Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Fourth Fridays in Pekin

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce plans to continue to promote Fourth Fridays in Pekin events and opportunities between April and August. Every Fourth Friday, we will highlight an event or opportunity in the Pekin area - this may be a photography class, art displays, or musical entertainment to enjoy.  We might highlight an artist or local business offering artistic opportunities or we may use this time to enhance quality of life in our community in another way. 

Given the current situation with COVID-19, we chose to serve the community this month by hosting a Drive-By Food Drive. This event was quite successful, as we were able to gather two car-loads of non-perishable food and household items. Working with the Tazewell County Health Department Emergency Operation Center, we selected the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Pekin as the recipient this month. A heartfelt thank you to the Pekin community for your support of our Drive-By Food Drive. We were blessed with several very generous cash donations.  One donor, the Ladies of the Moose in Pekin went out of their way to meet so that they would be able to support our efforts. 

With the extension of the Stay-at- Home order, we will use the Fourth Fridays in Pekin platform to host a Drive-By Food Drive again on Friday, May 22nd from 8 am until Noon at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce office (402 Court Street).  We hope that your businesses, family or organizations will support us as well.  

We were also excited to highlight Leo's Art Studio this month during the Fourth Fridays in Pekin Facebook Event found here https://www.facebook.com/events/2377572202346543/

Enjoy a Fourth Friday PARTY at Leo's Art Studio Thursday, April 30, 4pm. Join the live stream, or use the video when you have time. You'll just need supplies you already have at home.. acrylic or watercolor paints, a big and small brush, canvas/paper, water cup, paper towels.   Thank you, Terri for the talents you share with our community!

Watch our newsletters and social media for more Fourth Fridays in Pekin events and opportunities through August!

Gateway Foundation: There is No Stopping Spring. There is No Dampening the Human Spirit.

When confronted with adversity, we, as people, as a nation, rise to meet the challenge and overcome the situation. Gateway has been doing this for over 50 years – always here responding to new critical times, providing hope so people in need can access a life of recovery. Today is no different -- much like the new buds we see transform into beautiful flowers despite the cold winter – we are here to inspire and help our clients survive this new challenge and come out stronger on the other end.

Gateway Foundation continues to take care of those that need substance use disorder and co-occurring treatment because that public health crisis isn’t slowing down for anyone despite of COVID-19. Our teams have adapted using innovation to continue admissions into our newly-formed virtual programming for clients and members of our recovery community. We are open and providing the full continuum of care across all of our locations. We have been working through these challenging times to make sure there is a safe space for anyone reaching out for help.  

As the daylight gets longer, as the Stay-At-Home order continues, please know Gateway Foundation is here for everyone we serve and those we will serve in the future. We understand that this crisis is impacting many of our supporters. To those of you who are already involved in helping us spread the word and supporting our efforts – THANK YOU!

Illinois Central College to Begin Distributing CARES Act Funds

Illinois Central College received their Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for students and is beginning to distribute funds to students.  Before the CARES Act passed, ICC began assessing student needs and planning for the distribution of these federal funds. The college expects to complete the distribution of $1.6 million to over 2,300 students next week. 

Illinois Central College has adjusted rapidly to the evolving environment caused by COVID-19. Faculty converted over 1,500 courses to an online learning environment within a two-week timespan. The college continues to support students with the upmost care through the transition to a virtual learning institution.  

Over 79 percent of Illinois Central College students work while attending classes. Many of these students have recently experienced reduced work hours or job loss. The loss of income impacts students’ educational journeys, possibly derailing their progress to a degree and a better future.    

In anticipation of the CARES Act funds, ICC assembled a team at the end of March to reach out to students, determine their needs and prepare for fund distribution. The college sent an email to over 5,000 students enrolled in the spring semester with six credit hours or more, informing them of the possibility of upcoming federal funding.   

“Supporting our students and removing barriers so they can continue receiving a quality education is our top priority. We have been diligent in our planning, so those who responded to our financial need survey will have almost immediate access to the CARES Act funds,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “These funds are urgently needed to help students cover expenses related to the disruption in their lives and studies due to COVID-19, including costs for course materials, technology, food, housing, and childcare. These funds support our students in continuing their education and moving forward during this challenging time.” 

