Osprey Village, Inc.

A Neighborhood with a Purpose

Bluffton, SC   |  www.ospreyvillage.org

Mission

Osprey Village, Inc is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to empower individuals who have developmental disabilities, advocating on their behalf to facilitate meaningful employment, recreation and social opportunities, and affordable housing in an inclusive community of their choice.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our 2018 Form 990 shows over $1M in "revenues," but that number includes the value of items donated to our two thrift stores as well as sales of those items - well over two thirds of those "revenues." And of course the reported expenses include the costs of operating the two thrift stores, including paying the employees who work there. As of Jan. 1, 2020, we have established a separate Osprey Village Thrift Stores LLC subsidiary which will file its own Form 990s in the future. This should clarify any potential confusion resulting from prior reporting of the financials for Osprey Village Inc. and the thrift stores together on the same Form 990.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Jerome Manuel

Main address

PO Box 3155

Bluffton, SC 29910 USA

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EIN

26-2967726

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Need: Up until 2016, there were NO “group homes" providing independent living options for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) anywhere in southern Beaufort County. And in the current economic climate, there is little hope for that situation to change any time soon, even though 300 people are on the Disabilities & Special Needs (DSN) Board's waiting list here in Beaufort and Jasper Counties and over 5,000 across the state. Also, Individual Employment Support services for those adults with IDD who want a job and are capable of working in the community (rather than in an "enclave" or sheltered workshop) are non-existent in our area. Respite Care for the caregivers are also greatly needed but practically unavailable here as well. Osprey Village launched our initial Respite Care services in December of 2016, and we began providing Individual Employment Support services in January 2017.

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?

Development of Housing for Developmentally Disabled Adults and their Families

Osprey Village plans to develop a ""purpose-driven neighborhood"" designed to support the needs of adults with developmental disabilities and their families. We have had a 25 acre parcel of land donated to us as part of the "East Argent" Planned Unit Development (PUD) in Hardeeville, SC. Our neighborhood will be an integral part of the larger community around us.
Osprey Village will provide both a home and a purpose for adults with developmental disabilities as well as others who wish to live there. Our Villagers will have opportunities to work in the community, and we will invite the surrounding community to be part of our daily life and ongoing activities; we will also make a major contribution to the local economy. Osprey Village will be unique in providing a continuum of living arrangements. Persons with disabilities will have the option to live with their parents, with a host family, or in an independent living unit. Likewise, parents of adults with disabilities can live with their children, or they may choose to live in a senior housing unit with their adult child living close by. Either way they will be able to be an integral part of their child's life and have a sense of security knowing that their child will always have a safe, nurturing home and community in which to reside. Active retirees and younger families (volunteer households) who live in the neighborhood will provide diversity (in age, socio-economic status, life experience, perspective) and a supportive environment. These volunteers will contribute to the well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their parents, and in doing so, enrich their own lives. And as the senior volunteers age, ""Our Special People"" will be among those who provide care for their elder friends who need assistance in caring for themselves.

Population(s) Served

Osprey Village was approved as a Qualified Service Provider by the SC Dept. of Disabilities & Special Needs (DDSN) in March 2016. We are working to start providing Individualized Employment Supports services to a limited number of clients in November. We will expand the program as we hire and train more staff throughout 2017. Unlike other service providers in our area, these services will not be provided in a day program, enclave or group work environment. Instead, our staff will be working one-on-one with clients to identify their areas of interest and skills, develop their resumes and interviewing skills, assist them in finding a job opportunity in the community, and support them in learning that job until they can perform it on an ongoing basis with limited or no staff supports.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

GHC-Inspired Initiative 2011

Generations of Hope Development Corporation

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our Mission: To develop and sustain a community where developmentally disabled adults can live as independently as possible with seniors, volunteer families, and staff in service of one another.

Our Vision: OSPREY Village's goal is to change the current situation by developing a prototype “purpose-driven" intergenerational neighborhood that connects our local adults with “special needs" and their families with the surrounding community. OSPREY Village will provide a caring community environment where eligible individuals of all ages – both disabled and non-disabled – can function at their highest level of independence, in their own private living space, while enjoying opportunities for social, physical, vocational and emotional growth.

Developmentally disabled adults will have the option to live with their parents/caregivers or in an independent living unit.

Likewise, parents of adult children with disabilities (or their siblings) can live in their own home with their children or in their own housing unit with their adult child living close by. Either way they will continue to be an integral part of their child's life and have a sense of security knowing that their child will always have a safe, nurturing community in which to live, even if they are no longer here to look out for them.

Active retirees and younger families (volunteer households) who live in the neighborhood will provide diversity in age, socio-economic status, life experience, and perspective in a supportive environment. These volunteers will contribute to the well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their parents, and in doing so, enrich their own lives.

