Independence Place Inc
501 W 6 STREET STE 250
LEXINGTON KY 40508-1341
Contact Information
Nonprofit Independence Place Inc
Address 501 W 6 STREET STE 250
LEXINGTON, KY 40508 1341
Phone (859) 266-2807
Contact Name Emily Nugent
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At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1993
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer If you'd like to contact us before making a donation, please call us at (859)-266-2807 or contact willis@ipky.org. We are always accepting donations, and also accept gently used medical equipment, which we will distribute to consumers in need. Volunteer activities are abundant, so contact us if interested!
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement Independence Place, Inc. is a non-profit, consumer driven, non-residential center for independent living, serving people with disabilities of all ages. The mission of Independence Place, Inc. is to assist people with disabilities to achieve their potential for community inclusion through improving access and equal opportunity.
Background Statement Independence Place (IP) has a long history of serving individuals with significant disabilities. Since 1995, IP has been a “Part B” center, historically covering up to 50 counties in the Central and Eastern Kentucky area. In our most recent history, IP has included among its supports and services a focus on homelessness prevention and intervention, support initiatives that promote and advocate for equal access to employment, and implemented a combination of other independent living services. IP also partners with AmeriCorps VISTA programs in a capacity building effort to expand our reach for services and supports.
Impact Statement
As a Center for Independent Living, Independence Place provides five core services to individuals with disabilities - Information & Referral, Systems & Individual Advocacy, Peer Support/Mentoring, Independent Living Skills Training, and Adult & Youth Transition Services. We also provide Supported Employment, which helps our consumers search jobs, learn the skills necessary for long-term employment, and transition into employment.
In the next year, our goals include: 1) increase community options/capacity and achievements of individuals with significant disabilities we currently serve; 2) decrease the number of consumers who solely utilize government assistance and vary their assistance by relying on self-help and self-advocacy; 3) improve service delivery and access in the community for IL services and 4) develop a more specific plan to aid in the longevity and efficacy of the organization.
Needs Statement
For the near future, the most pressing needs for Independence Place are as follows:
1) Long-term funding - Rather than seeking short-term grants or donations, IP is working to identify and secure long-term funding in the form of federal grants and multi-year donor commitments, in order to create as consistent and sustainable programming as possible.
 2) Expanded Service Areas - Currently, there are only two Centers for Independent Living (CILs) serving the entire commonwealth of Kentucky. In order to reach more consumers, IP wants to establish one or more additional outreach centers.
3) Skilled Volunteer Opportunities - In order to maximize staff efficiency, IP wants to build a small team of volunteers who are able to complete Information & Referral calls. As the first point of contact for our organization, I&R contacts are incredibly important and can eventually lead to individuals becoming Independence Place consumers.
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Central Kentucky
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Boyle County
Clark County
Estill County
Fayette County
Garrard County
Harrison County
Jessamine County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Mercer County
Nicholas County
Powell County
Scott County
Franklin County
Woodford County
While Independence Place focuses our services on the 17 counties in the Central Kentucky Bluegrass region, we provide our Information & Referral services to the entire Commonwealth.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Independence Place empowers our consumers to live their lives as independently as possible through a consumer-led, non-profit model. Our constituents are individuals with disabilities, and Independence Place is required to have a majority of staff and board members who have a significant disability. Our main activities are our five core services:  Information & Referral, Systems & Individual Advocacy, Peer Support, Individual Living Skills Training, and Adult & Youth Transition Services. We also assist consumers with Supported Employment. Currently, Independence Place provides our five core services to our 17 county primary service area, and provides Information & Referral services to any other Kentuckians who are not being served by our sister center in Louisville. In the next three to five years, we want to expand our reach to provide the five core services to more counties in the Commonwealth; increase community capacity and achievements of individuals with significant disabilities served; Decrease the number of consumers who solely utilize government assistance and vary their assistance by relying on self-help and self-advocacy; Improve service delivery and access in the community for IL services each year; and develop a plan to aid in the longevity and efficacy of the organization.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Independence Place follows the independent living model, which empowers our consumers to make their own decisions and gives them more control over their lives. Our employment specialists and independent living coordinator work individually with each consumer to determine his or her independent living/supported employment needs, rather than creating a "one size fits all" approach towards independent living. Once our consumers have identified and set goals, we assist them in navigating government systems, job opportunities, housing, and any other areas necessary.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), Independence Place is well-positioned to serve our 17-county focus area as well as the greater Commonwealth. Each CIL works with a Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) to develop a statewide plan to create independent living opportunities for consumers. As a result, Independence Place frequently communicates with the State Independent Living Council and with our sister organization, The Center for Accessible Living, evaluating the needs of Kentuckians with disabilities. Our five-person staff includes our Executive Director, who evaluates our organizational progress and seeks new funding sources; our Independent Living Coordinators, who work with consumers to develop Independent Living Skills, as well as building up our Peer Support Groups; and our Employment Specialists, who work directly in the field to find appropriate employment for our consumers. Within our current focus area, we also have many partnerships, including Community Action Council, Fayette County Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Agency, Volunteers of America's "Ending Veteran Homelessness" program, Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court, Fayette County Mental Health Court, and the University of Kentucky. Our staff works to expand our partnerships every day, which is made easier by our office location at the Plantory, a non-profit co-working space in Lexington, KY. For the 2016-2017 year, we will also have an AmeriCorps VISTA member working at Independence Place to expand our capacity in the form of fundraising and partnerships.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
