community partners

CARF

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities provides accreditation services worldwide to health and human service providers. The accreditation process begins with Centerforce’s commitment to continuous improvement and culminating with external review and recognition that the Centerforce’s business and service practices meet international standards of quality. This ensures optimal outcomes for the persons Centerforce serves and sustained organizational efficiency and effectiveness, as well as enhancing Centerforce’s community image. These are among the benefits of the CARF accreditation process for Centerforce, which currently has a three-year accreditation (October 2011-2014).

SourceAmerica

SourceAmerica provides the agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is federally authorized to facilitate the AbilityOne® Program. CenterForce’s affiliation with SourceAmerica provides the following benefits:

  1. A variety of leadership, performance and workforce development and productivity enhancement training.
  2. Work with a network of business subject matter experts (SMEs), who are able to consult and assist in the development of new business opportunities.
  3. Access to regulatory and compliance support and information.
  4. Network and partner with other non-profits who employ people with disabilities.
  5. Research and pursue federal contracts available through the program.
  6. Tap into technical advice from business development, public policy and marketing communications.
  7. Obtain contract management support for pricing, fulfilling and renewing contracts.

Lakewood’s Choice

Established in 2013, Lakewood’s CHOICE is a community coalition focused on reducing youth substance use by increasing awareness, reducing access, and building pathways to healthy options for youth and families. CHOICE is made up of key partners who care about youth and are committed to their mission.

Community Employment Alliance (CEA)

The Community Employment ALLIANCE is a non-profit advocacy organization with a membership network of businesses and employment service providers throughout Washington State. Centerforce is a member of the CEA to have a voice in state and local policy making and funding for employment services for individuals with disabilities. CEA also provides training and a speaker’s bureau to allow employment service agencies to maintain their knowledge of best practices and current service delivery in the field.

Catalyst Kitchens

Catalyst Kitchens works to replicate, strengthen, and scale foodservice social enterprises that provide job and life skills training for individuals facing significant barriers to employment. The Catalyst Kitchens model has three key components; empowerment through comprehensive, applied training; sustainability through foodservice social enterprise; and nutritious meals for communities in need. Centerforce is partnering with Catalyst Kitchens to replicate food service social enterprises that will provide job and life skills training for individuals facing significant barriers to employment.