to a full Head Start program, the college stands to save at least $150,000 per year.
We will lose about $134,000 in the changeover," said McCormick. "But when we ran the preschool ourselves, we had substantial losses."
President Ron House said that it "makes good sense to cut our losses in the best interests of the institution."
Friday, April 12, 2019
Contact: Amy Dion, Brand Manager, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, (618) 529-3533, amy@Neighborhood.Coop; Francis Murphy, General Manager, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, (618) 529-3533, francis@Neighborhood.Coop
Funds Raised to Support Good Samaritan House in Carbondale
Carbondale, Ill. – Mark your calendars for the 2019 Neighborhood Co-op Grocery Feed Your Neighbor 5K Run/Walk! The event will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 beginning at 6pm at Turley Park, located on the corner of West Main and Glenview in Carbondale. The race will be professionally timed by River to River Runners and is a certified course.
All proceeds will support Good Samaritan House of Carbondale, which provides a food pantry, soup kitchen, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and emergency assistance to the area’s most vulnerable citizens. Participants are also asked to bring non-perishable food items on race day, especially canned goods, which will be donated to Good Samaritan House.
“Funds raised from this year’s race are especially important to Good Samaritan House right now because their food supply is low and additional grant monies the organization usually receives won’t be available for another six months,” said Amy Dion, Brand Manager for theNeighborhood Co-op Grocery. “We encourage runners and walkers of all ages to join us for a fun evening sharing a healthy activity together while helping to raise much-needed funds for a local organization dedicated to helping people in need.”
Good Samaritan House has served 31,406 meals over the past year, which includes 5,295 families, 5,363 children, and 15,587 individuals.
Participants may sign up in person at the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, 1815 West Main in Carbondale, online at www.neighborhood.coop, or at the event. On-site registration begins at 4pm on race day. If registered by April 19, all runners and walkers will receive a race t-shirt in their size and a swag bag. Additional activities will include live music, raffles, free massages from JALC Massage Therapy students, food, and beverages. Winners of each age group will be presented with Co-op made bread. Top male and female runners will be awarded a grand prize. Prize drawings after the race also will be held.
Major sponsors include the Daily Egyptian, the Southern Illinoisan, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Silkworm, Inc., RASSIK Complete Recovery Inc., and River Radio, with additional support provided by corporate sponsors AES Solar, First Southern Bank, Budslick Management Co., andHeartland Regional Medical Center. Contributing sponsors include the Carbondale Park District, the City of Carbondale, Arthur Agency,Banterra Bank, Intuitive Massage and Bodywork, J Fortune Photography, J & L Robinson Construction, Pediatrics Group LLC, and the Kiwanis Clubs of Carbondale and Murphysboro.
For more information about the race, contact Amy Dion at (618) 529-3533, amy@Neighborhood.Coop. Watch for updates online atwww.facebook.com/carbondalecoop.
About the Neighborhood Co-Op Grocery
The mission of the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery is to serve the needs of owners and patrons by providing wholesome foods economically in the cooperative tradition, in ways that best promote the health of the individual, the community, and the earth. Learn more atwww.neighborhood.coop.