Community services

Ada S. McKinley’s Community Services Janitorial Program Wins Cleaning Industry Certification

Ada S. McKinley Community Services, the Chicago-based social services and social enterprise agency, announced that it was one of 80 organizations worldwide to earn the highly regarded Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification from the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA). McKinley’s Janitorial Services program employs more than 100 adults with disabilities who provide cleaning and facility management services at 25 federal, state and private facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Faced with unprecedented health and safety challenges over the past two years of the pandemic, companies have relied on Ada S. McKinley’s janitorial services to ensure clean and hygienic environments for their employees. Ada S. McKinley was commended by ISSA for her commitment to health, safety, and environmental stewardship, in addition to quality assurance, efficiency, and overall customer satisfaction. CIMS certification also requires organizations to meet requirements such as budget compliance, hiring, training and onboarding new employees, and implementing green product use, recycling, and policies. Ada S. McKinley was also certified CMS-Green Building Criteria in October 2021.

“In today’s work climate, providing a healthy and safe work environment is of the utmost importance. CIMS certification further strengthens our customers’ confidence that Ada S. McKinley’s janitorial services meet the highest standards for building cleaning and disinfection,” said Eric Edquist, senior vice president of operations at Ada S. McKinley.

“As a social enterprise, providing employment for people with disabilities, Ada prides itself on providing the best possible service to our customers and sustainable, valuable employment for people with disabilities,” adds Edquist.

The CIMS is the first consensus management standard that describes the main characteristics of a high-performance and quality cleaning organization. An ISSA-accredited third-party assessor conducts an on-site assessment to validate the cleaning operation and the processes that support cleaning for health.

The Ada S. McKinley Community Services Janitorial Services program is internationally recognized for its innovation in providing employment to people with disabilities through cleaning services to a variety of businesses as well as state government agencies and federal. In addition to a reliable income, employees received McKinley’s acclaimed global services, including job training, childcare, education, behavioral health services and more.