FRIENDSHIP ARK INC

Faith, Family, Friendship

aka Friendship Ark Homes & Community Services   |   Ames, IA   |  www.friendshipark.org

Mission

Friendship Ark celebrates the uniqueness of adults with intellectual disabilities by providing homes and community services. We help our core members reach their fullest potential through faith, family, and friendship.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Jennifer Ellis

Main address

130 S Sheldon Ave Ste 203

Ames, IA 50014 USA

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Formerly known as

Friendsihip Ark Homes

EIN

42-1489488

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Independent Housing for People with Disabilities (L24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Friendship Ark seeks to provide community services for adults with intellectual disabilities, so they may work and live in the community of their choice. We seek to provide safe, affordable housing that meet an individuals needs, as well as provide the supports necessary, so that they can remain as independent as possible in their home.

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?

Supported Community Living

Supported Community Living services are intended to provide for the daily living needs of the member and shall be available on an as needed basis up to 24 hours per day. Service activities include: Personal and home skill training, Individual advocacy, Community Skills training, Personal management skills training, Socialization skills training, Communication skills training, Personal environment support, Transportation, and other Treatment activities.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Day Habilitation Services are provided outside a member’s residential setting and are designed to foster the acquisition of skills, building positive social behavior and interpersonal competence, greater independence, and personal choices. Activities include: Assistance with acquisition, retention, or improvement of self-help, socialization and adaptive skills that enhance social development, and developing skill in performing activities of daily living and community living.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Where we work

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 individuals attending community events or trainings

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

People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Day Habilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

25 clients in 24 hour supported community living, 13 clients in individualized (15 minute unit) supported community living, and 10 (unduplicated/not served in SCL) clients served in Day Hab.

Percentage of customers who report they are satisfied with the program.

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

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All that responded to this question on the 2019 Parent/Guardian Satisfaction Survey, reported they were satisfied overall with the services their core member was receiving from Friendship Ark.

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.

We strive to be the community service provider of choice for adults with intellectual disabilities seeking assistance with maintaining their independence in a community setting.

We provide highly trained, qualified direct support professionals who engage the individual in working on goals to increase their independence and providing the support needed for these individuals to reach their fullest potential.

We are certified by the Iowa Department of Human Services/Iowa Medicaid Enterprise to provide Supported Community Living Services. We accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for community inclusion, community housing, and supportive living.

We current serve 30 individuals in six homes. We also provide support to 15 individuals who live in their own apartments or at home with family. We provide day habilitation or community inclusion services to over 40 individuals. We continue to explore areas of need in our community for adults with intellectual disabilities and assess if we are able to help meet those needs.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In an effort to better serve our core members, we have taken a targeted approach to implementing the principles of Gentle Teaching throughout our organization.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDSHIP ARK INC

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sarah Buck

Kyle Briese

Iowa State University

Amber Deardorff

Mary Greeley Medical Center

Lisa Downs

Exit Realty

Deb Fennelly

Volunteer

Lee Griffin

Griffin Consulting Group

Hugh Marsden

TS Ag Finance

Rev. Tom Prochnow

Retired

Al Carver

Retired

Nicole Rasmussen

First National Bank

Dr. Lou Scallon

Wolfe Eye Clinic

Rep. Beth Wessell-Kroeschell

Iowa House of Representatives/Reimen Gardens

Galen Wilke

Retired

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 12/15/2020,

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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/15/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.