Senior TransportationAugust Sponsor of the Month

Family Service honors BankChampaign for their very generous, ongoing support of older adults. Their annual donation of $2,500 will support Senior Transportation providing rides for people aged 60+ who cannot drive themselves to the doctor, pharmacy, bank, grocery store, and to volunteer or visit a spouse in the hospital.

Demand for rides has increased dramatically in recent years and this support is greatly appreciated.  Last year, more than 350 people received more than 6,500 rides.  Thanks for helping keep this service available in our community!

counseling-lr-201x300Family Service has open clinical therapist position

Family Service seeks to hire a licensed clincial therapist for an immediate opening for a part-time salaried position (28 hours a week).  A master’s degree as well as a professional certification are required.

Appropriate candidate would be expected to provide direct clinical/counseling services to families, couples, individuals, and groups, as well as communicating and networking with collateral and community resources as appropriate.   For details about position and how to inquire, click here.

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Family Service requests greater community support to be able to offer people age 60 or older one ride a week to medical appointments or to get groceries.  We need more volunteer drivers; we can reimburse your gas mileage. We order a cab when we don’t have volunteers, and pay half the cab fare (MTD pays the other half for those with a DASH pass).  These costs are becoming more than we can afford.

If you have a couple of spare hours a week, we could greatly use your help.  Call Terry Goode at 217-352-0099.  

Have more money than time?  Your tax-deductible donation to Family Service Senior Transportation will make a great difference to older adults in our community.  You can help them access everything else they need.  Thank you.

Family Service tile50th Anniversary of Meals on Wheels

More than a million meals served!

Meals on Wheels began delivering hot meals 50 years ago on May 31, 1965.  In those days, Church Women United members donned dresses and heels to deliver three meals a day for $2 in wicker baskets.  Fifty years later, their members still deliver to about 30 people every weekday.  Many heartfelt thanks to the retirees,  corporate partners and board and staff members who regularly deliver up a hot nutritious lunch, optional sack supper, and a friendly check on older adults in our community.  One volunteer’s story sums it up nicely!

  laughing senior coupleSenior Task Force

Are you interested in learning about or being a local voice for senior issues?  Then join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am at Grace Church, 2004 Philo Road, Urbana, IL  61802 .  This collaborative group is sponsored by Family Service and Health Alliance and provides timely topics, informed presenters, and networking opportunities each  meeting.

Next meeting is Oct. 21, 2015 at 9:00 am. (Note: There is no September meeting)

Guest speaker:  Kathleen Holden, Director, and her colleague Jeff Woods, University of Illinois

Presentation about the WHO Age Friendly designation in Portland, OR and a discussion of the C-U Age Friendly Initiative.  Please forward your questions, ideas or concerns about the C-U Age Friendly Initiative in advance to Kathleen Holden at so she can address them in her presentation.

Call Rosanna McLain, Senior Resource Center Director, at 217-352-5100 or check out for more information.

  escripMake a difference every time you shop at Schnuck’s

Schnuck’s will donate a percentage of what you spend each month to Family Service.  How?

1. Register your Schnuck’s card with eScrip at’s (include all 12 numbers at the bottom) and select Family Service as the recipient.  Our group # is 500044316.

2.  Make sure your card is scanned every time you check out.  This will earn you discounts on gasoline purchases too.  Your donations do not reduce your gas discounts.

3.  If you need a card or assistance with registering one, call Terry Goode, Development Director, at 352-0099. Thank you!