KSI Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report
There are so many new directions KSI has begun to travel in Fiscal Year 2016 that it’s hard to know where to start. New programming choices, expanded community trips for participants, new community work opportunities, increased staffing and innovative fundraising ideas are all part of the dynamic activities during the last fiscal year.
Serving 290 participants in FY16, KSI’s programs helped people with disabilities advance in their lives in meaningful ways. Due to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule on Settings, KSI has further defined its program focuses to align with emerging requirements, while helping individuals and their caregivers make the most effective choices for the future. In November and December of 2016, KSI hosted several provider meetings to outline new Pre-Vocational, Day Habilitation and Supported Employment program descriptions and outcomes so individuals can better establish their life goals. Those individual goals may ultimately be for Community-Integrated Employment or for more meaningful inclusion in their communities. KSI will continue guiding participants, families and providers toward the services that are most beneficial for the individuals being served.
No matter what program is chosen, greater inclusion in community settings will be a major component. In FY16, KSI provided more than 8,540 community integration trips to more than 140 distinctive libraries, museums, historic sites, community centers and other destinations. Each trip was tailored to help individuals learn the skills and resources to live better in the community. Many of those trips included participation in classes and programs with other community members, including knitting classes, Laugh Yoga, Tai Chi and more. KSI participants also went on more than 4,049 volunteer trips, contributing 6,362 hours of volunteer services to aid various nonprofits and community organizations.
FY16 was a good year for new work opportunities as well. There are now 30 KSI Supported Employment participants in Competitive Integrated Employment, with more in job development on the way. KSI also began serving Kent and Sussex County businesses with long-term temp crews for special tasks, including product rework at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton and a manufacturer in Cheswold. A new partnership with CHEER centers in Georgetown and Greenwood created regular part-time community work opportunities as well. Through CHEER, KSI participants gain valuable, real-world work skills as part of KSI janitorial crews in those centers. These Pre-Vocational opportunities in combination with Community-Based Crews allowed those we serve to earn more than $1,277,147 in wages in FY16.
Of course, expanding community work, trips and participation also means increasing KSI’s infrastructure to accomplish that mission. Our transportation fleet traveled over 1,102,759 miles to make these trips possible. And KSI needs to purchase additional vehicles to give more participants community integration opportunities. We also increased our staff to 111 in FY16, up from 94 in FY15, and there’s more hiring necessary. Those new hires include Direct Support Professionals, Drivers and Program Managers to coordinate the daily responsibilities of community inclusion efforts.
As we expand our efforts to serve people with disabilities, ensuring funding for those efforts is a crucial focus. KSI instituted additional fundraising efforts, including a Cruise Raffle and “GoFundMe” campaign to support the purchase of more vans and busses for additional community travel. Abbott’s Grill in Milford hosted an amazing KSI Community Day October 4, 2016. Thanks to some creative ideas from KSI administrative staff, the night was ramped up with guest bartender tip raising, raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets. Those funds supplemented Abbott’s donation of 15% from all food sales that day to raise more than $1,439. The volunteer group Friends of KSI also raised more than $4,000 through its annual Quarter Auction and Car Show. And numerous businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals donated to support KSI and the people we serve. KSI is grateful to all the contributors who are helping to keep our programs moving forward.
KSI Cartridge Service continued to provide hundreds of customers with quality, economical compatible imaging cartridges, while providing valuable training and revenue to support KSI. With expanded product offerings and reduced prices, KSI Cartridge Service still offers the finest 100% guaranteed cartridges for your copier, fax, printer and practically any office imaging machine. We thank all of the individuals, businesses and State agencies that have continued to use KSI Cartridge Service for their needs.
Thanks to organization-wide fiscal responsibility and increasing contributions from private and foundation sources, KSI’s FY16 financial situation showed remarkable improvement over FY15. This improvement is due to the dedication of our community and business partners, our staff, and our amazing Board of Directors, and puts the organization in a much better position to progress in FY17.
As the new fiscal year unfolds, we ask you to be our eyes and ears for community-based work, volunteer and inclusion opportunities in which people with varying abilities can serve and learn. Ultimately, our ability to provide a wealth of opportunities and choices will help our program participants with disabilities use their abilities to better their lives and others’.
KSI CEO, B. Craig Crouch