The Individual Needs Fund provides an important safety net for the persons CLO serves, most of whom have extremely low incomes.  The individuals CLO serves qualify for government entitlement programs such as Social Security Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid, and due the nature and severity of their disabilities, most are unable to work or earn income to supplement those entitlements in a meaningful way.  Consequently, their incomes are at or below the poverty line.  When Medicaid or another government funding program under-funds or simply does not cover an item many people might consider a necessity, individuals CLO serves must either do without or rely on help from others to acquire such necessities.  CLO’s Individual Needs Fund helps such individuals pay for those necessities so they have what they truly need to live successfully in the community. Items purchased with individual needs fund donations:

  • Clothing
  • Dental and vision care
  • Some medical care
  • Durable medical equipment items
  • Personal care items
  • Essential home furnishings