MovingWithHOPE
18 Center St
Shelton CT 06484
Contact Information
Address 18 Center St
Shelton, CT 06484-
Telephone (203) 513 x8424
Fax 203-513-2086
E-mail movingwithhope@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
Our mission to provide year round access to programs and services that help people with chronic illnesses & disabilities improve their physical activity, functional movement, eating habits, and community-based independence.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2010
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr Thatcher Duni
Board Chair Mr Thatcher Duni
Board Chair Company Affiliation LifeDesigns ReAbility Center
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $149,050.00
Projected Expenses $124,025.00
Statements
Mission Our mission to provide year round access to programs and services that help people with chronic illnesses & disabilities improve their physical activity, functional movement, eating habits, and community-based independence.
Background

MovingwithHOPE (MWH) was founded in February of 2010 in Shelton, CT. The current President is Tad Duni.  Mr. Duni has worked in the field of adaptive exercise, recreation and functional work conditioning for over 30 years. He received a Masters Degree in Movement Science at Columbia University in 1981.

Mr. Duni founded MWH because he saw the increased need for services to people with brain and spinal injuries and there were no sustainable year round services within Connecticut that provided essential services survivors of brain and spinal injuries need;  year round access to exercise therapies and weekly inclusive socialization and support, programs and services that focus on maintaining community-based independence.
 
MWH leases 600 sq ft from LifeDesigns ReAbiltiy Center in Shelton, CT. MWH has several volunteers every week from a local high school, a weekly Licensed Massage Therapist providing much need pain management relief from the results of acquired brain and spinal injuries, caregiver support services throughout the year, two 16 week modules annually that teach healthy eating every day, hosts a monthly support group for people with brain and spinal injuries and family members, and provides speaker to local and regional medical and allied healthcare professional conferences. 
 
MWH has 9 volunteer board members and approximately 40 volunteers who assist with things from daily companion services to help organize and run our annual fundraiser which this year is being called “Down by the River”. Go to www.dbtr.org for details on the event. The event day will begin with a bike from Shelton to Waterbury and back and conclude with a 6 hour music festival. This event raises community awareness of the mission of MWH and raises money to provide adaptive equipment and program scholarships’ to the MWH's year round day program.
 
Impact
Top 3 accomplishments:
 
1.  Received two donated Ergys (Therapeutic Alliances) Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike (FES) for individuals with neurological deficits from the CT Chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Association. Each Bike has a market value of $18,500.
 
2. From 2010 to mid-2012, we were unable to provide any scholarships that related to our mission. In the later half of 2012 we provided approximately $2500 in scholarships for people with brain and spinal injuries to participate in our 5 day per week ReturnAbility program. This has helped to keep these 3 individuals out of nursing home care. In 2013, we were able to provide over $9,600 in scholarships to the same program, helping 11 people receive exercise therapy services that improved independence in their home and community. Our goal for 2014, is to provide over $60,000 in scholarships to our target group and also buy over $20,000 in adaptive equipment for recreation and aggressive exercise therapy.
 
3. Initiated a fundraising event in 2010  called the "Wheel-Walk To Work" that provides an all day venue for free health screenings, employment services and the advocacy of wellness programs for people with moderate to severe mobility disabilities. This has become an annual event with our next event scheduled for 9/6/2014.
 
Needs
Our top 5 pressing needs:
 
1.  Donations to fund scholarships to activity therapy and recreational programs to current clients  with moderate to severe brain and spinal injuries and diseases: $20,000 
2. Donations to fund the purchase of supplies and repairs of special needs equipment such as the ERGYS FES bikes, Upper/Lower extremity bicycles and rehab treadmill; $2000.
3. Donations to  fund  a part-time companion to assist clients with hand exercises, lunchtime food preparation and cleanup: $6,000
3. Donations to fund a part-time office manager: $3600.
4. Donations to fund payment to an accounting firm to review our company  4 year financials: $1000
5. Donations to help fund  the salary of a onsite part-times jobs developer to work with our clients with disabilities that want to return to the workforce: $3000  
CEO Statement

Our programs have been ongoing for several years and  currently serves about 60 people annually with moderate to severe partial and complete paralysis due to Spinal Cord Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Spinal Stenosis, Parkinson’s, Diabetic and Non-Diabetic Neuropathy, and Muscular Dystrophy. We are currently the only provider in CT for such a diverse year round program.

