SLI (Sheltered Living, Inc.)

Serving people with intellectual disabilities since 1971

aka SLI   |   Topeka, KS   |  www.slitopeka.org

Mission

We are SLI. A not-for-profit supporting the efforts of individuals living with intellectual/developmental disabilities by promoting: Success • Learning • Inclusion

Notes from the nonprofit

SLI has earned accreditation eight times from CARF International. The latest 3-year accreditation was earned in 2018. SLI voluntarily seeks out this accreditation through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during on an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

Ruling year info

1972

President/CEO

Mrs. Lisa Jackson

Main address

3401 SW Harrison St

Topeka, KS 66611 USA

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Formerly known as

Sheltered Living, Inc.

EIN

48-0779679

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are SLI. A not-for-profit supporting the efforts of individuals living with intellectual/developmental disabilities by promoting: Success • Learning • Inclusion. Our programs, supports, and services are focused on improving the quality of life for persons with IDD and ensuring that they are able to fully participate in community.

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 Living Program (residential & independent)

The community living program has two main service delivery approaches: independent living and community living. Within the independent living program, individuals live independently in their own apartments or homes with minimal support of 15 hours or less from Sheltered Living, Inc. Individuals supported in the community living program require additional supports to be successful in the community. Most individuals in this program are supported 24/7.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

The Community Integration Program provides day supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities. This program is self-directed by the individuals served. They choose what activities and learning opportunities to participate in. The 55 persons supported in this program also volunteer over 800 hours per month at local non-profit organizations.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

The case managers at Sheltered Living, Inc. help persons with intellectual disabilities and their families navigate the support system in Kansas.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Transportation is provided for all SLI clients for medical appointments, community events, shopping, church and social activities.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

SLI provides staff as an advocate when needed for a client when at a medical appointment or hospitalized.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation 1997

CARF 2000

CARF 2003

CARF 2006

CARF 2009

CARF 2012

CARF 2015

CARF 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2013

Chamber of Commerce 2014

Chamber of Commerce 2015

Chamber of Commerce 2016

Chamber of Commerce 2017

Chamber of Commerce 2018

Chamber of Commerce 2019

Chamber of Commerce 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

To accomplish the mission of SLI, the organization will:
• Offer guidance to clients in determining and following their chosen path in life
• Enhance clients’ individual capabilities and skills by offering life-long learning opportunities
• Engage clients, families, and guardians in developing plans and measuring accomplishments
• Promote clients’ rights through education and advocacy
• Promote inclusion in all aspects

Fundraising and Fund Development / Financial Strength and Stability:
A stable financial structure is critical to the successful implementation of the strategic plan. In light of federal legislation and increasing state accountability, oversight of our financial system and overall financial health drives our efforts to use dollars effectively and efficiently. This strategic area encompasses activities aimed at developing and maintaining resources to set the foundation for supporting and maintaining the services provided to our consumers while sustaining financial viability and health.

Client Services and Programming:
At the heart of our organization are the programs and services designed to address the needs of the clients, families, and the community we serve. To that end services must be periodically reviewed to determine efficacy and viability, community needs assessed and opportunities for new services identified. They must be aligned with our mission and vision.

Infrastructure and Organization Capacity:
Human resources and the basic facilities, technology based support, and homes of SLI form the foundation for this organization. Ensuring capacity in these arenas creates an enabling environment for service delivery and development. Resource development and periodic review of our human resources and basic facilities is vital in determining how and where improvements should be made.

Governance:
It is of primary importance that a governance plan demonstrates the respective roles board and staff play in governance of the organization. Leadership, management and delegation processes for board operations and staff operations must be able to respond to changing environments and changing conditions while maintaining focus on the mission and vision of the agency. The following goals are tailored to address the emergent issues of governance for SLI.

The strategic plan of the organization is the work of the Board of Directors, staff, and observation of community need, determining direction, ensuring resources and providing oversight of the work of SLI.

The strategic plan provides a "guiding influence" for the organization. The leadership component addresses where we go tomorrow; the delegation component addresses who is responsible; the management component addresses what is to be done, and the oversight and vigilance component assesses if it happened.

We have served our target population and the Topeka community since 1971 and will celebrate 50 years in 2021. We have continually received the highest level of CARF Accreditation and are currently in the process of renewing our accreditation in 2021.

SLI Board of Directors and Leadership Staff provide on-going reviews of the resources, data and information that are utilized in various plans and outcome measurement systems, as listed in the Indicators. These reviews continually indicate positive progress of the organization for our persons served.

Another indicator of the positive progress of the organization is the accreditation earned by CARF International. SLI has earned seven accreditations from CARF - each time earning the highest accreditation. In 2015, SLI was honored with their latest three-year accreditation from CARF. Once again, SLI puts itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during on an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: residential, community integration, medical support and advocacy, and targeted case management.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Outside contractor meets individually with clients and guardians.,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • 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?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SLI (Sheltered Living, Inc.)

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Russ Cobb

Evergy

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. David Heit

CIVIUM Architecture & Planning

Term: 2021 - 2024

Lisa Jackson

Abby Lear

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Ron Shelton

Retired, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Beth Simpson

Heartland Homecare Services

Jeanette Johnson

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

David Heit

CIVIUM Architecture & Planning

Phil Whalen

Capitol Federal Savings

Russ Cobb

Evergy

John Cassidy

Topeka Transit Authority

Traci Brown

TEB Consulting

TJ Lorson

Heartland Title Company

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/08/2021

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
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data