Make a DonationDonate directly to a specific program. Donations of in-kind items (clothing, books, and personal care items) are a great way to support KRFDC's work in the community.Volunteer Your Time and SkillsVolunteers are the heart of our organization. We often need volunteers to get involved in the planning of events, organizing donations and assisting with the day-to-day operations of our programs.
Host an EventWithout the generous support of our sponsors, KRFDC would be unable to carry out its mission. Event sponsorship is great way to get involved with our organization and our work.
We are also always looking for groups and individuals to provide holiday gifts to Liberty Place clients and their children, as well as our area's low and moderate-income families, and youth.
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Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is committed to the promise of helping people and changing lives. KRFDC has a long history of community improvement and promoting self-sufficiency among the area’s low income population. Founded in Winchester, KY in 1962, the agency received designation as a community action agency two years later. KRFDC embraces a philosophy of needs-based strategies and family-based services leading to family self-sufficiency and economic self-reliance. The agency provides a comprehensive range of services for families and individuals. The agency employs over 300 people who represent a highly skilled, professional team of program administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors, transportation drivers, and health care providers. KRFDC is governed by a volunteer corporate board of directors whose members are active in community service. Staff are guided by Executive Director Vicki Jozefowicz, MPA.
River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is part of a national network of
Community Action Agencies (CAAs) created by the federal Economic Opportunity
Act of 1964. CAAs administer various programs, on their individual community
levels, to assist low-income people out of poverty conditions. CAAs are
legislated by the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) that replaced the
Economic Opportunity Act in 1981.
Foothills is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation that has provided a variety of services to low-income people for over 55 years. Foothills was founded in 1962 in Winchester by a group of concerned citizens for the purpose of securing the optimum development of the human and economic potential for all disadvantaged persons. It was one of many grass roots organizations formed by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in response to the increased severity of poverty in the United States.
Foothills provides a comprehensive range of health and human services and is governed by community leaders from Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties. The agency’s workforce of more than 300 professionals represents a diverse team of highly skilled teachers, social workers, counselors, drivers, health care professionals, and administrators.
The agency’s focus, from its earliest beginning until present day, remains to develop resources so that all persons may have lives of dignity, responsibility and opportunity. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with our staff and the many individuals that support our mission. We simply could not do the work we do without the support of our great partners. We are fortunate to have a diverse board of directors who provide guidance, oversight and governance for the agency. The tireless work of all these dedicated individuals often goes without public recognition. However, it is only through their work that our agency is able to restore hope and dignity to those who turn to our programs in times of need.
The agency’s strategic plan guides all of the organization’s service efforts toward reaching successful and measurable outcomes in the lives of families and individuals. Although part of Foothills vision is to always provide various safety nets for crises intervention and emergency services, it is also our vision to provide a combination of services that are designed to help identify barriers, teach ways to overcome enabling negative factors and to change one’s focus for new opportunities.
On behalf of our agency, thank you for your continued support of Foothills’ programs and services.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go in spite of it all.” Dr. King’s life was dedicated to helping his fellow man – including the poor, the hopeless and the forgotten. At Foothills we, too, are doing what we can to help people and keep hope alive.
Many of the families and individuals who turn to Foothills face multiple challenges such as joblessness, illness, hunger, homelessness, and addiction. These tough economic times have brought to our doors many people who have never before sought assistance.
Foothills has programs that help advance the lives of individuals and families who turn to us for help. It is our intent to not only provide people with help, but to instill within them a sense of hope; hope to obtain employment, overcome drug and alcohol addiction, obtain GED’s or stay in high school, nurture their children, purchase homes, and hope to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Since 1962, Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. has served low-income families and individuals in our core service area of Clark, Estill, Madison, and Powell counties. During this times ome of theagency’s programs have expanded beyond these boundaries into other Kentucky counties.
A product of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Foothills is one of 23 Community Action Agencies in Kentucky and one of nearly 1,000 throughout the United States and its territories. Community Action Agencies are non-profit or public organizations, whose mission is to reduce the causes and conditions of poverty in their geographic areas of coverage, whose board of directors are broadly representative of three community sectors - low-income people, private organizations and public agencies – and whose status as CAA is the result of explicit designation as such by local or state government. KRFDC is governed by aBoard of Directors who are dedicated volunteers active in community service in our core service area.
