Willows Way, Inc.

Life, Beyond Limits

St. Charles, MO   |  www.willowsway.org

Mission

Willows Way empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live a life beyond limits through personalized support and community engagement.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Joy Steele

Main address

800 Friedens Road Suite 100

St. Charles, MO 63303 USA

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EIN

43-1546798

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Single Organization Support (P11)

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Willows Way empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live a life beyond limits through personalized support and community engagement.

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?

Individualized Supported Living - ISL

ISL provides up to 24 hour a day support to individuals who wish to live independently - in their own homes, with family members, or in host homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

REALITIES Program provides limited residential supports (less than 12 hours per week) to adults living on their own (in their own home) who have a diagnosed developmental disability.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Education program for adults with developmental disabilities that meets weekdays from 9am to 3pm. Participants determine interest areas, and weather permitting spend roughly 1/2 of their time out in the community completing volunteer service hours, and enjoying recreational activities. The other half of the day is spent in our facility working on physical, mental and social tasks.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Evening classes that provide stimulating, person-centered health education classes, skills training and resource information to individuals with developmental disabilities - age 16 years or older.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Individualized Skills Development (formerly Home Skills Development) offers services primarily designed for clients not yet living independently and is funded by the Department of Mental Health. Many clients receiving Individualized Skills Development services also receive Community Integration services. Together, these wraparound services support the individual to build independent living skills while developing friendships and community connections. These services support success for individual’s planning a future move to independent living services.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

CARF 2013

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 direct care staff who received training in primary prevention strategies and other techniques to avoid the need for restraint and seclusion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individualized Supported Living - ISL

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Mandt is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing, deescalating, and if necessary, intervening when the behavior of a person poses a threat of harm to themselves and/or others.

Number of staff members certified in subject area training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individualized Supported Living - ISL

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use College of Direct Support to empower support and care professionals to help others lead meaningful lives within their communities.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

People of all abilities have the opportunity to experience a sense of home, a feeling of security and an avenue for personal growth.

Willows Way has four different programs to provide support to people with Developmental Disabilities. In our Independent Supported Living program we provide 24/7 support in 1 to 4 person homes. Supports are developed based on individualized needs and focus on many interest areas such as: recreational, social, medical, personal care, transportation or financial/budget planning. Our Realities program provides up to eight hours per week of support based on an individuals need. Individualized Skills Development (formerly Home Skills Development) offers services primarily designed for clients not yet living independently and is funded by the Department of Mental Health. Many clients receiving Individualized Skills Development services also receive Community Integration services. Together, these wraparound services support the individual to build independent living skills while developing friendships and community connections. These services support success for individual’s planning a future move to independent living services. Our RISE program (Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement) is designed by participants and qualified staff, and focuses on social, educational, and physical activities. Individuals also volunteer at various places in the community, visit local tourist sites and attend exciting community events throughout St. Charles and St. Louis.

Willows Way is structured to meet the staffing and oversight requirements outlined in our funder contracts and supported by industry best practice standards through ongoing accreditation. Inherent in our processes are steps to ensure the individual served is supported in their individual goal achievements. From our Board of Directors to our Direct Support Professional staff our mission is supported by our four principal values of Teamwork, Respect, Integrity and Person-Centeredness.

In each of our programs, we have accomplished a number of our goals including implementing internet based systems to enhance quality of services and ease of documentation and data analysis for our staff and funders. We utilize these internet based systems to track client progress toward goals, monitor medication administration, as well as to insure scheduling of quality staffing. Our Quality of Service surveys reflect high levels of satisfaction from those we serve and their families. Each fiscal year, we develop goals and milestones for each program and will continue to do so. Our overall goal is to work on higher retention of our Direct Support Professionals so that our clients experience consistency in their caregivers.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Willows Way, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Cherba

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Board leadership practices

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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 03/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data