On Organizational Letterhead
January 13, 2004
Mr. Robert J. Vickers, President
The Robert J. Vickers Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Greetings! The introduction paragraph is purely to connect. . . Either 1) first- or second-generational connections/relationships, 2) geographic connections, and/or 3) field of interest connections/relationships.
Hubert H. Humphrey spoke of social ills and the character of people:
"The true measure of society is in how it cares for those who cannot care for themselves.
Those in the dawn of life–the children. Those in the twilight of life–the elderly.
And those in the shadows of life–the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."
Many people in Western Missouri find it hard to help themselves without a little extra help from someone who cares. Too many of them are falling through the cracks. Sometimes, they simply need a kind word and a few bucks–the difference between life and death.
We face a critical problem in our society. . . poverty and hopelessness! More than one-quarter of the children in the United States live in a home headed by a single parent–the largest number of people from a single group living in poverty within our society. The poverty rate for single-parents and single-agains has remained above 35% since 1959–is currently 68% nationwide. There are many problems in our society–unemployment, lower than average educational attainment, and a lack of knowledge of community resources that can empower themselves for change. Often, people are dependent on extended family or government subsidies. National research has shown that problems must be addressed in conjunction with multiple factors. Successful programs MUST include components of mentoring, educational and life skill training, involvement in positive activities, long range goal planning, resume development, job search and interview skills, as-well-as abstinence training.
While statistics seem overwhelming, the solution is simple: We must empower people to succeed. Moving individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency has been our initiative for many years.
Although we have been serving the community for more than 25 years, Senior Needs Foundation was incorporated in 2001 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the community and individuals, helping people to lead more comfortable, secure, and independent lives. We are a voice for people who cannot represent themselves including the homeless, poor and needy, children and youth, former addicts, the abused and oppressed–we assist people who desire to move from dependency to self-sufficiency.
We work with more than 500 private businesses, educators, private and public agencies, and caring individuals to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our communities. Through true partnership efforts, we strive to improve the quality of life for all people, to eliminate gaps in service provision, mobilize resources, and combine dollars to better help families, align agencies, and forge alliances so that all work better together. When people are down on their luck, they often look for help–over the years, they have come to us for help. . . They have lost everything–their families, their jobs, their faith and more–they need help to get back on their feet. These are people who, through various circumstances, now have next to nothing. We provide the basic necessities, such as a roof over their heads, food, spiritual guidance, encouragement, simple assistance in basic areas, and transportation to and from their daily activities.
We don’t provide a hand-out–we provide a hand-up. . .
We resource people as they move from unemployment to full-time employment; from financial dependence on others to financial independence; from homeless to homeowner; From people who need help to people who help others. We meet people where they are, where they live, and what their needs are, and help them get to where they want and need to be. Listen to these quotes from some of our graduates:
• "I’ve learned responsibility and a whole new way of life. I learned it from you all. . . Thanks!"
• "I want other people to know there is hope."
• "You all helped me to find myself and to find purpose again."
People want and need help–they are turning to Senior Needs Foundation and others that will help them. All of our programs are required to incorporate key program elements although allowed to vary in the specific methods employed. This flexibility allows our programs to meet the unique needs of the men and women in the communities it serves. Every program incorporates eight key elements:
• Assessing the unique needs of each community and participant it serves.
• Providing a mentor for every participant and enhancing the value of these relationships.
• Requiring a covenant-type committment between the mentor and participant.
• Aiding participants in networking and building relationships.
• Developing an advisory council for each house to provide overall effectiveness and stability.
• Providing certification training for various elements.
• Giving individual participant evaluations.
• Organizing Bible studies and other personal growth and development groups.
Through these eight elements, Senior Needs Foundation creates a context in which people help people. Our programs serve to transform lives by meeting people where they live, addressing their individual need, and training them to take control of their lives. Once people gain a level of independence, they are expected to give back to their communities by becoming a part of our program, serving other people in need.
You can help take our plan to the next level. Would you please join us and fund this crucial program as soon as possible? We are respectfully submitting this proposal to you and asking you to consider helping us provide this program to an important part of our society. You can help by reviewing the attached proposal and supporting our work with a financial contribution. I am respectfully submitting the attached proposal for you to consider a donation of $100,000 to help us to help others to get back on their feet.
Please accept my sincere "thanks" for your help and your willingness to support us in our mission. I hope that you share our excitement for this plan, which will have a significant impact on the men and women who need our help, right now and in the future. Thank you for considering our request. The hope of its’ approval is a boost to us. I am eager to discuss it with you. If you have any concerns, if there is a need for additional materials to be filled out, if I can answer any questions to facilitate this process, or if I can meet and discuss this proposal with you, please call me at (660) 747-6390.
