Educational Institutions

The Little Light House, Inc.

  • Tulsa, OK
  • www.littlelighthouse.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Little Light House is to glorify God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families and their communities.

Main Programs

  1. Children's Services
  2. Global Outreach
  3. College and Professional Training
  4. Affiliates
  5. Training Conferences
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve children with special needs in the Tulsa metro area. We also provide training for professionals from all over the world who work with children with special needs. Additionally, we are partnered with 17 colleges and universities to provide hands-on training for students, many of whom are pursuing careers in which they will work with individuals with special needs.

ruling year

1974

Executive Director since 2008

Self-reported

Mrs. Jean Winfrey

Keywords

Self-reported

special needs, , Tulsa, Oklahoma, Education, developmental delays, disabilities, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism, speech delays, cognitive delays, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, preschool, handicap, pediatrics,

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EIN

73-0939422

 Number

8553984010

Physical Address

5120 E 36th Street

Tulsa, 74135

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The mission of the Little Light House is to glorify God by improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and their communities. By offering tuition free therapy and education for children with special needs age birth to six years old, we have helped many children accomplish milestones originally thought impossible. We are also a training center for parents and over 1,000 college students, professionals, and interns on a yearly basis.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Children's Services

Preschool aged children with special needs such as autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and many other disabling conditions receive tuition-free special education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and low-vision therapy. Education is in a classroom environment with a Bible-based curriculum, professional educators, and volunteers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,527,818

Program 2

Global Outreach

This program is funded by designated funds. Each year the LLH receives requests from organizations and individuals from around the world who want to come and learn how to work with children with special needs so they can take the knowledge back to their home. Many countries such as Germany, China, the Philippines, and others have sent individuals to learn at the Little Light House.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

College and Professional Training

The LLH provides training to college students and professionals from the Tulsa area and around the world who want to work with children with special needs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$12,500.00

Program 4

Affiliates

This program is funded by designated funds. The LLH has two affiliate locations and provides training and resources to those organizations.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

Training Conferences

The LLH hosts annual training conferences for career professionals.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$0.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Little Light House aims to provide families and children with special needs hope for the future. We provide the children with necessary therapy (speech, physical, occupational, and low vision therapy) and a state-of-the-art education to prepare each child for kindergarten, and in some cases, first grade.

    We also strive to equip the families with the resources and skills necessary to provide the best care for their child. We hold monthly meetings to guide and teach parents ways that can extend the methods used at school in their home and to direct them to places in the community that may be able to provide additional services, if necessary, or provide essential equipment to aid the child.

    The LLH also has a phenomenal College and Career Training Program. We are partnered with 17 colleges and university students to provide hands-on training when working with children with special needs. Our goal is to shift the paradigm from the child's disability to their capabilities.

    The LLH is also reaching out into communities worldwide to provide assistance and hope through our online training center, The Little Anchor (www.thelittleanchor.org). Site visitors can join a blog discussion, watch training videos, view articles written by our therapists and certified special education teachers, and ask questions.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The LLH will continue to provide tuition free therapy for children with special needs. Sadly, due to the high demand for our services, we have a waiting list of over 160 children who wait 2-3 years before enrollment can be offered. We do provide a monthly training for these families to help provide assistance while they wait. In August of 2016, the opened its doors to the newly expanded facility. The new building provides large classrooms that promote education and social interactions, sensory stimulation room , assistive technology room, and large therapeutic gym. The LLH is in its final phase of our Capital Campaign, a $2.5M project to renovate our old building. This renovation will provide up to five large classrooms, a second therapeutic gym, and a multi-purpose activity room. This renovation is key to tackling the time children spend on our waiting list. Once complete and all classrooms are operating, we will double our original enrollment allowing us to reach these precious children at an earlier age.

    This expanded facility that was opened in August 2016 also provides more space to accommodate our College and Career Training Program. It houses four, second-floor observatories, which enables college students, professionals, interns, and our families to observe the classroom with the freedom to ask questions without disrupting the progress of the classroom.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Little Light House operates completely debt-free. It is through the generosity of donors, foundations, and corporations that we are able to provide these services and expand our facilities.

    We have an extremely dedicated staff of experienced therapists, certified special education teachers, trained associates, a registered nurse, and an assistive technology professional who are committed to the ministry and the improvement of each child's quality of life. By using a trans-disciplinary team approach, each child has an individualized learning program that helps them to reach their maximum potential.

    We also have and must continue to grow our large volunteer group. We aim to have a 1:1 ratio of student to adult and this is only made possible with the commitment of dedicated volunteers who come on a weekly, even daily basis.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We are able to determine progress on the Capital Campaign as funds are received to continue the construction. We raised the $16.5M to expand our facility and construction was completed in August of 2016. We are now raising funds for the final phase - a $2.5M project to renovate our old facility. We currently have approximately $561,000 raised.

    We strive to provide the best services for the children who attend the LLH. To show accountability and continuous improvement, the LLH has dual accreditation through International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) and AdvancEd. Each school must complete a 5 year review process. Our review process was in 2016 and our accreditation was renewed.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Little Light House raise $16.5M to expand our facilities and moved into the new building in August 2016, just two weeks before the new school year started. We are now raising funds for the final phase of our Capital Campaign, Building Brighter Tomorrows for Children with Special Needs. This is a $2.5M project to renovate our old facility.

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve children with special needs in the Tulsa metro area. We also provide training for professionals from all over the world who work with children with special needs. Additionally, we are partnered with 17 colleges and universities to provide hands-on training for students, many of whom are pursuing careers in which they will work with individuals with special needs.

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Funding Needs

We are a tuition-free school and receive all funding through private and corporate donations.

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Financials

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LITTLE LIGHT HOUSE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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The Little Light House, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Jean Winfrey

BIO

Jean Winfrey arrived at the Little Light House in 1976 as a volunteer. While volunteering she was asked to join the board of directors in 1977 and in 1978 accepted the staff position of Community Relations Coordinator. Over the years she filled numerous other Administration roles such as Volunteer Coordinator, Events Coordinator, Grant Writer, Director of Development, Director of Operations, Associate Director and currently serves as Executive Director.
When not on staff, Jean has always been active on the LLH Board of Directors and/or serving on various committees. (Fund Raising Committee, Affiliate Task Force, Strategic Planning Committee, Laps for Little Ones, Links for Little Ones, Garden Party Committee, Human Resources Committee).

Jean has been overseeing the day to day operations of the LLH for the past 8 years and also coordinates the current building expansion Capital Campaign, which is now in its final phase – a $2.5M renovation of our old facility.

Jean is married to Keith Winfrey, has 5 adult children and 10 grandchildren.

Community Involvement:
1972-74 – Planning Analyst for Vision 2000 Comprehensive Plan for City of Tulsa under Mayor Bob LaFortune.
1979 – Founder, Laps for Little Ones LLH Fundraiser benefitting the Little Light House. This event has raised millions of dollars for operating over the past 36 years.
Leadership Tulsa Class of 39
Past Board Member – Emergency Infant Services
Volunteer – Tulsa Dream Center

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Denise Wright

Wright Home Team

Term: July 2010 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity