KFI staff recognize the importance of leveraging close community connections in a way that complements the direct supports they provide. The staff at KFI know almost everyone in the town so it is easy to connect other community members to individuals supported by KFI. Their philosophy on community inclusion is, “it’s not buildings and places, it’s people.” The staff KFI hire need to be joiners who participate in their communities. KFI not only wants the individuals they serve to be present and active in the community, they need them to be, since the near 24/7 support they provide cannot be maintained by staff alone; establishing natural supports in the community is a must. Whether that’s grocery store staff helping an individual shop, an individual working on their own in a thrift store, or church members going over to an individual’s house to eat, KFI looks for every possible way to get the most out of their small community regardless that it lacks the established infrastructures a large city provides. For example, while interviewing one individual, a community member stopped at his volunteer location just to check and see if he needed a lift home. This individual pays the community member a small monthly stipend cover her gas for his occasional lifts around town.