ICC received over 1,000 responses from students with comments ranging from “This money will help me buy groceries, since I just lost my job,” to “I don’t know how I’m going to afford internet service to complete my courses online.” The college gathered all responses, began sorting the needs identified by students and responding with available support prior to receiving this funding.     

Illinois Central College will receive approximately $3.8 million from the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It provides nearly $14 billion to higher education institutions to support the incurred cost of shifting classes online and for grants to students with emergent needs.  The act stipulates 50 percent of the funds each school receives must directly support students. 

BBB: Strategies for post- pandemic Recovery

Join Accredited Businesses from around the country on April 29th to hear tips and guidance from a respected business strategist. David Kaplan with Panoramic Strategic Solutions, LLC (panoramicstrategy.com) will outline issues confronting businesses as we prepare to “reopen for business”. How do you get your customers back? What changes do you need to make in a “new environment”? What financial issues should you prepare for? 

Rescue, Reposition, Recover: Steps to Plan and Execute Confidently During Uncertain Time
We'll review: 

· Options to secure resources now: make decisions from a place of strength
· Processes to reflect and ask the right questions: help discover your path forward 
· Tools and tips: accelerate execution with your team

Rebuild with BBB: Join Accredited Businesses around the country to hear from David Kaplan, respected Business strategist, about strategies for post-pandemic recovery

Monday, April 27, 2020

Northwestern Mutual Advises Quick Ways to Cut Costs from Your Budget

Quick Ways to Cut Costs From Your Budget

Whether your income has been impacted by the coronavirus or you’re concerned that it could be in the coming months, there’s a good chance that you’re looking for quick ways to cut costs from your budget. 
Here are a few areas where you could trim right away to free up money.

Miller Center Thanks Local Chamber Members for their Support

A big THANK YOU to Valucheck of Pekin, United Way of Pekin and Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes for making their grocery deliveries possible!

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The Miller Center Staff want you to stay HOME and HEALTHY! Follow them on Facebook for Miller Center updates. They will resume
operations as soon as it is safe.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Heartland Health Services Updated Service Centers

Heartland Health Services
Scheduling Main Phone Line: 309-680-7600
HHS Location's Open:
Appointments will be seen at HHS-Carver, 711 W John Gwynn Ave- Peoria, IL
Appointments will be seen at HHS-Garden, 1701 W Garden Street- Peoria, IL
Appointments will be seen at HHS-East Bluff, 2321 N Wisconsin Ave- Peoria, IL
Appointments will be seen at HHS-Armstrong, 320 E Armstrong Ave- Peoria, IL
Appointments will be seen at HHS-Olt, 19 Olt Ave-Pekin, IL
Appointments will be seen at HHS- Tazwood 3248 Vandever Ave Pekin, IL

HHS Sheridan Location Appointment relocation:
In efforts to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of our patients and staff.
Heartland Health Services will close HHS Sheridan, until further notice.
Appointments will be seen at HHS-East Bluff, 2321 N Wisconsin Ave.
Or The nearest Heartland Health Services location

Heartland Outreach Services are still providing any person with free phone insurance counseling for Medicaid, Marketplace, & Medicare. Providing eligibility screenings, account creations, enrollments, & community resources. 
Serving Peoria, Tazewell, Knox, Stark, Marshall, Woodford Counties
Outreach Certified Application Counselors Hotline: 309-680-7632
Navigator/Certified Application Counselors Hotline: 309-495-8678- Bilingual-Spanish Speaking Navigator available on this line
Outreach/Enrollment@hhsil.com   - please enter your assistance need in subject line and name, phone, dob and details of.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Moving Business Forward - a webinar series from Comcast Business April 2020

Thursday April 23, 2020 Noon CDT — Education and COVID 19: Remote Learning Tech Solutions

