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Servants at Work

Building Freedom One Ramp at a Time

aka SAWs   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  www.sawsramps.org

Mission

SAWs© is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing freedom to low-income, permanently disabled individuals through the construction of wheelchair ramps to the exterior of the homes. Our ramps serve as their gateways to the world, re-opening the possibilities of connecting with neighbors and their larger community. Ramps provide independence and dignity.

Ruling year info

2011

Chairman

Ryan Lynch

Main address

P.O. Box 68831

Indianapolis, IN 46268-9998 USA

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EIN

45-3825509

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey, 169,020 or 18% of households in Marion County have a member with an ambulatory disability. Because the majority of those persons are income deficient, they are unable to help themselves with some of their most basic needs such as the ability to leave their home without assistance in an emergency. A study by the National Fire Protection Association titled Physical Disability as a Factor in Home Fire Deaths Fact Sheet, “NFPA estimates that physical disability was a contributing factor in an estimated average of 400 (15%) home fire deaths per year. The American Community Survey found that 12% of community (non-institutionalized) residents in 2008-2012 had some type of disability. Seven percent of community residents five and over had serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs, as did one-quarter (24%) of community residents age 65 or older.”

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?

Ramp construction

Ramps are custom designed and built for low-income, long-term disabled individuals.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Percent who stated an improved outlook on life

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

People with disabilities, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Ramp construction

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

160 completed post-ramp build surveys completed. 391 ramps built in 2021.

Percent that can now exit their home without assistance

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

People with disabilities, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Ramp construction

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

160 completed post-ramp build surveys completed. 391 ramps built in 2021.

Percent who stated they are able to maintain appointments and obligations outside the home

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

People with disabilities, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Ramp construction

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

160 completed post-ramp build surveys completed. 391 ramps built in 2021.

Number of clients served

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities

Related Program

Ramp construction

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These ramps are built for low-income persons with permanent disabilities who are in need of ADA-compliant home access.

Number of counties served in the State of Indiana in 2017

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities

Related Program

Ramp construction

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 ramps allow persons who are dependent on a wheelchair or other movement-assisted devices the ability to gain freedom from their homes. Our clients are low income, high-risk and under-served individuals who are isolated from community resources and opportunities due to their disability, and their inability to leave their home unassisted. The ramps often give the user the freedom to stay in their homes instead of often being forced into early assisted living facilities at greater taxpayers’ expense, which could lead to another home from becoming the choice to stay in their homes by instead of being forced into assisted living facilities at taxpayers’ expense, often resulting in another home being abandoned in an already depressed neighborhood; freedom from isolation and increased access to community resources; access to healthcare such as doctor’s appointments or dialysis treatments; freedom to see their friends and family, attend their church and a chance for a normal life.

SAWs will increase their ramp construction from 372 in 2021 to close to 400 in 2022
BraunAbility (one of the largest van converters in the country located in Winamac, IN) will celebrate its 50th anniversary by partnering with SAWs and building 50 ramps in 50 days from mid-June thru July.
Lumber prices are expected to escalate again, the budget calls for an additional increase in donation income of nearly 10%
SAWs will complete their new HUB location in Lafayette signing a new lease for ramp prefabrication.
SAWs will now work on developing a new HUB location to service the Evansville/Southwest Indiana counties.

The SAWs Board of Directors has the diversity of experience, expertise, and access to resources necessary to guide our organization through the challenges of growth. We have a broad-based volunteer group that provides support in many key areas. Our board and volunteers have networks that give us entree to many resources needed to achieve our goals. The SAWs ramp design system is unique and easily replicable. A new Executive Director has recently been hired and the organization's Strategic Plan is almost completed and in the process of being implemented.

SAWs has:
• Expanded the Board of Directors to bring in more expertise and broad networks in management, disabilities, construction, marketing, finance, development, and grant writing.
• Hired an Executive Director
• Formalized our relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana
• Formalized the relationship with Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church
• Begun formalizing the relationship with the 33 existing affiliates of SAWs within Indiana, implementing specific requirements to be an affiliate.

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 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Servants at Work

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Lynch

Republic Airlines

Term: 2022 - 2024

Alan Erickson

Dow Chemicals, Retired

David Bodle

Hackman, Hulett LLP

Meredith Langhorst, M. D.

OrthoIndy

Ryan Lynch

Republic Airlines

Mark Bryson

IndyGo

Rob French

First Construction Consulting

Diane Hyatt

National Bank

Andy Mosier

Scott Enight

Emmis Corporation

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 12/19/2022

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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