Foothills received its first federal grant in 1965 from the Office of Economic Opportunity to identify problems and barriers to economic opportunity and to help individuals receive training and employment. Soon emphasis was placed on emergency services, senior services, housing, Head Start, and transportation. Five decades later KRFDC has assisted hundreds of thousands of people first in meeting their basic needs, and then in taking the steps needed to attain and maintain self sufficiency. Through these efforts, families have been strengthened, homes have been built, and compassionate care has been provided to program participants ranging from tiny babies to senior citizens.
Our Strategic Plan outlines our commitment to the people and communities we serve. Our goals are to promote self-sufficiency, improve conditions, give low-income individuals a stake in their community, improve community partnerships, increase capacity, and assist vulnerable populations. Meeting the strategies in each of these goals is how Foothills will remain vital and dynamic in its mission to develop community resources so that all persons may have lives of dignity, responsibility and opportunity.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I would like to express gratitude to the volunteers, donors, grant sources, community supporters, and local and state governments who join with us to help people and change lives. We are humbled by your generosity, confidence and support.
KRFDC primarily serves Clark, Estill, Madison, and Powell Counties. Additionally, Head Start serves Clark, Estill, Madison, Powell, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, and Rockcastle Counties.
Promote Self-SufficiencyImprove ConditionsGive Low-Income Individuals a Stake in the CommunityImprove Community PartnershipsIncrease CapacityAssist Vulnerable Populations
Strategic Goal 1: Promote Self-Sufficiency Provide comprehensive, coordinated services that may be individualized to assist program participants in achieving and maintaining dignity, responsibility, and opportunity.
Strategic Goal 2: Improve Conditions Work to provide homeownership opportunities for low-income households, prevent homelessness, provide rental and utility assistance, and provide financial management assistance to low and moderate income persons who may be at risk of becoming financially unstable
Strategic Goal 3: Give Low-Income Individuals a Stake in the Community Strive to increase both volunteer and client participation in agency programs, giving more individuals a stake in their communities. Strengthen the agency’s ability to address the needs of the community, and bridge the gap between marginalized populations within communities.
Strategic Goal 4: Improve Community Partnerships Strengthen and expand relationships with other nonprofits, private industry, schools, colleges, faith-based organizations and local governments.
Strategic Goal 5: Increase Capacity Enhance the capabilities of the agency employees by providing training opportunities and participation in professional credentialing. Expand services to meet the changing needs of the community, and expand community awareness of programs and services.
Strategic Goal 6: Assist Vulnerable Populations Provide programming, resources, and services to vulnerable populations that are tailored to the needs of those clients. Work to empower marginalized individuals with a myriad of services aimed at increasing financial, social, and environmental stability and sustainability.
Desire to serve the poor/strong mission
Innovative and creative strategies
Variety of high quality programs
Functional, knowledgeable tripartite board
Good, knowledgeable, and experienced staff; good executive director
High customer satisfaction
Ability to manage grants
Volunteer availability & interest
Longevity in social service programs and name recognition
Ever-increasing marketing efforts
Lack of funding (in some areas)
Lack of agency/program awareness
Current and potential partnerships
Movement to results oriented management
Poverty is more on the radar – counties, State, nation
National budget/uncertainty Funding reductions by federal, state and local sources
Aging population (changing demographics)
Nature and causes of poverty (low wage jobs, low job skills, lack of affordable and available child care, high cost of health care and insurance, unaffordable energy, family instability, poor transportation, etc.)
Following our Strategic PlanWrite Community Assessment ReportSurveying clients/stakeholdersGrant fundingIncreased communication - media logsSuccessful grant monitoringIn-kind, donations
We have developed an ongoing schedule for funding research to discuss funding sustainability.
We have formed a fund development team of current staff that are responsible for identifying potential funding sources as well as brainstorming ideas to promote the financial viability of the organization.
We continue to form collaborative relationships, both formal and informal, with other entities to increase the competitiveness of funding proposals and to maximize service availability for agency clientele.
We regularly update and post the strategic plan, newsletters, annual reports and other information on the agency’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter site.
We provide economic development services to clients to enhance employability, strengthen family finance, develop assets to maintain child support, and improve standard of living.
