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Ecumenical Adult Care Needs a Christmas Miracle Today
Frank Blood

Ecumenical Adult Care Needs a Christmas Miracle Today

At 5:00 this afternoon, the board of directors of Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville, a 501c3 charitable organization, will hold an emergency meeting to determine if the center can continue providing services to the community in January. Although it is expecting funds from local grants to be released soon, none will be in time to prevent the center from running out of money before December 31. The Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) continues to owe tens of thousands of dollars that haven’t been paid solely because of the budget crisis in Springfield. Even though the state passed a “stop-gap” appropriation bill at the end of June, payments covering services for over a year have not been received by Ecumenical and the end is here unless a miracle happens within the next week or two.

Ecumenical began operations 33 years ago, by a local group of churches that saw a need to help families by taking care of their frail elderly loved ones with dementia and other challenges during the day so employed members could continue working. Without a low-cost care center for “Mom,” some of those employees would have to quit work and apply for state assistance. Other families, which could not even afford the modest daily fee, were accepted at an even lower rate covered by IDOA. In April, Ecumenical was forced to turn away IDOA clients so it could remain in operation but fixed costs and a lowered census has only added to the crisis.

Laura Milligan, the Executive Director of Ecumenical, has done an outstanding job of balancing grants and donations with rising expenses for 30 years and is often praised for her skill at keeping costs to an absolute minimum. Caregivers depend on the center; some because of lower costs and others because their seniors have difficulty with more active centers. Per Laura, the center was caught between a rock and a hard place with no way out but to hang on as long as possible. No one could foresee that the State of Illinois wouldn’t pay its bills for this much time.


Ways You Can Help

This is an urgent plea for help that affects all caregivers. Please do what you can. First, pray for the board that they find a way to keep Ecumenical going until a longer-term plan can be implemented.

Ecumenical needs $10,000 to carry it through until the grants begin coming in. If you can help with a financial contribution or have an employer who might be interested in contributing, please call Ecumenical at 630-357-8166 or send Laura an email: and let them know what you are willing to do.

If you have a talent for raising short-term funds through social media and are willing to donate a few hours of your time, please contact Laura.

All of us can help just by spreading the word that one of our own needs us now. Please share this post with your friends or tell them about it. You will receive much more than you give when you help make a Christmas miracle happen.



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