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yesqcy - City/Firefighters labor contract must be voted on again - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Very true, everyone has to have a first time. But what about the city attorney and the rest of the council? Nobody?
Mizzougrad - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Your right, the pensions that the city chose to underfund for years because they could, and now it's all our fault. For someone in business, don't understand how you do not understand the concept that you close a station, you don't just reassign the firefighters, because then there are no savings. You close a station because you want to lower the number of firefighters, period. You know…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Once again, I will ask you: Do you understand business at all? The City can't print money. The police and fire pensions have thrown the entire system so far out of whack that the City can't make "want to" decisions; it is a "have to" situation. You can cry the blues all you want about the poor, poor firefighters, but their greed over the years has contributed greatly to this mess, so what…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I haven't read a single comment about laying off firefighters, except, perhaps, from your Chief. You are paid, and paid very well, to do a job. If you don't like it, quit. People will line up to take your spot. No one is complaining about the services you provide. The problem is cost. Why is it so hard to understand that the City coffers are not a bottomless pit? Your pensions have…
topdown - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Your condescending attitude is just plain insulting. Thousands and thousands of small business owners have suffered in this economy over the past decade or so. Should we all "reinvent" ourselves? What an idiotic statement! It is patently obvious to me from the comments you have made in different discussions that you have lived a life of privilege and have never given an honest day's work in…

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Tracy Family Foundation offers QU $50,000 challenge grant for Franciscan Retreat Center

1 year, 1 month ago by Bob Gough

The Tracy Family Foundation has issued Quincy University a $50,000 2:1 Challenge grant for a Franciscan Retreat Center renovation project.

The University must match $100,000 in order to receive the grant.  The University has committed $50,000 to the project and is seeking an additional $50,000 in public support. 

The Franciscan Retreat Center, located on Quincy University’s North Campus, has been a site for spiritual reflection for over 40 years. The retreat center serves people of all faiths from over a one-hundred mile radius of Quincy.  The FRC holds 30-35 weekend experiences a year for all ages.   They include: Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) for young people between the ages of 16 and 22; mini-TEC, for any youth or adult that has made a TEC weekend; QUEST for students of junior high age; Koinonia for college students; Cursillo for those over the age of 21; Walk to Emmaus, a Protestant version of Cursillo; and Serenity for recovering alcoholics. 

Over 10,000 people have participated or volunteered for retreat programs at the Retreat Center since its inception.

“We are truly blessed to receive such a generous Challenge grant from the Tracy family,” said Fr. John Doctor, OFM; QU Vice President for Mission and Ministry.  “The Franciscan Retreat Center is vibrant center for spiritual development in our community and thousands of people benefit from its programs every year.”

The goal of the Franciscan Retreat Center Renovation project is to ensure the FRC continues to thrive as a safe, nurturing environment for spiritual development and reflection.  A prioritized list of needs was developed by a planning committee of representatives from QU, TEC, FRC and Cursillo.

The first step of realizing this goal is to upgrade the plumbing infrastructure to protect the facility from ongoing water damage and improve the safety and accessibility of the shower facilities.  To do this, new plumbing pipe will be installed and the shower facilities on the third and fourth floor will be remodeled to meet safety and ADA standards.   

If the matching funds are raised by May, the project will take place this summer and the renovated showers will be available in time for the Fall Retreat schedule.  This renovation will pave the way for future upgrades including the remodel of the sleeping floors.

Incorporated in 1997, the Tracy Family Foundation was founded by the Robert and Dorothy Tracy Family.


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