Puzzle Pieces Inc

Making a difference in lives one piece at a time.

aka Puzzle Pieces   |   Owensboro, KY   |  www.puzzle-pieces.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, self-worth and build trusting relationships between clients, staff, and families.

Notes from the nonprofit

Puzzle Pieces non-demanding atmosphere and staff utilize positive encouragement and reinforcement to engage clients. Our community center's activities range from arts and crafts, community access, vocational jobs, social interaction time, trips out in our community, leisure time, as well as just having a good time being around others. Our staff goes above and beyond to tap into the interest of our clients. There is emphasis on making our clients feel accepted, develop self-confidence, self-worth, and feel like there is a purpose to each day. Through our programs, we meet the needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere with opportunities to access the community.

Puzzle Pieces has been a dream of Executive Director/Founder, Amanda Owen for many years. Mrs. Owen began to communicate her dream and collaborate with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce in the summer of 2011. Mrs. Owen recruited a Business Director, Kathy Hempel, (who has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy) and a Program Director, Kelly Evans who both share the same vision as Mrs. Owen. Since July 2011, and with their help, Puzzle Pieces applied for and received their IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status, formed a 7 member Board of Directors and a 5-member Advisory Board, approved and filed an Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, established a Volunteer/Buddy Program, built a website, found a building and moved in, registered 100+ families for Puzzle Pieces, and raised over $250,000.00 in fundraisers, donations and grants. Since that July we have had so many people to help us achieve our dream from our clients and their families to the community that has embrace us.

Puzzle Pieces serves individuals identified as having an intellectual disability, such as but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, multiple disabilities, mild mental disability, and chromosome disabilities. We serve individuals from age 8 to adults because we understand the importance of maintaining our programs’ activities through our clients’ lifetime. Puzzle Pieces will not limit services to individuals in a particular county, region, etc. Puzzle Pieces accepts Private Pay Clients and the Michele P. Medicaid Waiver for Community Living Supports and Respite support.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive DIrector/Founder

Amanda Owen

Main address

2401 New Hartford Road

Owensboro, KY 42303 USA

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EIN

45-3042804

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Programs and results

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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?

Community Center

Our community center's activities range from arts and crafts, community access, vocational jobs, social interaction time, trips out in our community, leisure time, as well as just having a good time being around others.Through our programs, we meet the needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere with opportunities to access the community.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

To provide a person-centered environment that supports the desire of clients to become more independent, socially accepted, and learn skills to maximize efforts in securing employment and/or volunteer opportunities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

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.

Puzzle Pieces goals are to continue to serve as many individuals in an one on one capacity as possible. We want our clients to have personal choice in their activities and we want to be a part of their lives. We want to support families who need to work but want their loved ones to be with their peers in a social atmosphere and to have access to the community is what we strive for every day.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, Social Media Contact,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Puzzle Pieces Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Amy Jackson

German American Bank


Board co-chair

Kelly Harris

KW Keller Williams Realty

Janie Tichenor

Ohio County Hospital

Matt Tierney

Stevenson, Land & Tierney.

Tim Mischel

Southern Star

Josh Emmick

Valor Oil

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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