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KAVOD SENIOR LIFE

aka Kavod Senior Life   |   Denver, CO   |  www.KavodSeniorLife.org

Mission

The mission of Kavod Senior Life is to provide life-enriching experiences to older adults through a broad range of housing and support services that reflect the spiritual, social and cultural values of Jewish tradition.

Notes from the nonprofit

Kavod Senior Life celebrated 50 years in 2021. It continues to engage in strategic planning to embark on its next steps of growth and leadership in the aging services industry.

Ruling year info

1981

President and CEO

Mr. Michael B. Klein

Main address

22 S. Adams Street

Denver, CO 80209 USA

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Formerly known as

ALLIED JEWISH APARTMENTS

EIN

84-0584939

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Nation Council on Aging, over 25 million Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure—living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($29,425 per year for a single person). These older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, and job loss. For older adults who are above the poverty level, one major adverse life event can change today’s realities into tomorrow’s troubles.

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?

Kavod on the Road

Kavod on the Road helps increase socio-emotional learning among older adults in the greater Metro Denver community by providing monthly trips and activities. The program reaches over 750 individuals every year.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

Our Health & Wellness Center was built in 2017 to serve both residents and community members with free preventative classes and health providers offering physical therapy, foot clinics, dental support, podiatry, mental health counseling and more.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

Kavod Senior Life provides 397 apartments to older adults age 62+ or individuals with qualifying mobility impairments. 370 units are Independent Living and subsidized by HUD. 27 units are Assisted Living, of which 13 accept Medicaid. This program is helping alleviate the housing crisis in Denver.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Extremely poor people
Low-income people
Immigrants
Retired people

Where we work

Awards

Health Equity Award 2019

LeadingAge - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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 clients served

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

Older adults, Seniors, Jewish people, Extremely poor people, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes individuals served on and off campus (Kavod Senior Life + Kavod on the Road)

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Older adults, Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants, Retired people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Individuals housed in Kavod's 397 apartments.

Number of homebuyers/tenants with low incomes receiving housing subsidies as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Seniors, Low-income people, Extremely poor people, Immigrants, Retired people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of filled apartments eligible for subsidies, equaling 100% occupancy.

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.

Kavod’s overall goal is to support residents and older adults with limited incomes in caring for themselves, obtaining the highest level of self-sufficiency and engaging fully in the community.

Kavod believes that by blending affordable housing, community enrichment programming, and improved health access, older adults are able to live longer and safer in their own homes.

Our objectives for reaching our goals of helping older adults obtain the highest level of health and self-sufficiency possible include:

1) Providing high-quality apartments that are clean, safe and up to date
2) Implementing comprehensive wraparound support services on campus to help seniors thrive. These services include:
- An on-site Health & Wellness Center
- A full activity calendar (50 activities/month)
- Four full-time social workers
- Two vans for event transportation
- A nutritious dining program
- Resident-led programs such as a free loan fund and food pantry

3) Leading life enrichment activities outside the Kavod walls to help increase the socialization of older adults in the greater community
4) Partnering with other like- minded organizations and agencies to best leverage services and strengths
5) Hiring and maintaining staff who are passionate about Kavod's mission, residents and values

Kavod is uniquely qualified to meet its goals of taking care of the housing health and well-being of marginalized seniors in Denver.
- The organization opened its doors in 1971, 50 years of working with low-income, older adults
- Through a 3-year grant from the Rose Community Foundation, Kavod has become a data-driven organization, using resident feedback and other data points to analyze and measure success
- Kavod's President/CEO, MIchael Klein (MBA), has over 30 years of experience managing senior long term care organizations
- Our full time Care Coordinators (or social workers) have many years experience working with Kavod residents
- Kavod is financially secure with over $1 million of foundation obtained in the past three years for ongoing programs
- Kavod's board of directors come from a variety of disciplines that comprise a high-quality, well-rounded leadership team

Kavod continues to deliver on its strategic goals by making significant campus upgrades, reviving our outreach programming after COVID, delivering more health services to residents and developing partnerships to provide a deeper impact in the community.

Future ideas for growth and service to older adults may include:
• Layering services on to our current outreach program
• Extending our successful on-campus health support services into the community
• Adding a specific home health provider to our campus

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?

    Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) serves low-income, older adults age 62+ with housing and support services. We impact over 400 individuals on campus each year in 397 apartments. The average age on campus is 78 and the average income is $13,000. We also reach out to older individuals living off campus who are not income limited with social engagement programs to help increase mental stimulation and decrease social isolation. We have around 900 older individuals participating in this outreach programming.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, 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?

    Starting in June of 2020, Kavod converted our outreach programs to a virtual format. This change was made to accommodate best practices in our state and county regarding COVID-19 prevention. We began to see participation numbers drop in late summer of 2021. We sent out a survey to constituents asking their preference for in-person or virtual programs, their preference for safety restriction levels, their tolerance for group size, and similar questions. We had a wonderful response and learned that most individuals desired to meet in person as long as vaccinations and masks were required. As such, beginning in October 2021, we moved our programs back in person with strict safety protocols in place. As a result, our participation numbers have increased.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    Since Kavod's establishment in 1971, residents have always played a key role in deciding which services or programs are brought to campus. In addition to our robust surveys, we have a resident who serves on our board of directors to ensure our residents have a leadership role. Our Resident and Community Services committee is made up of a cross-section of board members, community members and residents. This committee reviews reports on campus happenings and makes recommendations to the board in moving forward with decisions. It is our overall goal to empower our residents to be leaders and self-advocates who are able to make this community (which serves as their home and neighborhood) as they wish it to be.

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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KAVOD SENIOR LIFE

Board of directors
as of 11/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Molly Zwerdlinger

Legal/Attorney

Term: 2023 - 2022

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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