Community Industries Corporation

Non-Profit Organization

About:

The Community Industries Corporation (CIC) is the only non-profit in Portage County that provides a day service division to help better clients with disabilities lives' through skill building and building independent skills. Through working with the community, this organization is able to provide training, employment opportunities, and placement in employment to their clients. There are different types of employment options available, such as training for specific job opportunities and placement in competitive employment within the community. The Community Industries Corporation also offers volunteering for their clients within the community! To be eligible for day services, one must be referred through the Manage Care Facility which works under the ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center).


This non-profit organization provides services to individuals with disabilities in Portage and Marathon County. The Corporation headquarters is located at 41 Park Ridge Drive on Highway 10 in Stevens Point, WI 54481.


Hours of operation:

Monday - Friday 7am-5:30pm

24 hour care is provided for those eligible along with weekend care.

Training facility in Plover is open 24 hours a day, providing training for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift workers.

History:

This non-profit organization was founded in 1965 by 10 parents who had adult children with disabilities. These parents rented a local storage facility, opened a workshop, and allowed their children to build pallets and other useful storage containers for local farmers. In 1972, 20 clients worked in the workshop full-time. With the numbers of clients growing, the facility opened an adult based center to assist in training the clients for the workshop and training clients for other jobs in the community. By the end of 1975, there were over 76 clients who joined the organization after they were released from the institutions that closed in Wisconsin. In the 80's, branches for manage care, day services, and supportive employment were opened for clients. Today, this non-profit is booming with clients and is mainly funded by United Way (50%) and private donors (20%).

Community and School Involvement:

The CIC is extremely involved with the community through local employment for clients, volunteer opportunities, and daily activities for clients. Along with being involved in the community, the CIC is very involved with local schools. For example, the CIC will allow schools to take a field trip to their day service facility and allow students to interview the clients. This not only is a great experience for both parties, but it offers students in the community to broaden their perspectives on individuals with disabilities and allows the clients to socialize!


Individuals from the organization have been asked to come into Special Education classrooms and speak about their organization and the opportunities it offers. Also, CIC representatives have been asked to sit it on IEP meetings to offer input on the transition planning for students who are interested in working after graduation but may need assistance.

By: Lauren Gurholt