Your Community Connections
Community Connections is a unique non-profit, human service organization. Our services cover the life span of individuals and are designed to assist with developing independence, learning new skills and living in the community of one’s choice. We serve individuals with developmental disabilities, adults with physical disabilities, elders, very young children who are developmentally delayed or at risk, and children with behavioral health needs.
More than Just Socks
It could have just stopped at socks. This year, Community Connections decided to expand an annual employee Sock Drive for seniors to include children and people with disabilities, and we asked the communities of Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island to join us. Our intent was to warm cold toes in our communities and bring holiday cheer to the individuals and families we serve.
What we couldn’t have known was the extent of the generosity our communities would extend and the extent of the need we would discover. Community businesses all over Ketchikan and Prince of Wales helped out as collection sites for socks and money to support the drive. We had enthusiastic support from First Bank and Ketchikan student, Tessa Salazar, dedicated her “Kid’s Cookies for a Cause” table to sell baked goods, raise money, and collect warm clothes to contribute. By the end of the drive, our communities had raised $17,000 and collected over 500 pairs of socks.
Because of your generosity, the Sock Drive has provided warm boots to foster children who arrived at a foster home with only the clothes on their backs, it has provided warm coats to children who were not going to have any presents for Christmas after both parents were laid off, and it has warmed over 1200 toes on a wide variety of feet. We found a profound need in our communities for warm winter clothes and the Sock Drive has made it possible for us to respond.
Thank you to the community members, businesses, volunteers and Community Connections employees who made this annual event a huge success. Your generosity blew our socks off, and we are happy to report that our communities are a warmer place because of it.
Our services are comprehensive, responsive to family-identified needs, respectful of individual family values, and are culturally sensitive. Referrals can be made by anyone.
Early Learning Program
Services for families of children aged birth to three years with developmental delays or who are “at risk” of developing delays. Services are designed to assist families in supporting their child’s development. Individualized services may include; speech, physical and occupational therapy, specialized instruction and service coordination.
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Children’s Mental Health
Comprehensive mental health services for children and their families. These services provide a broad range of inter-ventions and supports to children and families in the home and community. Available services include; psychological assessments, individual, family or group counseling and intensive experiential skill building in group, individual and family settings.
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Senior and Disability Services
Services for individuals with developmental disabilities and seniors who require assistance to remain in their community of choice and with achieving their life goals. Through partnerships with the individuals and families served, a customized plan for services is developed that is aimed at supporting each individual’s ability to live, work and learn to their fullest potential. Services are provided wherever the person chooses to reside, socialize, recreate, or work. Services include; respite care, chore services, consumer directed personal care, transportation, care coordination, supported employment, supported living and day habilitation.
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