Human Services

Wayfinder Family Services

aka Junior Blind   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.wayfinderfamily.org

Mission

Wayfinder’s mission is to ensure that children, youth and adults facing challenges always have a place to turn. Founded in 1953 as the Foundation for the Junior Blind, we initially enabled blind and visually impaired children to lead fuller, more independent lives. Today, Wayfinder is a human services agency with expertise in child welfare, vision impairment and multiple disabilities. Across our programs, Wayfinder strives to achieve equity for all our clients, most of whom are low-income people of color. We serve 20,200 children, youth, adults and family members annually. Our name became Wayfinder Family Services in January 2018.

Notes from the nonprofit

As a member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Wayfinder works to achieve a healthy, equitable society in which every child and adult can reach their full potential. Wayfinder assists two groups of people who confront the some of the toughest challenges: children and adults with visual impairment or multiple disabilities, and children in the child welfare system. Our clients face daunting barriers to health and well-being, economic opportunity, education, and safety and security. All of our programs are offered at no charge to our families. This is critical since nearly 92% of those we serve are low-income. We are proud to say that 84 cents of every dollar supports direct services for our students.

Ruling year info

1954

President and CEO

Ms. Miki Jordan

Main address

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90043 USA

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Formerly known as

Foundation for the Junior Blind

EIN

95-1977659

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Foster Care (P32)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Vision: An equitable world in which every child and family has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our Values: Inclusive We honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We strive to create a culture in which everyone is accepted and encouraged to fully participate. Empathetic We seek to develop a deeper understanding of our children and families. We work to embed empathy into our decision-making, interactions, and actions. Collaborative We can’t do it alone and we must do it together. We work in partnership to address the holistic needs of children and families. Whatever it takes We never give up. We will always be there for our children and their families. Innovative We are agile and forward-thinking. We continually seek out better ways to help children and families thrive. Driven We take every opportunity to move forward in our strategic direction and to create meaningful change.

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?

Early Intervention Program and Blind Babies Foundation

The Early Intervention Program and Blind Babies Foundation provide in-home early intervention to children from birth to age 6 with vision impairment or multiple disabilities. Early Intervention assists children and families in Southern California, while Blind Babies serves Central and Northern California. Young children maximize any vision they have and reduce developmental delays. Parents learn to provide their child with therapeutic stimulation and to advocate for their child’s education and care.

Population(s) Served
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
People with vision impairments

A certified, non-public school for students age 3 to 21 who have visual impairments and other disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
K-12 (5-19 years)

Our Recreation Services include our Camp Bloomfield and our Visions: Adventures in Learning Program, all which offer blind, visually impaired and multi-disabled children and teens the chance to build confidence and independence through adapted recreational activities.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
K-12 (5-19 years)

Teens and young adults who are blind or visually impaired explore career options and successfully transition to independent living, college or the workforce in Wayfinder’s youth transition program. Through community-based workshops and summer programs, participants get hands-on experience, preparation and support to achieve their individual goals. Workshops are offered throughout California.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
People with vision impairments

The Davidson Program for Independence on Wayfinder’s Los Angeles campus and the Hatlen Center for the Blind in San Pablo in Northern California are comprehensive residential rehabilitation programs for adults ages 18 and older who are blind or visually impaired, many with recent vision loss. Participants learn assistive technology, orientation and mobility (white cane and safe travel), Braille, and independent living skills. Each client pursues individualized goals that lead to a confident transition to an independent life and education or employment.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Aging, elderly, senior citizens

In 2013, Wayfinder opened six group homes to serve children and adults with vision loss and additional disabilities. In warm, nurturing single-family home settings, up to six residents are given the support and care they need to live their fullest lives possible.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Wayfinder's Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program provides a highly structured, residential program on our campus for traumatized foster youth with acute mental health and behavioral issues. In a nurturing, therapeutic setting, STRTP offers youth intensive, individualized mental health and nursing services so they can overcome challenges and reunite with family, move to a foster home or live independently.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Males

Our Foster Care and Adoption program matches children and youth who have been displaced from their homes due to abuse or neglect with families that can provide safe, caring homes. Our adoption services find loving, lifelong families for children in the child welfare system. Therapeutic, supportive services from Wayfinder ensure that children reach their greatest potential in safe, nurturing foster and permanent homes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
At-risk youth

Children who have been removed from their families because of maltreatment or disruption find safe, temporary shelter at The Cottage at Wayfinder Family Services. This transitional shelter care program nurtures and stabilizes children in short-term emergency placements. Working hand-in-hand with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, our services ease trauma for children and families. Our 24-hour nursing services and experienced team of professionals care for displaced children with medical challenges.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