Our program and services are dedicated to improving the quality of life of each and everyone of our clients and their family members. This is accomplished with our clients having year round access to accessible pieces of exercise therapy devices that without they would, in most cases, decline in health and ADL's and either be placed in a Nursing Home or go into assisted living.

Our vision is help regional companies and individuals  recognize our important work and our concrete evidence that individuals, when given the appropriate skill sets, social support and access to a well-deserved healthier environment, excel; their health and well-being improves and their likelihood for independent living is enhanced.
 



Board Chair Statement

As founder and board President, I am acutely aware of our only challenge: the need of effective and sustainable funding for our mission founded upon my working for over 30 years in community-based wellness and prevention for people with physical disabilities.

We have targeted people with physical disabilities because, not well-known is after 21 years of age, a person with a physical disability has access to few or no services that assist with independent living. For example, in just Connecticut, there are over 60,000 people living with an acquired brain injury, with only 390 receiving any direct financial support from the Department of Social Services. In total, CT has over 350,000 resident living with a moderate to severe mobility disability.  

Standing or walking is a physiological requirement to maintain basic human health that most able-bodied take for granted. Currently, the over 10 million Americans with full or partial paralysis have significantly higher rates of all premature diseases than their age-matched able-bodied Americans. MWH intends to change these trends and we need your help.

Thirty-three years ago, C. Everrt Koop, MD, Surgeon General of the USA stated that we would eliminate epidemic obesity and diabetes by the year 2000. Twenty-three years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since Dr. Koop and since the ADA bill was signed the following medical and demographic data have been exacerbated:

1.    We have an epidemic increase in obesity, diabetes and orthopedic intolerance in people of all ages and abilities.   

2.    The rates of obesity for people with disabilities are 60% higher than people without disabilities.

3.    Obesity is the number one cause of Type II diabetes and 40% to 50% of all diabetics become disabled!

4.    We have a senior population that is living longer and is more obese than ever before and has the highest rates of diabetes and orthopedic intolerance than ever before.

By reaching out to other agencies, foundations, corporations and elected leaders at the State and Federal level, and by holding our annual September fundraiser, we intend to raise the appropriate amounts of monies and awareness each year to change how people with moderate to severe mobility disabilities have access to year round activity therapy and recreation. 

 

Regards,

 

Thatcher Duni, MA

Board President – MovingWithHOPE, Inc.

 

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Secondary Organization Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines / Nerve Muscle & Bone Diseases
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Disabled Persons' Rights
Areas Served
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Bethany
Milford
West Haven
New Haven
Orange
West Haven
Woodbridge
Ansonia
Derby
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Other
We primarily serve the Lower Naugatuck Valley but our client base is anywhere from Fairfield to Waterbury to New Haven and to Meriden.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

MovingWithHOPE is a 501(c)3 charity in Shelton, CT, that specializes in securing scholarship funds for individuals with complicated brain and spinal injuries, allowing them to participate in year-round activity therapy programs. These programs include strength and conditioning to improve balance, gait and mobility; transfer skills; fall prevention training; emotional well-being; and reduction of secondary health risks such as obesity, diabetes, and heart and cardiovascular issues.

Our goal is to provide the missing and much-needed link between our client and doctor that shows each client specifically what and when each step is needed to make positive lifestyle changes and how they can accomplish realistic improvements over time.

Programs
Description 1. Scholarships for client activity therapy programs that include up to 5 hours per day of services. Many of the clients with moderate to severe brain or spinal injuries are heavily medicated or have other complications and need to be dosed with activity therapy in units of 20-30 minutes, many times 3-4 times per day. In between, they take a break for a snack, a brief nap or recreate using computers or socialization with aides and other clients.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities / People/Families of People with Health Conditions / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
For people with physical disabilities, 85% of each years clients enrolled will attend a minimum of 100 two hour sessions which will deliver significant neuromuscular stimulation and improvements in neuroplasticity. These goals will result in a greater probability of  continued independence.
This will be measured by:
1. Distances and speed improvements walking around an indoor track with or without an assistive device or improvements in resistance tolerated and total time riding a functional electrical simulation bicycle.
2. Survey taken of client, family and friends on the clients improvements in ADL's and IADL's. 
 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
For the mission of MovingWithHOPE to have achieved long-term success, there must be an expansion of this program or programs just like it in 30 more locations in Connecticut in 5 to 10 years. This would enable 6000 to 10000 people with moderate to severe brain or spinal injuries in CT remain independent in the homes with better functional health and a better quality of life. The off-shoot is an approximate 500 million dollar reduction in Medicaid nursing home care, home care and as much as half that savings in unscheduled doctor and hospital visits.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We have experienced and increase in people served per week recorded in a attendance chart, along with the number of visits each per makes per week. We have also had an increase in the geographic area we serve, where we now extend our program beyond the Lower Naugatuck Valley to New Haven, Milford, Woodbridge, Monroe, Trumbull, Bridgeport, Westport and Fairfield.
 
