Living With Alzheimers

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.

For more information or to register, please contact Amanda at 815-523-9919 or email

Part One: (05/18)

  • Symptoms of Middle Stage
  • Communication
  • Relationship changes
  • Providing personal care
  • Preparing for hospitalizations

Part Two: (05/25)

  • Behavior Changes
  • Medication Management
  • Home safety
  • Driving
  • Living alone
  • Wandering

Part Three: (06/01)

  • Day services
  • In-home services
  • Senior living options
  • Caregiver needs

Project Sun & My Piece of the Puzzle

My Piece of the Puzzle is an introductory program to create shared language, knowledge, and experiences related to systemic racism through the lens of three affinity groups: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and White/Caucasian.

  • Identify the different spaces where racism lives and name our piece in each of those
  • Recognize challenges and learn tools on how to amplify voices and promote healing

This is a four week, 2 hour workshop that runs from October 21, 2021 to November 11, 2021. It is a collaborative effort between Project Sun and the Grow Center, and will be facilitated by Robert Bushey and Shannon Swilley.

Stony Road Podcast

Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud Stony Road

In this episode we explore the value of being culturally competent and sensitive at this moment in history. Our guest, Dr. Cynthia Taylor shares her experience working with the Cultural Competency Work Group of a local nonprofit, Project SUN of Kankakee County. Dr Taylor is the Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Services at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois and is a professional mental health provider as well. During the episode, Robert and Shannon share in conversation about current dialogue concerning racial equity in our nation. Usually when we hear the phrase, "saying the quiet part out loud," reference is being made to overt racist language spoken by some popular or notable white person. In our episode, we explore the growing culture of white supremacy that is suppressing the language of racial equity in our midst.  
  1. Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud
  2. A History of Trauma on Black Bodies and White Body Supremacy
  3. Our Stories of Racial Healing
  4. Building Blocks for Structural Racism
  5. A History of Racial Segregation

Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the days when hope unborn had died; yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our people sighed?


About Shannon

Shannon Swilley has worked in public education for 15 years. During this time he taught high school African American history, and Western Civilization as an adjunct professor at ONU. Currently he works as a principal at a local junior high school and manages various projects that impact equity in our community.

Get In Touch

(815) 939-4433

About Robert

Robert Bushey (he/him/his) has served as an ordained minister, anti-racism trainer, and activist with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 30 years. He is a native of Kankakee County and currently Co-Minister of Central Christian Church. He consults and engages with several local nonprofits and activists who work to build an equitable community in our midst.