Community Service League Achieves CARF Accreditation

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence, a Missouri-based nonprofit Community Service League announced that it has received accreditation from the International Rehabilitation Facility Accreditation Commission.

This “Seal of Excellence” allows the organization, also accredited in 2017, to continue working with the State of Missouri to help people with mental or physical disabilities find employment.

Last year, CSL helped about 50 people through its vocational rehabilitation program including larry austin, who landed a job in customer service at Swiss Colony Brands.

A head injury kept him out of the workforce for a long time, and he’s grateful that CSL got him back to work.

“More than grateful,” he said. “They care, they work hard, they don’t give up, they are always behind you and encourage you to keep moving forward.”

Lynn Rose, Director of Programs at CSL, used the term “Seal of Excellence” to describe CARF’s 3-year accreditation. She said the accreditation proves that CSL meets 1,100 standards and passed the on-site assessment.

“It shows that CSL is a top-notch organization,” Rose said. “It helps hold us accountable, it helps the community hold us accountable for doing what we say we’re going to do.”

Several other organizations in the metropolitan area, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army, are also accredited by CARF.

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