Community Enterprises History

Community Enterprises traces its origins back more than three decades to the wards of Northampton State Hospital.  In 1972, some progressive staff members applied for and received a small grant to develop a program to train residents to live and work outside the hospital.  In the 40 years since the creation of that original program, C.E has grown into a multi-faceted program that supports the employment, educational, and independent living goals of people with disabilities in three states.  Innovation and continuous improvement continue to be at the heart of the planning of new programs to further enrich the lives of our clients.

1972

1972 - The Incentive Community Program, our original program, is born at the Northampton State Hospital. ...more

1972

1972 - The program creates two divisions, ICE and AIM. ...more

1975

1975 - The program incorporates, becoming a private non-profit: Incentive Community Enterprises, Inc. ...more

1980

1980 - Under the direction of a new president, Dr. Joe Campbell, ICE forms a bold new plan to move from a sheltered-workshop to a community-based employment model. ...more

1980

1980 - C.E. becomes a nationally accredited rehabilitation agency through CARF. ...more

1984

1984 - ICE expands across Massachusetts and into Connecticut. ...more

1986

1986 - A new program, supported education, is created to support the higher education goals of clients. ...more

1989

1989 - The agency changes its name to Community Enterprises, Inc. (C.E.). ...more

1990

1990 - Community Staffing, a full-service, temporary staffing agency, is created to help augment governmental funding. ...more

1993

1993 - C.E. employment partners begin to receive high recognition -- Big Y Foods receives Governor’s Award. ...more

1995

1995 - AIM program begins purchasing homes in the community -- participants experience having a home of their own. ...more

1997

1997 - A new era -- Dick Venne becomes President/CEO, programs expand to New York, budget continues to grow. ...more

1998

1998 - C.E. employment partner Custom Packaging receives Governor’s Award. ...more

2000

2000 - Six Flags New England receives national recognition for its work in hiring people with disabilities through C.E. ...more

2001

2001 - C.E. receives Employer of the Year Award from the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. ...more

2002

2002 - C.E. employment partner The Log Cabin Meeting and Banquet House receives Governor’s Award ...more

2007

2007 - C.E. establishes Karen’s Fund in memory of long-time board member, Karen Lachapelle. ...more

2011

2011 - C.E. receives national recognition from the Mutual of America Foundation. ...more

2012

2012 - C.E. launches major initiatives in technology and public relations. ...more

2012

2012 - Community Enterprises received the National APSE award for best practices ...more

2013

2013 - Community Enterprises created the Albert Lognin Legacy Society ...more

2014

2014 - June 16, 2014 marked the first day of operation at our newest location in Enid, OK. ...more

Future

Future - By 2017, C.E. plans to ...more