- 1988 - A local chapter of the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
(CCDI), a state-wide advocacy group, forms in Decatur. In 1990 they establish
a committee to begin the process of creating a Center for Independent Living to
serve people with disabilities in Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby counties.
- 1991 - In December an interim board is formed.
- 1992 - January the interim board begins meeting at Family Systems in
Decatur and selects officers. In June the board selects the name, Soyland Access
to Independent Living (SAIL). By-laws are drafted in August with a charter
incorporation application funded by the local CCDI. In September Jim Bogle
is elected volunteer interim director with a temporary office established at
Easter Seals. SAIL becomes incorporated in October and receives a $500 grant
from the Decatur Human Relations Committee.
- 1993 - January SAIL's first newsletter, the "Anchor", is created as
well as future staff and volunteer policies. In February, SAIL receives a $12,600
block grant from the city of Decatur to construct ramps and a $250 grant from
the Decatur Human Relations Committee for administrative expenses. SAIL moves
into donated office space at St. Mary's Hospital in May. Jim Bogle resigns as
interim director in July and is replaced by Paul Rosenberger. In August SAIL
conducts workshops in their three county areas through grant funding from the
Great Lakes Technical Assistance Center. Fundraising efforts are continued
throughout the year including the sale of t-shirts with the new SAIL logo.
- 1994 - SAIL receives donations of $1200 from the Decatur Jaycees and
$500 from the Human Service Agency Consortium (HSAC) to build ramps. During
this year thirty ramps are built through additional monies from the city block
grant. In April board members testify at budget hearings in Springfield. They
meet with legislators during the stateís May budget negotiations to secure
funding to open a CIL. Through their advocacy efforts and the support of the
late Senator Penny Severns and Representative Duane Noland, SAIL receives
$100,000 in funding in October to become the stateís 20th CIL. Matt Abrahamson
is hired in December as SAILís first Executive Director.
- 1995 - In February SAILís Facility Search Committee chooses an office
in a previously unoccupied portion of a building in Park 101, a large business
complex located on the northeast side of Decatur. SAIL hires it first staff
member in March as Independent Living Coordinator/Receptionist. In May, SAIL
holds its first board meeting in the new facility and the first part-time
receptionist is hired. The city of Decatur awards SAIL $16,800 for building
ramps in June. In July the Springfield Diocese awards SAIL a $1700 Catholic
Human Development Grant. SAIL also holds its first open house in July featuring
a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Senator Severns, and Representatives Duane Noland
and Julie Curry.
- 1996 - SAIL holds a Wheel-A-Thon in April at Nelson Park on the lake.
Throughout the year additional grant funding is received to begin several new
programs and hire additional staff. These new areas include: Advocacy, Visual
and Deaf Services.
- 1997 - Additional office space is added to the current facility in
March to accommodate the increased staff and programs. In May, a satellite
office is opened in Shelbyville in donated office space from Shelby County
Community Services. SAIL staff commutes weekly to meet the needs of consumers
in Shelby County. Also in May, SAIL receives funding from the Illinois Bureau
of Blind Services to establish an equipment loan and demonstration program.
SAIL holds an open house in July to celebrate the expanded facility and the
anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During 1997 additional
funding is acquired to expand staff and programs including: Family Advocate,
Adaptive Daily Living Coach for persons with visual impairments, and ADA
- 1998 - SAIL expands its facility again in May when office space
becomes available. In July another open house is held where a ďSpirit of
Involvement AwardĒ is presented in honor of the late Senator Severns.
- 1999 - SAILís director resigns in January for another position. Jim
Hoffert, SAILís Adaptive Daily Living Coach, serves as interim director until
March when Chuck Stine is hired as SAILís new Executive Director. Also in January
the first full-time Outreach Coordinator for the Shelbyville satellite office
- 1999 - A Sullivan satellite office is opened and a part-time Outreach
Specialist is hired in November to meet the needs of consumers in Moultrie County.
The office is located in donated office space from the Beacon.
- 2000 - Chuck Stine resigns as Executive Director in June to accept
another position. Board President Rob Johnson serves as interim director until
August when Bill Kienzle accepts the position. In July SAIL is awarded the
Reintegration Grant. A full-time staff member is hired to oversee this new
- 2001 - In October SAIL receives funding to provide services in three
previously un-served counties: Cole, Clark, and Cumberland.
- 2002 - The new Triple C office opens in May with a full time Program
Director and a part-time Administrative Services Coordinator.