About Life Unlimited
Life Unlimited’s mission is to support people with developmental disabilities as they experience life with unlimited possibilities
Concerned Care, Inc.
Concerned Care, Inc. (CCI) was founded in 1972 by a group of parents and interested individuals who worked with elected officials for passage of Senate Bill 40 “Handicap Tax” levy. The first group home opened in 1973.
In 1975, CCI began looking for more independent living opportunities for some of its clients and a Supervised Apartment Living Program was implemented. Responding to the needs of individuals living on their own or with families, the organization established the Community Recreation Program in 1976. Transportation and supervision was provided for both CCI residential clients and other individuals. The 1980’s saw growth and expansion for both residential and recreation programs.
In 1991, CCI pioneered the newly designated Individualized Support Living Program with the Department of Mental Health. The ISL program serves individuals who require 24-hour to only minimal supervision in an apartment setting. The agency earned accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
The 1996 purchase of a historic bank building in North Kansas City provided permanent space for administrative offices and gave the agency much needed visibility. Funded through a HUD grant, the Lloyd & Carol Brown Opportunity Apartments opened in 2004 and provides 18 one-bedroom apartments for low income persons with developmental disabilities. Today a highly trained staff of more than 125 serves approximately 115 consumers in group homes or assisted living facilities. The recreation program serves over 500 people each year.
Established in 1981, Immacolata Manor – originally Broadacres, the country estate of Joseph and Della Bruening – was purchased by a number of families who had daughters with developmental disabilities. The Benedictine Sisters of Kansas City were engaged as caretakers until their retirement in 1997. In 1999, the first off campus independent supported living (ISL) residence opened as the Manor began its efforts to integrate individuals more fully into the life of the community.
The main house and carriage house were the residences for 28 women until capital campaigns in 2001 and 2006 were successful in raising over $2,000,000 to build 5 fully accessible homes. To date, 9 additional ISL apartments and houses have been added throughout the community. Today, the Main House is used for administrative purposes.
In September 1986, the newly constructed Broadacres Recreation Center opened to provide a safe, comfortable space for the residents to participate in year-round activities designed to enhance their health, education and quality of life. In January 2000, My Day, the Manor’s community integration and day habilitation program opened in the Broadacres facility and in July 2013, a second My Day location opened in downtown Liberty, Missouri. In April 2016, Immacolata Manor established the Employment Services Program to help individuals with developmental disabilities find and maintain meaningful jobs in their community.
Life Unlimited, Inc.
On July 1, 2016, Concerned Care and Immacolata Manor joined together to form Life Unlimited, Inc. Together the organizations have over 80 years of experience providing exceptional support services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the Kansas City Northland.
The merger of the two nonprofits offers a broader scope of services with enhanced quality to all of the individuals it supports. The newly formed organization provides the same exceptional programs and individualized supports everyone has come to expect from Concerned Care and Immacolata Manor.
Board of Directors
- Erin Lankford, President
- Scott Wingerson, Vice-President
- Jessie Smith, Secretary
- Dan Jurgensen, Treasurer
- Brett Fulkerson, Program and Policy Committee Chair
- Marilyn Barth
- Ken Bohr
- Julie Castillo
- Pete Hall
- Kelly Hoefer
- Richard Kalbac
- Jessica King
- Sue Miller
- Susie Schneider
- Cindy Sevier
- Terry Stone
- Paul Twenter
- Julie Edlund, Chief Executive Officer
- Barbara Griggs, Director of Transition