UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
LOVE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Dear Friends of Cedar Lake:
Thank you for your interest in Cedar Lake and for taking the time to read our 2019 Annual Report!
I always enjoy reflecting back over the past year to identify initiatives or events that were key in the advancement of our mission and vision….events that highlight our commitment to highly capable, compassionate care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2018, there was one initiative that became a defining moment for Cedar Lake – and one that would reshape how we care for our caregivers. In November 2018, after nearly six-months of analysis and careful consideration, the Cedar Lake Senior Operations Team proposed a bold initiative to our board of directors to address our workforce crisis once and for all.
The proposal was to increase the minimum wage of our direct support staff from $11 per hour to $14 per hour….a $3 per hour increase!!! After hearing compelling stories of our struggle with numerous vacancies per shift and our staff willing to go above and beyond to fill these vacancies with overtime, our board of directors approved the increase and set us on a course of MAJOR change. As of this writing, a transformation has indeed occurred. We have filled nearly all vacancies which has created great stability and continuity of care for those we support.
We have also received several reports how the $3 per hour increase has transformed the lives of our Direct Support Professionals….many who say they no longer need a second or third job to make ends meet. I want to thank the Senior Operations Team for their bold, transformative vision – and to the members of our board of directors who had the courage to take a risk….a risk that has yielded tremendous benefits for those we support, and those that support them.
It’s also been a busy year of planning and prepping for our next strategic plan that will officially launch in January 2021 and conclude in December 2023. This three-year plan looks to further position Cedar Lake as an organization that is exceptionally committed to superior support services.
We look forward to sharing these initiatives, and the campaign that will support it, at next year’s Annual Meeting on August 20, 2020. This date also serves as our 50th anniversary celebration…..that’s right…..Cedar Lake will be turning 50! You won’t want to miss this event as we look back over the last 50-years and recount key milestones that made Cedar Lake the capable, compassionate organization it is today – and share a vision of the future that will ensure we stay committed to exceptional services for the people we support and their families. So, mark your calendar for what is sure to be a fun, inspirational night.
Thanks so much for your continued support of Cedar Lake. And may God continue to bless Cedar Lake!
President/CEO, Cedar Lake
OUR MISSION is to offer highly compassionate, capable care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may experience a life of abundant possibilities.
OUR VISION is of a community where those with and without disabilities learn to share and enrich each other’s lives, through meaningful interactions that cultivate mutual respect and unconditional love.
HOW WE SERVE
Cedar Lake takes a comprehensive and holistic approach towards the care and wellbeing of the people we support. No matter where a person is in our continuum of care, Cedar Lake provides a loving and compassionate environment. Our focus is to meet the unique needs of each individual through all stages of their life.