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KENOSHA ACHIEVEMENT CENTER INC

Empowering People of All Abilities

aka KAC   |   Kenosha, WI   |  www.thekac.com

Mission

KAC is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create opportunities for the personal growth and success of persons with special needs. KAC does this by removing barriers, changing perceptions and building confidence.

Ruling year info

1982

CEO

Mrs. Christine Weyker

Main address

1218 79th St

Kenosha, WI 53143 USA

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EIN

39-1399101

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For over fifty years, KAC has been creating opportunities for the personal growth and success of people with special needs. We provide services that foster growth, learning, and achievement. We believe that people of all abilities should have access to the same opportunities to achieve their goals. Whether supporting adults or children, providing transportation or establishing productive business partnerships, KAC provides the community with opportunities for people with special needs to achieve.

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?

Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides service coordination, special education, physical, occupational and speech therapies for children ages birth to three years, who exhibit developmental delays.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

Early Head Start provides weekly home visits for income eligible families who are pregnant or have children under the age of three. During the home visits, parents are taught educational strategies to insure their child builds a strong foundation for school readiness. Home visits also focus on parents’ goals to move their family closer to financial self-sufficiency. This federally funded program serves nearly 100 families who reside within the Kenosha Unified School District boundaries. Services facilitate child development, support parental roles, and promote self-sufficiency, and are provided at no cost to the family.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Weekly playgroups are a fun way for families with children under the age of five to connect and engage in developmentally appropriate activities. These playgroups offer an opportunity for parents to socialize and children to learn from each other. Playgroups are led by parents and often include freeplay, story time, music, art, large motor play and a snack. Sprouts Playgroups are offered at multiple locations throughout Kenosha County.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Students preparing for graduation are often uncertain about their career goals. Summer Employment Exploration helps students with disabilities ages 16-21 gain a better understanding of the working world.

Students are given the opportunity to “try-out” a variety of different jobs in the community while getting paid for the work they do. Summer is meant for fun and this program includes many fun activities aimed at enhancing individual employability.

The program includes hands-on activities and soft-skill training to learn about the process of finding a job, developing interviewing skills, writing résumés, and maintaining employment. To be eligible, individuals must be receiving services from DVR.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with disabilities

With a core focus on increasing independence through community involvement, Voyage is an active day program for young adults with disabilities. Participants develop life skills, enjoy social interaction with their peers, and explore recreational and volunteer activities in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Through a combination of on and off-site paid work experiences, community volunteering, and soft skills training, this program offers adults with disabilities the opportunity to develop confidence, practical job skills and positive work habits.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Employment Professionals work with people to evaluate personal strengths and match them with jobs that meet their goals. Individualized employment plans are developed and may include a variety of support services aimed at ensuring employment success.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Our team promotes the development of independence, self-esteem, and improved quality of life by designing personalized care plans to help people with disabilities reach their goals. A variety of on-site and community outings are planned allowing individuals to choose what interests them most.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Do you have questions related to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurances and public benefits? Our Benefits Specialists are here to provide answers, resources and solutions to problems. This program is designed for people age 60 and older, and adults ages 18-59 with a physical or cognitive disability, or a mental illness.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

KAC provides a variety of highly accessible, specialized transportation services that keep residents rolling and achieving in the Kenosha County area.

Providing paratransit services for passengers with a condition or disability. Assisting wheelchair passengers with boarding and disembarking. Coordinating charter service to sporting events, summer camps and special occasions. Removing transportation barriers for those seeking employment..

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

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.

KAC helps remove barriers, change perceptions, and build confidence. You'll find us supporting children at risk, helping adults find employment, providing specialized transportation services, and partnering with businesses to meet their staffing and operational needs.

KAC empowers people of all abilities. We help adults learn practical job skills, promote the positive accomplishments of children, provide specialized transportation, build self-esteem and foster personal pride. KAC offers a variety of invaluable ways to support people with special needs.

KAC emerged from grassroots efforts of community members concerned about the quality of life for students with disabilities after high school. In the beginning KAC had four participants; today,over 4,000 people utilize KAC's services. Programs have expanded as gaps were identified to meet the needs of people with disabilities in our community.

KAC employs over 100 skilled staff members that support programs and services. We are governed by a board of directors, leaders in the community from a wide variety of backgrounds, including those whose family members have used KAC's services. Program participants and their family members have the opportunity to serve on various advisory panels to help shape programming. Committees are comprised of community members who are content experts to ensure that programming is guided by those with the vision and expertise needed to continually improve services.

KAC offers a variety of programs for children and adults. Children services includes Early Intervention, Early Head Start and SPROUTS Playgroups serving nearly 650 children and their families annually.

Adult Services include pre-employment, employment, elder and disability benefit counseling, and community integration programs. Annually, over 1,100 adults with disabilities receive employment services, benefit counseling, and social & community integration opportunities. Specialized transportation services provided by KAC are offered throughout Kenosha County, serving more than 2,400 people each year.

In 2015, KAC gathered 3000 community volunteers over ten days to build the accessible Kenosha Dream Playground.

KAC has maintained the prestigious CARF accreditation (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), which establishes standards of quality for services for more than 38 years.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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KENOSHA ACHIEVEMENT CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 02/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Roberta Jorgensen Puntillo

Godin Geraghty Puntillo Camilli, SC

Ashley Lutterman

Kenosha County

Justin Mathews

Great Lakes Church

Andrew Pitts

Pitts Brothers & Associates

Sean Ryan

Snap-on

Gregg Sinnen

Todd Terry

Guttormsen & Terry, LLC

Patti Worzalla

Jenny Schmidt

Kenosha Unified School District

Adam Landgraff

Bradshaw Medical, Inc.

Brock Portilia

Kenosha Area Business Alliance

Immari Hysaw

Uline

Erin Anderson

Riley Construction

Fausto Fioravanti

Avanti Brothers

Rebecca Matoska-Mentink

Kenosha County

Kevin Deaton

Gateway Mortgage

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 ? No
  • 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 2/7/2024

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

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Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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