Champaign, IL, Apr 08, 2011 -- Contact: Joan Messina (217) 403-6248
USDA Grant Awarded for CHESI’s Daystar Care Center
Champaign, Ill., April 8, 201—USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan announced that Community Health and Emergency Services, Inc. (CHESI) has been selected for a $30,000 grant to meet a State emergency water requirement and make other improvements at their Daystar Care Center in Cairo. The award is part of the federal agency’s Community Facilities Program that provides grants and affordable financing to support essential facilities in rural communities.
“By helping rural communities preserve and improve their community services, USDA is helping them maintain their quality of life,” Callahan said. “When we help to preserve the infrastructure in smaller communities like Cairo, we make it a better place to live, work, run a business and raise a family.”
CHESI will use the grant to construct a 120 square foot metal building to store an emergency supply of water at Daystar Care Center, an 83-bed skilled nursing home. Funds will also be used to replace windows with energy star rated windows and replace the gutters at the nursing home.
CHESI provides primary medical, dental and behavioral healthcare and specialty services in Alexander, Jackson, Hardin, Pope, Pulaski and Saline counties. Rural Development previously provided funding to CHESI in 2007 to help the non-profit company purchase Daystar in order to ensure continued operation of the nursing home and employment of the 70 people who worked there.
Rural Development offers loans, loan guarantees and, in some instances, grants to public bodies and non-profit organizations to support essential facilities for public use in most communities with up to 20,000 residents. These funds can be used to support projects such as health and child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, libraries, community centers, public buildings and transportation.
Funding is also available for projects that support the use or distribution of locally and regionally produced food. Communities and non-profits can use the program to support food banks, farmers’ markets, community gardens, community kitchens and food delivery vehicles. They can use the funds to construct or buy a building, make renovations, and purchase land and equipment.
Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance. Support is available for regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure, homeownership, business development and community needs. More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.