R L C Corp

aka Lutheran Towers   |   Atlanta, GA   |  http://www.lutherantowers.org

Mission

Lutheran Towers is a faith-based, wellness-oriented, non-profit community for low to moderate income seniors promoting safe and secure housing in a caring and professional environment.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Ms. Nichelle Mitchem-Adamson Esq.

Main address

727 Juniper St NE

Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

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EIN

23-7092822

NTEE code info

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For more than five decades, across our nation, there has been a shortage of safe, decent, affordable, and available rental homes for extremely low-income senior headed households, whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Because of the lack of availability of the afore-mentioned housing, many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low-Income Senior Supportive Housing

Lutheran Towers is a faith-based, non-profit, senior community that provides an affordable, quality home with person-centered supportive services that empowers its residents to thrive.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Income Senior Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The RLC, Corp. is a senior community that provides housing, supportive services, and activities for its extremely low-income residents. Recently, we added feeding programs for our residents.

Number of people no longer living in unaffordable, overcrowded housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Income Senior Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In our senior community, we provided safe, decent, and affordable housing to our extremely low income senior residents. Prior to living in our community, our residents were housing and food insecure.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Income Senior Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In order to provide our residents with holistic services, we have built a strong external continuum of care designed to improve the quality of life of our residents.

Number of clients receiving the grocery shopping services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Income Senior Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Recognzing that our residents struggle with access to transportation, several times each week, the RLC Corp offers our resudents transportation to local grocery stores

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To address the dearth of safe, decent, and affordable housing for senior citizens, almost fifty years ago, Lutheran Towers was established to provide the afore-mentioned vulnerable persons with safe, decent, and affordable housing. Lutheran Towers is a HUD subsidized apartment building located in Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a 15 story modern and attractive apartment building with 203 rental units for low and extremely low-income seniors. Our mission is to a senior community that provides an affordable, quality home with person-centered supportive services that empowers its residents to thrive.

In order to accomplish our mission to be a senior community that provides an affordable, quality home with person-centered supportive services that empowers its residents to thrive, we take the following steps: 1) provide holistic services designed to eliminate food insecurity, isolation, boredom, and loneliness within our resident population; 2) our Supportive Services Department is composed of persons/Service Coordinators trained in gerontology and/or social work that possess extensive experience providing direct service to extremely low and low-income senior citizens; 3) Service Coordinator's routinely conduct needs assessments on our residents and develop a corresponding service plan which is routinely updated; 4) client satisfaction surveys are routinely conducted and our findings help to guide our service provision; 5) the residents, staff, and the board of directors participate in the development and implementation of the organization's strategic plan; 6) we partner with a broad array of organizations in order to provide our residents with holistic services designed to improve the quality of their lives; 7) maintain a highly skilled physical plant team that maintains the property and the grounds; and 8) the building is routinely maintained and it experiences periodic renovations.

Lutheran Towers maintains:1) a nine person board of directors with various areas professional skills (i.e. CPAs, MBAs, engineers, computer science, and others) training, and experience; 2) a staff 14 persons with extensive training and experience in relevant fields (including law, social work, gerontology, health administration, and others) and more than ten years experience working with senior citizens; and 3) an extensive list of public and private community partnering organizations. In summary, for more than fifty years, Lutheran Towers is able to actualize its mission due to the work of its board of directors, staff, volunteers, and extensive list of community partners.

Over the course of almost five decades, more than 4,500 desperately poor elderly people of all cultures and faiths have called Lutheran Towers their forever home. With the ongoing support of our donors, Lutheran Towers is more committed than ever to not simply provide safe, decent, and affordable housing but also to the provision of holistic, innovative, person-centered supportive and recreational services designed to improve the quality of life for its more than 200 poverty-stricken residents.

With guidance from our strategic plan, the dedication of a caring Board of Directors, the work of our very talented and committed staff, our implementation of innovative as well as holistic programs from the in-kind donations of our community partners, and with ongoing financial support from our individual donors, we are poised to move forward in becoming one of Atlanta’s premier senior independent living communities for low and moderate income seniors via the maintenance of a free food pantry, free medical closet equip with canes, walkers, and an emergency fund designed to assist residents with unforeseen health related expenses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    For five decades, Lutheran Towers has provided safe, decent, and affordable housing to extremely low income elderly persons. Recently, our research indicates that each month, most of our low-income residents exhaust their available food and funds to purchase food well before the end of the month. In response to making this finding about the prevalence of food insecurity in our senior community, in 2018, in collaboration with the USDA, Lutheran Towers launched its first anti-hunger program on site for our residents. Thanks to the generosity of our individual donors and community partners, in 2019, Lutheran Towers’ had the capacity to launch four (4) new resident feeding programs in order to address our residents’ food insecurity in a holistic fashion. For Lutheran Towers, 2019 was a transformative year. Because of our research findings, no aspect of our operations was left untouched. With the overarching goal of improving the lives of our residents in a meaningful and lasting manner, we expanded our supportive services.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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R L C Corp

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Summer

EY

Term: 2014 - 2020

James Summer

EY

Sue McCart

HFI Event Services

Tom Davis

Retired

Patricia Cornwell

Children's Hospital of Atlanta

Niall Slater

Emory University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/22/2020

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Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/23/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.