DMCOC update to COVID-19

Due to Covid-19, our lobby will now be closed to all clients until further notice.

All scheduled LIHEAP appointments will be completed by phone on the day of your appointment until further notice. If you have questions regarding this, please call (217) 428-2193.

The LIHEAP program will be assisting clients with Power Bills by taking appointments on a 1st come, 1st served basis.

Please call us at (217) 428-2193 to get an appointment.

All appointments will be done over the phone by the head of household.

Please have all required documentation available for your appointment when you receive our call, in order to receive help quickly. No applications will be processed and/or approved without all proper documentation.

Once your phone appointment is completed you will be required to provide documentation before we can process your application. You are also required to download this Universal Signature Page or pick one up from the table outside the lobby, sign and date it and return with your documents.

If you are submitting physical documents for an application, you will need to bring copies of original documents to the office, place them in one of the manila envelopes provided in the hallway, then slide them under the door. At this time, we will not be making copies of your documents.

If you have any questions please call us at (217) 428-0155.

Important Update

Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation is now known as:
Empowerment Opportunity Center and we have moved to the new location at 360 E Marietta St. Located just behind Crossings Health Care on the corner of Water St. & Marietta.
If you are returning documents for your LIHEAP assistance, please take them to the new location at 360 E. Marietta St. All documents left at the old location will not be accepted. You will have 15 days from the date of your application. If you have any questions, please call (217) 428-0155 for assistance. 
Items clients must have on the day of their appointments:
  • Social Security Cards for the entire household
  • Current Power Bill
  • Income for the household for the past 30 days (all SSI, SSA, Wages, TANF, Pensions, etc)
  • Medical Cards/Medicare Cards (if applicable)
  • Link Card (if applicable)
  • Current rent receipt or proof of homeownership

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Since 1964 DMCOC has been providing stability to Decatur and Macon County. DMCOC has accomplished this through a wide variety of programs designed to support the community. DMCOC is growing and we are looking for new programs and partnerships to maintain the stability for our clients and to better support the community.

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We have opened our Senior Center for limited in person dining! We begin serving meals at 11:00. Last diner will be seated for lunch at 12:30. Please call in advance. Seating and meals are limited due to COVID. You can call today and book your spot for each lunch you want to attend all month, or come out and try one meal and see what you think! It costs us $7 to make each meal. Donations are appreciated but not required to eat. You must be 60 or older to get meal service at this time. We will open all day with activities in the near future. Stay tuned for that announcement! Call 217-428-4148 to reserve your spot or to get more details! ... See MoreSee Less

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We will be closed tomorrow, February 16, 2021, due to expected inclement weather conditions. Please stay safe & warm. If you have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow, someone will contact you to reschedule. ... See MoreSee Less

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We've Moved! Our new address is 360 E. Marietta St.

From Water, you can access the front of our building via King, Marietta, or Orchard.

From MLK, you can access our building via King.
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Upcoming Events

May 12 @ 1:00 pm Decatur Macon County Senior Center
Love Lunch
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm St. Peter AME Church
Love Lunch @ St. Peter AME Church | Decatur | Illinois | United States
Hot lunch to be served with love Come and enjoy a hot free lunch every Thursday from 12 noon till 2 pm. Enjoy TV while you eat. Menu changes each week.
Support Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Violence
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Growing Strong
Support Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Violence @ Growing Strong | Decatur | Illinois | United States
Open to Women 18 years and Older 100% Free and Confidential