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COMMUNITY LIVING INC

People with diabilities achieving their highest potential

St. Peters, MO   |  www.communitylivingmo.org

Mission

Community Living, Inc., is committed to excellence and compassion in providing innovative services and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Ruling year info

1978

President & CEO

Ms. Sheri Wiltse

Main address

1040 St. Peters Howell Road

St. Peters, MO 63376 USA

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EIN

43-1129770

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Living works to enrich the lives of people with disabilities so they can achieve their highest potential. We do this by providing children and adults with services and programs to allow them to live, learn and work in our community. In turn, they make our community inclusive, diverse and a better place to live.

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?

Support Services for Adults

Support Services for Adults offers outcome-based day services to adults with developmental disabilities, providing a productive and meaningful day. The services are individualized and based on the interests and needs of the participant. SSA provides individuals with the support needed to become active members of their community through volunteer work and accessing community resources. Participants receive training in independent living skills, communication and socialization skills, and behavioral support.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Employment Services' mission is to assist individuals with disabilities in attaining their optimal level of vocational development. This is done through the following programs:

Discovery - helping individuals create an employment roadmap by identifying client preferences including potential job sites and preferred jobs;
Exploration - identifying employment opportunities available to client, barriers to success and needed support;
Job Placement - developing a resume, interviewing skills, completing applications and conducting interviews;
Job Supports - providing on-site training and support to assist in learning the essential functions of the job and to acclimate to the culture of the workplace. The duration and intensity of on-site training is based on the individual needs of the employee;
Follow-along - ongoing on-site contact with employee and employer to ensure long-term success. Should problems arise, job coaching may be reinstated or a new job developed for the individual.

Community Living is a service provider for the Summer Teen Employment Program (STEP). This program provides a six-week summer employment opportunity for students with disabilities. Students who participate in the program work 20 hours each week at local businesses.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Adult Recreation Services' mission is to enhance quality of life through recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. There are a wide range of recreational and leisure activities to meet a variety of interests and skill levels. The program’s pre-planned recreational opportunities are supervised by Recreation Services staff and community volunteers. Activities include classes, sporting events, shows, dances, team sports, crafts, and much more!

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Respite Services provide parents and caregivers a break from the day-to-day routine of providing care for their loved ones with special needs.

Three types of respite care are provided:

In-Home Respite Care is a service that offers temporary relief for the person or persons who provide primary care for an individual, regardless of age, who has a developmental disability. The family chooses their own caregiver who works as an independent contractor for the family. Community Living administers the program, reimbursing families for the cost of the respite services.

The Respite Center provides families identified as high need and at risk a much needed break from their care giving duties on a temporary basis. The Respite Center offers families a weekend to relax while knowing their child is cared for by highly trained and dedicated staff.

The Respite Care Home provides 24/7 care to individuals of all ages with a nurse on duty at all times. The home provides parents and caregivers a break from providing care for their loved ones with special needs.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Families

SOAR provides activities for teens with developmental disabilities, ages 12 to 21, enrolled in middle or high school.

Services include:
~Teen Club is a recreation program designed to provide after school care for youth ages 12 to 21 with developmental disabilities. Each school day middle and high school youth attend the program at our Family Center and in various schools throughout St. Charles County. Activities include field trips, cooking, crafts and games that help build confidence and socialization skills in a safe and supportive environment.
~Fall, Winter and Spring Break Camps provide full day programming that is similar to the activities provided at the Teen Club program. Break Camps coincide with the break schedules of St. Charles County public middle schools and high schools.
~Summer camp provides full day programming during the 9 week summer break.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2016

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2016

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 children with a disability supported to live at home

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, People with intellectual disabilities, People with learning disabilities

Related Program

SOAR (Social Opportunities & Recreation)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with disabilities

Related Program

Employment Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes how many individuals with disabilities have gained and maintained competitive employment.

Number of clients in residential care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The metric results represents clients in all of the programs.

Number of volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteer program was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers are gradually coming back as health and safety allow.

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 Living's long term goal is to provide quality programming to people with disabilities in a collaborative culture while strengthening our organization vitality, facility capacity and financial resources. Strategic priorities include:

1) Providing innovative programs and services that will facilitate growth and expansion.
2) Diversify agency funding.
3) Recruit and retain quality personnel
4) Create a sustainable organizational culture of capable leadership.
5) Improve communication and streamline decision making within the organization.

A committee including board members and key staff established goals and actions under each of the five critical areas. A person responsible and deadlines were assigned to each action under each goal. Staff report on progress made every three months and that information is shared with the the planning committee of the board of directors quarterly.

Community Living has been serving individuals with disabilities in St. Charles County, MO since 1978. Over the years, we have grown to meet the demand for services. In 2010, Community Living merged with Family Support Services (FSS). FSS had been serving youth in the community since 1958 and we continue to provide their youth services. Community Living's financial position remains sound even during the recent challenging economic times. Community Living employs over 400 professional and direct support staff who are required to complete training during their first six months of employment. Staff who work with clients receive refresher training annually. Community Living has strong partnerships within the community including its funding sources, clients and families, other service providers, elected officials and businesses. We also are a member of the St. Charles County Coalition of Service Providers where staff have held leadership positions, the county's largest Chamber of Commerce, Community Council of St. Charles County and Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. The agency currently has six programs that are CARF accredited.

Community Living has accomplished the following under each 3-5 year strategic priority:

1) Providing innovative programs and services that will facilitate growth and expansion.
- The SOAR program successfully implemented Extreme Teen Camp to better serve youth with developmental disabilities who are higher functioning.
- Behavioral Consultative Support Program - youth attending the SOAR and Respite center programs will receive appropriate behavioral supports.
- Adult Recreation program now offers their activity brochure on-line and electronic sign-up.
2) Diversify agency funding.
3) Recruit and retain quality personnel
4) Create a sustainable organizational culture of capable leadership.
- CEO's duties and responsibilities were outlined and discussed with board of directors.
5) Improve communication and streamline decision making within the organization.

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 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 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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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COMMUNITY LIVING INC

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joe Schneider

Kevin DeSain

Clayton Engineering Company

Mary Alsup-Niedergerke

Invest Financial

Carolee Patek

Saint Louis University

Cort M Smith

Barklage Law FIrm

Michael Ebers

Steris Corporation

M. Mika Walter

BJC St. Peters Hospital

Tom Howat

Modern Ice Equipment & Sales

Joe Schneider

Cushman & Wakefield

Joe Hallemeier

St. Charles School District

Susan Bazzell

Community Volunteer

Laura DeVries

CommCore Marketing LLC

Kelly Ross Kerr

Compass Health Network

Ronald King

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Barb Koch

Cottleville Synergy Center

dave Lehmann

Lutheran Trust/Church Asset Management

Laurie Strickland

Associated Alumnae Alumni of the Sacred Heart

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 1/29/2024

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
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2023

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.