We also use outcome evaluators such as increases in upper and lower body strength, hand dexterity assessments, timed balance tests, timed obstacle course with and without stability harness and periodic brief surveys asking about any changes in quality of life, program satisfaction and level of happiness.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Robert W. came to us beginning in 2009. Upon beginning his program here, he was rated by the DSS as a lifetime resident of nursing home care. because he was unable to perform any ADL's or IADL's. All physical and occupational therapy was withdrawn, deemed unnecessary.
 
He came to us 5 days a week via Valley Transit for 6 months. Each day, we worked with him on functional strength, ADL's, torso control and toileting skills. Within 6 months, upon DSS evaluation by PT's, Speech and Occupational Therapist determined he could live home safely with less than half the cost of living in the nursing home. Robert W. is one of dozens of our former and current clients who have had similar results from our year round access to aggressive functional activity therapy.  
Description
Our clients with moderate to severe brain or spinal injuries move slowly and also forget tasks regarding their activity therapy. Companions provide verbal and tactile cues to the clients to help the clients complete their program. They also provide assistance with toileting, snack and lunch preparation, logging into computers, and provide conversation and socialization.
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities / Other Health/Disability
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
For clients in our program for a minimum of 4 months, 50% will receive daily contact with our volunteer companions coming from the Shelton High School Transitional Educational program. 50% of the clients will receive assistance with lunch an snack preparation and assistance with onsite recreational programs and socialization with other clients and staff. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
For clients in our program for a minimum of 4 months, 100% will receive daily contact with our volunteer companions coming from the Shelton High School Transitional Education program managed by Edward Kasey as well as paid companions from the local community. The clients will receive assistance with lunch and snack preparation, and assistance with onsite recreational programs and socialization with other clients and staff.
 