COVID-19 has created global disruption on a scale not seen in the modern era. The education sector, in particular, has been deeply impacted. In fact, a March 2020 report by the United Nations indicates that some 300 million schoolchildren worldwide unable to continue with school as a result of the outbreak. The domestic scope is just as daunting: In a single Seattle school district, the virus has forced nearly 24,000 students out of in-person classes. The solution many schools nationwide are turning to is remote learning. While some districts are well-prepared for the shift, many find themselves without the needed technology to enable remote learning at all.
 Join us on April 23 at Noon CDT. for “Education and COVID- 19: Remote Learning Tech Solutions” a webinar from Comcast Business. We’ll explore the current state of remote learning, from both educational and technology infrastructure perspectives; the current technology needs for educators; how the ramp-up has gone thus far; how networks and technologies will shift going forward; and what the remote learning landscape may look like in the long term.
• Lenny Schad, Chief Information & Innovation Officer - District Administration 
• Nelson Ortiz, Executive Director National Sales Engineering at Comcast Business.

Tuesday April 28. 2020 Noon CDT — Keeping Cybercriminals at Bay—and Protecting Your Business—During a Crisis 
Cybercriminals love a crisis. Amid the COVID-19 outbreaks, companies are even more vulnerable than usual to cyberattacks. As more business owners move operations completely online and larger organizations are directing employees to work from home, remote work means a rise in the number of devices employees are using and an increase in the use of online conferencing tools, letting hackers cast a much wider net in which to snare potential targets. 
 Join us on April 28 at Noon CDT for “Keeping Cybercriminals at Bay—and Protecting Your Business—During a Crisis,” a webinar from Comcast Business. We’ll outline the ways in which businesses represent targets for hackers, what new challenges the COVID-19 crisis presents, analysis of threat types, and the steps companies are taking to mitigate cybersecurity risks during workplace and business disruption.  
·         Shena Seneca Tharnish, Vice President, Cybersecurity Products, Comcast Business
·         Noopur DavisEVP, Chief Prod. & Info Security Officer

Thursday April 30, 2020, Noon CDT —Steering Your Brand Through Crisis
In every crisis, there are decisions and actions that can make, or break, a brand. Fortune favors the prepared, agile and decisive – true in good times, even more so in testing ones. Brand actions matter – and brands will be rewarded, or not, based on how they were perceived during difficult times. This panel will examine the three phases of managing your brand through a crisis as it begins, peaks and your company comes out the other side.
 Join us on April 21 at Noon CDT for “Steering Your Brand Through Crisis,” a webinar from Comcast Business. Our panel will discuss the keys to successfully be managing your brand and messaging through the three phases of any crisis: at its inception, as it grows and peaks, and, finally, as your brand emerges from the disruption.
·         Lou Aversano, Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy & Mather USA

Saturday, April 18, 2020

CASA's Hands Across Illinois Virtual Event

Join CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Illinois CASA and other programs throughout the state for a
to raise awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect.

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Gateway's Virtual Inspiration Series


We Are Excited to Announce Our Virtual Inspiration Series

Together Gateway Foundation, Beacon House and Higher Thought Institute are hosting a four-part webinar series with three highly acclaimed authors and clinicians.

Please Join Us For This Four-Part Series
with Rob Weiss PhD, LCSW, Colin Ross, M.D. and TJ Woodward

Earn 1.5 CE’s from the comfort of your own home or office. Listen to and watch these exceptional clinicians present on Trauma and Attachment, Intimacy Disorders, Mindfulness, and Conscious Recovery.
Each 90 minute webinar will cost $10.00 and is tax deductible. A portion of your proceeds will go to help offset the cost of treating Medicaid patients utilizing our virtual outpatient programs that are currently not covered by the state. If you are experiencing a financial hardship during this time and would like to attend, but can not make a donation, please email us at marketing@gatewayfoundation.org.
*Secure your spot today, as space is limited.

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependence
Rob Weiss PhD, LCSW

Date: 4/24/2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
CEU: 1.5 credits
Since Codependent No More became a self-help book sensation nearly 40 years ago, we’ve seen a torrent of book titles, articles, workshops, and even whole therapy centers centered around codependence work as a therapy concept. Codependency is what we know. But codependency has never been formalized as a diagnosis in the DMS or the ICD. Not ever. In fact there has never been a formal, criteria-based addiction or mental health diagnosis for the “issue” that we call codependency. So, what does this mean to our work today? Which one of the 340+ books on this topic holds the ‘right’ method? Perhaps codependency requires a review for 2020. This thought-provoking talk by treatment specialist, author, and speaker Dr. Robert Weiss LCSW asks attendees to question old assumptions and consider new ideas, ensuring the work we provide remains strength-based, useful and deeply compassionate.

