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Special Kids Special Families

To promote, strengthen & support individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers

aka Zach's Place   |   Colorado Springs, CO   |  http://www.sksfcolorado.org

Mission

Promote, strengthen, and support individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Our purpose is to provide support services to families who have a family member with a disability in a manner that provides opportunity to those in need with limited resources.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Kevin Porter

Main address

1915 Aerotech Drive Suite 100

Colorado Springs, CO 80916 USA

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EIN

84-1476535

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Expanding the client numbers across all programs including Zach's Place, Adult Services, Host Home, Foster Care and Behavioral Health. By analyzing costs, increasing staff, converting to new tech platforms and rethinking volunteer services, SKSF's strategic plan is in motion in 2024!

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?

Zach's Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center

Zach's Place is the only licensed childcare center in the Front Range and Pikes Peak area that provides child care, respite care, skills training and community participation for children with disabilities ages 2-18. It is a LIFELINE for families raising children with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Adult Service programs are supporting adults with developmental disabilities age 18 & beyond. We provide center and community based activities to help support life skills, socialization, hobbies and interests.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

This program provides care for special needs youth in the community. Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption provides services to youth who are part of the child welfare system who may have been abused or neglected; who may have multiple placements, mental health problems (i.e. bi-bolar, ADHD, etc..), or have severe developmental disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

We are happy to announce that in 2019, we have been approved to offer Behavioral Health Services through the RAE (Regional Accountable Entities). We offer counseling and specialized therapy to change behaviors, thoughts, emotions and how people see and understand situations. Our behavioral health team will consider your physical, behavioral and emotional aspects of your health and help determine a course of action that is best for you.

Age specific therapy and evaluation is applied to patients. We offer this service to ages 4 through adulthood. In addition, we service various counties via TELEHEALTH. Please contact us for detailed information.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships

SKSF Residential Services and Host Home Program differs from others in the sense that we create a family like atmosphere with strong customer support. We are willing to go the extra mile and take additional steps to ensure quality care supporting adults with developmental disabilities and special needs in a home like setting.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

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.

Special Kids Special Families vision is to give people in need the resources, compassion and freedom to achieve the life that everyone deserves. Through our programming we offer center based and community based programs that cater to the lifestyles of every individual helping them meet their goals. By increasing services across all programs, SKSF aims to accomplish serving more individuals and families that need and require our services.

Our strategies are to provide various programs for our clients and families and find out the best way to meet their needs in order to achieve maximum community integration and independence throughout their life. By offering these various center based and community based programs, and using mentorship, flexibility, and understanding of family and home care provider concerns, we can incorporate the individuals goals, interests, and skills to promote individuals to live full independent and productive lives. We plan on analyzing costs, increasing staff, converting to new tech platforms and rethinking our volunteer services to maximize our client base.

By hiring skilled staff and mentors who work with our clients, some on an individual basis, we can meet the needs to the families and caregivers who need support and respite. They feel reassured that they can leave their loved one with a staff member to be cared for in an environment that promotes learning and skill building. We also have full time nursing staff at all of our program locations to meet the fragile needs of our clients.

In our Host Home Residential program, we have experienced continued growth of the numbers of clients we serve which has allowed us to expand our staff to continue to offer our providers and clients a strong level of support services. We offer 24 hour crisis intervention trainings, respite services, representative payee services, and oversight of the progression of clients life goals and objectives.

SKSF Foster Care placement program has grown significantly. We've hired more staff to cover more families in need and have obtain our Therapeutic license to care for children with higher levels of need.

The Adult Day Services program continues to engage in the community by expanding their volunteer opportunities to more organizations like helping during lunch time at the Classical Academy School, upkeep of Nancy Lewis Park, hanging clothes at the Rescue Mission. We are now servicing more clients due to our Transportation services expanding to more areas in the CO Springs region. Picking up clients with our new accessible busses allows us to serve more individuals in need & offering them this free service is included.

After COVID, Zach's Place client numbers have decreased. We are aiming to increase our client based by participating in the state Pre-K program and bring in more "normalized" kiddos for better integration. We've expanded our program to include smaller toddlers and accept ages as low as age 2 1/2 now. We've added an Center Manager position to expand program curriculum and activities.

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.
  • 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

  • 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for 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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Special Kids Special Families

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Frasier

Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust

Term: 2019 - 2025

Ben Burlinson

Foster Parent

Dr. Blake Graham

Army MD at Fort Carson

Toni Major

Account Manager at Leavitt Group of Colorado

Katie Monson

Speech-Language Pathologist at Kids Care Home Health

David Thorsby

Bank of the San Juans

Kate Singh

4thJudicial District Attorney's Office

Amber Osika

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.