Transitions of Western Illinois, a Quincy-based agency that specializes in mental health services, has received a gift valued at approximately $3 million from longtime supporters Joe and Marlene Churchill, the Herald-Whig reports.
The largest gift ever to the organization from a living donor includes $1 million in cash as well as land and commercial buildings appraised at $2 million. Transitions serves more than eighty-five hundred area residents annually with mental health, educational, and rehabilitation services, including outpatient counseling and therapy, case management, and crisis intervention services for those with a mental illness or emotional adjustment problem. The organization also provides residential services as well as vocational and life skills training services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and operates a school for youth who have severe to profound intellectual and developmental disabilities or autism.
"Joe and Marlene have been very generous supporters of Transitions, but we had no idea that we would be receiving a gift of this magnitude," said Transitions executive director Mark Schmitz. "When we received the news from their advisers, we were stunned — we were thrilled — and we were humbled by their generosity."
"Marlene and I live close to Transitions' vocational training center and know some of the consumers who are served by Transitions," said Joe Churchill, a retired contractor and owner of J. Churchill Construction. "We know that the services provided by Transitions are critically important to individuals and families in our community."
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