The Whole Person, Inc.

Connecting people with disabilities to the resources they need.

Kansas City, MO   |  http://www.thewholeperson.org

Mission

The mission of The Whole Person is to connect people with disabilities to the resources they need by supporting independent choice and advocating for positive change in the community.

Ruling year info

1979

Principal Officer

Ms. Julie DeJean

Main address

3710 Main St.

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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EIN

43-1157083

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Independent Living Services

The central tenet of the independent living movement is that the freedom to make choices and live independently is a basic civil right that should be extended to all people,
regardless of disability. Within this framework, The Whole Person (TWP) works with and for people with disabilities – consumers of our services – to promote their independence in the community. Through five core Independent Living Services, TWP gives the people we serve the tools they need to achieve their goals: 
(1) Independent living skills training; (2) Information and referral; (3) Advocacy for individuals and for system-wide improvements; (4) Peer mentoring; and (5) Transition services – assisting those at risk of entering a nursing home or other institution, those who want to move out of an institution, and youth in their transition to post-secondary life. All TWP programs and services support clients' independent living goals.

Population(s) Served

Since 1999, The Whole Family Project has offered time-tested sign language training for children up to age 12 who are Deaf, hard of hearing or nonverbal (due to disabilities such as severe Down syndrome or autism) and their families. The program is unique in the Kansas City metropolitan area because sign language lessons are provided by tutors who travel every week for up to two years to homes throughout The Whole Person’s bi-state service area, so the child and all family members and caregivers may receive training together in a familiar setting rather than a classroom or office. The program is also distinguished from other sign language classes because fees are assessed per family on a generous poverty-based sliding scale. No family is turned away due to inability to pay, and there is always a wait list for families wishing to work with a TWP tutor. Over time, the Project results in lasting positive impacts on the children, their families, and the community.

Population(s) Served

More than 8,300 people with disabilities in the Kansas City
area have paralysis or difficulty walking, according to the latest U.S. Census.
TWP launched the Home Modification Program in 2015 to help people with
disabilities stay in their home/age in place by achieving a safer, more
independent lifestyle. For those who rely on wheelchairs for mobility, steps
into a home prevent essential daily functions such as going to work, grocery
shopping, attending a religious/spiritual activity or service, visiting friends
and family, and participating in community activities. The Whole Person’s Home
Modification Program addresses the most common requests for modifications –
constructing wheelchair ramps to provide entry into the home, adding stair
handrails, and installing grab bars in bathrooms for safety.

Population(s) Served

The Whole Person’s Employment Services
program addresses the obstacles people with all types of disabilities face in finding
jobs that match their strengths, abilities, and preferences. Staff assess vocational
interests, learning styles, and potential barriers while offering assistance
with resumes, interview strategies, and workplace accommodations. Job-seekers are
assisted throughout the job search, placement and retention process, including “Supported
Employment” services provided for people with the most significant disabilities.
Also, Employment Services has recently created EmployAbilities as part of TWP’s
social enterprise, The Whole Person Catering. Acquiring culinary skills is part
of the EmployAbilities curriculum, but students with developmental disabilities
learn best practices that are applicable to any work environment during the 3-stage,
8-week training. EmployAbilities is a private-pay program with scholarship
opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Consumer Directed Services (CDS) is The Whole Person’s
largest program. The purpose of CDS is to assist people with significant
physical disabilities to hire and supervise their own Personal Care Assistant (PCA) for in-home services such as meal preparation, household cleaning, personal
hygiene, and non-medical transportation deemed essential to the person with a
disability by the Home and Community-Based Services staff of the Department of
Health and Human Services. TWP staff often go beyond the requirements
established by this governing body and visit the person with the disability in
their home more than once per year. During these visits CDS staff provide independent
living skills training, money management classes and information about
additional community resources. In FY18, 1,660 qualified, Medicaid-eligible
people with disabilities received TWP’s PCA services, including 258 from Kansas. (The Kansas program is called Home and Community Based
Services, HCBS.)

Population(s) Served

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Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation 2013

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation 2016

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living 2004

National Council on Independent Living 1985

Financials

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The Whole Person, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Ms. Carla Oppenheimer

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