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The Gateway Foundation works hard at the Lincoln and
Logan Correctional Centers locally and other centers in Illinois to
help challenged citizens -- some of them prison inmates -- fight
drug and alcohol addiction.
Recently, some of our employees chose to participate in an AFSCME
work stoppage at the Sheridan Correctional Center in LaSalle County.
Despite that stoppage, we are still fulfilling our commitment to
inmates and our state contract.
The Gateway Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists
solely to help rescue people from drug and alcohol addiction. Our
employees work in either correctional or community centers in
Illinois and several other states, helping people fight drug and
alcohol addiction and become productive citizens.
We are not a privately held, publicly traded or profit-seeking
company. Our business model is to deliver high-quality care at a
minimal cost to benefit the recipients of our services and Illinois
taxpayers. At Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers we are doing
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As we work toward a reasonable solution at Sheridan, we want to
stress that Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers are not affected
in any way. Our skilled, compassionate workers continue to provide a
critical service to the men and women who need it.
Like other Gateway programs, the treatment facility at the
Sheridan Correctional Center has been a success story since the
facility reopened in 2004. Nearly 3,000 offenders have entered six-
to nine-month treatment programs, and "graduates" are 49 percent
less likely to be incarcerated again.
All of this is possible thanks to the dedication and empathy of
our work force at Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers and other
Gateway programs. Through them, we are delivering results and making
a tremendous difference in people's lives.
President and CEO
The Gateway Foundation
(Posted June 17, 2006)
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