Better Business Bureau Report for
I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2018

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.
Address: 3410 W. Roosevelt Rd.
  Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773-826-2929
Web Address:
Also known as:ABLE
I AM ABLE Family Center
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: I AM ABLE's mission is t demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, providing all families and individuals with life-changing clinical counseling, educational and wellness services, which instill a sense of purpose, confidence and hope

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Evaluation Conclusions


I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this Standard because, in the organization's financial statements, the detailed functional breakdown of expenses:

  • Did not include a breakdown of fund raising expenses.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Included total projected program service expenses, however, did not break these expenses down by major program category.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • The organization’s mission statement
  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total expenses for each program in the same categories that appear in the organization’s financial statements.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • Total end of year net assets.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 18.
I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. meets the remaining 15 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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I AM ABLE Center for Family Development, Inc. is a Behavior Health agency. Our clinical staff and interns are a multicultural/bilingual group of academically trained, qualified and caring professionals with a broad range of therapeutic counseling experiences and skills. Counseling services are available to individuals, couples, families, children (from birth to 12) adolescent, and adults. We counsel a variety of multi-systemic issues. There is no charge for families who are or have referred by DCFS. The cost for non-DCFS individuals or families is offered on a sliding fee scale.The cost per session is determined by the gross annual household income.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Clinical Services 231,785
Sinai Community Institute 151,173
General Fund 61,659
TR4IM 58,492
USEP 51,562
Get In Chicago 12,235
Family Bridges 5,594
Total Program Expenses: $572,500
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Chief Executive : Dr. Carolyn L. Vessel, CEO/President

Chair of the Board: Jeff Liesendahl
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired Business Man

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size: 13

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, internet, door to door, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $327,659, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds  
grant revenue 313,292
sub-contractors 230,242
other income 45,791
contributions 14,367
trauma conference 8,440
program income 5,754
Total Income $617,886


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $617,886
Program expenses $572,500
Fund raising expenses 28,225
Administrative expenses 43,010
Total expenses $643,735
Expenses in Excess of Income (25,849)
Beginning net assets 27,610
Other Changes in Net Assets 25,849
Ending net assets 0
Total liabilities 239,629
Total assets $241,390

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