CARES OF WASHINGTON

Opening Doors, Saving Lives

Seattle, WA   |  www.caresofwa.org

Mission

Our mission is to support people with disabilities and low incomes to realize their purpose, potential, and strength

Ruling year info

2003

CEO

Mr. Lars Nowack

Main address

1833 N 105th st suite 201

Seattle, WA 98133 USA

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EIN

13-4237286

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cares of Washington is working to address the growing income inequality and support people in reaching economic stability.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Supported Employment Services

This program provides job readiness, job placement and long-term employment support to people with developmental disabilities.

We provide the following services to participants and employers include: assessment of abilities and interests, job readiness training, job development, job modification, job training, job placement, retention services and career advancement support.

Clients work with staff to identify their interests, enhance their work skills, and clear hurdles that have previously prevented employment. Our strengths-based approach allows clients to focus their employment search on jobs that best meet their interests and needs. Our services include:
 
Identifying clients’ choice in type of work, geographical area, and number of employment hours
Skills assessment and training (some clients may be placed in a volunteer role to develop pre-employment skills)
Training in resume writing, application completion, interview skills, job search resources, communication skills, and time management
Assistance to individuals with disabilities to increase independent work skills and prepare for their life-transition into an unfamiliar work atmosphere. 

CARES works with both clients and employers to cultivate a mutually-beneficial partnership that places individuals in jobs that fit their interests and skill-level while adding value for employers by filling the recruitment needs that employers have identified. Our services include:

Placement assistance, including for individuals with disabilities, in jobs that provide opportunities for stable employment, wage progression, career advancement, and economic self-sufficiency
Recruitment and placement services for employers to hire reliable, skilled and knowledgeable employees

Following job placement, CARES provides clients with long-term follow-up services that promote their ability to maintain employment.  Our services, provided to clients at the location of their employment and/or in their homes, include:
 

Job coaching, mentoring, and ongoing training
Connection to service partners that provide housing, transportation to-and-from work, and child care, etc
Working with employers to meet the accommodation needs of clients with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

– Companies, post secondary schools, training programs, apprenticeship programs partner with CFS for participant support/coaching. A coach works one-on-one with clients to set and support their employment goals and help them build personal resiliency and financial assets. Our services, provided to clients at the location of their employment and/or in their homes, include:
 

 

·         Life-skills coaching
 

 

·         Financial management coaching
 

 

·         Career advancement coaching
 

 

 

 

- Clients gain the financial and money management skills necessary to become and remain financially stable, independent, and resilient through both one-on-one and group services that include:

Income tax filing assistance
Assistance to  individuals with disabilities to access disability benefits
Money management plan based on setting a budget and achieving financial goals
Techniques to reduce debt, improve credit ratings, eliminate reliance on payday lenders

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Veterans

- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Ticket To Work
These programs provide employment services to participants eligible for employment-related services through DVR and TTW fee for service contracts. This program includes providing work-based assessments, job placement and retention and job coaching.
We annually assists more than 400 individuals with disabilities to locate and secure employment. Clients work with staff to identify their interests, enhance their work skills, and clear hurdles that have previously prevented employment. Our strengths-based approach allows clients to focus their employment search on jobs that best meet their interests and needs. Our services include:
 

Identifying clients’ choice in type of work, geographical area, and number of employment hours
Skills assessment and training (some clients may be placed in a volunteer role to develop pre-employment skills)
Training in resume writing, application completion, interview skills, job search resources, communication skills, and time management
Assistance to individuals with disabilities to increase independent work skills and prepare for their life-transition into an unfamiliar work atmosphere.

- CARES works with both clients and employers to cultivate a mutually-beneficial partnership that places individuals in jobs that fit their interests and skill-level while adding value for employers by filling the recruitment needs that employers have identified.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation 2014

Awards

City of Seattle May 1st, 2013 is Cares of WA day. 2013

City of Seattle

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

To develop long term sustainable revenue and funding sources to support all program services.

Goal # 1 strategies:
o Increase the diversity among funding sources
o Set and reach target percentages for classes of funding
o Increase sustainable non government funding

Goal # 2 strategies:
o Increase scope of services provided
o Provide greater access to services
o Increase movement towards self-sufficiency within clients own potential

Goal # 3 strategies:
Work towards enrolling 3-4 new CFS companies
Create and implement social media strategy
Recruit 3 new board members

Cares of Washington has a diverse and capable staff group that is working towards achieving the agency's strategic plan goals listed in the previous sections.
Our board of directors are committed to completing the strategic plan goals as well, lending their professional and personal resources to meet the outcomes.
We are financially stable and have the infrastructure to achieve our goals.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CARES OF WASHINGTON

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nitant Singh

Microsoft corporation

Term: 2019 - 2023

Lars Nowack

CEO, Cares of Washington

Donavan Lam

Evergreen treatment Services

Nitant Singh

Microsoft Corporation

Adam Harrell

Meta corp

Steve Norman

Price Waterhouse Cooper

Julie Breeden

Blackbaud

Al Herron

StemTac Foundation

Jake Nibly

Tola Capitol

Joe Castro

UW graduate student

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data