Human Services

Eras Senior Network, Inc.

Engage. Relate. Advocate. Support.

Waukesha, WI   |  www.Eras.org

Mission

MISSION The mission of Eras Senior Network is to engage and support seniors, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers in leading meaningful lives. VISION Eras Senior Network is THE nonprofit leader in creating communities where seniors and adults with disabilities are fully embraced through collaborative partnerships, coordination of services, and intergenerational volunteer activities.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about Eras Senior Network. We are honored to support over 1,000 seniors and adults with disabilities each year, thanks to support we receive through community volunteers and donors. For more information on how to get involved with Eras Senior Network, please call (262) 549-3348 or visit www.ErasWaukesha.org.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Ms. Kathy Gale

Main address

2607 N. Grandview Blvd Suite 150

Waukesha, WI 53188 USA

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Formerly known as

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha County

Interfaith Caregiving Network, Inc.

Interfaith Senior Programs, Inc.

EIN

39-1393171

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A growing population of older adults in our community are struggling to afford medication, utilities, housing, transportation and food. This portion of the elderly population does not qualify for government entitlement programs, lacks sufficient income to purchase services, and does not having an informal support system to provide assistance. Many of these older adults cannot access healthcare, nutrition, and other basic needs as they are no longer able to drive.

Older adults can suffer from loneliness as they outlive friends, and family is not nearby. Many of these older adults fall victim to frauds and scams as they welcome individuals claiming to be friends, not realizing that they are being scammed out of their life savings.

Finally, older adults are at risk of decreased health outcomes due to the stress of caregiving for family members with chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, cancer, and heart conditions.

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?

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha County is a program that recruits, screens, and places volunteers age 55+ throughout the county in nonprofit agencies, schools, and government agencies.   The program enriches the lives of older people by enabling them to: ·          Contribute to their communities through volunteer services, ·          Enhance the lives of the volunteers and those of all ages whom they serve, and

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$195,901

The Faith in Action Program assists seniors and adults with disabilities by organizing volunteers to provide supportive neighborly services to assist them in maintaining self-sufficiency and independence.  Volunteers are recruited from 73 partner congregations, and screened for suitability for interaction with vulnerable clients.  Clients receive an in-home assessment by a trained volunteer to gather information about needs, and help to explain how to request assistance. 
 

Volunteers provide:

Rides to healthcare appointments, grocery stores, food pantries

Friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, respite care for family caregivers

Help with forms, bills, tax returns

Snow removal, outdoor home clean-up projects, lawn care

Information and assistance linking to other services in the community

 

Services are offered at no charge to clients.  Volunteers may request mileage reimbursement.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
People with disabilities
Budget
$218,701

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2011

Awards

Community Service Award 2009

Hamilton School District

Small Nonprofit of the Year 2005

Waukesha County Executive

CFO of the Year Award 2009

Business Journal

Large Nonprofit of the Year - Honorable Mention 2010

Waukesha County Executive

Light the Way Award 2011

Medical College of Wisconsin

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Find a Ride Network - partnership to increase access to transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities in Waukesha County.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults,Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Faith in Action

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals received rides for healthcare and nutrition services, help with bills and forms,outdoor home chores, family caregiver support.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

440 RSVP volunteers provided 17,763 hours of service in schools, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults,Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Faith in Action

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Survey reported 324 clients served who felt supported by self-sufficiency programming.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

28 youth provide after-school homework help to 3 - 5th graders

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars given by new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens,Caregivers

Related Program

Faith in Action

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

S.T.O.P. Elder Abuse programs help seniors and their caregivers to recognize when they are being victimized for financial frauds or other scams. 24 presentations were given in 2017.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The mission of Eras Senior Network is engage and support seniors, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers in leading meaningful lives. Our service area is Milwaukee County and Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Eras aims to help seniors age 60 years and older, adults age 18 years and older with disabilities, and family caregivers live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives while maintaining their independence for as long as possible. Our vision is to be THE nonprofit leader in creating communities where seniors and adults with disabilities are fully embraced through collaborative partnerships, coordination of services, and intergenerational volunteer activities.

Partnerships We strive to establish and maintain meaningful partnerships with businesses, funders, healthcare systems, schools, congregations, service groups, scout troops, youth groups, and individuals to identify those older adults and adults with disabilities who need assistance, and to recruit volunteers of all ages. Philosophy of growth through volunteer recruitment versus continual staff expansion. Whenever possible Eras recruits and places volunteers for program support such as clerical tasks, assessment of new clients and ongoing client service requests, website development, special fundraising event activities, and data entry. This philosophy results in an active and engaged team of volunteers managed by a professional staff. Professional staff time is balanced between volunteer management, professional fundraising and accounting, and assisting clients with complex needs and conditions.

Sustainability Our Board of Directors is committed to maintaining a balanced revenue pool that includes foundation funding, United Way funding, business support, and government grants and contracts. We aim to have a continually increasing percentage of our revenue from community support, including service groups, congregations, special events, client donations, and donations from community donors who share our vision.

We monitor and measure progress toward goals using surveys of clients and volunteers, analysis of service statistics, and by meeting with our key client referral partners to ensure that those in need of assistance are successfully referred to our programs. The Faith in Action Program has three formal outcomes: seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers have essential healthcare services; seniors and adults with disabilities maintain their health, and seniors and adults with disabilities lead meaningful lives. We measure success in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program by analyzing aggregate standardized tests of students who receive assistance in literacy and math from volunteers, aiming to achieve pre-determined goals. All RSVP volunteers are surveyed annually to ensure that they are satisfied with their assignments, and feel that their motivations for volunteering are being met.

What have we accomplished? Eras Senior Network has successfully provided assistance to a growing number of seniors and adults with disabilities since 1991, beginning with a client pool of 45 and growing to assisting 1,121 during 2016. RSVP has continued receiving funding from the Corporation from National and Community Service since 1992, reflecting successful compliance with all program requirements and federal regulations. We have been recognized by external partners for our work, including: Waukesha County Nonprofit of the Year awards (2004, 2010); Medical College of Wisconsin Light the Way award (2011); Hamilton School District Community Service Award (2009), National Alliance for Mental Illness – Waukesha County Chapter Community Service award (2013), National Toyota STAR Merit Award (2015). Eras meets the BBB/Wise Giving Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability and carries the Better Business Bureau Charity Seal.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Eras Senior Network, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Holmes

Vrakas CPAs

Term: 2018 - 2020

Kathy Gale

Executive Director, Eras Senior Network

Carol Motzel

Community Volunteer

Angela King

Eppstein Uhen Architects

Steve Dombrock

Retired CPA

Cindy Murdock

Citizens Bank

Glen Choban

Capri Senior Communities

Attorney Paul Crawford

Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office

Donna Dziewik

101 Mobility, Waukesha

Diane Ehn, MS

Froedtert Health

Attorney Mike Kruse

DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Law Firm

Pam Paulson

Coordinated Power Systems, Inc.

Tim Rennicke, CFP

Thrivent Financial

Shay Sherfinski

R&R Insurance Services

Michael Wahoviak

ProHealth Medical Group

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 ? No
  • 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 06/08/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/08/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.

Keywords

RSVP, Volunteers, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Seniors, Wisconsin