Community Counseling Centers Of Chicago (C4) could be saved via acquisition, according to reports.
After being given a deadline of May 7 for a status update and answer to a list of demands by C4 workers, CEO Eileen Durkin sent a memo to employees Thursday stating that the agency is "in discussions regarding the acquisition of C4 in its entirety," according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
"If this happens, consumers will continue to receive their services here at C4 without any interruption ... Discussions are steadily and quickly moving, and we are quite hopeful will provide us with a specific path forward over the next week," Durkin's memo reads.
Durkin added that she is not at liberty to detail which companies are interested in acquiring the agency due to confidentiality. If a purchase does not take place, Durkin reiterated her previous promise that C4 will work with local and state agencies to ensure that their patients continue to be treated after the planned May 31 closure.
More than 10,000 people are serviced by C4 each year, according to the agency. But the Illinois Department of Human Services says that figure includes patients who were served more than once. IDHS officials say the number of individuals served annually is 5,300.
Earlier this week, C4 clients, staffers and supporters from groups including Arise Chicago, SEIU* Local 73 held a protest to demand "four C's for C4: compensation, clients' rights, communication and commitment." The ralliers alleged that C4 workers were owed wages, had lost their health insurance coverage and were uninformed about what was happening with the agency and the problems leading up to the impending closure. Read more about the action and the issues surrounding the potential C4 closure here.
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