The students will receive training and experiences that will facilitate their considering pursuing a career in the Allied Health Care Field. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Clients and companions will self-report to their respective managers their satisfaction with the mutual interactions between companions and clients.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We have had many of our clients with moderate to severe brain or spinal injury become much more alert and social since beginning the companion program 2 years ago. We have one current companion from the transitional educational program and one previous companion pursuing a career in physical medicine or radiology. 
Description We provide the HEED program two time per year. Each program meets one time per week for 16 weeks, each class being 90 minutes. It is run by a certified instructor in cognitive behavioral strategies for healthy eating and weight loss.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. For clients participating in a new Health Eating Every Day program, 70% will have completed assigned homework for the 16 week class and 70% will have attended 70% of the scheduled classes. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. For clients completing the 16 week Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED) program, 70% will have maintained between 7-10 pounds weight loss for 2 years, completed 70% of the assigned homework and attended 70% of the scheduled classes.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The program facilitator tracks all the attendance, lateness, homework assignments completed, and class participation. HEED is a evidence-based program with over 10 years of international collected data. The facilitator uploads all  the collected data and our program is compared to prior programs. The web-based uploaded data is automatically analyzed by the HEED website and a report is generated.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Our facilitator was selected because she has over 25 years as a trainer in various local non-profits. She was also 70 pounds overweight. During the first year we ran the program, she lost 90 pounds following the cognitive-behavior techniques suggested through her following the program. In addition, several first year clients lost 20-25 pounds and one client lost 50 pounds. Upon follow up phone calling 3 of the first year clients have maintained their weight loss and two have had only a modest return of body weight. The key success measurement that the HEED program uses is how long folks remain weight stable. We are still collecting that data.
Description We currently provide LMT two days a week for up to 4 hours per day. LMT is a critical component to the health and wellness of people with moderate to severe brain or spinal injuries. It helps to abate using higher levels of prescribed narcotics for pain and dramatically improves circulation in the effected area thus reducing risks for infection, clots, increased pain with movement and amputation.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / Other Health/Disability
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. For MovingwithHOPE to appropriate $5000 out of it's total estimated gross income of $100,000 in 2015 to pay for 125 massages at an average of $40 per massage. We would require every client who wants and needs a massage to pay toward the cost of the massage based on 1% per year of their gross income.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. For clients with moderate to severe brain and spinal injuries or diseases, 70% of the clients would be able to receive licensed massage therapy two to three times per month for 30 to 60 minutes per session at no charge. These are clients on SSI or SSDI with monthly incomes of under $1500 who are living at home with loved ones or live alone with DSS assistance. We would require each client to pay toward the massage based on 1% per year of their gross income.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Clients and family members will self report the results of regular massage on their effected area (s). Our LMT is also a register nurse and keeps SOAP notes on each client and reports to family members any changes in pain, skin discoloration, edema or any other related complaints that may impact the short-term health of our clients that are of a medical nature.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We have several instances where people with physical disabilities, the elderly or both have had dramatic improvements in hand dexterity from deep tissue massage and Reiki. We have 3 clients who have severe brain injury who regularly receive massage and on several occasions over the past 2-3 years the massage therapist/nurse has helped the client receive immediate attention by their primary physician before more serious progression occurs with peripheral vascular infection or clotting. Massage and a trained medical eye along with the ability to regularly see clients has become a critical asset to our program
Description This program is in the process of being launched. It is a critical year round program for a child with disabilities to develop, not just good health habits, but to have the scientifically recognized cognitive and physiological benefits of year round physical activity during ages 5 to 12.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Families / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy No
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Provide complimentary quarterly family activity days open to all child ages 5 to 12. We will continue this process until we have registered enough child who can pay the market rate for these programs and allow this income, along with small grants and donations to subsidize children's program  who families are poor and economically disadvantaged.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Year round inclusive physical activity and nutrition program for young children with special needs is not currently available in our region. It is our intent to provide these services so as child with all abilities play together there will be greater tolerance  and acceptance of people with special needs both in the recreational arena and in the employment arena.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program success will be measured by the increase in program participation and the increase in visits per week. Also, success will be measured by the increase in geographical area served.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
As previously stated, the one major challenge is finding sustainable funding. Our programs and services are not funded by any DSS or DDS waiver programs in Connecticut. People with physical disabilities are extremely under served. To overcome this challenge, we knew we needed large venues to create awareness and people on our board with a passion for our mission. We began this awareness process by having the first annual Wheel-Walk in October at the Shelton Veterans Memorial Park. We are now into our 5th year, with the event expanding to include a 50 mile bike up the Naugatuck Greenway and a 6 hour music festival.
 
Our original 4-5 board stakeholders  worked closely with the local Chamber of Commerce and United Way to recruit some exceptional board members who have a great deal of local and regional contacts with agencies, corporations and organizations that serve our clients with other types of services or programs. This will allow us to reach out all over Connecticut to help secure sponsorship and event participants that will result in an extremely successful September 2014 bike challenge and music festival. In the late Spring of 2015, we will kickoff a second large event in memoriam of several Connecticut citizens with spinal cord injuries who recently passed away. We will be having this "yet to be named"  motorcycle event in May or June of 2015.
 
In addition, we have invested monies to either buy the rights to or developed ourselves the most well recognized evidence-based curriculum for each of our five programs. These quality programs help with providing great outcomes and strong retention of the client.
 
The clients we reach have income well below the poverty line and need scholarships to participant in our programs to secure their ongoing community-based independence. The most relevant information to reveal is that over 30 years of corporate wellness research, reviewing the medical and productivity records of 10's of 1000's of employees,  have shown that when people with multiple medical problems regularly participate in exercise therapy and wellness programs, their is a 400 percent return on investment by the end of year one.
 
