Human Services

Rainbow Village Properties, Inc.

Neighborhood Homes for People with Developmental Disabilities

aka RBV

St. Louis, MO

Mission

Rainbow Village enriches the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable and well-maintained neighborhood homes. By meeting the essential needs of people with disabilities we are enhancing quality of lives – one home at a time.

Today, there is a critical need for residential placements for adults with developmental disabilities. More than 400 people are now living at home, in nursing homes, or substandard housing and are waiting for a quality home in the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area alone. Rainbow Village's goal is to provide safe, affordable and accessible homes for as many people with developmental disabilities as possible.

Ruling Year

2006

Executive Director

Mike Rea

Main Address

1240 Dautel Ln

St. Louis, MO 63146 USA

Keywords

Providing homes for the individuals with developmental disabilities.

EIN

68-0574765

 Number

7841452822

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Today, there is a critical need for residential placements for adults with developmental disabilities. More than 400 people are now living at home, in nursing homes, or substandard housing and are waiting for a quality home in the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area alone. Rainbow Village's goal is to provide safe, affordable and accessible homes for as many people with developmental disabilities as possible.

Our programs

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Neighborhood Homes

Community Facility

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of homebuyers/tenants with low incomes receiving housing subsidies as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Neighborhood Homes

Context notes

100% of our clients receive state aid in the form of SSI and medicaid waivers as a result of their disability.

Average number of service recipients per month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Neighborhood Homes

Context notes

As we purchase new homes and are able to help more individuals our client base grows on average of 20 per year.

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Neighborhood Homes

Context notes

All of our clients were living with aging parents, in substandard housing or nursing facilities. We provide safe, affordable, accessible, long term houses they call homes of their own.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with disabilities

Related program

Neighborhood Homes

Context notes

We offer an array of residential living options that are tailored to the person’s needs and capacities, allowing complete autonomy for our residents.

Charting Impact

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Rainbow Village currently owns and maintains 85 homes,

Our model finds safe, suitable homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, purchases and customizes the houses to enable these citizens to live in a home of their own. Rainbow Village homes are outfitted with all the necessary safety and environmental modifications for the individuals to live safely, with long term low costs, and customized with financial support to fit their capabilities. We include all required maintenance so our residents live worry free. The Rainbow Village model is recognized by the federal government for economical and safe housing, allowing these citizens to beneficially participate in society.

Most of our residents come from the lowest socioeconomic levels. Many of the individuals we serve are wards of the state or serve as their own guardians. Our residents qualify for Medicaid Waivers and receive social security income for the disabled to pay their living expenses. Each Rainbow Village home purchase is unique, based on the location and the needs of the residents, and the amount of rent they can afford from their limited social security incomes for the disabled.

Our model allows the residents to be able to live in an affordable house that will be monitored and renovated as needed, so they can age in-place in a neighborhood home that meets their needs. The house will then be able to operate on budget. These residents and their loved ones can be assured that they will have a home to call their own and their families will have peace of mind.

Today there is an identified population of more than 4,000 adult-children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in nursing homes or living with parents over the age of 65 in the State of Missouri. Rainbow Village's mission is to serve this fragile population by insuring they have a proper and well managed home of their own thereby enhancing the quality of their lives, integrating them into communities, and reducing the number of those on the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan region wait list.

All of our properties are continuously monitored by our Property Manager and the three maintenance supervisors. Each home is fully evaluated on a bi-annual basis. In addition to promptly responding to maintenance requests, much regular preventative maintenance is done including pest control, carpet cleaning, and spring and fall HVAC system checks.

Our success can be measured by the requests we get for more Rainbow Village home form the various support service agencies with whom we partner. During the past 4 years we have had 6 new agencies requesting our services based upon our successful partnering with other agencies. We are very proud of our 75 Rainbow Village Homes and the safety and security we offer our residents.

The concept for Rainbow Village (RBV) began in the mid-1960s with several families who wanted to provide suitable residential settings for people with developmental disabilities—to help improve the quality of their lives. Most importantly, the founding families wanted to ensure that their children had a home and care once they could no longer provide it for them. The only option for families at that time was a nursing home or rehabilitation center.

By 1978, seven group homes, the Weiss Community Center, and a Respite Care Center were opened on nine acres of land in St. Louis County. The success of that initial program led to expansion of neighborhood homes throughout St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Louis City. From there our program began to grow.

We've recently experienced substantial growth with the purchase and modification of 20 houses in the past 24 months, providing forever homes for an additional 60 individuals in the St. Louis Community bringing our total number to 330+ residents.

Most of our residents come from the lowest socioeconomic levels and are wards of the state or are their own guardians. These individuals desire and are able to live with some degree of independence in houses located in neighborhoods. Our residents are proud to live as independently as possible, enjoying their own homes and yards. And, they enjoy being part of a community—sometimes for the first time ever in their lives. We are changing lives - one home at a time!

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

Yes