This Action Alert Requires Your Immediate Action!
The U.S. Senate Health Care bill is expected to come to a vote by next Friday, June 30, with NO debate, NO amendments, and NO committee hearings. The bill, which was drafted by just 13 Republican Senators behind closed doors, includes major cuts to Medicaid. Group homes, Supported Employment, Day Services programs, Sheltered Workshop services and many other programs that serve adults with disabilities are paid for with Medicaid dollars. Medicaid dollars pay for IRIS and Managed Care organizations as well. With cuts to Medicaid, you or your loved one could lose their job, their support services, and their home!
This is serious and we are at the critical stage.
It is on all of us who care about services for adults with disabilities to push back and demand that the Senate do its job in public for all to see and reject any health care bill that has not been fully vetted.
Reach out to your Senator(s) and tell them to vote NO.
TWO WAYS TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS!
1. On the Internet: Go to http://www.accses.org/action-center?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f52672%2frespond
Fill in all the blanks (your name, email, address, zip, etc.) and press “SUBMIT” and you will automatically send a letter to Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Tammy Baldwin telling them to VOTE NO against Medicaid Cuts.
2. Call your Senators’ offices
Senator Johnson’s Washington office: (202) 224-5323
Tammy Baldwin’s Washington Office: (202) 224-5653
Leave a message telling them to VOTE NO against Medicaid Cuts that will Hurt Services to People with a Disability
DO THIS TODAY!
WE MUST PUSH BACK TO INSURE WE HAVE THE SERVICES WE NEED FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES.
RCS Empowers, Inc. announces President’s Retirement and Successor
RCS Volunteer Receives Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award
RCS volunteer, Marge Sonnenburg, personifies the “Spirit of Giving” through her selfless dedication to helping others. It was no surprise to the staff and participants at RCS when she received the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award at the Spirit of Sheboygan County Volunteer Awards this year. Sonnenburg has been volunteering at RCS Empowers, Inc. for 30+ years!
Sonnenburg first started volunteering in Vivian Bienert’s Drama Groups when Vivian started the RCS play over 30 years ago. Since that time, Sonnenburg has volunteered in many classrooms over the years and has assisted with sewing play costumes and prom dresses. She is now 91 years old and does not drive anymore. Sonnenburg takes the city bus to come to RCS on Thursday afternoons to help RCS Art Therapy classes. Sonnenburg has helped with this class for seven years, even during the winter months, rain or shine. She is truly committed to helping others.
Sonnenburg has embraced what art therapy can give the participants, especially the power of creativity and choice. The class enjoys hearing Sonnenburg’s view on life because of her wealth of wisdom and life experience. She shares her bits of wisdom that participants can use in their daily life, such as, “Life is too short, so be kind to each other.”
At RCS Empowers, our mission statement is, “To empower individuals with disabilities & special needs so that they may work, live and function with dignity and respect.” Sonnenburg empowers our participants through her kindness and wisdom. Whether it’s helping out during the RCS Empowers plays, the art shows, the Art Therapy groups, or daily living, Sonnenburg always lends a caring ear, smiling face, and kind heart to those who need it the most.
Birth to Three program had 100% compliance in their State of Wisconsin review…
Congratulations to the RCS Birth to Three Staff: Sheila Sprang, Deb Binversie, Stacy Grusznski, and April Sabel.
The State of Wisconsin completed a review and found that they had 100% compliance in providing services to infants, toddlers, and families in need of Birth to Three Services. The Birth to Three Program has standards that need to be met including the length of time from referral to service, timeframes for service provision, reporting requirements, and other quality measures.
This is a great reflection on our staff and the superb services they provide. We are very proud of you!