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Mission Statement

Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization which provides vocational services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment, promoting independence, empowerment and the development of skills needed for successful employment and self-sufficiency.

Vision Statement

At Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. our goal is to provide individuals with  vocational disabilities the employment skill training that will assist them to acquire and maintain employment within a preferred job site and within the least restrictive environment. Employees of Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. assume the position of being a role model and mentor for the individuals we provide services to. Each individual in our organization has strengths,  capabilities and potential waiting to be tapped. We sincerely believe that if people would be willing to assist others to learn and grow, the future for everyone that lives in our community would become brighter and hold more opportunity.

Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. shall provide various vocational training and support systems to enhance the employment options and work experiences for individuals with vocational disabilities. Employment goals will be based on the individuals strengths and preferences. Individuals with vocational disabilities are provided work opportunities that shall be integrated within the natural work place. Earned wages shall lead to regular increases in productivity and longevity, and enhance their lifestyle preferences. Joint cooperative support systems shall encourage family and friends, service providers and community employers in working together to assist individuals with vocational disabilities in obtaining natural support systems that will foster long-term employment opportunities, leading to a more productive individual whom can contribute to his or her community.

 

What is Indianhead Enterprises, Inc.?

Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. is considered a community based rehabilitation facility. Community based rehabilitation facilities provide vocational services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) are very complex businesses. Indianhead Enterprises is like two businesses in one. We have our clients services or our human services business and we have our contract services or our manufacturing business. It is an ongoing operation which needs to juggle the two services smoothly in order to succeed in both. In this business, it can be easy to lose track of what we are and why we are here. Some companies tend to lose sight because of the title "non-profit", focusing more on the human services end of the operation without the necessary attention to making money. Some tend to focus too much on making money, losing track of their mission and the human services end of the operation. It is an ongoing struggle to maintain balance, but one that is easier for us to maintain when it is understood that we are a not-for-profit business.

Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. is a not-for-profit business--in business to fulfill our Mission. A not for profit is different than a non-profit. Not-for-profits strive to make money, while non-profits lose money. As a business, we need to make money--to show a profit--in order to fulfill our Mission. Enhancing programs to our clients, or fulfilling our Mission, is accomplished through making money. This allows an agency such as ours to keep investing in its programs, staff and services.

How Did We Start?

Indianhead Enterprises, Inc., just like most similar programs, was started in a church basement by concerned parents. Indianhead Enterprises has been in existence since 1971 - the year a grant was awarded to the Dunn County Association for Retarded Citizens. The Developmental Disability Act Grant was awarded to the Association for Retarded Citizens group to assist them with the feasibility of services in our community for persons with disabilities.

The operation began in 1972 with a program located at the Dunn County Health Care Center. It was administrated under Tri-County Mental Health Clinic. The center was named Dunn County Day Care Center. Individuals that attended the program were involved in social skills building, personal hygiene, training and community involved activities.

In 1978, the operation moved as the program became located at 2121 South Broadway. It was administered under the Unified Services of Western Wisconsin. The center was named Unified Industries. Unified Industries continued to develop its work model for persons with disabilities. As of 1981, the program located at 2121 South Broadway was changed to become redefined and administered under a 5-member non-profit board. The center was named Indianhead Enterprises of Menomonie, Inc., and served approximately 68 clients, 6 hours per day, five days per week year round. Primary disabilities included Mental Retardation, Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy. Age range from 21 through 72 years old.

In 1983, through a new building project, Indianhead Enterprises completed construction of an 11,400 square foot metal building funded through a Community Development Block Grant Loan. In March 1983, all clients, staff and equipment had been transferred to this new facility located in the Menomonie Industrial Park.

Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors, which are elected representing a cross section of our local community. The organizational structure of the agency is comprised of our Staff, in whom we hire to fulfill our mission, our Support Labor, whom we hire to assist with the contract production demands, and our Clients with barriers to employment.  Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. Support Labor consists of approximately 30 individuals without disabilities who perform a variety of manufacturing and custodial functions, as well as being mentors to the clients we serve.  

Since its inception in 1971, Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. has experienced substantial growth in the consumers served. The organization has evolved from being held at the Dunn County Health Care Center serving 8 clients to providing services daily to over 70 clients residing in Dunn County. The purpose of Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. is to insure that each member of our community has the opportunity to be employed using their strengths, talents and interests, working at their fullest potential. Through employment, each individual contributes to their community and thus actively participates in society.

Our mission is dual as we provide work training to persons with various disabilities such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities, while also creating positive employment futures for persons who experience other barriers to employment, such as lack of experience, inadequate skills, unemployment, etc.

Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. provides essential work training by contracting work through local employers. Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. has been fortunate to work with local companies such as 3M, Wal-Mart, Specor Systems, Land O'Lakes and Silgan. Indianhead Enterprises seeks to provide our clients real work which becomes the foundation for them to better their work skills and thus create better work futures for themselves.

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Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. 
1426 Indianhead Drive 
Menomonie, WI 54751 
Phone: (715) 232-6460 
FAX: (715) 232-6463 
email info@indianheadenterprises.com
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