Trauma, Attachment, Dissociation & EMDR
Colin A. Ross, M.D.

Date: 5/01/2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
CEU: 1.5 credits
In this webinar, Dr. Ross will discuss the relationships between attachment conflicts, dissociation and EMDR Therapy. A core principle from his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) is the problem of attachment to the perpetrator – this will be explained and then linked to dissociation and EMDR Therapy. Four meanings of the word ‘dissociation’ will be reviewed to clarify the discussion. Within TMT a basic function of dissociation is to protect a child’s attachment systems and solve the problem of attachment to the perpetrator. The child also develops a conflicted, ambivalent and dissociated relationship with him or herself. These dissociated elements of self can be targets within EMDR Therapy, which is fundamentally based on a trauma-dissociation model, as Dr. Ross will propose. The goal of EMDR Therapy is to integrate these dissociated elements with the Adaptive Information Processing Model.

Creating a New Narrative for Recovery
TJ Woodward

Date: 5/08/2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
CEU: 1.5 credits
In many ways, the current treatment model is not working. Suicide rates are up, overdoses are running rampant in our culture, and relapse continues to be accepted as a “part of recovery.” I believe we can do better. At this time in our evolution, we may need to ask ourselves what WE can do differently. It is time to shift the conversation from addiction treatment to addiction healing.
In the current treatment paradigm, we as clinicians often treat symptoms without looking deeper into the root causes of addiction. We also often use language that can be disempowering and create an environment in which our clients remain stuck in a sense of hopelessness. Many of us have been trained to diagnose and treat, which is useful, at some level. We also sometimes look at our clients through the lens of “brokenness” rather than holding a space for them to access their inner-wisdom and heal from multiple layers of unresolved trauma, spiritual disconnection, and toxic shame.

The Fusion of Substance Use & Sex Addiction

Rob Weiss PhD, LCSW

Date: 5/15/2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
CEU: 1.5 credits
Human sexuality, intimacy, and romance are among the most profoundly meaningful and driving forces in all our lives. Whether considering communal, family, and friendship focused intimacies or romantic sexual encounters, nothing is more predictive about the overall success of our physical and emotional lives than the success of our relationships. And yet, when clients come into addiction and mental health treatment, how often do our clinical assessments, questions, and even the framing of clinical disorders avoid asking about the sex itself? Why is it that mental health and addiction professionals often have (for example) no problem openly discussing a patient’s childhood sexual trauma, but seem less comfortable exploring similar issues related to their adult sexuality and intimate relationships? This goal of this talk is to examine how we can improve overall clinical care and clinical outcomes by clearly and openly assessing for sexual issues at the start of any treatment, especially if we wish to reduce recidivism among drug addicts and other emotionally challenged populations. If we are more purposeful and adept and assessing for sexual issues in treatment, doesn’t that imply we will be better able to capture potential situations where our clients will relapse (in various forms) related to sex? Let’s talk about it.

Gateway Foundation is the largest national, nonprofit organization committed to reducing substance use and co-occurring mental health problems through effective, efficient, and personalized treatment programs. In addition to our Substance Use and Co-occurring programs, we offer specialize programs including a Professional Program, LGBTQ , Adolescent, Young Men’s program, Women and Trauma, Alcohol Use Disorder program, and our new Virtual Out Patient program. Utilizing our 9 evidence based practices as our core curriculum our goal is simple: to save lives.

Beacon House, a proud affiliate of Gateway Foundation, is a nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization located on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. We offer a full continuum of care, including treatment of co-occurring disorders with sub-acute detox, residential and outpatient programs, and are in-network with most commercial insurance companies.

Higher Thought Institute is the leading provider of continuing education for behavioral health professionals to meet their CE requirements. Our mission is to provide mental health care providers with the resources for continuing education, inspiration and higher learning through conferences, online courses and professional exhibitions

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