Community Involvement Programs and ALLY People Solutions

Announce Merger to Strengthen Services for People with Disabilities

February 7, 2019 – Community Involvement Programs (CIP) and ALLY People Solutions today announced they are merging to strengthen and expand their nonprofit mission supporting people with disabilities through person-centered services.

The two organizations are scheduled to merge all operations on April 1, 2019, and efforts are now underway to re-brand the new organization. There will be no job loss or loss of pay to the approximately 420 employees affected by the merger.

“This merger brings together two long-established nonprofit disability service providers with more than 100 years of combined experience,” said Rita Wiersma, currently CEO of Community Involvement Programs, who will be CEO of the new organization. “With our shared values and complementary expertise, we will be a stronger organization that is better able to serve more people.”

Community Involvement Programs, established in 1971, provides support to over 2,900 people in case management, community services, employment services, home health and housing. The wide variety of programs supports people across the entire state of Minnesota.

ALLY People Solutions, a 54-year-old private nonprofit organization, provides employment and life skills services to people who have intellectual or mental health disabilities. It serves 290 people in Ramsey and Dakota Counties.

“By combining forces, ALLY and Community Involvement Programs will be better able to create new and expand current services along with providing stronger advocacy for the people we serve,” said Bob Brick, currently CEO of ALLY who will be Executive Vice President of the new organization.  “Disability service providers face increasing financial and other challenges at a time when the demand for our services is growing. With this merger we are leveraging our strengths to better support people with disabilities well into the future.”

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