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Nia Association

Clarksville, TN   |  niaassociation.org

Mission

We believe that everyone should have a "purpose for living."  Thus, our mission is predicated on the fact that we ensure that the individuals whom we support receive top quality of life opportunites designed by themselves and/or their families. These top quality of life opportunities are best reflected by the fact that the individual served or advocated has the final say in the home selection process should they reside in our supportive living component, individuals are supported by trained, committed and dedicated staff, services rendered are person-centered as well as medical care monitored and transportation is rendered.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Ms. Valencia Hill

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Derrick Stevens

Main address

375 Dover Road

Clarksville, TN 37042 USA

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EIN

31-1638734

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Founded in 1997, Nia Association was created with a vision of compassion and economic development that has supported many adults and youth. We believe everyone should have a purpose for living. Our intention is to ensure the individuals we support receive opportunities designed by themselves and their families while being in the best interest. Clients choose whether to live in their family homes or move to a community-based, single-family home managed by Nia Association. Specialized care is administered in accordance with each clients Individual Support Plan, we are a premier and holistic 501 (c) organization, certified by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) and Employment Community First (ECF). Nia Association also takes great pride in being a Managed Care Organization. This rewarding business ministry is committed to enhancing the lifestyles of many formerly institutionalized people that are now experiencing fulfilling, community-based supported.

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?

Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Nia Association is a Provider Agency licensed by the State of Tennessee to provide supportive living and residential services for people with mental retardation. Each home is well-furnished and located in wonderful communities throughout the Montgomery county area. The recipients receive services and supports with daily living activities (such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, household chores and budgeting) as well as medication management and transportation to community-based activities, jobs and medical appointments). Nia provides supports to 25 service recipients. Each quality assured home is  serviced by Associates who are certified in CPR, Heimlich procedures, Medication Administration, Quality Supports, Sensitivity and Ethics and a number of other trainings mandated by the State of Tennessee. The recipients receive 24-hour care and supervision.
NOTE:  Private pay individuals can also be serviced and supported.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Nia provides basic life skill training to our service recipients. The mission is to ensure that individuals with documented disabilities have equal access to all opportunities under the guidelines of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and ADA of 1990. Our collaborative training program provides recipients that we serve the opportunity to enhance social skills and to continue learning throughout their lives. Nia has also partnered with the University of Tennessee Extension Office to aid us in better acquainting our service recipients and their staff with better preparing menus that is healthy, nutritious and cost effective that promotes health and wellness. Nia encourages its employee to obtaincollege degreesand offers flexible scheduling to meet their educational needs.NOTE: Shift schedules are developed with the need of the service recipient in mind.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Nia provides Supportive Living Homes and Affordable Housing: We assist families in selecting attractive yet affordable single-family homes throughout the local community. The homes are located in nice neighborhoods. Two people usually share the homes. There is absolutely no cost to the family. Nia is a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) for the purpose of expanding housing opportunities within the community. American Dream Home Ownership - Nia has had three successful Home Program accomplishment; one service recipient has purchased his own home, another servicerecipient was awarded a grant for Home modification, and thirdly, the Agency received a $290,000 HUD grant and constructed a home that provides shelter for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. Nia has achieved community goals,successful track record in development.  All of the homes are maintained and the upkeep is the responsibility of the Provider Agency.

Population(s) Served

The Family Model Residential Support service is a type of care where a person supported chooses to join and live in the home of a trained caregiver who is a not family member. The person supported is integrated with the new family and becomes a member of the caregivers household. Prior to placement of a person in a family model residential home, the provider must complete a DIDD-compliant home study and the DIDD Family Model Residential Supports Initial Site Survey to ensure that the home meets the persons needs and that the family and person are compatible and well-matched.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Professional Support Services Facility 2023

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Community Resource Center - Nashville 2006

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2007

American Heart Association, Inc. 2007

Chamber of Commerce 2023

The ARC of Tennessee 2007

Society for Human Resource Management 2007

NISH-Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Severe Disabilities 2003

Presidents Volunteer Service Award 2023

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.

Nia Association, Inc. seeks to expand support and services which align with the organizations mission and vision statements. Nia will maintain its high level of quality support, not only by title or search of Four-Star Agency, but more importantly, providing improved training and orientation to new staff at every level. In the short term (2019), Nia fulfilled its plan to expand the ECF program through the managed care organizers (Blue-care and Amerigroup). In the long-term, Nia will continue to expand as the population demands the utilization of additional supported-living buildings provided by the State of Tennessee. Nia will begin expanding our presence within the housing market for the purpose of obtaining Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) funding and grant donations throughout the year. Long and Short-term goals include:
1. Program Delivery: Nia will continue to provide top quality program support, while at the same time expanding current programs. New programs will receive the same attention to detail as successful, existing programs. To achieve this goal, Nia Executives must hire people who are sufficiently educated, experienced, and committed to fulfilling the specific program needs.
2. Organizational Improvement: Nia Association will continually improve as an organization by seeking professional development opportunities for its executive and management level staff. Nia Association will also strive to provide quality, professional, peer mentoring and training to mid-level management staff as well those working in the homes.
3. External Relationships: With community service and involvement in mind, Nia will reach out to a variety of possible future stakeholders, established agencies similar to Nia, military, families of those supported, and both public and private organizations for possible partnerships. Nia will maintain and refine positive relationships with existing external entities, such as, high school academies. Nia believes partnerships may lead to positive outcomes for all organizations.
4. Technology: Nia will continue to optimize the use of technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations. Therap, System Communications Operations Manager (SCOM), and electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) are the latest to be implemented.
5. Workforce: Nia will seek to maximize the success of its workforce by continuing to develop all necessary policies, procedures, processes, and training that focus on equipping employees to best support all persons served.

Nia Association, Inc. possesses an executive-level team with decades of experience in providing services to individuals with disabilities. The teams cohesiveness and enthusiasm will be the driving force behind the uphill motion of the organization. Efforts to expand operations are based on research, sound business practices, appropriate counsel, and understanding the needs of a growing and aging population of individuals with various disabilities and barriers. Nia will continue to look at programs that are best practices for the population being served. Nia shall continue to seek grant opportunities. External marketing will occur with a focus on an individual, one-on-one basis, for point of contact as well as at organizational and community levels. Public relations events and opportunities will increase as Nia both hosts and attends all appropriate functions. Guidance and support from the Nia Associations Board of Directors will play a pivotal role in that all advice is expert level. Nia Executives will pursue increased exposure opportunities by attending summits, seminars, exchanging of views, and continued educational opportunities.

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Nia Association

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katri Wynder

Retired

Term: 2024 - 2023

Elijah Oliver

ACN, Inc

Douglass Miles

Community Volunteer

Dennis Phifer

Community Volunteer

Treva Gordon

Community Volunteer

Tim Thomas

Community Volunteer

Latoya Richardson

Community Volunteer

Juanita Charles

Real Estate Agent

Justin Aldred

Community Volunteer

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/11/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.