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Can you imagine not being able to take a shower for over a week? Can you imagine not having the ability to wash your clothes, get your mail or use a phone? Can you imagine having to be outside every day all winter and summer. What most can only imagine will be a daily reality for Decatur’s homeless if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts are enacted and Oasis Day Center loses 75 percent of its annual funding.

Oasis Day Center provides those basic and essential services seven days a week, 365 days a year for those without adequate housing. In the last nine months, Oasis has served enough different people to fill the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. During any given month, those that use Oasis as a “safe place” could fill the Decatur Civic Center.

Imagine if the 25 people who entered Detox and Rehabilitation in the same nine months had no one to encourage, support and refer them. Imagine if the 88 who got on-site healthcare through CHIC Clinic at Oasis could no longer receive check-ups, prescriptions or make appointments. Imagine if the 263 were not able to get an ID required to get a job, insurance and other benefits. Imagine the number of homeless growing because they had no advocates to help them find housing on their own.

If you can’t imagine life without these basic needs, then I ask you, on behalf of Decatur’s homeless to contact Governor Rauner’s office. Let him know how important it is to you that Oasis be adequately funded and allowed to continue its vital work in the community. This is our chance to be the voice for the voiceless who themselves can’t imagine life without Oasis.

Todd Tuggle

Associate Director

Oasis Day Center

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