Mission: The mission of cardinal services, inc. Of indiana is to assist and advocate for people with disabilities and challenges to live lives full of dignity, growth, and opportunity.
Programs: Residential: cardinal's residential living program is available to adults needing assistance with daily living requirements. Residents live in group homes with other residents of similar abilities. They are encouraged to be self-sufficient and as independent, as possible. During the day, residents work at community jobs, participate in the community and/or participate in day programs. During the last year, more than 100 adults with disabilities were supported in a group home setting learning daily living skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and accessing the community. Acquisition of daily living skills has allowed several individuals to move from a group home into their own apartment, thus becoming more fully integrated into society.
community living: independence is important to us all, whether we live with a disability or not. Cardinal's community living services support adults to live as independently, as possible, yet still receive the support they need. Services are developed based on the individual needs of the person. This includes finding a place to live and the money to pay for living expenses. Services may be as complete as full-time 24 hour staffing or as minimal as meeting with staff once per week - it all depends on the individual needs of the person. During the current year 94 people were served in their own apartment learning daily living skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and accessing the community. Many have been able to secure community employment and earn a competitive wage, thus becoming more fully integrated into society.
children and family services: cardinal services serves the youngest, most vulnerable segment of the population with the purpose of educating children and preparing them for school, as well as offering the skills that parents need to be the most effective in their roles. An emphasis is placed upon proper nutrition and medical care for the proper development of the children. Services are comprehensive and attempt to meet whatever need the family may have, most needs are based upon income (see additional data on schedule o). (continued from part iii, line 4c) cardinal services offers three different programs for children and their families. 1) wic (women, infants, and children) is a federal nutrition program serving to safeguard the health of income eligible women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. Cardinal serves over 1,700 participants each month, providing supplemental foods, nutritional education, and nutritional health screenings. 2) head start/early head start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, disability, social, mental health, and other services to enrolled children and families. 3) healthy families is a program for first-time parents, up to age 3 of the child, designed to strengthen families and promote healthy childhood growth and development. Healthy families helps support parents, teaches problem-solving skills, encourages family support systems, and provides current community resource information for families.
other cardinal services programs include:--cardinal's nursing home program provides a staff person for individuals with disabilities living in a nursing home to visit and take them out into the community up to 24 hours each month. --cardinal provides transportation services through the kosciusko area bus service (kabs). Kabs is medicaid approved and can transport to medical appointments state-wide. --cardinal's adult day services is made up of two programs: adult classrooms and work settings. The classrooms allow consumers to spend the day with people at a similar level of ability in a classroom setting. Activities are planned and staffed by trained direct support professionals in 15-30 minute increments and are coordinated to create a meaningful day for every person. For those with the desire and ability to work, we provide the opportunity for individuals to earn an income doing piece or assembly work for one of our local partner companies. In this way, they earn a wage to purchase services and items of interest. Until each person has the opportunity to find a job in the community, they are given the chance to work in the manufacturing area at cardinal services, known as cci. --cci manufacturing is cardinal's on-site workshop providing meaningful employment to people with disabilities by contracting with area companies to do a job. Cci is able to fill a need in the business community, turn out high quality products, and provide, at the same time, employees a job to earn a wage. --career links is cardinal's supported employment program, helping people to achieve and maintain employment and independence. Career links' unique program works in partnership with the community and businesses to develop employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Once a job is obtained, a trained career links employment specialist provides support to both the employer and the new employee.