Community Enterprises (Northampton, MA)


  • Name:Debra Fox
  • Title:Grant Specialist

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Community Enterprises
  • Address:441 Pleasant Street
    Northampton, MA 34957
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:413.584.1460
  • Main fax:413.586.1121

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of CE is to support self-determination for individuals with disabilities and/or other challenges to actively live, learn, and work in the community.
    We believe:
    •All of our services will be offered in the least restrictive setting and manner.
    •Our advocacy will help the individuals we serve to better exercise their rights to live and work in the community.
    •All of CEs’ services will be financially viable and cost effective.
    •All of our locations will embrace a "Best Practices" approach and work together to replicate the many successful practices we use.
    •Innovation will be the cornerstone of our service delivery system.
    •CE will continue in its efforts to advance the field of rehabilitation.
    •CE will foster the inclusion of diverse ideas, beliefs and practices in the development, adaptation and provision of culturally appropriate services.
    •CE will promote the inclusion of individuals with disabilities through recruitment for Board Membership.

  • Overview:
  • Community Enterprises (CE) has been a leader since the 1970’s in the movement from sheltered employment to community based employment. Our experience in closing sheltered workshops and replacing them with supported and community based employment services helped give birth to the supported employment movement. Services are provided using our network of twenty seven service locations in CT, MA, NY, OK and soon KY. CE has contractual relationships with over 150 different state, federal and private funding sources. We currently work with over 250 employers throughout the country and have forty years of experience in developing employer partnerships. CEs’ employer based Job Training and Placement Program roots date back to 2008. CE was the successful bidder in the RFP issued by the United Way of CT to develop and operate the Walgreens Distribution Center training program located in Windsor, CT. CE received a grant from the economic development office of the state of Connecticut in the amount of $1,250,000 to create this exciting new program. Walgreens had just finished construction of their distribution center and had made a commitment to have at least 40% of the workforce there be individuals with disabilities. CE worked with Walgreens to develop the curriculum for the classroom and simulation room training. Once trainees have successfully completed the training program they are eligible for hire. Walgreens Distribution Center currently employs over 275 individuals with disabilities in full time fully benefited positions. As a result of the Walgreens project, CE has developed a new replicable model program. Our goal is to provide individuals with disabilities with the best possible training and instruction, with the ultimate goal being the attainment of a job providing competitive pay and employer benefits. We currently operate a number of similar employer based programs. Host employers for these programs are: Walgreens Retail stores, Mohegan Sun Casino, HomeGoods Distribution Center, Walgreens Distribution Center, Mystic Aquarium and Research Center, TJMaxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, SmartPak and XEROX in the near future. CEs' Training Specialists are imbedded into each of the host employers and they work with corporate training and human resources staff to create training curricula, paid transitional training and job placements. Since beginning our first program with Walgreens Distribution Center in 2008 these programs have led to thousands of jobs for individuals with disabilities.

    In recent years, CE has received numerous awards and recognition for its innovative programs. In June of 2012 the organization received the National Best Practices Award from APSE for the development of a new model that will impact the field. This new model, developed in partnership with the CT Bureau of Rehabilitation, is the ISTPP or Industry Specific Training and Placement Program. This award followed the agency’s Community Partnership Award from the Mutual of America Foundation for the Walgreens Distribution Center program. This award was given to CE for our ability to develop a state of the art training program for people with disabilities by developing and utilizing many community and state partners. Both awards were given to CE for the impact of our model program on the industry and the ability to replicate the program.

    In 2012 CE received the maximum accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Walgreens Program along with four additional Job Training and Placement Programs were reviewed during this accreditation process and were cited as exemplary. This accreditation distinguishes CE as a provider of services that meets or exceed the CARF high standards of practice.

    CE is seeking funding to develop a website for our Community Thrift & Gift operation in OK. This new retail training and employment program will provide jobs for up 30 clients. The website will allow us to solicit donations, communicate with donors
    and shoppers and create an online auction site for goods. Our branch in OK serves 52 individuals with severe disabilities and the store is the first time these individuals will have community employment opportunities. The Enid Business Advisory Council has 12 community members who are working to support community employment for all 52 people we serve there. Each has pledged to do a donation drive at their place of business.

