Congressman John Shimkus visited one of Shelbyville “gems” Friday when he stopped at Shelby County Community Services.
Rep. Shimkus made visits throughout his district in the days before returning to Washington, D.C. for the fall session.
Shimkus visited with department directors at SCCS before taking a quick tour of the facility.
‘It’s very impressive,” Shimkus said. “Shelby County Community Services meets a huge need for the people who are disabled but can still be productive. It’s a fun thing for me to visit the ‘gems’ in the local communities,”
“Some of the stuff I learned today is that they try to be as much of a business operation, not only can they meet their expenses, but also widen their ability to provide other services from paper plates to the greenhouse to trash bags. And the other services that they offer throughout the residential area and the like is a great tribute.”
“I’m Supportive of the concept because there’s nothing better than teaching someone who is challenged, through nothing that they have done, so that they are productive member of society, and that’s what you see here,” Shimkus said.
Community Services receives most of its funding from federal and state programs as well as profits from its industrial businesses.
“I’ve learned how they are managing with funding they are being given,” Shimkus said. He noted that issues such as the minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act will create challenges for facilities such as Shelby County Community Services and its employees.
“Hold on. It might be a rocky ride for the next few months to a year,” Shimkus said with regard to the ACA. “I view it as a game of chicken between the sides that causes interruption, It’s also a threat to economic recovery, in spite of what they say. I’m working on being prepared to answer questions of the constituents.”