Our City Beautiful, Inc.

Philippians 2:2

Lake Monroe, FL   |  Our-City-Beautiful.com

Mission

Our City Beautiful is on a Mission to bridge the gap in affordable housing for individuals with Intellectual and Physical disabilities. HOLLAND, is a tiny home living community for individuals to learn the value of living an independent lifestyle, being an active citizen in their community, and one day, if they are ready, living with 100% independency in a fully inclusive environment.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Hope Chinchak

Main address

PO Box 470743

Lake Monroe, FL 32747 USA

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EIN

83-4158158

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our City Beautiful was founded after the Chinchak family realized they did not have back up caretakers for their children with disabilities if something were to happen to them. This can be a common problem for many families who expect to care for a child or family member with a disability for the majority of their life. Caretaking duties may range from daily essential needs such as dressing, eating, and bathing to shopping at the grocery store and transportation. If the primary caretakers are unable to assist and there are no other family members to help, this can create a serious problem for the individual in ensuring they get their daily needs met. In addition, Our City Beautiful is addressing the stressors and lack of support that many families with a disabled individual experience. Families who are caring for individuals or children with disabilities often do not find time for their own respite and care. This can place a strain not only on the caretaker but ultimately the entire

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?

HOLLAND

In order to ensure the community of disabled persons in Seminole County are taken care of no matter the situation for their families’, we are working to create a fully independent long term housing and community solution. HOLLAND will start with 12-15 tiny homes fully equipped to meet the needs of special needs individuals. HOLLAND can be utilized as a stepping stone to living independently in a fully inclusive environment, or can be a lifelong home for the resident. The neighborhood will also have a community center for group activities and entertainment, essential services such as laundry facilities, and offices for staff who will provide on-site support for the entire community. The on-site support will consist of a trained employee that will be ready for any type of emergency that could arise. Through the village, our Neighbors (community residents), will be able to request transportation to/from anything they would like to do. Transportation services can often be hard to come by as an adult and at the times they desire. This is the all encompassing solution for our persons with disabilities in Seminole County to achieve full independence from their families and to live a life empowered and in community with others.

Population(s) Served

With a goal of alleviating stress from families with special needs individuals in Seminole County, we have been providing meals monthly. Families can submit their information on the Our City Beautiful website and be included in the program. This program has widely been publicized through word of mouth, but with sufficient funds we plan to expand our message and number of meals served through Seminole County. We have started with providing two meals a month to two families, but the goal is to build a rotating list of families to serve and receive supper, while building relationships with fellow families. Our City Beautiful provides grocery store gift cards to the volunteers who prepare the meal, so families can use fresh and nutritional ingredients as well as the proper tools needed to pack the meals. Our hope is that as this program grows it will create significant moments of rest for our Seminole County families.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with disabilities
Family relationships

The WORLD CHANGER scholarship, released in May 2021, is designated for adults 18+ who have Down syndrome, and reside in the state of Florida. This scholarship can be utilized for universities, certificate programs, vocational school and more.

Please visit our-city-beautiful.com/world-changer-scholarship for additional details.

Population(s) Served

Chatter & Chow is a bi-annually meet for Self-Advocates and Parents/Guardians, to come together for workshops and lunch. The workshops cover topics that are a benefit or learning tool for advocates. Such topics include Social Security, ABLE United savings plans, educational tools and general information about Our City Beautiful.

Population(s) Served
Health
Age groups
Health
Age groups

Where we work

Accreditations

Florida Partners in Policymaking 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of media partnerships developed

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

Health

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of policymakers or candidates reached

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

Age groups, Health

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Facebook followers are currently at 1,500.

Number of volunteers

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

Family relationships

Related Program

THE SUPPER CLUB

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

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

Family relationships, Health

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

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

Health, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families served

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

Family relationships, Health

Related Program

THE SUPPER CLUB

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

THE SUPPER CLUB was implemented in June 2020 and is successfully running throughout 2021.

Total number of exhibitions

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Health

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric refers to our program, down with heART. An in person art exhibit with creations made by people with varying disabilities.

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 City Beautiful’s vision statement is to serve as a catalyst for social change by showing an example to our peers of love, acceptance, inclusion and comradery. We believe all people deserve to be an intricate part of their community. Through our on-going programs that serve families and individuals with disabilities, we are creating opportunities for everyone to be part of the Seminole County community, no matter their ability. And through a thriving neighborhood like HOLLAND, our organization will empower individuals to not only be part of the community but also to contribute in significant and meaningful ways.

Our City Beautiful aims to raise $1 million for the construction of the HOLLAND neighborhood. So far, we have raised $10,100. Once we raise $125,000, Phase I will commence with purchasing the land. Phase II ($500,000), and Phase III (an additional $375,000), incorporate the construction of the houses and community center. Lastly, once the community has been created, we will fund the operations of the community and all staff that will provide 24/7 support. The goal of the community itself is to empower individuals to become 100% independent and to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all members to thrive. This goal is embedded within all our activities -- to support families as they empower their family members and to create an inclusive and empowering community that will encourage individuals with disabilities.

As Parents to children with Down Syndrome we are well aware of the capabilities of individuals with Special Abilities.

Perseverance, Dedication and endless hours of work will make this Goal a reality.

- Implementation of numerous programs that support individuals with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities and their families.
-The organization and implementation of CHATTER&CHOW, a quarterly workshop designed to educate self advocates and parents on various topics.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our mission is to serve individuals with Down syndrome and various other individuals with moderate disabilities. Our Mission is to build a tiny home community designed to support independent living for those with various needs.

  • 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 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 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?

    Recently, we have decided to update our social media calendar to better represent our upcoming events.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We believe our relationship has always been strong with the people we represent. We are working harder to reach out and communicate on a more personal level with our potential families we serve.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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,

  • 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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Our City Beautiful, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hope Chinchak

Joseph Chinchak

Katherine Dilley

Erin Ballard

Betzaida Martinez-Fotenot

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/06/2021

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability