Every year, Mosaic in Rockford sends individuals to Springfield to advocate for their quality of care with the State of Illinois. The individuals who attend write letters to their local representatives advocating on a specific issue.
Last year, the individuals advocated for a larger amount in their Social Security check. Each individual wrote a letter detailing what they would do with $10 more each month. This year individuals will advocate for a higher a wage for their direct care staff. In Illinois, direct support professionals receive less than $10 an hour. Many entry-level jobs in the area pay significantly more than $10. This affects the people we serve because the staff they see every day who help them when they need assistance often changes.
Mosaic strives to provide a life of possibilities for those we support. We cannot do that without the consistent care of direct support professionals who stay with Mosaic. The people we serve want to see the staff who take care of them get taken care of as well. Mosaic in Rockford will join hundreds of self-advocates and allies in speaking out in support of community living for people with disabilities on May 24, 2017 at the Going Home Rally Day. This will be a great opportunity for individuals to exercise their advocacy skills as well as learn new ones.
Sign up to advocate on behalf of the people Mosaic supports at mosaicinfo.org/advocate.