Eastern Kentucky University, Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Community Health Option / Eastern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Science, Social Work
Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women is a long-term substance abuse recovery program for women. This program provides support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This 108-bed residential substance abuse recovery center is centrally located on Lake Street in Richmond. Liberty Place works to restore opportunities to thousands of women by preparing them to lead sober, stable and productive lives. Services provided are free of charge to clients. Liberty Place meets the needs of women in KY's 6th Congressional District. As a transitional supportive housing development, Liberty Place uses a recovery program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living.
Head Start is a great program not only for kids, but also for their parents. Charles and Vickie, who have been married eight years, made the decision to enroll both of their children in the program. As the agency’s largest program, Head Start serves children in eight counties. Charles and Vickie are very passionate about their children’s education and have a personal reason why they want them to succeed in life. “I want more for my children,” said Vickie. “I don’t want them to struggle the way I did.” Having moved around as a child her own education was interrupted. For the past seven years she has been working with Operation Read to learn to read. It’s been tough because she has a learning disability that sometimes serves as a roadblock. Her goal is to obtain a GED and she is hopeful that she can achieve that goal within the next year.
Established through a grant from the federal government, KRFDC's Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) Program offers a wide array of health care and related services to the homeless population in Powell County. HCH removes barriers to accessing care by bringing preventive comprehensive care into community programs that serve the homeless. This grant provides a service that takes medical care out of the traditional hospital-based setting and brings it to a population in need of health services.
The Senior Citizens Centers provide seniors 60 years and older with socialization, recreation, exercise programs, and nutritious meals. Seniors enjoy participating in exercise programs, using the exercise equipment, recreational games, field trips, educational and health screening programs, and many other activities. Other services provided through the centers are: information and assistance, transportation, advocacy, counseling, outreach, and legal assistance. Home Care provides help for those who are home-bound or at high risk of nursing home placement. KRFDC strives to provide the highest level of quality care to all persons served by our Home Care program. Adult Day Care provides respite to primary caregivers of persons who are physically, mentally, or socially limited and require personalized care and attention. Each day at the center is filled with activities to promote socialization, therapy, recreation, and relaxation.
Outreach Office staff provide
information and referral services as well as access to emergency financial
assistance programs (when such programs are available) for basic necessities
including food, shelter, and utilities. Even during times when it doesn’t have
access to emergency assistance funds, KRFDC staff are available to offer
referrals to other community resources that may be able to respond to immediate
needs. KRFDC staff can assist in making plans that may help alleviate future
crises. The Outreach Offices provide
energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) every fall/winter. LIHEAP assists income-eligible households with home
heating costs through two programs: LIHEAP Subsidy (typically in November and
December, or until all funds are expended) and LIHEAP Crisis (typically January
until the middle of March, or until all funds are expended). Through the kynect Program, Foothills staff
can offer assistance for local residents in understanding their options for
health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, or health care law.
Funded temporarily through a Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange subgrant from
Community Action Kentucky, the program provides education services and
enrollment assistance to individuals for expanded Medicaid and/or Qualified
Health Plans or the Small Business Health Options Program. This service is open to everyone. KRFDC provides free Weatherization services
to income-eligible families and individuals. This program works to reduce home
heating/cooling costs and improves the safety of homes by providing energy
efficiency measures. On average, weatherization reduces energy bills by 32%.
Applications for Weatherization are taken at the Outreach Offices.
The past years has brought KRFDC a significant increase in the number of individuals and families requesting our agency’s services. The amplified demand has resulted in unprecedented challenges as we have tried to respond to the needs of families struggling to make ends meet as they’ve lost jobs, experienced increased grocery and fuel costs, and felt the fear of wondering how they were going to keep food on the table or a roof over their heads. In response, KRFDC has strived to continue to provide services to the neediest people in our service area while also expanding existing services and developing additional programs. Despite the challenging economy, our agency has been able to respond to the needs of those who rely on our services.
American Dietetic Association
Community Action Kentucky
Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky
Kentucky Diabetes Association
Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Kentucky Head Start Association
Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness - Steering Committee
Kentucky Primary Care Association
Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Workers
KY-ASAP Estill/Powell Local Board
KY-ASAP Madison County
National Association of Social Workers
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council
United Way Executive Director's Association
United Way Madison County Board of Trustees
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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