Submission #21

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Acknowledgement

Mary Wisdom-Dittmeier

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Part I: Agency Profile

Tue, 03/12/2019
Faith 7 Activity Center, Adult Special Needs Workshop
Carol Jones
PO BOX 3907
Shawnee, OK 74802
4052754223
4052732994
Faith 7 Activity Center was established in 1957 as part of the Shawnee Public Schools. In 1963 Faith 7 separated from the school system and was established as a sheltered workshop for adults with disabilities. We are named after the NASA spacecraft, Faith, which Gordon Cooper astronaut, native of Shawnee, piloted. Today we have a work force of 26 disabled employees.
Our Goals are:
to improve vocational skills,
to engage in social interaction and learning by discovery,
to support community inclusion whenever possible
to foster independence and provide a SAFE nurturing environment
to provide clients with a sense of accomplishment and pride as well as allowing them to earn a paycheck
We are a nonprofit organization in the Shawnee Community. We are 100% a recycling facility in that are clients, shred and bale confidential paper products, tear paper, old books, magazines, and we bale cardboard, also to include aluminum can recycling.

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Garage and yard sale
Basketball fundraiser, Faith 7 Bowl
Fins and Pins Bowling

Faith 7, much like United Way’s mission, to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community, we focus on improving independent life styles and ensuring active lives for special needs seniors, as well as education and financial stability for any adult intellectually impaired person in the local community. We reach clients in Seminole, Shawnee, Tecumseh and Harrah, Oklahoma.
Faith 7 is a non-profit agency that improves lives in the community. We render a valid human service program which meet a genuine community need. Being a partner agency with United Way is an outstanding way to further provide such a need to the local community, alongside an outstanding organization such as United Way!

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Faith 7 Activity Center Renovations Plan
Program Information
  • Independent & Active Seniors
  • Healthy Community
Faith 7, non-profit, Adult Special Needs Workshop, is currently in the process of renovations and upgrades for the inside of the building. In order to provide a quality atmosphere, pleasant comforting environment, and improve overall working conditions for staff and clients, we are painting walls, painting concrete floors, expanding with an opening to an existing wall, cleaning out old items and hoping to redo the office and hall way floors.
As you can only imagine renovations are costly. We have utilized positive support from the local community such as Shawnee Chapter of Knights of Columbus who graciously painted two rooms, with donated paint from local Sherman Williams Paint store. The OBU football team has committed to painting the concrete workshop floor with donated materials and paint from Shawnee Lowes store.
We have a contracted builder who has donated materials, only charging Faith 7 for labor, for an opening to a current inside wall, thus making the workshop capable of utilizing two rooms at the same time. Clients can access and use both rooms, with the safety and insurance that staff are within ear shot and have visual ability. Please note the attached bill for the opening, and note that materials have been donated.
Slippery old tile floors are Faith 7’s next major target area and reason for requesting assistance from United Way. The cost incurred exceeds the budget for Faith 7 at this time, however, this final improvement will put the finishing touches on our much-needed interior improvements.
Today we have a work force of 26 disabled employees.
Our Goals are:
to improve vocational skills,
to engage in social interaction and learning by discovery,
to support community inclusion whenever possible
to foster independence and provide a SAFE nurturing environment
to provide clients with a sense of accomplishment and pride as well as allowing them to earn a paycheck
We are a nonprofit organization in the Shawnee Community. We are 100% a recycling facility in that our clients, shred and bale confidential paper products, tear paper, old books, magazines, and we bale cardboard, also to include aluminum can recycling.
Clients are trained on specific skills and offered a variety of opportunities to learn new skills. The philosophy is that each client should be provided their own individualized work goals and staff assist the clients to reach their skill potentials.
Faith 7 provides time tests on each skill activity in order to find the average time and adjust pay accordingly. Clients are allowed multiply opportunities to improve, try new work activities, and participate in their own capacity.

Today we have a work force of 26 disabled adult employees, to include a senior population with special needs. These clients are all offered appropriate work thus meeting their own skill levels. Each and every client and staff will benefit from the improvements to our facility. Faith 7 intends to continue to provide a "need" within the community.
Faith 7, Adult Workshop is open to any and all adults with special needs in the surrounding area who would like to learn new skills, participate in social activities, and earn a paycheck, under supervised trained staff.
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2018 Client Breakdown
Please enter the number of clients served in each city over the past funding year.
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Faith 7 cooperates with local schools to ensure special needs students, once they age-out of high school, can consider possible employment with Faith 7. We currently offer a Facebook page. We are in close contact with Shawnee News Star in order to provide the community with current events and activities. Several articles have been published recently in the Shawnee News Star. The Shawnee Outlook Magazine will be featuring Faith 7 in the next issue.
We do not "partner" with any agencies, however, we do participate with other organizations and hope to understand partnering further, learning if we can indeed partner with another agency in the future .
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Program Outcome Explanation
Please provide clear information on this programs specific goals for 2019. Please provide information about the program you are seeking funding for rather than the entire agency.
Specific goals for Faith 7 renovation program for 2019 include but not limited to:
1) Strive to improve the quality of the facility and the overall atmosphere by making facility improvements (painting walls, painting the concrete floor, replacing/covering old tile floors, acquiring new furniture such as workshop tables, desks and chairs).
2) Improve proficiency and productivity of the workshop inside the main workshop and in the back cardboard, sorting area by maintain and improving equipment, for example the can crusher is in need to repair, we also need a loading ramp for the forklift to access inside the large semi-truck trailers. We have plans, once funded, to place trash bins at all the schools, they will place paper for us to pick up and recycle as appropriate.
3) We have a goal to increase social interactive activities for our clients (start a weekly bingo, have monthly BD socials, have a quarterly dance, continue to include more clients in after work bowling, attend community activities, continue to attend Special Olympic events in Oklahoma).

