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Community Living, Inc.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Community Living, Inc.
Phone: (636) 970-2800
Address: 1040 St. Peters-Howell Road
Saint Peters, MO 63376
Report Expiration Date: August 6, 2014
Original Business Start Date: January 2005
Principal: Christine Rutherford, Director of Development
Type of Business: Charity - Human Services (i.e. assistance to individuals & families)
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

"To enrich the lives of people with disabilities."

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Community Living, Inc. meets all voluntary Standards for Charity Accountability.

BBB Charity Seal Participation

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Community Living is celebrating 35 years of providing life-enriching services to people with disabilities and their families in St. Charles County. Its services, including employment, adult recreation, residential, respite, SOAR (social opportunities and recreation for Youth) and adult day habilitation, assists over 800 people annually. The agency helps people become active, contributing members of their community while leading lives filled with dignity and purpose.

For the year ended June 30, 2012, Community Living, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Respite Care:$741,923
Residential Care:$3,766,691
Support Services for Adults:$1,522,376
In-Home Respite:$795,027
Facility Respite:$238,679
SOAR Summer Camp:$425,408
SOAR Teen Club:$353,919
SOAR Break Camp:$89,223
Recreational Services:$380,346
Employment Services:$187,615
Total Program Expenses:$8,501,207


Chief Executive Officer:Barbara Griffith, President/CEO
CEO Compensation:$124,985
Chair of the Board:Mary Alsup-Niedergerke
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Sales/Manager Financial Advisor.
Board Size:21
Paid Staff Size:360 Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:grant proposals, direct mail, planned giving arrangements, print advertisements, radio, internet, invitations to fund raising events, cause-related marketing, television

Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,251,588 are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Community Living, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2012:

 Interest and Investment return$7,275
  Private Pay$250,364
  Federal and state programs$6,613,362
  St. Charles County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board$2,584,440
  Vocational Rehabilitation$52,957
  United Way$202,034
  Community and Children's Resource Board$54,300
  In-kind donations$72,000
  HUD grant$48,223
 Total Income:$10,337,239
Expenses  % of total
 Programs:$8,501,207 85.44%
 Fund Raising:$250,220 2.51%
 Administrative:$1,198,980 12.05%
 Total Expenses:$9,950,407
Excess of Income over Expenses$386,832
Beginning Net Assets$6,995,205
Ending Net Assets:$7,382,038
Total Assets$11,441,332
Total Liabilities$4,059,294

Additional Contact Information

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (636) 970-2800 ext. 3047

Report as of July 9, 2014 19:59
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