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Community And Economic Development Association Of Cook County Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development

Mission: Ceda is a county-wide community development agency that provides economic development and human services that address the needs of suburban cook county and chicago residents working in partnership with business and government. Ceda offers education, advocacy and direct services.

Programs: Energy services: energy services assists eligible applicants in reducing home heating and cooling costs. A monetary benefit towards energy bills is provided on behalf of the applicant. Counseling, outreach, information and referrals to other energy related programs are also provided.

energy conservation: energy conservation offers weatherization and rehabilitation to eligible, low income households. The process entails assessing the home, evaluating its energy efficiency through sophisticated testing, and then developing a work order to correct deficiencies.

health and nutrition: several programs that aim to improve the health status of high risk women, infants and children by providing nutrition education, comprehensive and intensive case management services to young teen parents and their children; ensure that the teen parent obtains his/her high school diploma and assist families to help themselves become more self-sufficient, competent and feel empowered.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a current employee of this organization. Over the past three years this organization has had a remarkable resurgence. The new executive leadership installed by the board managed a major turnaround; reducing debt and streamlining operations. There is a renewed trust and respect from the government agencies that oversee CEDA's largest grants and contracts. CEDA's partnerships with community organizations and local governments continue to develop and strengthen.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Some of the many programs this organizations provide are worthy and needed by the clients served; however, there are many other programs that have received federal funding through the Economic Recovery Act that are "bogus" to say the least. I recently completed a medical billing and coding course. Upon completion of the course, the funds were to include the Illinois State licensing exam. It has not happened. There has been one excuse after another. Reports to the director, Ms. A. Murff, have gone unanswered. I, along with all the other students who completed the course, have been shafted by the long leg of bureaucracy. Top administration is aware of this. and it is my belief, also in on the financial scam. The course cost was more than $2000.00 per student. Go figure. All I got was a cheapy computer-originated certificate that isn't worth the paper its printed on. I'm sure our Attorney General's office would like to sink her teeth into this one.

Review from Guidestar


Former staff

Rating: 1

I worked for this organization for over a decade. There are many dedicated and hardworking employees in this organization, but there are also some very dishonest and unscrupulous people at the highest levels of management. This is in no way a grassroots organization. It is run primarily by an "old boys network" that is very politically connected. It uses its political connections to go after any government funds it can get its hands on. Programs are designed to fit the available funding versus truly addressing the problems of the population it serves. It gets a disproportionate share of funding for its service area that should be shared with truly grassroots organizations. This organization is a classic Poverty Pimp.