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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. We serve seniors in Milwaukee County and Waukesha County, Wisconsin. 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 4,000 seniors and adults with disabilities in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties 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 Eras.org. We invite you to watch our 2022 Tapestry Event Mission Moment Video - sharing stories from our clients and volunteers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7DH3Hsr7VI

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Kathy Gale, PhD

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

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS filing requirement

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

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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 have 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?

AmeriCorps Seniors Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Milwaukee County is designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to area adults 55 and older by serving older adults in need.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Waukesha County recruits, screens, and places volunteers age 55+ throughout the county in nonprofit agencies, schools, and government agencies. 

The programs enriches the lives of older adults 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

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Children and youth

The Faith in Action Program assists seniors in Milwaukee County and Waukesha County, Wisconsin, specifically those seniors who do not qualify for government entitlement programs, lack local family to help them, and cannot afford to purchase services needed to live independently. The program organizes volunteers to provide no-cost supportive neighborly services, with donations encouraged.  Volunteers are recruited from partner congregations, businesses, community groups, and schools. 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:

Access to healthcare appointments, grocery stores, food pantries by providing door through door transportation

Friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, respite care for family caregivers

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

Information and assistance linking to other services in the community

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

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

Award of Merit 2015

Toyota National STAR Award Program

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 clients served

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

Adults, Seniors

Related Program

Faith in Action Milwaukee County & Waukesha County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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

Seniors

Related Program

AmeriCorps Seniors Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

342 senior volunteers supported student learning and provided services for seniors in need through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in 2021.

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, Seniors

Related Program

Faith in Action Milwaukee County & Waukesha County

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Survey reported 92% (614 of 668 responding to the survey) felt supported by self-sufficiency programming.

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

Seniors, Caregivers

Related Program

Faith in Action Milwaukee County & Waukesha County

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. 11 presentations were given in 2019.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

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 with a disability age 18 years and older, and family caregivers live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives while maintaining their independence for as long as possible. Through our Faith in Action program, our agency aims to:

- Assist elderly and disabled populations throughout Waukesha County, Wisconsin and older adults throughout Milwaukee County to remain independent

- Provide services at no charge to clients who have difficulty managing their self-sufficiency needs and do not have enough income to purchase services

- Visit each prospective client to explain our program in person and determine additional needs that may assist in supporting the client living independently

- Utilize a screened volunteer workforce in an effort to maintain a cost-efficient community-based solution to assist seniors needing help to live independently

- Provide service referrals for clients and families in need of assistance obtaining services beyond the scope of volunteer services (professional plumbers, electricians, medical respite)

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.

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 1,812 and providing resources to an additional 3,000 seniors and adults with disabilities during 2019. In 2019, Eras Senior Network was approached by three Milwaukee County funders to oversee the Neighborhood Outreach Program, a program similar to our Faith in Action program, after it ceased operations. In April 2019, Eras Senior Network officially began operating in both Waukesha County and Milwaukee County, adding nearly 4,000 clients to our client base.

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).

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.

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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 12/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angela King, CPA

Eppstein Uhen Architects

Term: 2021 - 2023

Angela King, CPA

Eppstein Uhen Architects

Jim Holmes

Vrakas CPAs + Advisors

Shay Sherfinski

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Cindy Murdock

Citizens Bank

Rachael Bush

Mova Business Solutions

Glen Choban

Capri Senior Communities

Mike Kruse

DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Law Firm

Pam Paulson

Coordinated Power Systems, Inc.

Carey Provan

Godfrey & Kahn S.C

Kathy Gale

Ex Officio, Executive Director

James Klauck

Froedtert Health

Bridget Murphy

Northwestern Mutual

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 5/20/2022

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

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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.