OSPREY Village is a local grassroots effort to develop a new paradigm for providing housing and support services for intellectually challenged and developmentally disabled adults. We will utilize the ages-old model of “neighbor helping neighbor," with volunteer families and retirees supplementing the work of paid professional staff. We intend to utilize and expand on the “Intergenerational Community as Intervention" (ICI) model that has been developed and implemented for over 20 years by the Generations of Hope Community in Champaign, Illinois. (Website: http://www.generationsofhope.org/corporation/)

At the end of 2017, we received a donation of 25 acres of buildable land from the master developer of a 7300 acre planned development located in Hardeeville, Jasper County, SC. The boulevard going back to our property is now under construction and should be completed by the end of October, 2019. We anticipate initial groundbreaking and permitting will begin in 2020, with our first residences ready for move-in in 2021.

The overall cost of caring for persons with developmental disabilities can be lowered when the community becomes part of the intervention. However, we recognize that persons with disabilities can have high service needs; therefore, in addition to volunteers, a range of paid professional services will be coordinated between the neighborhood and the broader community. Special attention will be paid to developing independent living skills that will enable adults with IDD to achieve their greatest capabilities by growing both individually and in their relationships with neighbors.

Community involvement in OSPREY Village, especially by relatives, non-related families, social services agencies, seniors and retirees is a critical factor in its success, both financially and lifestyle-wise. The OSPREY Village neighborhood will be an asset to and an integral part of the surrounding community, a normal neighborhood (not an “enclave" or an institutional setting) that is full of activities and events drawing participation from families, youth and retirees from around the area.

We have a dedicated and passionate Board of Directors that includes several "founding families" as well as current and retired professionals with expertise in finance, land planning, education, business management, marketing, and social services. Our Executive Director is the retired director of programs for the developmentally disabled in the state of Ohio.

Osprey Village was approved as a Qualified Service Provider by the SC Dept. of Developmental Disabilities (DDSN) in early 2016. We launched our initial Respite Care services in December of 2016, and we began providing Individual Employment Support services in January 2017. We are the ONLY qualified service provider for these services in Beaufort or Jasper County. As of March 2019, we have three full-time service personnel serving over 20 clients, with many more potential clients requesting services. We anticipate hiring more full-time service personnel by the end of the year, although funding to cover their salaries is an issue since the state's Medicaid reimbursement rate for these services is well below what we have to pay our personnel in order to retain them.

We have also partnered with a number of human service organizations and alliances in our area, and we led the founding of the Beaufort County Disabilities Coalition to bring together local service agencies and businesses to collaborate and coordinate our efforts. We are in discussions with state and local government officials to form a public/private partnership that would enable us to serve more people at a lower cost with better outcomes.

We started our Osprey Village Thrift Store in April, 2011, in order to provide operational funds for our future “neighborhood with a purpose" to support developmentally disabled adults and their caregivers in the Bluffton and Hilton Head area. The store is open Monday – Saturday and is staffed mostly by volunteers. We opened a second store called "Osprey Village Thrift on Main" on Hilton Head Island in March 2017 and also added offices and meeting space for our staff, clients and board members there.

Several of our potential future residents are working as volunteers at our Thrift Stores along with many retirees from nearby Sun City Hilton Head.

We are well in to completion of Phase II and received a donation of ~25 acres of buildable land in City of Hardeeville by a national housing developer in December 2017. They see our "neighborhood with a purpose" concept as an attractive complement to their plans for a larger development of over 9300 home sites.

We have provided all necessary documentation to the SC Housing Trust Fund and have been approved as a "Designated NonProfit" organization deemed "eligible" for funding through their programs. Once the property has been obtained, we will finalize our project plans, contract with an architect and general contractor, and submit our certified plans for financing approval.

Our Thrift Store is providing ongoing monthly revenue to help cover our startup expenses and several future residents are going through job training there. We have met with the state Director of DHHS and briefed him on our plans and programs, and he has his staff working on implementation ideas in order to fund our future operations as a new initiative for providing these services as a prototype for future developments.

In addition, the SC legislature has awarded us $200,000 in three separate annual "provisos" to assist us in startup costs to provide services, including hiring an experienced Executive Director and Director of Operations. We began rolling out services to clients in late 2016 and have been deluged by requests for Respite Care and Independent Employment Support services, which we are gradually staffing and begin to fulfill.

Financials

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Osprey Village, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Reed

Broker-in-Charge of Charter One Realty

Term: 2017 - 2017

Shawn Phillips

VP, South State Bank

Jeff Norkus

Retired, IBM Microelectronics Finance

William Lincicome

ForeStar Group

Susan Doubles

Retired Educator

Kenny Anderson

Retired, Cincinnati Bengals QB

Kathy Cramer

Retired Special Education teacher

William Wiley

Retired, US Navy and business manager

Thomas Reed

Charter One Realty

Robin Storey

Retired Bank Executive

Edward Greene

Senior Account Manager, Palmetto Benefit Solutions

Mark Finger

Agent, Kinghorn Insurance