Our indicators for success include both quantitatively and qualitatively tracking our consumers, as well as whether or not our services are accessible. We use CIL Suite, a data management software, to evaluate the number of information & referral calls we have received, the number of consumers we are providing the five core services and/or supported employment, and the amount of progress our consumers have made on reaching their individual goals.We review individual progress with consumers on a regular basis, overall progress as a team on a monthly basis, and also provide quarterly reports to the SILC.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? Independence Place is currently facilitating Independent Living Skills training for 89 consumers and hosted 24 Peer Support/Counseling events in the last quarter. We also have another 15 consumers working with us primarily for Information & Referral services. We recently began targeting our services to the Central Kentucky region, rather than attempting to provide the five core services to the entire eastern half of the state, after realizing that our staff members were stretched too thin to effectively help our consumers in all of these locations. While we hope to expand back into more counties in the next three to five years, our current service area allows our staff to focus more attention on fewer consumers, which results in more effective, positive outcomes for those consumers.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Tonya Branham
Company Affiliation Silver Lining Mediation
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mrs. Melissa Ames Cardinal Hill RehabilitationVoting
Ms. Jennifer Collings RetiredVoting
Mrs. Dusty Columbia-Embury Eastern Kentucky UnversityVoting
Ms. Christina Espinosa-Bard University of Kentucky Human Development InstituteVoting
Mr. Michael Fein RetiredVoting
Mr. Justin Johnston Breeding, Henderson, and Hord PLLC.Voting
Mr. Jason Jones Office Of Vocational RehabilitationVoting
Mr. Darrell Mattingly University of Kentucky Human Development InstituteVoting
Mr. Duke Pettit University of KentuckyVoting
Ms. Andrea Strassburg Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Gary Whitehead Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Significant Disability: 6
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 23%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Willis Deitz
Term Start May 2016
Email willis@ipky.org
Experience
Willis Deitz is the Executive Director here at Independence Place. Willis comes to us from Lord’s Legacy where worked as Direct Supports Manager and HR Director. He graduated from Campbellsville University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and Psychology.
7/6/15 DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Staff
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 67%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Independence Place's Information and Referral program serves as a primary support to ensure quick and easy access to information that addresses concerns for people who are disabled. For some people, this may be as simple as answering questions; for others, this may involve referring them to agencies or organizations that can meet their needs. 
Category
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Description Independence Place promotes self-help/advocacy among individuals with significant disabilities by providing person-centered supports to consumers in the appropriate formats to ensure efficacy in support. IP staff also engage in systems advocacy, advising local and state governments to establish policies that allow our consumers to live independently.
Category
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Description Our Peer Support group, Friends for Life, meets twice a month, once for a social event and once for an educational event. We also partner with the Best Buddies program at UKY, as well as the Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court and Fayette County Mental Health Court, for further peer mentoring activities.
Category
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Description Independent Living Skills (ILS) training is individually designed to help our consumers develop the skills necessary in order to live as independently as possible. ILS training may include areas such as communication skills, medication management, and interpersonal skills.
Category
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Description Our Transition program works to establish safe, accessible housing/independent living situations for consumers who are currently living in nursing homes or group settings, as well as consumers who are currently experiencing homelessness.
Category
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2017
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $468,277.00
Projected Expenses $498,403.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$324,740$448,277$326,622
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$324,740$448,277$326,622
Individual Contributions$26,089$20,000$24,404
$0$0$0
($1,800)$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$3,658
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$330,953$432,547$274,888
Administration Expense$58,406$65,856$45,198
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.900.941.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$10,194$53,981$77,171
Current Assets$10,194$52,181$77,171
Long-Term Liabilities$8,108$16,724$9,788
Current Liabilities$5,159$0$0
Total Net Assets($3,073)$37,257$67,383
Form 990s
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 501 W 6 STREET STE 250
LEXINGTON, KY 405081341
Primary Phone 859 266-2807
Contact Email emily@ipky.org
CEO/Executive Director Willis Deitz
Board Chair Ms. Tonya Branham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Silver Lining Mediation