Creative Living, Inc.

Living. For the Physically Disabled.

aka Creative Living Housing Corporation   |   Columbus, OH   |  http://www.creative-living.com

Mission

Creative Living exists as a non-profit organization to encourage independent living for adults with severe physical disabilities by providing wheel-chair accessible housing and assistance and by creating a supportive environment for people in which to learn, work, live and contribute to the community.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Mr Robert Overs

Main address

150 W 10th Ave

Columbus, OH 43201 USA

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EIN

23-7159623

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Creative Living began on November 19, 1963 when Dick Maxwell was playing football with his fraternity brothers on The Ohio State University (OSU) campus. During the last play of the game, as Dick scored a touchdown, he was seriously injured; breaking his neck. After two years of surgeries and rehabilitation, Dick returned to classes at OSU with the help of his family and friends, who lifted his manual wheelchair for him to attend classes in the then-inaccessible OSU buildings. On June 7, 1968, almost five years after his accident, Dick’s picture was in the Columbus Dispatch accompanying an article titled, “Quadriplegics stymied by lack of home”. Though at the time, Dick was working and living at OSU’s Dodd Hall; the article emphasized there was no place for physically disabled individual’s to go once they were rehabilitated. This article identified an opportunity whereby a small group of friends and concerned citizens came together and collaborated to find a solution. They worked to

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?

HUD-assisted handicapped housing project

Creative Living provides affordable housing and support to 34 physically disabled individuals. Because of our facility design and program services our residents are given the invaluable opportunity to live independently in their own apartments. The supportive sense of community we provide helps new residents acquire skills to negotiate the unique challenges facing disabled individuals.

Population(s) Served

The Resident Assistance Program is at the heart of our mission – we provide 24-hour-a-day, on-call assistance. Each apartment has a call button through an intercom system monitored constantly by the Resident Assistant on duty. Their primary purpose is to respond to resident needs, whether to remove a jacket, reach a book, help transfer from bed to wheelchair, or handle a full medical emergency. Our residents pay one-third of the cost of this service with the rest covered by income from our fundraisers and contributions from the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2008

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2007

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2008

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2007

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Creative Living's goals:

We hope to provide each resident with the following:

- One person, called a Resident Assistant, on duty 24 hours a day for incidentals and emergencies who can be reached by an intercom from each apartment.
- An accessible, unfurnished apartment near The Ohio State University campus.
- An opportunity to reach educational or vocational goals
- A supportive community where neighbors share similar challenges.

At the heart of our mission, and the reason why each resident at Creative Living is able to live independently, is the Resident Assistance Program. Each apartment unit is equipped with two intercom system “call pads” that connect directly to the lobby, where a Resident Assistant is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon hire, each resident assistant is provided approximately 15 hours of training which includes CPR certification. Nearly 90% of our resident assistants are full-time students at OSU who work part-time with us. As a Resident Assistant, their primary purpose is to respond to a resident’s non-medical needs – whether to remove a jacket, reach a book on a bookshelf, help transfer from bed to wheelchair or assist with meal preparation. Such assistance provides the residents with piece of mind and increases their quality of life while offering them stability in the form of on-demand care and support.

Creative Living residents share the commitment and desire to build a self-sufficient, productive life. While Creative Living provides the essential program and tools that empowers each resident to live independently, each resident is responsible for managing their own personal care and finances. Creative Living, being a HUD Subsidized, Section 8, property, has several requirements that each potential tenant must meet before qualifying to become a resident. Each individual must have a low or very low income, be at least 18 years old, and be permanently disabled. Preference is given to those individuals who are able to manage their own care, live independently and are pursuing educational or career goals. The continued success of Creative Living requires maintaining high quality facilities and consistency in programming and support services. Financial and in-kind support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and service organizations is vitally important.

Looking forward, Creative Living is committed to our mission; empowering physically disabled individuals to live fully, independently, and productively by providing safe, affordable and accessible housing. We are incredibly proud of the 150+ former residents who have called Creative Living home. Having relocated all around the country, they have gone on to purchase homes; working as teachers, physicians, and engineers, just to name a few.

Creative Living provides residents with a supportive sense of community. All residents share the commitment to build a self-sufficient, productive life which fulfills the potential of each individual. Our location, adjacent to The Ohio State University campus, offers unique advantages: proximity to a major source of formal education, opportunity for educational and vocational counseling services, as well as access to a large medical complex, including Dodd Hall, OSU’s physical rehabilitation center. Transportation to and from OSU, Columbus State Community College and other areas of Columbus is readily available.

We are proud of the 150 former residents who have called Creative Living home. Having relocated all around the country, they have gone on to marry, purchase homes, and work as teachers, physicians, and engineers, just to name a few.

Financials

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Creative Living, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Berentz

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Todd Ackerman

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Tim Adelmann

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Jon Giganti

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John Lepley

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Ron Mains

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Emily Arp

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Sam Colachis

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Kenneth Hall

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Mira Kipker

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David Kulkis

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Kim Manley

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Jim Martin

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John Sanders

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Jennifer Simkins

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Christopher Wager

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Mark Wolf

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Board leadership practices

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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? Yes