  • History:
  • Community Enterprises (CE) traces its origins back to Northampton State Hospital. In 1972, staff members received a grant to develop a program to train residents to live and work outside the hospital. In the years since, CE has grown into a multifaceted agency that supports the employment, educational, and independent living goals of people with disabilities in 4 states. Innovation and continuous improvement continue to be at the heart of the planning of new programs to further enrich the lives of our clients.
    In 1972 two divisions, ICE and AIM were created. AIM evolved from a program offering independent living skills training to a holistic model, which fosters natural supports in the community.
    We incorporated in 1975 as Incentive Community Enterprises. ICE took over the sheltered workshop located at the MA State Hospital. ICE created innovative programs that were replicated throughout the region. Grants from the MA Rehabilitation Commission allowed the agency to hire new staff to further develop our rehabilitation services and expand our service locations.
    Under the direction Dr. Joe Campbell, ICE moved from a sheltered-workshop to a community-based employment model. Service locations expanded throughout the region. Participants formerly trained to do simple began to work in jobs in the community. ICE became a nationally accredited rehabilitation agency through CARF which assures ongoing innovation and conformity to industry standards.
    In 1984, ICE expanded its service locations in MA and into CT. The annual budget grew from $400,000 in 1980 to over $5 million by the end of the decade. We created a program in 1986 to support the higher education goals of clients. We launched a new food service training program in connection with the University of MA, Amherst. Two more higher education programs followed offering both food service and business skills training.
    We changed our name in 1989 to Community Enterprises (CE) to reflect our expanding services. Community Staffing (CS), a full-service, temporary staffing agency, was created in 1990 to augment funding. Profits from CS are used to support the employment and independent living programs.
    In 1993, a CE employment partner Big Y Foods in MA received the Exemplary Employer Award from the Governor’s Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities. CE’s 1995 AIM program began purchasing homes in the community which furthered the idea of community integration.
    Dick Venne became President/CEO of CE in 1997. As the 1990s ended, CE had 3major developments: the acquisition of RISE, a supported-living organization in CT; the expansion of services into NY; and the affiliation with Greater Boston Rehabilitation Services. The annual budget doubled to $10 million by 1999.
    IN 1998 another CE partner was recognized by Governor Weld for its outstanding work in hiring employees with disabilities through CE. In 2000 Six Flags New England received the National Employer of the Year award from the Assn. of People in Supported Employment for its work in hiring people with disabilities through CE. CE was the 2001 Employer of the Year Award from the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
    In 2002 CE’s partner, The Log Cabin Meeting and Banquet House, received the MA Governor’s Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities.
    Karen’s Fund, a grant program used to support recreation and wellness activities for individuals with disabilities, was created in 2007 honoring long time Board Member Karen Lachapelle.
    CE received a prestigious Community Partnership Award from the Mutual of America Foundation in 2011 for its Industry Specific Training and Placement Program (ISTPP). This award is given in recognition of the outstanding partnership between the Walgreens Distribution Center in CT and CE in developing a comprehensive training program for individuals with disabilities. ISTPP expanded to include the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort % Home Goods.
    In 2012, CE received the National APSE award for best practices - given to one organization each year for leading the field of employment for individuals with disabilities with a new model. The model recognized was our ISTPP model.
    CE created the Albert Lognin Legacy Society in 2013 following a bequest of $50,000. CE opened a location in Enid, OK in 2014. Liberty Healthcare of OK contracted with CE to provide employment & training services individuals with disabilities.

  • Year established:1975
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:335


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:51-0178661

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:510178661
  • Organization Name:VIABILITY INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:5 FRANKLIN ST
  • Organization City:NORTHAMPTON
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:01060-2026
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1976
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):566, 166, 568
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Job training, counseling, or assistance, Mental health care, Vocational counseling
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:J30Z
  • Asset Amount:$6,632,816
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$20,913,853
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$20,539,125
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:26:35 pm

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