Carrie Ann Hodkins, Founder and President
Senior Needs Foundation
Senior Needs Foundation
A Summary Page
Mission and Vision Statement:
Senior Needs exists to Senior Needs of the community and individuals, helping people to lead more comfortable, secure, and independent lives. Since 1992, Ethan Stockdale Ministries has empowered families by providing them with personalized solutions and support in the daily process of living including:
• Senior Care Homes • Employment Placement & Opportunity
• Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation • Environmental & Travel Related Services
• Medical & Dental Care • Production, Distribution of Christian Music
• Legal & Financial Services • College & Sports Scholarships
We provide a Christian context to empower those in need to be equipped for life, employment, and a mission’s context providing them skills to help others. We bring the Hope of Jesus into lives of people and are distinguishable from other organizations in that everything we say and do is based upon Scriptural principles. The dynamics of our mission are:
• To provide quality functions, service, and resources to mentor, coach, encourage, and equip people.
• To increase the return on dollars invested toward building self-sufficient men, women, and families.
• To increase the efficiency of dollars spent on programming enhancing lives of people.
Potential Market and Geographic Area Served:
There are scores of people in Missouri and the surrounding states who need our help to get back on their feet and move from lives of dependency to lives of self-sufficiency. We are working continuously to get the word out about the help that we provide them: through print and radio advertising, which has the potential to reach thousands of people throughout the region. Through the help of individuals, companies, and foundations, we will reach not only those people in need here in Missouri, but throughout the U.S.
Yada yada yada
Senior Needs Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), not-for-profit organization founded in Warrensburg, Missouri in 2001 and is governed by a Board of Regents of six (see Board of Directors Page 7). We operate under the umbrella of the National Heritage Foundation (See attached I.R.S. Letter of Determination).
Ms. Carrie Ann Hodkins, Founder (660) 747-6390, Voice
Senior Needs Foundation (660) 111-2222, Cell
P.O. Box 1225 E-mail: email@example.com
Warrensburg, MO 64093 Web site: www.seniorneeds.org
Request and Purpose:
The operating budget for Senior Needs in 2004-2005 is _______ (See Page 6). We are asking you to help us with a grant of $100,000 toward the general operating costs of our programs.
TOTAL DONATION REQUESTED: $100,000 (or any portion thereof).
Evaluation and Accountability:
The progress and effectiveness of Senior Needs is seen in reporting of the staff, management, and Board. Because we are committed to integrity, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluative measure.
Senior Needs Foundation
Of all family groups, poverty is highest among those headed by single parents with children, especially if they are African American, women, or Hispanic. Such families are much more likely to be poor than other families with children or families with aged members. The poverty rate for single-headed families has remained above 35% since 1959. In 1998, 38.7 % of such families were poor. With rising divorce rates and more women having children outside of marriage, single parent households continue to be a growing segment of families–increasingly more poor. Some of the main problems faced include unemployment, underemployment, and lower than average educational attainment. Often, these people and their families end up dependent on extended family, government subsidies, or homeless.
Since the implementation of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 individual U.S. states are boasting of large numbers of persons exiting their welfare roles. At the same time, homelessness among "difficult populations" is increasing at alarming rates. Those persons have special needs or are the "hard-core" who may be unemployable. At the same time, the number of homeless has DRAMATICALLY increased. Many who did complete welfare-to-work programs were able to secure jobs with low pay and no benefits. Self-sufficiency is still an elusive goal to many families in America!
People lack access to holistic programs dedicated to meeting their needs, helping them realize their goals, and empowering them to become self-sufficient. We are uniquely qualified to Senior Needs of these and other "people in need." Our solution to bringing people out of poverty is to empower them to help themselves. We seek to equip people to obtain and sustain success in their work and in their lives. We resource them as they move from homeless to homeowner, from unemployment to full-time employment, from dependence on government subsidies to financial independence. As they progress through our program, they gain skills empowering them to change their lives with the expectation that they in turn will serve others in their community. Our programs transform people from dependency to self-sufficiency.
For 25 years, Ethan Stockdale has recognized the incredible need for a helping people. Long before "welfare reform" became a frequent topic of conversation, Ethan had a vision to help–dreaming of empowering people trapped in the cycle of poverty by providing them a "hand up" and not a "hand out." Ethan began with intentionally diverse (geographic, ethnic, and organizationally) pilot projects. Through these pilot projects individual community needs were evaluated and addressed. Today Senior Needs Foundation is reaching out to cities throughout the United States, meeting people in need where they live–empowering them to take control of their lives and futures.
Recognizing the desire of Baby Boomers, Baby Busters, and Gen X for "hands-on" involvement in making a difference in someone else’s life, Healing Houses is tailor-made to meet people’s needs while providing the opportunity for them to help others. We are committed to helping people who need help to lead more comfortable, secure, and independent lives. Since 1992, Ethan Stockdale has empowered numerous individuals to grow to their full potential. Now, Senior Needs, the foundation he helped create, is reaching out to even more people to lend a helping hand to those who need it most.