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Program Information
Program Name: Community Connections
Year the Program was Started: 2001
Public Contact Person: Kathy Ellis
Address: 133 E. Napier Ave., Suite 2
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Telephone #: 269-925-6422
Fax #: 269-925-7141
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $100,000-$200,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: 1-2
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: Promotes disability awareness, options and supports.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: Community Connections promotes full participation for all people with disabilities in our communities to create a society of equal opportunity.
Additional Information: Community Connections is a Center for Independent Living (CIL). We exist to help improve the quality of life and create a level playing field from which all people with disabilities are able to pursue life goals. Community Connections is a community-based, not for profit organization that is run by individuals with disabilities who have the training and personal experience to assist people with disabilities and their communities to become a society of equal opportunity. We are composed of a majority of people with disabilities on the board of directors, staff, and membership. Community Connections works to create a sense of pride, power and personal style!

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