SUNFLOWER HILL

Pleasanton, CA   |  https://sunflowerhill.org/

Mission

Sunflower Hill is a registered 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to creating places and spaces where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live, work, learn, and thrive as part of the greater community. Our organization co-develops affordable residential communities and creates programs and activities for people with I/DD that support independence and interdependence.

Ruling year info

2014

President, Board of Directors

Kathryn Layman

Main address

PO Box 11436

Pleasanton, CA 94588 USA

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EIN

80-0897595

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Residential Community: Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch

Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch is a residential community providing affordable, independent housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a welcoming and supportive community.

Completed in September 2020, Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch was co-developed with Satellite Affordable Housing Associated (SAHA). Sunflower Hill offers a wide range of community building and life-enhancing programs and activities, while SAHA provides property management services, service coordination (such as referrals and assessment of resident service needs), to ensure that residents receive the direct supports they need to live independently and to thrive.

Irby Ranch is a 1.64-acre innovative, GreenPoint Rated Gold residential community offering 30 one and two-bedroom affordable and independent living units. The community at Irby Ranch offers inspiring programs and activities to ensure a full and meaningful life for its residents. Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch is not a licensed facility, or assisted living, but rather independent living.

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

As an instructional outdoor space, the Sunflower Hill Garden is a medium for educational, therapeutic, and life skills training; offering adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to thrive.

Our multi-disciplinary programs and activities are designed for adults with special needs (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, and other chromosomal differences). Led by our knowledgeable and dedicated Garden staff, the curriculum is specially designed to offer unique experiences for individuals of all abilities.

The Sunflower Hill Garden produces thousands of pounds of fresh, organic produce each year, which is planted and harvested by our program participants. Over 70% of our produce is donated to local nonprofits. The remainder is donated to our program participants and volunteers as well as sold at our Harvest Stand.

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

Sunflower Hill offers virtual programs providing person-centered curriculum for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Below are the non-residential programs we offer:

Cooking Classes with Teacher Abby: Interactive, live, virtual classes that build independent living skills through cooking discussions, teacher demonstrations, and group activities.

Popcorn Chats: Interactive, live, virtual classes where participants engage in activities to build community and friendship, experience supported leadership, and learn the tools necessary to enjoy their own virtual, social independence.

Online Activities: Free activity videos created specifically for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Videos include yoga and movement, cooking, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and skills challenge activities.

For information on our virtual programs, visit https://sunflowerhill.org/

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

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.

Hours of programing delivered

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Sunflower Hill Virtual Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of housing units built

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Residential Community: Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch

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.

Sunflower Hill creates places and spaces where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live, work, learn, and thrive. Our organization co-develops affordable, independent-living residential communities and creates life skills and enrichment programs for adults with I/DD.

Sunflower Hill partners with leading organizations in the affordable housing sector to create housing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our first community, Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch, is located in Pleasanton, CA and opened in 2020. Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch offers both in-person and virtual programs and activities for residents.

Our organization also announced co-partnerships for new residential communities in Lafayette, California and Dublin, California.

Sunflower Hill also offers life skills and enrichment programs at the Sunflower Hill Garden in Livermore, CA, as well as several virtual programs, including cooking classes, social engagement classes, and free activities designed for adults with I/DD.

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?

    Sunflower Hill supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently updated our monthly residential programs to be more in-line with resident feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SUNFLOWER HILL

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathryn Layman

President, Board of Directors

Term: 2019 -

Debi Zentner

Anne Roby

Amy Bona

Kimberley McFadden

Karen Dito

Herb Ritter

Ricky Walters

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • 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.