Community, Life and Innovation (a.k.a. “CLI”) is a private, non-profit business whose core mission is to increase the earnings and status of workers with developmental disabilities.
CLI is best known for the just-in-time assembly services that it provides to area businesses. However, automation and globalization have made it difficult to find enough assembly contracts to employ CLI’s 120+ workers.
Change happens and the Ohio DD system is mandated to pursue community employment first. CLI operates a great sheltered workshop. It’s fun, loud, interesting and people make money. However, it is still a segregated worksite in a world that values integration. CLI’s future is integrated employment.
CLI actively pursues all new market opportunities and has begun to include employees without disabilities in our regular workforce. We believe that the only way to further our objective is through growth, expanding our customer base by providing superior service and earning trust.
CLI intends to be part of the solution. It is not enough to simply place our workers in the community without creating more jobs. We believe that the best way for CLI to contribute is to create jobs and to continue our progress toward being an integrated employer that is well connected to area communities.
CLI gets its operating revenue in a few different ways.
- We provide services to people with developmental disabilities on a fee-for-service basis. These services include vocational services, non-vocational services and transportation services;
- We provide services to local business and residents such as assembly, document destruction, recycling, etc-- also on a fee-for-services basis;
- As a non-profit 501c3, CLI also periodically recieves donations.