CREATIVE WORKS

Supporting and inspiring adults with disabilities at home, at work, and in the community.

aka Creative Work Systems   |   Westbrook, ME   |  www.beingcreativeworks.org

Mission

Our Mission Creating communities of inclusion. Our Vision We strive to develop innovative, impactful, entrepreneurial programming that is delivered by committed and compassionate staff to the extraordinary people we serve.

Notes from the nonprofit

Creative Work Systems envisions a world without barriers. We seek to expand opportunities for people with disabilities to ensure that all individuals have the means to pursue their potential, contribute to their communities, and be treated with dignity and respect.

We understand that all individuals have valuable contributions to make to each other and to society. By combining this understanding with a standard of excellence throughout all Creative Work Systems programs, we can make a positive and significant difference both for the individual and for the community.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Heidi A Howard

Main address

10 Speirs St

Westbrook, ME 04092 USA

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Formerly known as

Creative Works Systems

EIN

01-0280723

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Residential Services

CWS Residential Services provide support for individuals with disabilities in the individuals’ homes or in CWS residences, and range from 24-hour support to just a few hours each week. Highly trained service professionals assist with social skills, community access, health and safety, household maintenance, self-advocacy, and many other needs in order to provide the most comprehensive and therapeutic support possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The CWS Acquired Brain Injury program provides the residential support necessary for people with ABI to regain life skills. In addition, CWS Certified Brain Injury Care Coordinators are fully prepared to respond to immediate and long-term care needs, monitoring the health, welfare and safety of the individual and provide centralized resources for information and referrals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CWS Employment Services offers people with disabilities access to jobs in industries that meet their skills and interests. CWS helps job seekers focus their goals and prepare for their job search by providing assistance with career planning, career exploration, job readiness training, resume development and interview practice.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Community Day Services enable people with intellectual disabilities to participate fully in community life and to increase their self-reliance through activities that are enriching, meaningful and goal oriented. A variety of skill-building options are offered, in addition to readiness skills, volunteer opportunities, and means of artistic expression, all based upon individual needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In the CWS Shared Living program, a host provider opens his or her home to an individual program participant, offering a safe, compassionate environment in which the participant can experience community interaction within the security of familial support. The program provides an effective support system that offers an individual the opportunity to enhance essential life skills and increase self-esteem while also promoting social interaction and access to local resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Independent Living Services are designed to maximize independence by providing support in an individual’s home that is tailored to meet their needs. Services include assistance with household skills, personal care, and planning daily life activities. Highly trained Direct Service Providers can help individuals connect with the community, build relationships, improve budgeting, access public transportation, and plan meals, among an array of other everyday tasks, based entirely upon an individual’s needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CWS Social Enterprises—YES Art Works, Cultivation Works, and Maine WoodWorks—are innovative and effective models for empowering individuals with disabilities by providing them competitive employment opportunities. Individuals participating in these unique programs develop skills, accrue valuable experience and earn much-needed income, thereby increasing their independence, self-esteem and well-being.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Community Case Management services are designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities who live on their own, with family, or in a staffed group setting. Through an individualized, person-centered approach, you will gain a greater awareness of resources and build deeper community connections. An important part of this service assists you in setting your own goals, learning about options, and developing a plan that’s right for you. All services are designed to encourage the highest level of home and community independence.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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CREATIVE WORKS

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edward McGeachey

President, Southern Maine Health Care-Retired

James Houle

Bernstein Shur

James Harrison

OnPoint Health Data

Sam Marcisso

Pine State Services

Denise Dix

UNUM-Retired