Blessings in Disguise

paying it forward one donation at a time

Maumee, OH   |  www.blessingsid.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide financial hardship assistance to those on unemployment compensation, workers compensation, short term disability, or FMLA. We also provide aid to our senior community in the form of durable medical equipment when turned down by their insurance provider and or lack of financial resources to purchase on their own.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a 100% Volunteer Organization whereas our board members all have full time jobs in the community and we do this to give back to the underserved in our community. We don't give paychecks, we don't have offices, and we pride ourselves on being the most frugally minded nonprofit in the Toledo area. Our nonprofit doesn't even pay for the gasoline of our delivery vehicle. We use our monies with our community in mind. Almost the majority of the donations we receive aid a person in our community. We are an almost overhead free organization and that's how we intend to keep it. Volunteerism is a privilege.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder?Executive Director

John Wade Sayre

Main address

2150 River Road

Maumee, OH 43537 USA

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EIN

46-4922599

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our goals are two fold: helping the middle class who have been affected by unemployment, disability, workers compensation, or FMLA. Since our inception, we have helped out 76 families get back on their feet after losing one source of income in their household . Secondly, since we launched our HELP for Seniors program we have helped more than 700 seniors with free durable medical equipment and aids. We are filling the gap with these two areas of concentration when the problems arise as there is no secondary source to fix these problems.

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?

H.E.L.P. for Seniors

The H.E.L.P. Program for Seniors stands for Helping Elderly Live Productively.

Today, Seniors need community support. We want to be one of those nonprofit organizations to help when we can.

So, in conjunction with a few knowledgeable Occupational Therapists, we are starting a loaner program for adaptive products such as walkers, canes, shower stools, shower benches, portable toilets, reachers and grabbers, and grippers.

The program will assist those seniors who can’t afford certain adaptive products or who are waiting for approval from their insurance provider but may need it now. You can borrow up to 2 items at a time.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Our Help For Hardship program can bridge the gap if you are suddenly faced with unemployment (no fault of your own), short term disability, workers compensation or FMLA.
Every day in our community, people face financial crisis’ that can topple the very foundation of their livelihood they have worked building for so many years.
When you need some assistance to stabilize your situation, that assistance can be very simple and small, yet very impactful. Whether you need mortgage/rent assistance, a car payment paid, a utility bill caught up to avoid shut off and even some basic groceries can make a huge difference in relieving the threat of financial collapse.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Families

Where we work

Awards

Great Nonprofits 2020

Top Nonprofits

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.

our goal is to fill the gap, give both of our target audiences "HOPE" and to really provide assistance to them at no cost to them. When we hear of a family or a family has written in to us for hardship assistance, we normally can turn around an answer and cut checks to the companies they owe within a week.

As it relates to our H.E.L.P. Program for Seniors, we normally can fulfill that gap within a couple days provided we have the medical equipment in stock. The majority of the equipment we buy is used and we repurpose for the sake of the community and continue to save money to do more for our community.

#1. We are a volunteer organization. So no one receives any salary or wages for helping us.

#2. We always ask for anything free or reduced so we can help more people.

#3 We bring influencers to our board that that know people who can provide free services which allows us to spend more on our services and help more people.

#4 100% of the monies we bring in, are used for our core services. Nothing is spent on lunches, seminars, reimbursements, etc...

Everyone from our board members, volunteers, and individual donors all perform various call to action initiatives to help us save money by getting services free, services highly reduced, and medical equipment either donated, found online used cheap, or get others to donate what they may have in the form of equipment.
Relating to our HELP for Hardship program, we have succinct rules in place on who we help. There are other programs out there that help the lower class/poverty level people, and we are in place to help those who fall through the cracks at the lower to middle class class level.Having these rules in place has drastically reduced the number of people who write to us for assistance.

Since our inception we have done the following:

1. helped more than 76 families due to financial hardship.

2. Paid for 32 Veterans Christmas Items during 2019 Christmas.

3. Donated more than 350 toys to children who may have gone without in 2019.

4. Providing 10 seniors with Christmas items

5. Provided more than 700 Seniors with medical equipment they couldn't afford.

Goals for 2020

1. Expand our Help for Hardship program from 1 month of help to 2 months of assistance.

2. Help over 400 seniors next year with durable medical equipment.

3. Create an ad hoc program to help those who don’t qualify for our Help for Hardship program.

4. Apply for a grant to help purchase a used box truck with lift gate.

5. Expand our drop off location spots

6. Reach 200 active donors giving $10 a month to our mission.

7. Reach Platinum status on Guidestar by providing complete metrics

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?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We saw a funding gap in our help for hardship program of upper poverty demographic who work hard but just need a hand up short term which led to our "Be Kind" Program where we allocated some funding dollars to help this poverty class.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders,

  • 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 difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Blessings in Disguise

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Rose

Beth Rose Auction Company

Term: 2014 - 2019

John Sayre

Absolute Worldwide Logistics Inc

Jean Jones

Beth Rose Auction Company

Cathy McGuire

McGuire Insurance

Rebecca Abu-Absi

Progressive Therapy

Kari Shuman

Southwest Airlines

Joseph Iannucci

United Airlines

Vinnie Schiavone

Jim White Toyota

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/05/2021

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
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/05/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.