2022 Impact Report

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A Year of Growth and Innovation

701-839-4724 | WWW.INDEPENDENCECIL.ORG | MINOT, ND + BOTTINEAU, ND
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I recently received that quote from a person whom we served in the last year. I figured it was the perfect introduction to the 2022 Impact Report.

The past year was a record setting year for Independence, Inc. Let’s look at some of these accomplishments:

• We served a record number 733 people through our core services this year.

• We assisted a record 31 people to transition from a nursing home back into their own home.

• We prevented another 26 people from moving into a nursing home.

• We prevented 12 people from becoming homeless.

• We assisted 12 others to move home from a homeless shelter, or other similar congregate living arrangement, into their own home.

• We provided Pre-Employment Skills training to over 300 students in 22 regional high schools.

We helped dozens of other people to find a job, to find better housing, to learn to ride the bus or to pass their drivers test.

When looking at these numbers, I try to look at the impact they represent on people’s lives. How liberating it is to move home from a nursing facility and back into your own home. The peace that comes when homelessness is no longer a daily fear. The freedom that comes with your own driver’s license. The doors that open when you graduate high school with the skills needed to transition into adulthood.

These stats also have a massive impact on our communities. When people live independently, they live longer, are healthier, and it costs the taxpayers a whole bunch less.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve people with all types of disabilities throughout our 11 county service area. We appreciate each and every individual who has trusted us to support them as they achieve their dreams. A M E S S A G E F R O M O U R E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R

Scott Burlingame Executive Director
“THE MOST VALUABLE THING THE TEAM AT INDEPENDENCE, INC. HAS TAUGHT ME IS THAT MY LIFE, HOPES, DREAMS, AND GOALS MATTER. THAT I MATTER, AND I CAN DO GREAT THINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY."

Independence, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to empowering individuals with disabilities, seniors, and people with behavioral health disorders to live independently.

We are a non-residential, community-based, consumer-controlled agency that provides a variety of enrichment services designed to help North Dakotans with disabilities escape dependency, emerge from poverty, maximize self-sufficiency, and actively participate in community life.

Scott Burlingame, Executive Director

Jamie Hardt, Program Director

Amber Johnson, Finance Director

Kate Rock, Community Relations Specialist

Nicole Beech, Independent Living Advocate

Leigha Just, Independent Living Advocate

Connie Klein, Independent Living Advocate

Laura Mendez, Independent Living Advocate

Katie Johnson, Independent Living Advocate

Haley West, Independent Living Specialist

Pamala Mondragon, Information Specialist

Sierra Scherr, Youth Transition Specialist

MacKenzie Larson, Peer Support Specialist

STAFF 2022 BOARD

John Sallee, President

Dawn Palumbo, Vice-Chair

Lacey Krueger, Secretary/Treasurer

Andrea Savelkoul, Member-at-Large

Kyle Erickson, Director

Ashley Beall, Director

Allyson Berner, Director

Rianne Kuhn, Director

Drew Hanson, Director

Mission Mission

W H O W H O
W E W E A R E A R E
0 100,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 Federal State Money Follows the Person Free Through Recovery/Community Connect CARES Act Vocational Rehabilitation Fundraising Donations Misc. Federal - $144,297 Federal - $144,297 State - $337,665 State - $337,665 Money Follows the Person - $476,106 Money Follows the Person - $476,106 Free Through Recovery/Community Connect - $129,999 Free Through Recovery/Community Connect - $129,999 CARES Act - $35,444 CARES Act - $35,444 Vocational Rehabilitation - $33,012 Vocational Rehabilitation - $33,012 Fundraising - $36,366 Fundraising - $36,366 Donations - $15,412 Donations - $15,412 Misc. - $27,167 Misc. - $27,167 2022 Revenue* TOTAL TOTAL REVENUE: REVENUE:
*UNAUDITED
$1,235,468 $1,235,468

PEER SUPPORT PEER SUPPORT

SPECIALIST SPECIALIST

In the fall of 2021, we welcomed MacKenzie (Kenzie) Larson to our team as a Peer Support Specialist. Kenzie uses her lived experience to assist others to live healthy lives in the community. Kenzie is also responsible for encouraging people with all types of disabilities to participate fully within the community in which they live.

SOUND OF SOUND OF IINDEPENDENCE NDEPENDENCE

In June, Independence, Inc. kicked off the 2022 Arts in the CityThursdays Downtown with the Sound of Independence Live Music Festival. This event, done in partnership with the Minot Area Council of the Arts, provided the opportunity for musicians with and without disabilities to promote inclusivity by performing live in downtown Minot.

