Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) has announced that due to the Illinois budget stand-off, they will have to permanently close their Intouch Home Care in DeKalb, which provides in-home care services. They say this will leave 360 seniors without an in-home caregiver and 80 some people will lose thier jobs later this month. The office at 324 North Third Street in DeKalb will close down on February 22nd.
LSSI has had to rely on credit and foundation resources to make up for the money not received from the state and after seven months, can no longer provide services it is not being paid for.
In all, over 30 LSSI programs will be closing down; these range from alcohol and drug rehab and mental health counseling, to respite services, youth services and re-entry services for former prisoners. Some 750 LSSI employees will be losing their jobs across the state, representing 43 percent of their total work force.