FUTURES EXPLORED INC

Empowering individuals to live fully included lives in the World.

aka Vocational Training & Employment   |   Concord, CA   |  www.futures-explored.org

Mission

THE PURPOSE OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO SUPPORT THE ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES TO REACH THEIR OPTIMAL LEVEL OF INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL BY DELIVERING A BROAD RANGE OF RESOURCES AND ONGOING GUIDANCE

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Karen Smith

Main address

2150 John Glenn Drive Suite 300

Concord, CA 94520 USA

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EIN

94-1567161

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Working to ensure that all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live included lives in communities of their choosing.

Our programs

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

ALIVE

(Actively Living and Involved in a Variety of Endeavors) – Provides supports to meet the desires of the various participants, as they attend college, work in the community, participate in community outings and activities and work.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

(Growing Adapting Relaxing Doing Enjoying Naturally) – Our Antioch and Brentwood locations provide services and supports to individuals with significant physical and cognitive disabilities, who frequently also require some support for Restricted Health Care Conditions. They are active in choosing their activities for each day.

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

Provides supports and opportunities for individuals to be active in their community, by being community volunteers, working on employability skills and gaining employment experience. The supports can be customized to meet the individual support needs and outcomes desired.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

provides the supports to help individuals find, secure and maintain jobs in the community, whether it is with on-demand support (a Job Coach with a small group of individuals) or intermittent support for someone working independently at community employer, the focus is helping individuals become more financially independent thru work.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Educational Services: These are services that support individuals interested in pursuing a Post-Secondary education experience, whether it is full-time support thru our CCTP (Community College Transition Program) or more individualized support thru our Educational Tailored Day Services. The goal is to support the educational outcomes of the individuals we support. In partnership with San Juan Unified, we offer Project SEARCH, a yearlong internship program at the Morse Avenue Kaiser Hospitial.

Employment Services: Provides the supports to help individuals find, secure and maintain jobs in the community, whether it is with on-demand support (a Job Coach with a small group of individuals) or intermittent support for someone working independently at community employer, the focus is helping individuals become more financially independent thru work. We partner with several State and UC agencies to provide employability opportunities while providing a service to the State. Our Employment Tailored Day Services has really helped individuals to explore and discover what are their employment strengths and types of jobs they want to pursue and supports successful placements.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Provides supports to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities social needs, including an Inclusion Film Camp every summer for youth 10 to 22 years of age

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

The Practical Film and Media Workshop is an upto 2 year program that uses film and media as a means to teach vocational, employability and social skills. It promotes independence and growth as individuals work as a team on a film crew to write, produce, direct, shoot and edit films.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Social Ventures: Futures Explored demonstrates the value of individuals with developmental disabilities as an employer, with 5 % of our workforce being individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as using Social Ventures as the living classroom to teach employability skills and provide entry level employment experience.

Futures Films – Is a full service Media Production company that employs students and graduates from our Film and Media Workshop to produce videos for community clients.

Artist’s Den – Is a working Art studio and Gallery located in Concord, as both a place to learn new art skills as well as develop as a part of the broader art community.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Futures Explored continues to evolve by continually evaluating where we are in achieving our overall goal of building inclusive for all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goals for this year are:
- To support our participants in the community we need to reduce our Direct Service Professional vacancies.
- To increase the number of Community Engagement activities to build community awareness and acceptance.
- To expand the knowledge and skills of our Direct Service Professional to focus on the supporting each Person's Center Plan.
- To improve our communication and information sharing systems to improve delivery of supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Futures has been in our communities for our fifty years and have striven to help demonstrate the value and contributions of those we support. We use a variety of strategies to support:
- Individual Advocacy
- Community engagement thru supporting our folks as volunteers, employee's and community members.
- Continual education and training of our staff to help them understand their role in supporting the building of inclusive communities.

Futures has a strong and experienced management team that is in a continual learning process. The building of inclusive communities requires flexibility, creativity and commitment and more importantly leadership. Futures has been known to be a leader in creating change in the I/DD field over the last twenty years. We have a series of grants thru the Thomas Long Foundation to build our capabilities in the area of Person-Centered supports and community engagement.

We have finished the initial round of training and education on the theories of Person Centered Planning and are working to implement the training with individuals who have been typically left out of planning and self-direction due to communication challenges. We have continued to expand our supports to build additional community contacts, volunteer opportunities and employment options.
We are working with the Workforce Board on a Disability Employment Accelerator grant to continue to support employment opportunities.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FUTURES EXPLORED INC

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carolyn Zalewski

Ray Fortney

Retired

Board leadership practices

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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