Over the past three years, the facility improvement program has not been active; however, with new staff and desired outcomes, Faith 7 plans to increase clientele, improve working conditions, provide more social opportunities for interaction and foster independence.
Faith 7, is currently in the process of renovations and upgrades for the inside of the building. In order to provide a quality atmosphere, pleasant comforting environment, and improve overall working conditions for staff and clients, we are painting walls, painting concrete floors, expanding with an opening to an existing wall, cleaning out old items and hoping to redo the office and hall way floors.
As you can only imagine renovations are costly. We have utilized positive support from the local community such as Shawnee Chapter of Knights of Columbus who graciously painted two rooms, with donated paint from local Sherman Williams Paint story. The OBU football team has committed to painting the concrete workshop floor with donated materials and paint from Shawnee Lowes store.
We have a contracted builder who has donated materials, only charging Faith 7 for labor, for an opening to a current inside wall, thus making the workshop capable of utilizing two rooms at the same time. Clients can access and use both rooms, with the safety and insurance that staff are within ear shot and have visual ability.
We are committed to achieving our goal of facility renovations.
We have utilized positive support from the local community such as Shawnee Chapter of Knights of Columbus who graciously painted two rooms, with donated paint from a local Sherman Williams Paint store. The OBU football team has committed to painting the concrete workshop floor with donated materials and paint from Shawnee Lowes store. We have requested assistance from the local ELKS of Shawnee for new furniture and /or a new shredder. A grant has been submitted to Shawnee Wal-Mart to provide us with funding for computers. A grant has been submitted to the Junior Service League of Shawnee for assistance with cost incurred at Oklahoma Special Olympics. The OBU Tennis Team and Shawnee Tennis Team has donated tennis balls to place on the bottom of our chairs, desk and table so they will not scratch up the new floor. All are in place at this time.

The Shawnee News Star has featured Faith 7 on the front page, making the community aware of our mission and explaining our outstanding service to special needs adults within the area. We have also had several articles published regarding clients in sport events, and the a nice write up about the Shawnee Knights of Columbus painting walls and fixing walls and ceilings.
Success can me measured in many ways; At Faith 7 we hope to accomplish our facility remodeling goals by improving our workshop atmosphere with positivity, pride and a welcoming place to work.
Please see attached estimate on new flooring for Faith 7, a much needed improvement as part of our 2019 facility renovation plan.
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January 14, 2019
Ms. Carol Beck, a client, was asked how Faith 7 has helped her or what she likes about working at Faith 7.

“It has given me a lot more experience of what it is like working out in this world we are living in today and for the future of tomorrow leaders to come, and it helped me when I got my other job I was doing janitor work at a different place for almost a year before they had to let me go.
Signed Carol Beck
p.s. they have been a good teacher and a big help with all the other people here as well.”
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January 26, 2019
To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Melanie Conway. I am the guardian to a Faith7 employee, and I am current Faith7 board member. I am writing today to share my personal experience with Faith7. In October of 2017, I took over custody of my brother Michel. Michael is a neurologically impaired adult, who has also been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and autism. When I relocated Michael to Shawnee, I struggled to find a place that was able to meet his needs, allow him to thrive, along with providing him the safe environment his special needs required. I was referred to Faith7 in November 2017. We fell in love with the program, staff, and clients from the moment we stepped through the Faith7 doors. Not only has Faith 7 exceeded all my expectations in providing a safe, comfortable and caring environment, but I have had the opportunity to witness Michael’s quality of life greatly improve since his enrollment at Faith7. Michael is excited about going to work and seeing his friends, he asks after the different staff members/caretakers regularly. We have also seen a drastic improvement in his behavioral issues and anxiety levels since attending Faith7. The staff at Faith7 has also been a huge support for me personally as I struggled to navigate life with a special needs adult. They were always there to answer my questions and worked hard to ensure that Michael had an IP that would meet all his needs while allowing room for growth and advancement. They created an individualized plan that would ensure his success and development.


In April 2018, after several months of positive experiences, I decided to be part of the Faith7 board of directors. Their love for all the clients, and dedication to excellence was something I wanted to be a part of. Since that time I have had the pleasure of working with an outstanding group of individuals, all dedicated to the success of Faith7. I can say with out hesitation, Faith7 is a wonderful program, working fervently for the better of its clients, staff, and community.
Sincerely,
Melanie Conway
Imagine coming to work each day with a pleasing, appealing, sense of confidence and pride that a nice facility face lift can provide. The clients we serve should be afforded the opportunity to be happy and proud of their work place and want to share it with family and friends at special events as well as on a day to day basis. Our remodeling plan will be just the thing!
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Program Budget
5,934.66
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Audit .pdf
HANDYMAN PRO'S Estimate - flooring .pdf
2019 DRAFT BUDGET.doc
TAX EXEMPT DOCUMENT.pdf
990.pdf
OK Charitable ORG.docx
Board of Directors, Faith 7 updated.docx