QUINCY -- When Mike Nobis thinks about how the Quincy Teen Reach program weathered the state budget impasse, he's still amazed.
"We were right on the cusp of closing. We were not just day to day, we were hour to hour," said Nobis, chairman of the Teen Reach Board.
Teen Reach, a program that helps at-risk youth stay safe and graduate from high school, offers after-school programs and life skills education, encourages parental involvement, and hosts recreational events. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Quincy Teen Reach also has generally gotten about $110,000 a year from the state.
Those funds stopped in 2015 as the budget crisis in Springfield began. Other Teen Reach sites in the state began shutting down. But the Quincy agency kept going, thanks to a dedicated staff and board, and community support.
"Our staff went two or three months when they didn't get paid," Nobis said. "There was extreme sacrifice by our staff."
When news reports came out about how close the pro...
What a great way to start off summer! Thank you to everyone that helped with our Summer Kickoff, and to everyone that joined us for this fun filled event. If you would like information regarding our summer program please message us.
QUINCY -- Quincy Teen Reach will hold a summer kickoff event to let the community know about summer programs available for children.
The event, which will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the field next to the Fredrick Ball Community Center, 815 Elm, is meant to provide a fun environment for children while parents receive information.
Teen Reach Director Dennis Williams said there will be a slip-and-slide and other attractions for children.
"It's available to everyone," he said. "We want everyone to come out."
Williams said the event could be particularly beneficial for working parents who need ways to keep their children occupied during the months when they aren't in school.
"We're trying to show the community what is available to them," he said. "We want it to be a fun event but also informational."
Arts Quincy, Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy Park District, Quincy Fire Department and Quincy Police Department are among the organizations that will be represented at the event, publi...
QUINCY -- When Mike Nobis looks at Washington School, he sees the building's potential to continue serving the Quincy community.
He sees it as a hub for services to help its surrounding neighborhood advance education, maximize income through workforce development, promote health and provide food security.
He sees it as the home of Help Us Build, or HUB, to support struggling families and young people.
"We will be the empowerment center to not only get them in the right direction but walk them through the process," said Nobis, chairman of the Teen Reach board of directors. "In the end, whatever they want out of life -- family care, counseling, legal help, health care, childcare, food -- they come here, we help them start the process and help them through it."
That vision won't become reality without acquiring the building. Nobis on Wednesday asked the Quincy School Board to either donate the building or at least negotiate a price to suit the needs of the School District and HUB.
Quincy's Quarter Madness was a success! Through this fundrasier we were able to raise $1,800 in quarters, $200 in cash, and $551 from our 50/50 drawing for a grand total of..... $2,551. A big thank you to Gerilynn Morrison and all of her volunteers for choosing Quincy Teen REACH as the recipient of the proceeds of the auction. Thank you to all of the sponsors and individuals who donated items and to everyone who came out to support this great cause and have fun. Thank you to our 50/50 winner for donating her winnings back to Quincy Teen REACH. #REACHtomakeadifference
Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed cuts that would effectively cut off all funding for Teen REACH.
Danajha Tate has been involved in Teen REACH for five years. She noted that its given her a safe place to go after school and provided academic help.
"When they don't want to do it, they push them to keep doing it." Tate said. "So without teen reach, most kids would be probably failing more or just give up automatically."
But, all of that could be in jeopardy with the proposed cuts.
"Here we are again, and I don't know if he sees us as value anymore. It affects a lot of kids." Program Director Dennis Williams said. "We're just getting up and running real good and well, where we could get some funding coming in, and he's taking it away."
Williams noted that Quincy's Teen REACH has been surviving on community donations during the state's budget stalemate. But, the proposal to cut state funding for good would be a much different scenario.
Quincy Teen REACH will extend our hours all throughout the teachers strike. We want to provide a safe place for students in our community to continue their academics, maybe meet some new friends and to have some fun together.
Teen REACH is committed to helping our community in tough times like these. How can you help? If you are bringing donations to help with the additional students that will be coming to Teen Reach if the teachers strike.....please come to our new locatio