To engage the mind, spirit, and body in wellness and community so that older adults may thrive.
To realize the mission of Clark-Lindsey, the Board of Directors, management and employees will seek to fulfill the following goals:
- To offer residents the opportunity to explore new experiences and new relationships, while enjoying the comfort and familiarity that comes from being among colleagues and friends;
- To provide a variety of programs and facilities that promote optimal health and fitness;
- To inspire residents to remain socially, professionally and intellectually involved through continued education and cultural opportunities;
- To incorporate the best of our community resources and to build upon existing relationships with the University of Illinois;
- To provide residents with access to high caliber educational and recreational resources, providing opportunities to stay connected with the local community regardless of age;
- To provide high quality health services necessary to support residents throughout their lives.
We live out our mission by investing in our four core values:
- Meaningful life
- Empowered staff
- Community engagement
- Real home
As a not-for-profit, our focus is our mission.
When considering a move to a retirement community, is there really a difference between a not-for-profit organization and a for-profit business? Like 81% of today’s Life Plan Communities, sometimes referred to as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Clark-Lindsey is a nonprofit organization, which gives us a leading edge on other living communities in our surrounding area. Being a not-for-profit allows Clark-Lindsey to exemplify our mission statement. Our goal is to support our core value of having a meaningful life throughout our multi-dimensional program that focuses on the mind, spirit, and body. Achieving this goal allows us to overcome ageism and ableism. Like many other Life Plan Communities, we offer residents the assurance of knowing they have lifelong access to living arrangements and services should they outlive their financial resources.
Although all businesses including not-for-profits, are expected to generate returns on investment, nonprofits aren’t seeking financial returns for owners or shareholders. Profits from our organization go right back into the Clark-Lindsey community, continuing to build on our tradition of providing exceptional services and living environments that offers opportunities to grow at whatever stage of their life journey. The main focus of Clark-Lindsey is to use our funds to help support the mission of our continuation of care for Clark-Lindsey residents and share our expertise with the greater community we serve.
The bottom line at Clark-Lindsey is resident satisfaction.
Central to Clark-Lindsey’s success is our board of directors, who are committed to the innovation and continuous improvement of our campus which is home to some 200 residents. Clark-Lindsey is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, representing a wide range of expertise, including engineers, accountants, IT, business professionals in the health industry, and attorneys. Their talents ensure the quality services and management of our organization.
Our nonprofit status allows us to accept tax-deductible contributions. Those contributions support improvements in programs and facilities providing direct benefit to Clark-Lindsey residents and to the Champaign area. And while we are exempt from income and capital gains taxes, we do pay real estate taxes that in turn invest in our schools, our parks and our community.
Gifts from donors support our amenities and services. They also contribute to expansion allowing us to grow to meet the needs of our current and future residents. One such recent project includes our Wellness Center, which features an aquatic center that expanded our exercise and recreational programming. A fitness center and therapy gym was also part of the project.
Another project was the construction of two new small homes that operate in a resident-centered environment as advocated by the GREEN HOUSE PROJECT®. Our partnership with the Green House organization represents one of the first in the state of Illinois. The two homes opened in 2017. One is licensed Assisted Living with a memory care designation, the other provides Skilled Nursing care. Both offer special programming for adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
Donor contributions assisted in making both of these projects a reality.
Not only does being tax exempt allow more money to be given back to our organization, but it allows us to do more for our community. Clark-Lindsey has been serving the local community for decades and this passion is shared by our employees and residents. Employees and residents participate in and lead Clark-Lindsey programs that allow us to give back to our surrounding communities. Examples of these programs are Ethel and Maud’s table, CLVolunteers, the Celebrate Aging program, Intern Program, and Nursing Assistant Training Program.