What is CDC Resources?
CDC Resources, Inc. is a not-for-profit human services provider
with a long tradition of focusing on the advocacy and service needs
of children and adults with developmental disability.
This commitment is reflected in our mission statement and our
services. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors
from communities served [Benton, Carroll, Jasper, Newton, and White
counties] and up to two at-large members with a developmental disability.
Currently, CDC serves over 450 children, adults, and families
per year. The organization also serves as an important community
resource to the general public, area businesses, and local governmental
bodies. The organization also supports the Hoosier Prairie Arc and
the Arc of Carroll County in outreach efforts with local families.
The agency offers
a broad range of community and agency based ADULT SERVICES
fully accredited by CARF.
This includes Day Services for pre-vocational
and life skills training, Supported Living Services
for home and community based supports, Group Homes
for 24 hour residential services, Heartland Employment
Services to develop/maintain community employment
opportunities and CDC Industries offering
packaging, custodial, assembly, salvage and inventory
management to area businesses as well as venture activity
to provide income and work experience for consumers who
want jobs. CDC has also developed and sponsored HUD subsidized
apartment projects in recent years through its Access
Community partners include Twin Lakes Kiwanis Club, Rensselaer
Rotary, White County Community Foundation, Jasper Foundation, Carroll
County Community Foundation, Newton County Community Foundation,
Knights of Columbus (Monticello, Rensselaer, Delphi), Monticello
Lions Club, White Co. Healthy Families, United Way of White County,
Arc of Carroll County, Jefferson Township Community Fund (Kentland),
Center Township Community Fund (Fowler), and the Morocco Lions Club,
KV Works, Chamber of Commerce [Monticello, DeMotte, Carroll County
& Rensselaer], Wabash Valley Mental Health Center, Boy Scouts,
KIRPC, and Monticello Rotary.
In 1953, a group of determined Monticello parents and supporters incorporated
to initiate services for children with mental retardation. These pioneers
were frustrated because there was nothing available for disabled kids.
Families joined together to bootstrap activities and raise community awareness.
We remain indebted to these individuals for their foresight and spirit.
The next year an unrelated group from the Remington/Rensselaer
area incorporated and began the Opportunity School in Rensselaer.
Over the years this program grew to serve children from Newton and
Benton Counties until 1966 when the state encouraged this Easter
Seal affiliate to join with the operation in Monticello. Within
a year the Arc of Carroll County had been formed and classes were
expanded to the Methodist Church in Delphi. Programs were offered
in churches and storefronts in Monticello, Rensselaer, Kentland,
and Delphi over the next several years. Monticello programs were
extended to provide craft projects for young adults and was based
on S. Main Street in what is now a carpeting store. During this
period in the late 60's, the organization moved facilities from
Rensselaer to the Jordan School, east of Brook on S.R. 16, programs
were offered for children and adults from this location for many
In 1971, the organization had reached the point where a name change was
made to Comprehensive Developmental Centers, Inc., aka CDC, and its first
professional executive director was hired. As the agency continued to
grow plans were made for a campus to be constructed on county property
south of Indiana Beach. Ground was broken on this grant funded project
in 1974 and occupancy occurred the next year of first the Workshop building
and then the main Administrative Center. These facilities still serve
individuals from Carroll and White Counties and serve as the administrative
hub for the organization.
The Jordan School was abandoned by the mid-70's and programs operated
from the former Rensselaer High School until a new Rensselaer facility
was opened at the east end of Angelica Street in 1979. That facility,
expanded in 1998, remains the hub for services in Jasper, Benton, and
During the early 1980's, CDC opened up its first Medicaid group home.
At present, the agency has three group homes plus sponsorship of HUD subsidized
housing in several rural communities. The agency also initiated successful
Heartland Employment Services based in Monticello and Rensselaer
in 1993. CDC continues to advance the quality and effectiveness of its