Human Services

Disability Services Inc

aka Amblicab

Colorado Springs, CO

Mission

The mission of Amblicab is to support independent living for persons with disabilities, the elderly and low-income citizens with transportation and home care services in the Pikes Peak region. We provide our services with compassion, respect and trustworthiness to enable our customers to maintain their independence and realize their full potential in our community.

Ruling Year

2007

Executive Director

Ms. Gail M Nehls

Main Address

5640 North Academy Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO 80918 USA

Keywords

Transit

EIN

20-3058736

 Number

4247342871

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

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Specialized Transit

Home Health Care

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Through these services we aim to build a stronger community by connecting people of all abilities to life activities and providing them with care safely in-home. We seek to support those in need with transportation and medical assistance so that they can continue to live self-sufficiently in their homes, instead of in institutions, and lead active lives within society. Our programs promote inclusiveness, creating a more just society.

Our strategies for making this happen include partnering with other agencies in the area and advocating with political leaders for policies that help the elderly, economically disadvantaged and disabled who struggle with access to transportation and medical assistance to receive the care they need to remain living in their homes. Without this care, our clients would be living in institutions; lacking personal freedoms and experiencing a lower quality of life. By partnering with other local agencies, we weave a stronger fabric of support within the Pikes Peak region for the members of society who need it the most. We contribute to the greater good not only with the services we provide but also by being a knowledgeable mentor to other agencies in our field.

Forty-five years ago, we recognized that lack of transportation was a major barrier towards self-sufficiency and living
independently. Twenty years prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act's passage, we connected disabled members to their community, by being the wheels that carried them to and from all of their daily destinations. Our legacy continues to connect people in meaningful and fulfilling ways to each other within our community and makes preventative medical care possible by providing reliable transportation to medical appointments. Now, we are providing in-home care in the Pikes Peak region. Our skilled staff provides training for caregivers, and families of
loved ones who require special medical care are grateful to have the ability to keep them out of institutions, with the assistance of our in-home care providers. Amblicab is a strong supportive voice and advocate for improvements and funding for transportation and healthcare on the local, state and national political levels.

We will know we are making progress when our clients tell us just how big of an impact we have had in their lives.
Our lead evaluation tool is a customer satisfaction survey, conducted annually, that asks clients key questions
about how we are doing as an agency. In our 2017 transit survey, one appreciative client reports, “Amblicab is an
exemplary service. I could not accomplish most of my life activities without the rides you provide," while a client
answering our 2017 in-home care survey responds “ [I am] pleased with everyone I have met from the agency, and the help they each provided." We also know we are making progress because other agencies in our field contact us for advice; a true compliment and testament to our knowledge base, leadership and skilled staff.

This year, we have significantly grown our transportation and in-home care programs. We increased rides provided by 21% in 2016 from 2015 and provided more than 35,000 hours of in-home care service in 2016. In the last year alone, we established and expanded our in-home care service from zero to thirty-five clients. We are also able to serve a much greater percentage of those who are coming to us for their transportation needs due to an increase in operational efficiencies and growth within our services. One of the things we have not been able to accomplish but know is needed in our area is; expansion into Southern and rural areas of Colorado. We have been asked by community agencies, individuals and even one state agency to expand our service area into Southern and rural areas of Colorado. In the coming months, we anticipate the development capacity for the expansion.

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Financials

Disability Services Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes