mother_daughter21-300x199Sponsor of the Month

Family Service is very grateful for recent grants from the Ruth Hayward Masonic Fund in support of our Meals on Wheels and HomeCare services.  Many, many thanks for your generous contributions of $12,000 to each program.  You’re really making a difference for hundreds of seniors in our community.

Meals on Wheels has been delivering meals in Champaign County for 50 years.  The support of the Ruth Hayward Masonic Fund has certainly been a huge support in making that happen for many years.  Thank you for keeping older adults well fed and cared for in our community!

2014 Fall Self-Help Conference was a Success!

Mowrer Award Honorees: Back row: Charlie Rohn, Dwain Berggen, Dawn Henry, Front row: Loralea Liss (Self-Help Coordinator), Jan Rohn, Susan Arbuckle, Charles Arbuckle

Mowrer Award Honorees:
Back row: Charlie Rohn, Dwain Berggen, Dawn Henry, Front row: Loralea Liss (Self-Help Coordinator), Jan Rohn, Susan Arbuckle, Charles Arbuckle

We want to thank all the people who made our biannual conference on Saturday, October 11 so wonderful!

Dr. Kevin Pettit, keynote speaker, shared his experience, when as a young professor, husband  and father, his world was turned upside down suddenly from a major car accident and serious injury including traumatic brain injury  His journey adjusting to life with disability and creating new abilities was compelling and inspiring.

Our Mowrer Award Honorees:

Established Group: GROW–Dwain Berggen accepted on their behalf and shared their 36 year success story.

New Group: Parkinson’s Support Group of Champaign County, Facilitators Charlie Rohn and Charles Arbuckle accepted.  Only 18 months old this group has 70 people involved and 35-40 at every weekly meeting.

Group Facilitator: Dawn Henry of the Brain Injury Association of East Central Brain Injury Support Grou

The Illini Service Dogs brought their handlers and showed us what a great service they render to people with disability at the end of the day.  Check out their website to learn more about their mission.


 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: There will be No December Meeting.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 21 at 9:00 am.  Please note the new location at Grace Church, 2004 Philo Road in Urbana, IL.

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!