815-933-7883 657 E. Court St. Kankakee www.kccsi-cap.org

Our Mission:
The purpose of Kankakee County Community Services, Inc. shall be to generate and stimulate available local, private, state and federal resources toward enabling low-income families and individuals to attain the skills, knowledge, motivations, and opportunities to become self-sufficient. Kankakee County Community Services, Inc., shall seek to be a catalyst and advocate for the interest of the poor in order to make the area served more responsive to the needs of low-income persons and families and to bring about greater institutional sensitivity to their condition.

The Promise of Community Action:
Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Community Action Principles Make Us Unique

Community Action:

  • Opens doors and leads the way: We provide access to the opportunities people need to improve their lives, to help themselves and each other.
  • Turns hope into reality: We identify the needs of the entire community, and take action to improve life for everyone in the community.
  • Treats people with respect: We treat people the way we want to be treated.
  • Says "yes": If we do not provide the needed service, we will link you with those who do.
  • Gives a voice to the poor: Through our advocacy, we seek to make society more flexible and responsive to the needs of the poor.
  • Mirrors the diversity of our communities: Our local boards include low-income people, local public officials, and business and community groups.
Background: Kankakee County Community Services, Inc. (KCCSI) has been meeting the needs of families and individuals in crisis since 1986 by giving them accomodations through shelter vouchers for the homeless in area motels, rental and mortage assistance; utility (gas and light) assistance, energy conservation (weatherization), senior nutrition, in addition to transitional sheltering, affordable housing and crisis intervetion.

The promise fulfilled

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