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Couleecap Inc

Rating: 3 stars   2 reviews 808

Nonprofit Issues:

Job Training, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Economic Development


201 Melby St Westby WI 54667 USA


Couleecap fights poverty and promotes self-sufficiency for people in the Coulee Region. We identify needs, mobilize resources, and provide quality services to people and communities in four counties of western Wisconsin: Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon.


Our overall budget is 5.5 million. Largest programs are for the homeless, housing rehabilitation and weatherization, and community services including food pantries, clothing centers and youth services. Most of the people that we serve are low-income.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I worked as an unpaid intern at Couleecap all last semester, and I cannot speak highly enough of the experience. Couleecap is a great place to volunteer and always has tasks available for those willing to help!

Couleecap is also a fantastic organization that works ceaselessly to help its clients. The staff works tirelessly to aid those in its four-county service area and is incredibly conscientious. They are constantly working to improve their services and how the internal mechanisms of the agency run.

Their programs are diverse and much-needed in the Coulee area. If you're looking for an organization to either volunteer for or donate to, Couleecap is the one. Our area would be far worse off without it.

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Quite well

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Rating: 1 stars  

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I worked at Couleecap Inc. and it was the worst year of my life. Instead of capitalizing on their workers' skills, the tendency of the organization is to rely on the "pay grade" status of it's employees and is rank with rankism.
As no one makes a great deal of money, those in power there hang on to it as a definition of who they are.
In 2010 there was a large turnover of staff, mostly removal of persons who had any ideas that may have been slightly out of the box.
The management system is punitive and unresponsive. There is an entire culture of denial and a reliance on tattle tales and gossip. It is truly the scariest, most gossiping place I have ever encountered.
The organization (mostly the Housing Department,) goes after the funding vigorously, despite their understaffing and true lack of expertise for some of the projects they try to run.
A good example of this was their work in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. The Housing Department took on a project to move the village to higher ground after the devastating floods of 2008 & 2009. The Housing Director and his assistance had never run a program like that, had no construction expertise whatsoever and eventually, after raising the hopes of the village, did not produce anything viable.
It was truly irresponsible.
The management refuses to recognize when supervisors who are unfit treat their employees badly. They just look the other way if that supervisor "produces;" and will not directly deal with that supervisor's inablility to lead.

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For one year as an employee in the Housing Department.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Totally restructure the management system so that supervisors could only be allowed to supervise if they had the ability to lead, not just nitpick.

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