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Community Link, Inc.

Disabilities to Possibilities

Breese, IL   |  commlink.org

Mission

Community Link's mission is to provide increased opportunities to people with developmental disabilities, and other difficulties, so that they may live and participate in a community that values their presence and contributions.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Mr. John Huelskamp

Main address

1665 N Fourth St

Breese, IL 62230 USA

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EIN

37-0955971

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Sheltered Remunerative Employment, Work Activity Center N.E.C. (J33)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Link fills the need to provide supports for persons with developmental disabilities within Clinton County and neighboring counties. These individuals need supports to aid in building a quality, inclusive life in which they are recognized as contributing citizens in their community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Day Programs

Adult Day Programs-enables adults with developmental disabilities to develop independent living skills, work related skills and behavior, which promote independence necessary to live and work in the community.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults with disabilities living in congregate care facilities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 5/4/20, we have 47 individuals living in our CILA programs.

Number of adults with disabilities receiving sufficient social and emotional support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have more than 250 adults with developmental disabilities receiving services from Community Link.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Community Link's goal is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities with supports to aid in building a quality, inclusive life in which they are recognized as contributing citizens in their community.

We also created an endowment to broaden Community Link’s opportunities for legacy donations, increase the potential for corporate and large donor contributions and provide additional giving options to donors.

Community Link works with each participant on an individualized personal plan that includes their idea of how they want to live, where they want live, what type of work they want to do, etc. We also provide those ongoing supports that are needed for daily living and growth. Community Link advocates for rights of persons with developmental disabilities and teaches them to advocate for themselves.

Community Link's board, planning and development committees oversee and guide our organization to make sure that we have the best strategies in place. We also have a 3-year strategic plan developed for the organization. Community Link has an experienced and trained staff to make sure that our strategies for each participant, as well as the organization as a whole, are accompanied. Community Link is accredited by CARF--the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Community Link's satisfaction surveys are nearly always good or excellent. Our person-centered culture has made great progress and has improved interactions between staff and participants. Our community inclusion activities have increased for our participants as well. Community Link designated a portion of its 2017 annual appeal to our endowment fund. A portion of the 2018 annual appeal will also be designated to the endowment fund. Information was also included in the 2018 annual report.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Community Link, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ronald Foppe

Foppe Ace Hardware

Paulette Evans

Theresa Morrison

Amanda Loepker

Jeffrey Niemeyer

William Becker

Ronald Foppe

Charles Hilmes

Tara Hilmes

Sandra Porter

Kirsten Wilkerson

Bailey Rinella

Spencer Campbell

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/9/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.