About Life Unlimited
Life Unlimited’s mission is to support people with developmental disabilities as they experience life with unlimited possibilities.
We seek to become the premier provider of supports and services for people with disabilities, signifying quality, innovation, and person-centered principles. We are committed to ensuring the sustainability and growth of our organization and are driven by a ceaseless desire to improve. The people we employ will be engaged, dedicated, and invested in our mission.
Our Core Values
Every day we are given the amazing opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. We are a catalyst for growth, supporting others to see and pursue the many opportunities and options a meaningful life presents, and contributing to the happiness of those around us. The people we serve are our priority and the people we employ are our greatest resource. Our interactions are guided by three core values:
- Demonstrating an unselfish concern for the well-being and happiness of others
- Being open, authentic, and truthful
- Respecting the dignity of every person and every role
Our Aspirational Values
In addition to our core values, we will differentiate ourselves and succeed by aspiring in every action to:
- Serve as responsible stewards of all organizational resources
- Recognize mistakes, take responsibility and apologize with humility
- Hold ourselves and others accountable for results
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.
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. 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
- Pete Hall, President
- Scott Wingerson, Vice-President
- Jesse Smith, Secretary
- Paul Twenter, Treasurer
- Marilyn Barth
- Ken Bohr
- Julie Castillo
- Brett Fulkerson
- Jessica King
- Sue Miller
- Cindy Sevier
- Terry Stone
- Julie Edlund, Chief Executive Officer
- Mark Bertrand, Vice President of External Relations
- Julie Edlund
Chief Executive Officer
- Mark Bertrand
Vice-President of External Relations
- Vincent Bustamante
Vice-President of Training
- Sandy DeGase
Vice-President of Unlimited Properties
- Bryan R. DeWitt
Chief Information Officer
- Amy Taylor
Vice-President of Community Living
- Etta Mitchell
Vice-President of Quality Assurance
- Susie Schneider
Vice-President of Internal Relations
- Brian C. Watson
Chief Financial Officer
- Mary Davis
Community Living Program Director
- Amy Young
Community Living Intake Manager
- Julie Turley
Director of “My Day”
- Pam Harris
Director of Employment Services
- Jim Huffman
Director of Recreation Programs
- Steve Gal
Director of In-Home Community Support Services
- Ryan Hicks
Director of Facilities and Maintenance