Community Concepts Inc

aka Community Concepts   |   Lewiston, ME   |  www.community-concepts.org

Mission

The mission of Community Concepts is to "Provide leadership, education and support to build thriving individuals, families and communities." We help children prepare for the future, we build family stability and growth, we provide homeownership opportunities, and we stimulate economic and community development in three west/central Maine counties (Androscoggin, Oxford & Franklin).

Ruling year info

1988

CEO

Mr. Shawn Yardley

Main address

240 Bates Street

Lewiston, ME 04240 USA

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Formerly known as

Oxford County Community Services

EIN

01-0424969

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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Family Services

Community Concepts Family Services department provides parent counseling and support in addition to substance abuse counseling for teenagers.

Population(s) Served

Head Start, Early Head Start and Child Care services for 525 children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old, Child Nutrition, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Children's Case Management Services.

Population(s) Served

Community Concepts Housing programs offered a wide range of home services with expertise, grants and loans.  We provide weatherization, energy audits, lead testing and abatement, home repairs and the only USDA Self-Help Housing program north of Pennsylvania.

Population(s) Served

Community Concepts' Transportation department provides rides to Medicaid eligible individuals, special needs children and senior citizens.  224 volunteers drove clients more than 6,000,000 miles in 2015.

Population(s) Served

Community Concepts owns and manages 170 affordable apartment rental units.  These units include urban and rural apartments for families and senior citizens.

Population(s) Served

Community Development Finance Corporation (CDFI) providing lending for small business and homeowners; programs including homeownership education, 1:1 financial counseling and support; foreclosure prevention counseling, portfolio management and value-based asset investment strategies; extensive business consultation, business plan development and support

Population(s) Served

Develop opportunities and mobilize community resources to reduce poverty while addressing unmet community needs.

Population(s) Served

Emergency fuel and utility assistance

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Rural transportation System of the Year Award 2009

Community Transportation Association of America

Governor's Exemplary Service Award 2009

The Maine Commission for Community Service

Neighborhood Architectual Theme Recognition 2009

Lewiston Historic Preservation Review Board

Affiliations & memberships

NeighborWorks America - Member 2005

Chamber of Commerce 1990

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2008

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Help children prepare for the future;
2. Build family stability and growth;
3. Provide homeownership opportunities;
4. Stimulate economic and communtiy development.

The Head Start model at our Early Learning Centers is a school readiness program focusing on the educational, social, health, and nutritional needs of children 0 to 5 years of age. Children's Behavioral Health case management provides children on MaineCare with mental or behavioral health diagnosis with services and resources to help manage the diagnosis. Drug and Alcohol Counseling is a school based program that provides drug and alcohol counseling free of charge to students at 10 middle and high schools.

Transportation utilizes trained volunteer drivers to bring clients on MaineCare to medical appointments; provides free transportation to seniors, veterans and cancer patients to critical and preventative medical care, and provides free rides to seniors to everyday appointments. Affordable Rental Housing has 170 affordable apartments in Oxford and Androscoggin Counties. Family Support provides child abuse intervention services to families that have been referred to Child Protective Services in addition to group and home-based parenting education.

LIHEAP: Low Income Heating Assistance provides low income people with assistance for heating fuel to help heat their homes in the winter. Central Heating Improvement: (CHIP) repairs or replaces inoperable heating systems. We provide weatherization to low income homeowners. Foreclosure Counseling provides free, confidential counseling services for those who are facing the possible loss of their home due to mortgage delinquency and foreclosure.

In Self Help Housing, families work together to build their own homes. Community Development includes bringing stakeholders together to develop solutions to community problems while marshaling resources to address unmet needs. Business Lending and technical assistance helps business owners or future business owners obtain loans to start, expand, or strengthen their businesses.

Ethical, talented, mission oriented leadership team and staff;
Skilled workforce
Willingness to collaborate

Over our 52 years operating in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties, we have become the go-to resource in our community for services for families, the home, energy improvement, transportation, and small business development. We are currently working on expanding our transportation department to coastal areas.

Financials

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Operations

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Community Concepts Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
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Board chair

Mary Delano

Michael Carey

Melissa Burnham

Stephen Davis

TD Bank

Erin Reed

Trinity Jubilee Center

Charles Williams

Norway Savings Bank

Tara Jean Davis

Mark Sampson

Brian Berube

N. Paul Gauvreau

Richard Colpitts

Archie Bradeen

Neil J. Kiely

Androscoggin Bank

Donna Karno

University of Maine-Farmington

Victoria Larson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes