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Disability Housing: Living, Supporting, and Loving Intentionally

Micaela Connery | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

A leisurely conversation-filled dinner with not a single phone on the table. Religion that was welcoming and inviting (and-not-even-a-tiny-bit-divisive). Morning greetings of "Wow, looking good!"

Judge Says State of Illinois Could Be Held in Contempt of Court if Comptroller Doesn't Pay Social Service Providers

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If Munger and the state can't figure out a way to pay those social service providers, some of them will have to stop providing help to Illinoisans who need it.

44 Ways the Young Old (Boomers) Can Help the Extreme Old and Make Money

Carol Marak | Posted 08.13.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

If you don't work in the industry, you might not "get" why someone would spend cash on learning about older people. But if you're in the private sector, I recommend that you have a change of heart. I know that growing older is not an attractive phase in our culture, and the general public would rather ignore it altogether.

Has Rauner Finally Found Effective Union Reform Rhetoric?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner has said he would be more willing to talk about passing a budget if legislative Democrats were more willing to talk about these union deals.

Map: Where the Illinois Budget Shutdown Is Felt the Most

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.27.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As Illinois' budget impasse continues, the lack of funding for government agencies and the organizations they support is starting to take a toll. Chec...

Money That Could Be Going to Social Services and Schools Is Instead Going to Illinois' Pension Debt

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois state elected officials are working on creating a budget for the new fiscal year. But even once that budget is agreed upon, there won't be ne...

Disability Housing: Institutional Avoidance

Micaela Connery | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

You can't live in Connecticut and work on anything related to disability services and not know about Southbury Training School.

Beware the Summer Tax Hikes, Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer.

The Part of Prison We Aren't Talking About

Sean Larner | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Sean Larner

In this era of mass incarceration, 750,000 men, women and children are released from prison and out-of-home placement annually. Many are like Sherane: growing up in prison only to be released into the same life that made crime necessary in the first place.

Trafficking Victims Need More Than Legal Reform

Rory Lancman | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Rory Lancman

We're missing something. While we reconfigure the legal paradigm to recognize the inherent humanity of trafficked women, we have failed to provide them with the services their humanity requires.

Rauner Budget Would Cut Medicaid, Restore Funding for Other Social Services

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.02.2015 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

Rauner's 2016 budget proposal is far from law -- any spending plan must first pass the Illinois General Assembly, which will happen sometime over the course of the coming months. Until then, Illinois will prove a testing ground for how to dig out of debt without undue harm to the state's most vulnerable residents.

New App That Simplifies Food Assistance, Healthcare Benefits To Help Millions Of Families In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact

A new app in development could make accessing social services a much easier task for many Americans. Single Stop, USA -- a nonprofit that has serv...

How United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Is Ushering in a New Wave of Philanthropy

Trevor Neilson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Trevor Neilson

You've probably heard of United Way. In fact, most people in the U.S. are aware of United Way's work. And when you think of them, "cutting edge" may not be the first phrase that comes to mind.

Survival Is Not Enough: Help Children Thrive, Not Just Survive

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2015 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

The child who has at least one stable, adult relationship experiences a greater measure of success than a child who grows up alone in a well-intentioned government supported system of care.

Child Welfare Reform: Effecting Real Change -- At Last

Sidney Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Sidney Goldberg

It stretches the imagination that anything similar to child welfare's enduring status quo would not evoke public outcry in other fields such as law, business or medicine. Child welfare involve families too and they deserve nothing less than the most competent assistance.

BUILDing Better, Healthier Communities

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Brian Castrucci

Our consequences-based approach to health care will lead to a lifetime of medication, countless doctor visits, and the need for surgery and other costly interventions for those who are chronically ill.

My Mother's Influence: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

In a three-part series I posted a few weeks ago, I shared the story of Myong, a refugee mother whom I tried to help when I ran a social service agency in the '80s.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives (2 of 3)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

The more I have learned about the hundreds of families I have tried to help in my 35 years in the social sector, the more I realize that most low-income parents or guardians should be approached with admiration and respect.

The State of State (and Local) Finances

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

State and local governments as a whole have kept spending growth in line with revenues growth and so have contained the flow of red ink. This is good news, even with all the caveats. There are, however, longer-term concerns.

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.01.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

It was 1983 I was running a counseling program for refugees from the Vietnam War. My social worker and I had just left what I thought was a great counseling session with Myong, a single mom from Vietnam who raising three kids on her own.

Expanding a Culture of Service

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Service is an essential part of our nation's DNA. Throughout our history, volunteers across the country have stepped up to fill a range of critical needs.

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Stephen Pevar | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 in an effort to stop American-Indian families from having their children removed by state and local officials. Yet 36 years later, Indian children in South Dakota are 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than non-Indian children.

Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

Irv Katz | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

All kids come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let's not exclude kids with disabilities -- they have these assets as well. So on what dimension do kids differ?

What I Realized When I Finally Decided To Sign Up For Food Stamps

Dennis Powers | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

These were not the dregs of society looking for a handout. These were working people, just like me, who just needed some help. This was a shocking reminder of what has become of the middle class.