About

Promoting the Independence of Adults Living with Disabilities Since 1965

Endeavors Adult Development Center is a service-oriented, non-profit organization specializing in programs for adults with special needs ranging from mild to the most significant disabilities. Our Day Services program is one of the few in the region for individuals living with the most severe disabilities. We serve our amazing participants as we facilitate their personal growth and service in and to the area communities.

The center was started in 1965 and we expand our programs and facilities as we become aware of a need in the community and adult development field. We now offer:

  • prevocational job skills training
  • an on-site work program
  • an off-site work program
  • a county-wide transportation program for daily and wheelchair lift accessibility for participants in all of our programs
  • our own line of bird seed
  • our own greenhouse
  • a day program for those living with the most severe disabilities
  • a day program for those living with memory loss
  • a daily swim/hydro-therapy program in our heated pool
  • physical activity through walking and movement in combination with basic musical instruments (tambourines, bells, etc.)
  • therapy through music and crafts
  • field trips to zoos, museums, parks and more

Hours:

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 3:30p.m.

101 150th Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Kathy Clark – Program Coordinator

Phone: 715-485-8764
Fax: 715-485-8740
E-mail: director@endeavorsadc.org

History of Endeavors

Endeavors was established in 1965, initially providing educational programs in a school basement in Wanderoos, Wisconsin. We eventually moved 13 miles north to share a building with the Polk County Special Education Center, Balsam Lake, and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1982.

Endeavors is licensed with the State Department of Workforce Development. We are 1 of only 63 certified community rehabilitation programs in Wisconsin.

In 2003, Endeavors moved to its current location in Balsam Lake, which we rent from Polk County. This building was specifically designed for our program to enhance the strengths, capabilities ​​​​and personal growth of the adults we serve and represented collaboration between our Board and staff with Polk County Government. Building features include:

  • a heated swimming pool and whirlpool
  • work stations for the adults with retractable electricity and compressed air
  • a loading dock
  • a large lunch and break room for the adults
  • a nurse’s room
  • a “quiet” room
  • a space with a simulated apartment

Endeavors was established in 1965, initially providing educational programs in a school basement in Wanderoos, Wisconsin. We eventually moved 13 miles north to share a building with the Polk County Special Education Center, Balsam Lake, and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1982.

Endeavors is licensed with the State Department of Workforce Development. We are 1 of only 63 certified community rehabilitation programs in Wisconsin.

In 2003, Endeavors moved to its current location in Balsam Lake, which we rent from Polk County. This building was specifically designed for our program to enhance the strengths, capabilities ​​​​and personal growth of the adults we serve and represented collaboration between our Board and staff with Polk County Government. Building features include:

  • a heated swimming pool and whirlpool
  • work stations for the adults with retractable electricity and compressed air
  • a loading dock
  • a large lunch and break room for the adults
  • a nurse’s room
  • a “quiet” room
  • a space with a simulated apartment

Personnel

Kathleen Clark

Executive Director

Executive Director Kathleen Clark’s life has been marked by excellence starting with graduating Cum Laude from both S.F. Shattuck High School in Neenah, Wisconsin and Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work.

She has worked for more than 40 years in Social Services. She was a Wisconsin State Certified Social Worker, serving 36 years in Polk County as a Human Services Long Term Support Social Worker and then at NorthernBridges Care Management Organization and Willow Ridge HealthCare. She has been the Executive Director of Endeavors Adult Development Center for 5 years.

Outside of work, Kathleen has served on the board and chaired for Polk County Adult Development Center (now Endeavors ADC) and Polk County Transportation Corporation, has been a board member for Interfaith Caregivers and Peace Lutheran. She is on a Thursday Night Bowling League and is active in her church and with family and friends.

Becky Caneday

Marketing Director

Becky Caneday joined our team in 2017 first as web designer, then her role was expanded to become our Marketing Director and Technical Support.

Becky’s background includes event planning, copywriting, graphic design and web design. She has worked as a business consultant with dozens of her clients. Her entrepreneurial mindset helps her to see the possibilities, as well as the strategies needed to reach set goals.

Becky is also passionate about the mission of Endeavors ADC and empowering them as they serve their clients.

Why Endeavors?

Community Integration

Investing in People

Win-Win for Businesses & Community

Tax Credit Incentives

Dependable Contract Labor

Cost Efficient

Customers ~ Partners

 
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Full Nondiscrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, martial status, family/parental status, income derived from public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).
This Program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as authorized under 49 USC Section 5310.