Subsequent after the fact hysteria, in terms of questionable claims about readiness to provide services in light of CRIS extraordinary track record, is most unfortunate. Even less credible was the debate that providing high nutritional quality “frozen” meals was somehow not going to meet the needs of seniors. Remember, the “frozen” component was a stated requirement in the request for proposal. It is interesting to note that since 2010, the CRIS meals-on-wheels site, using only frozen meals, has had a 25 percent increase in meals served. The now awarded agency has seen a 7 percent decrease in participation with its traditional approach.
The CRIS proposal was originally selected because it was superior. A wonderful combination of professionalism, creativity, fiscal responsibility and compassion toward our seniors is exactly what we need in the human service arena in an era when needs are broad and resources are narrow.
Change is never easy, and pioneers are rarely recognized in the early innings. CRIS Healthy Aging Center represents the future. Job well done.
Chad Hays is Illinois State Representative for the 104th District, which includes Danville.