NOAHS ARK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA INC

Never, Never, Never Give Up!

aka Noah's Ark   |   Lakeland, FL   |  http://NoahsArkFlorida.Org

Mission

Noah's Ark is committed to empowering individuals who have developmental disabilities by advocating on their behalf and by providing or facilitating choice of meaningful employment, recreational and social opportunities and affordable housing of their choice.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Mrs Falon Alo

Main address

500 Inspiration Drive

Lakeland, FL 33805 USA

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Formerly known as

Vision 2000 of Polk County

EIN

59-3466684

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the beginning.......
In mid 1996, five families tried to envision what the future held for their intellectually and developmentally disabled children.
Where would they live?
Who would care for them?
Would the have friends?
Would they have a reasonable quality of life?

Thus the Noah's Ark began.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Villages at Noah's Landing

An affordable and accessible housing program for very low income individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Daily social, recreational and educational activities. Transportation into the greater community. Volunteer opportunities and advocacy for individuals and families seeking support services.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Villages at Noah's Landing

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

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Villages at Noah's Landing

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

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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.

Our quest for answers and our determination to find solutions has culminated in the construction of a number of supported living communities where residents enjoy and active lifestyle and develop the skills needed to insure independent living.

Independent Living, A place to belong........

Fun
Fellowship
Independence
Self-Worth

Mission: Noah's Ark is committed to empowering individuals who have developmental disabilities by advocating on their behalf and by providing or facilitating choices of meaningful employment, recreational and social opportunities and affordable housing in an inclusive community of their choice.

We have various fundraising projects like our Annual Golf Tournament with raised 40,000 in 2017.

Noah's Ark also has a brick campaign where members are selling engraved bricks to raise money. This will help with part of the 3 million dollars we still have to raise locally. We will be going into the community and asking for donations soon. We are waiting on our construction drawings and numbers to be finalized.

As for expanding this is a long term goal. This is something we haven't started to focus on. We need to fill our first phase before we think too far into expanding.

Last but not least, helping those individuals who are in need of more care. We have formed a group of parents who all feel that there child will need more care. We have asked them to meet and give us ideas as to how we can provide for there loved one and for the future developments of phase 2 and phase 3.

We have an Executive Director who is one of the original founding families and is appointed by the Governor of Florida Developmental Disability Council (FDDC) as a Parent Advocate. The FDCC is a federally funded organization whose mission is to promote innovative programs and practices designed to prevent developmental & intellectual disabilities and improve the quality of life of individuals with such disabilities and their families.

We formed partnership with the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland, which purchased and donated three residential lots to Noah's Ark. In collaboration with Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Paula Dockery and City of Lakeland, Noah's Ark was gifted 56 acres of residential development property on North Lakeland.
We were then awarded a commitment for a low-interest loan from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to partially fund and innovative, affordable, supportive-sousing demonstration program. The Board of Directors for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation recommended almost 14 million in funding for the development and construction of "The Villages" at Noah's Landing. We celebrated our Grand Opening of Phase One in May of 2017.
The Villages are an inclusive, pedestrian-oriented supportive housing community where residents with and without disabilities will have a place to truly belong. Our apartment styled homes are affordable to 132 residence with limited or fixed incomes.

The N.E.A.T. (Noah's Education, Arts, and Training) Center has an abundance of social, recreational and educational opportunities for our residents. We also have a dinning area, with an option to be service prepared meals. Residents also have the freedom to come and go with public transportation just a short stroll away.

We have reached full capacity and our looking towards starting Phase II.

Financials

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Operations

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

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NOAHS ARK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA INC

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Susan Harding

Harding Tax Services

Term: 2017 - 2020

Susan Harding

Harding Tax Services, CPA

Jim Maynard

Advantage Consumer Healthcare

Sandi Rothman

No Affiliation

John Flint

No Affiliation

Scott Gardner

Bank of Central Florida

Phil Gossen

Ruby Tuesday

Margaret McNutt

No Affiliation

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