February 06, 2014
Community Link’s First Step Early Learning & Family Support Program has been chosen by Payless ShoeSource to receive 100 merchandise certificates through their Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids program. Each merchandise certificate is redeemable for, or toward, a pair of children’s shoes at any Payless ShoeSource store. Community Link accompanied some families enrolled in our Early Head Start program to the Payless ShoeSource store in Centralia and Shiloh to purchase shoes for children in need.
January 16, 2014
Each year the United Way of Greater St. Louis publishes a list of 100 Neediest Cases for needy families in the metropolitan area. Community Link submits stories to United Way for donors to adopt families enrolled in their programs. Thanks to Sherry Kiser and the staff of Bellevue Pharmacy who adopted two of our First Step families to make their holidays a happy time with much needed items such as mattresses, pillows, bedroom furniture, pots and pans, toys for the children, and gifts cards for gas and necessities. One of the families who received new mattresses paid it forward, and gave their egg crates that they were sleeping on to another family in their building so they would no longer have to sleep on the floor. Community Link, along with these families, are so thankful for the Bellevue Pharmacy and their willingness to give during this holiday season!
January 14, 2014
Community Link has partnered with the Health Matters CAP team from U of I in Chicago and Northpointe Industries to start and implement a physical activity and health education program to improve health among the individuals we support. Community Link has received training to enhance the staff’s skills, knowledge, and abilities to work with persons who have disabilities to become more physically active, make healthy food choices, and incorporate healthy lifestyles into daily living.
Chris Gebke, Associate Director of Adult Day Programs, and Heather Holthaus, program participant and Certified Training Instructor, were invited by the Health Matters CAP team to attend the National Public Health Convention in Boston, MA in recognition of the agency’s commitment to promote healthy lifestyles among consumers.
Chris and Heather attended several seminars on various topics, as well as a round-table discussion about the Health Matters and Peer to Peer programs that are currently being utilized by Community Link.
They were also able to get away for a little sight-seeing and toured the New England Aquarium and walked the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile brick-lined walk through 16 historical sites to discover the rich history of the American Revolution.
A focus on healthy lifestyles continues to be the forefront of quality services for Community Link. This month Community Link will be co-hosting a train-the-trainer seminar on the Health Matters programs for other agencies that wish to promote healthy lifestyles for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, please call Chris Gebke at (618) 526-3941.
December 06, 2013
Community Link is excited to announce the appointment of Ricky Johnson to its board of directors.
Ricky Johnson retired from the Air Force in 2007. Upon returning to the United States, he pursued a degree in Business Administration from McKendree University. With an adopted son enrolled in Community Link’s First Step Early Head Start program, Ricky is an active First Step Early Head Start committee member and chairperson. Ricky brings 21 years of culminated leadership and management experience from the Air Force and looks forward to progressing the vision and future of Community Link’s commitments. Currently residing in New Baden, Ricky and his wife, Tracey, are proud parents of two sons, Ricky III and Shawn, and two daughters, Erin and Elise.
November 14, 2013
Community Link, Inc. is pleased to announce that it recently was awarded a grant in the amount of $29,484 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for lighting upgrades to the Breese East and West facilities as well as the Metro facility in Fairview Heights. This grant assisted Community Link in defraying some of the costs associated with retro-fitting current T12 fixtures to hold T8 bulbs that will reduce monthly energy costs by an estimated $15,863 per year. The retro-fitting project will also provide greater task lighting for Community Link’s program participants as they learn work skills in the facilities’ workshops and Recycling Center.
The mission of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development of renewable energy resources and protect natural areas for people in communities all across Illinois.
Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and community, linking them in ways that enhance their lives.
November 06, 2013
Thank you to the Linette Korte family for remembering Community Link in the loss of their mother, grandmother, sibling, aunt, and friend. The Community Link family sends their condolences to the Korte family. Linette’s son, Allen, has been with Community Link for over 14 years. He lives in one of our Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) and works at the Breese East site. We appreciate the continued support from the Korte family.
Pictured is Wayne Korte (l), Allen’s brother, presenting a donation
October 03, 2013
Possibilities Summer/Fall 2013 Volume 19 / Number 2, includes 2012-2013 Annual Report.
August 29, 2013
August 20, 2013
The power of community is witnessed in the transformation of a residence in Germantown. This residence is one of Community Link’s Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA) and is the home to seven individuals with developmental disabilities. The home’s shrubs were very overgrown, hiding the windows and entry way of the home. The need for the upgraded landscape was recognized by Rodney Friederich of All Green Lawn and Kurt Ripperda of Jerry’s Landscape Nursery. Rodney pulled all of the shrubs in the spring of 2012...then came the heat wave! The ground remained untouched.
This spring, Rich and Marcie Hacker called to express their interest in giving their time and talents to complete the project. A generous donation from the Catholic Holy Family Society’s Hearts and Hands Program got them started, and soon other interested people and businesses offered contributions to this project. In addition to the monetary donation from the Catholic Holy Family Society and the work the previous year from Rodney, Jerry’s Landscape Nursery donated numerous supplies, shrubs, and plants for this project; August Wildhaber Sales & Services donated and delivered a load of top soil; Toennies Hardware & Rental donated the rental of a tile saw to cut the pavers; and Gerry Kohnen disposed of the old planter. Rich and Marcie Hacker donated both money and a lot of time to edge the landscape area with bricks, clean up other shrubs and trees throughout the yard, add a brick seating area with a bench, and plant all new plants. The result is a beautiful new addition which complements the house and gives the residents a nice place to relax and enjoy a bit of nature in their yard. The residents of this home are very grateful for the kindness and support of these individuals, and are very happy with how their home looks.
July 09, 2013
Community Link receives a United Way 2013 One-Time Grant to assist their basic needs services in the amount of $1,000. United Way's One-Time Grants are available each year to non-profits in Clinton County for specific needs in the community.
Five non-profits in Clinton County each receive a United Way 2013 One-Time Grant for basic needs programs in the amount of $1,000. United Way's One-Time Grants are available each year to non-profits in Clinton County for specific needs in the community.
Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in our community. The mission of Community Link is to help people with developmental disabilities, and other difficulties, achieve learning breakthroughs, find a job, live in a home of their own, and make friends.
Pictured left to right: Clinton County One-Time Grants Panel Member Brian Burns, Panel Member Kyle Brueggmann, Jamie Fields of Community Link, Panel Member Pat Rollins, and Panel Chair Leah Stanley.
Pictured left to right: Kyle Brueggmann, Brian Burns, Edward Koch, Jamie Fields, Brent Maschhoff, David Huene, Pat Rollins, Leah Stanley, and Laura Kunz.