Our Advocates of the Year for 2022 were:

ADVOCATES OF ADVOCATES OF THE YEAR THE YEAR

Courtney GorzeYouth Advocate of the Year and Stephaney BeamisAdvocate of the Year

Our organization offers core services to eleven North Dakota counties including Bottineau, Burke, Divide, McKenzie, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Ward, and Williams.

Independence, Inc., serves people of all disability types. This year we have seen an increase in consumers with physical disabilities requesting services.

Cognitive 45.4% Mental/Emotional 25.2% Physical 21.3% Multiple/Other 8%
WHO WHO WE WE SERVE SERVE
Consumers By Disability
INFORMATION + REFERRAL PEER MENTORING YOUTH TRANSITION INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING NURSING HOME + COMMUNITY TRANSITION INDIVIDUAL + SYSTEMS ADVOCACY C O R E S E R V I C E S EDUCATION SUPPORT HOUSING HELP TRANSPORTATION TRAINING FINANCIAL LITERACY EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE T R A N S F O R M A T I O N S E R V I C E S HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS FREE THROUGH RECOVERY COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PROGRAMS
Type
SERVICES SERVICES

Consumers By County

With offices in Minot and Bottineau, it is no surprise that we serve many people in those locations. However, the staff in our offices travel throughout our entire service area, or offer services virtually. Because of this, we serve people in each of the counties we serve.

568 IN WARD COUNTY

IN SERVICE AREA

Throughout the year, our organization serves people in a variety of ways. From working directly with people to achieve their independent living goals, to providing information on services and programs available in our community, Independence, Inc. served a total of 9,295 people throughout 2022.

Consumers By Age

McHenry 21.8% Bottineau 13.9% Burke 11.5% Mountrail 10.9% Rolette 10.3% Divide 97% Renville 9.7% Williams 7.3% Pierce 4.2% McKenzie 06%
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25-59 364% 60+ 149% 20-24 41%
5-19 44.6%
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At Independence, Inc., we serve people of all ages. In the past year we served more adults aged 25 to 59, and in those who are over the age of 60.

DISABILITY DISABILITY AWARENESS AWARENESS IN SCHOOLS IN SCHOOLS

In 2022, Independence, Inc. provided disability awareness to 503 students at 5 elementary schools in our service area. These lessons included defining disability, reading a book featuring a student with disabilities, and participating in an activity that asked disability related questions to the students. We also provided each student with a Disability Awareness Activity Booklet to take home.

A NIGHT A NIGHT WITH WITH STEPHANIE STEPHANIE LAND LAND

To continue with the Building Dreams Capital Campaign, this September we hosted our Building Dreams Event: A Night with Stephanie Land. Stephanie Land is the author of Maid which details her story, and struggle, of living in poverty. This event continued our major fundraising efforts to help pay off our building and continue remodeling it to better meet the needs of our community. We are grateful for the support shown by our sponsors and community at this event.

This past year, provided voter education prior to the local and midterm elections. This included hosting a candidate forum and compiling a list of polling places in our service area. Independence, Inc. also completed 25 accessibility surveys of polling locations throughout the 11 counties we serve and coordinated the survey of 100 locations throughout North Dakota.

VOTER'S VOTER'S EDUCATION EDUCATION & POLLING & POLLING SURVEY'S SURVEY'S

DISABILITY DISABILITY PRIDE PRIDE DISPLAY DISPLAY

This year, Independence, Inc. focused on redefining disability related stigma and promoting disability pride. We did this in two ways. The first way was through our #FactFriday campaign on social media. This 10-part series was meant to help destigmatize disability. The second way was through asking community members with and without disabilities "What does disability pride mean to you?" Participants were photographed with their answers, and the photos were displayed at the Minot Public Library throughout December.

RETURN RETURN OF THE OF THE CHILI BOWL CHILI BOWL

After two years off, 2022 saw the return of the Chili Bowl VI. We were excited to bring this fun event back to our community. The Chili Bowl is a restaurant competition to find out who makes the best chili in our service area. Pictured are our Celebrity Judges, and winners. Arny's 2.0 won People's Choice and Backroad's Café won Critic's Choice!

LUNCH PALS LUNCH PALS FOR FOR STUDENTS STUDENTS WITH WITH DISABILITIES DISABILITIES

In 2022, Independence, Inc. partnered with Companions for Children to offer a new program called Lunch Pals for Students with Disabilities. This program offers peer mentoring to students with disabilities by adults with disabilities. At the beginning of the 2022 school year, there were 8 mentoring matches. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first program of its kind in the country.

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