As of July 1, Lilliput Families is part of Wayfinder Family Services. Located in Sacramento County, Lilliput is recognized locally and throughout the state for its high-quality delivery of timely permanency services—reunification, kinship care, guardianship and adoption—for children in the child welfare system. The merger of Lilliput with Wayfinder unites two organizations committed to the highest quality in child welfare programs. Together, we will build healthier families and find loving homes for children across California. With this merger, Wayfinder will be one of the largest nonprofit providers of foster and adoption services in the state. We will also continue to be one of the largest blindness nonprofits in the nation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2014

Awards

4 star rating 2016

Charity Navigator

Wise Giving Alliance Member 2016

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit 2016

Great Nonprofits

Best in America Seal of Approval 2019

America's Best Charities

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Wayfinder’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan serves as a roadmap for what lies ahead for Wayfinder over the next three years. Executing on Mission Build out the continuum of supports for the populations we serve. Advancing Equity Integrate the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization. Measuring that Matters Grow and sustain our capacity to use information to improve outcomes. Investing in Capacity Enhance the operating systems and functions that support high performance.

Executing on Mission strategies: 1. Expand mental health services. 2. Grow foster care and adoption services, including transition age youth services and supports for specialty populations. 3. Continue to expand youth transition services for those with vision loss and developmental disabilities. 4. Develop preventative services to address the social determinants of health. 5. Integrate select programs and services with managed care. Advancing Equity strategies: 1. Leverage our expertise and brand to advocate for changes to the systems and policies that impact children and families. 2. Work in partnership to achieve sustained improvements in the neighborhoods we serve. 3. Ensure that staff from underrepresented groups have access to growth and leadership opportunities. 4. Incorporate client and family voice in treatment planning, service design and organizational goal-setting. 5. Recruit new board members consistent with the principles of equity and diversity. Measuring that Matters strategies: 1. Improve performance measurement at all levels to better link efforts and outcomes. 2. Use internal and external data for continuous quality improvement. 3. Incorporate client voice in treatment planning, service design, and organizational goal-setting. Investing in Capacity strategies: 1. Further build the skills and leadership of staff. 2. Fully utilize, integrate and where possible, streamline existing data systems. 3. Raise the visibility of and establish Wayfinder as a “charity of choice” for individual and institutional donors. 4. Modernize and improve our spaces for the benefits of clients and staff.

Wayfinder Family Services is a one-of-a-kind agency, providing unique services to a niche population. The distinctive competency that surfaces to the top is Wayfinder's ability to serve unmet needs in a fragmented industry where it is often difficult for students to: (1) get referred or (2) access services due to governmental issues as well as distance. Wayfinder enjoys a unique market position. It need not aggressively compete for referrals as the agency's programs and services are non-duplicative.

All of Wayfinder’s work is in service of improving the social determinants of health for our clients and families, with a focus on health and well-being, economic opportunity, educational success and safety and security. Below are some of the measures we will use to track our progress: 1. Clients achieve their individual treatment goals. 2. Clients improve their day-to-day functioning. 3. Child welfare clients successfully transition to a lower level of service, back to family, to an adoptive family, or to a transition program. 4. Clients with vision loss or disabilities successfully transition to school, employment or an independent living situation. 5. Overall client satisfaction rate is high.

We are on track to meet the goals outlined in our 2019-22 Strategic Plan and measure specific outcome criteria on a quarterly basis, reporting them to our Board of Directors annually.

Financials

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Wayfinder Family Services

Board of directors
as of 9/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elworth A. E. (Brent) Williams, Jr.

City National Bank

Term: 2012 -

Harold Davidson

Harold Davidson & Associates, Inc.

Scott Farkas

Alperstein, Simon, Farkas, Gillin & Scott, LLP

Timothy Ford

Retired Attorney

Robert Held

Held Properties, Inc.

Miki Jordan

Wayfinder Family Services

Richard Kaplan

QBI, Inc.

Jonathan Macy

Macy Eye Center

Brent Williams

City National Bank

Stevie Wonder

Singer/Songwriter

Linda Dean

Wine Warehouse

Steve Hernandez

DLA Piper LLP

Glenn Sonnenberg

LaSalle Mortgage Real Estate Investors

Erica Fernandez

Wells Fargo Bank

John Nicolaus

Wood Rodgers, Inc.

David Wraa

Bender Rosenthal, Inc.

Keywords

blind, visually impaired, vision impairment, multi-disabled, multiple disabilities, special needs, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, seizure disorder, developmental delay, mental retardation, foster youth, adoption, child welfare