Human Services

SHERWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES

Believing in Abilities

aka Sherwood

Lake Stevens, WA

Mission

Our mission is to provide innovative, inclusive services to children and adults with disabilities in their communities.

Ruling Year

1974

Executive Director

Lance Morehouse

Main Address

402 91st Ave Ne

Lake Stevens, WA 98258 USA

Keywords

Disablity Services

EIN

91-0762805

 Number

7505492827

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The annual report “The State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities," Washington ranked 45th in the nation in 'fiscal effort' for the developmentally disabled population. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) estimates 81,000 people in our state have a developmental disability and that “of those, 26,610 receive at least one state-paid service from DDA, while 14,126 people with a developmental disability are on a waiting list and receive no services".
More than 1,500 babies are born each year in Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties with some type of disability or delay. Today, only 60% of those born with a disability or delay receive early diagnosis and treatment.
Many employers are unaware of the contributions that people with disabilities can make to their companies. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 80%.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Early Intervention

Vocational Services

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Families,

People with disabilities

Related program

Early Intervention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Unduplicated number of infants and toddlers with diagnosed delay or disability receiving critical, life-changing therapies.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people,

People with disabilities

Related program

Vocational Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Unduplicated number of high school students and adults with a disability receiving employment supports.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Sherwood provides innovative and inclusive services for children and adults with disabilities in their communities. We continue to address challenges such as loneliness, isolation and low expectations that society has for people with disabilities. We take pride in serving all people with disabilities and their families, including individuals with significant disabilities, those in rural areas and non-native English speaking communities. We bring our mission to life through our Early Intervention and Vocational Services programs.

Through our programs we provide services to meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families in our community.

Early Intervention - therapy and education for infants and toddlers who have developmental disabilities or are diagnosed with a medical condition known to place a child at risk for developmental disabilities. Services are provided in the child's natural settings including the family home, daycare, or other community setting. We utilize a parent coaching model encouraging family involvement. Specialists meet with the family to assess the child's strengths and needs then work together to develop a plan to achieve the best outcome for the child. The ultimate goal is to help the child reach developmental milestones. All infants and toddlers who receive early intervention benefit greatly. In Washington State, 32% of children who received early intervention services enter the general education system instead of costly special education programs. Every child who avoids a special education program results in a total savings of $105,000 to taxpayers over their entire education.

Vocational Services - Sherwood assists adults with disabilities, including students graduating from high school who are seeking employment. We assist with the job search, find employers, assess and train adults, assist with transportation, and provide support for integration into the workplace. When Sherwood begins working with someone, we first assess his/her abilities and goals. Then we work with employers to create positions tailored to their unique abilities. Sherwood provides ongoing coaching to the employee and employer to ensure long-term success. Sherwood strives to not only place people in jobs, but to ensure they are in jobs they love. A job leads to increased economic independence, community integration and greater self-worth.

Sherwood was recognized by the community for our dedication to our clients as was named “Best Non-Profit" in Snohomish County by The Daily Herald. We lead through advocacy and community education and have increased the number of people receiving services by 25% over the last year. Through our three programs: Early Intervention (birth to 3) and Vocational Services (adults) in fiscal year 7/1/16-6/30/17, we served 1,117 people with disabilities.

Those we serve have specific disabilities or barriers to inclusion, they therefore have very individualized needs. We evaluate success by the number of individuals with disabilities we help, and the benefits their families experience by knowing their loved ones are building better more successful lives. Success in Early Intervention is measured by the number of children we serve each month; over 1/3 of those we serve exit services no longer needing special education and 99% of children receiving services make progress towards achieving their developmental milestones. In Vocational Services by the percentage of clients that are employed and are working at their full capacity as determined by their individual Developmental Disabilities Administration/ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation case file. Measurements across all services are tracked and reported to Sherwood's Board of Directors monthly.

Client services can be for short periods or stretch into years depending on the program, updates, and growth. People with developmental disabilities deserve an opportunity to realize their potential and be productive members of society. Sherwood is entering Year Two of a 5 Year Business Plan with goals to the number served in each service area by 2021; we are currently on track to meet the increasing needs of our community.

At Sherwood, success looks like:

Everlee an Early Intervention client who began services at 8 months old when her mother and doctor had concerns over her motor development. At 14 months Everlee began crawling, she can now walking and climb independently. During services delays in Everlee's speech were also identified and she began receiving speech therapy; at two and a half years old she continues to work hard and has acquired a vocabulary of nearly 30 words.

Mira, a Vocational Services client finding a job that allows her to do what she loves most: helping people. As a receptionist at a local college, she spends her day helping students navigate the online platform for classes and IT issues. More recently she has started to serve as resource to professors at the college needing assistance with making their instruction materials accessible – something she has first-hand experience with because she is blind. Mira uses a Braille Display to translate the writing on her laptop computer to braille and quickly zips through her work.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation

Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2017

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Financials

SHERWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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