Koinonia marked the start of the year with a gift of $325,000 gift from an anonymous donor. This is the largest gift we have received in our 45-year history.
We are deeply grateful for this transformational commitment, which will allow us to advance key elements of our strategic plan. Developed in 2017 with the support of The Cleveland Foundation and in collaboration with OPEN MINDS, a healthcare business intelligence firm, our multi-year plan includes several key objectives. Topping the list is our commitment to diversify and significantly grow revenues and services to ensure a strong financial performance and long-term sustainability.
Philanthropy is key to our success in realizing this goal. The exceptional gift we received will enable Koinonia to implement new programs and initiatives for our clients and their families and make important enhancements to our existing practices. Most notably, these funds will allow us to add two important staff positions to our team:
Direct Support Professional (DSP) Success Coach
The workforce has changed in significant ways that require we evolve our strategy for recruiting and retaining a dedicated and talented workforce. We know there is a well-established and clear connection between staff engagement and retention with customer satisfaction and quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For this reason, Koinonia has decided to recruit a success coach who will serve as an advocate and mentor to employees and connect them to the services and supports they need to be successful. We believe this valuable addition to our team will lead to greater satisfaction and productivity among our employees, which in turn will positively impact the happiness and life outcomes of the people we serve.
It has been our practice to rely on our DSPs to research and coordinate community outings for our residential clients. Their choices are often limited to what is best for the group rather than what might be of interest to the individual client, typically resulting in outings that are convenient, yet routine. The new community liaison will allow our clients to benefit from a wide variety of activities by researching available options, negotiating discounted rates, and forming connections in the community. Activities may include bowling, sledding, shopping, attending movies, plays, performances and sporting events, or taking advantage of our library system. We anticipate our community liaison will better serve our clients by removing barriers to community inclusion and promoting individual choice.
In 2019 and beyond, philanthropy will continue to be a vital factor in our efforts to grow services for Koinonia clients. If you would like to make a gift to support the individuals and families we serve, please visit https://koinoniahomes.org/donate-koinonia/. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our extraordinarily generous anonymous donor and to all those who support the mission of Koinonia!