MWH hopes that with more awareness of it's mission and if we all just begin to believe a little bit, that when people with physical disabilities have access to year round activity therapies and inclusive socialization, every community will grow stronger and economically more secure.
CEO/Executive Director
Mr Thatcher Duni
Term Start Feb 2010
Email tadduni@movingwithhope.org
Experience

Mr.  Duni received his Master's Degree from Columbia University in 1981 in Applied Physiology and Movement Sciences. He has been the past Fitness and Wellness Director of the Richardson-Vicks Wellness program (1985 to 1992) and the HealthNet Fitness Program Director (1999 to 2002).

He has owned, operated and been clinical director of LifeDesigns ReAbility Center since 1984, where he has personally worked with thousands of youth and adults with special needs and chronic illness improve their general health and well being.

Mr. Duni has served on various boards of directors for organizations such as the BHcare (Valley Mental Health), Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, Shelton Economic Development Corporation and American Heart Association. He was the co-founder and Chairman of The Shelton Day Festival and the President of the Shelton Commerce and Industry Association from 1985 to 1990. More recently, in 2010, he co-founded and co-chaired  the very successful Wheeling and Able Shelton River Walk for four years which is being re-branded this year and being called “Down By The River”.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate 75%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Board Chair
Mr Thatcher Duni
Company Affiliation LifeDesigns ReAbility Center
Term Feb 2012 to Feb 2015
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Carol Deaso self-employed
Mr. Fred Frank Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Gianinno Self-employed Finance Consultant
Mr. Christopher Hill PayChex
Mr Todd Johnston Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark Kimmerle self-employed Graphic Designer
Mr. Thomas Moran Sel-employed Manufacturing Consultant
Ms Deborah Noack Sacred Heart University
Mr. Paul Stefano LifeDesigns ReAbility Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 2
CEO Comments
MovingWithHOPE (MWH) was founded by Thatcher Duni. Thatcher is also the founder and owner of LifeDesigns. I an effort to raise awareness and funding for people in need of activity therapy, Thatcher founded MWH for the majority of people who do not have the economic resources to pay the market value of the programs.
 
MWH mission is to provides scholarships and specialized equipment needed for LifeDesigns ReAbility to only provide activity therapy services. MWH provides all other day services.  The MWH mission relates to any other business in CT, for-profit or non-profit that is willing to take on similar programming provided at LifeDesigns. At the time of MWH receiving 501c3 status in 2010 and up to the present, LifeDesigns is still the only CT provider for year round activity therapy programs to such a broad variety and number of people with physical disabilities.
 
LifeDesigns is contracted by MWH and MWH remains the fiduciary of any monies that come in to MWH or are paid out to LifeDesigns from donations, grants or foundations or programming profits.
 
As CEO of MWH  and owner of LifeDesigns, I recognize that it is impossible for LifeDesigns or any company to effectively serve more than 100 people or 7,000 total visits per year with people with brain or spinal injuries. 7000 visits represents, with this population, over 350 labor hours per week. And, every labor hour does not qualify for insurance payment because everyone of our clients has failed physical therapy and been discharged from their annual physical therapy benefit. They excel with our model because the have up to 5 hour per day of physical, emotional and social stimulation. This model follows the principles of neuro-plasticity; that a person with a moderate to severe brain or spinal injury needs 10 hours per week of stimulation to restructure neuro-pathways and make measurable gains.
 
The challenge or magnitude of the problem is measured by how many people in CT and in every state need these services. In State of CT, there are over 60,000 residents with paralysis and another 240,000 with moderate to severe mobility disabilities who are on some form of State aide.
 
So, the challenge remains finding a sustainable funding source to perhaps just serve one percent or 3000 CT residents. The achievement of that goal would provide enormous financial and human capital benefits. 
 
What long-term opportunities await to impact this challenge will be determined by conversations with those State and Federal elected officials who embrace the magnitude of the problems of epidemic chronic diseases and physical disabilities and appropriate funding to both effectively prevent and manage these epidemics.
 
 
 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Mar 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Feb 28 2015
Projected Revenue $149,050.00
Projected Expenses $124,025.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
MWH501c3
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$9,389$6,861$2,539
Administration Expense$6,202$4,267$1,084
Fundraising Expense$233$233--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.130.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%60%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$4,994$5,140$450
Current Assets$4,314$3,615--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$680----
Total Net Assets$4,314$5,140$450
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Valley Community Foundation $500The Valley Community Foundation $500The Valley Community Foundation $500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.34----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
MWH has developed several programs and services that stand to provide a substantial and sustainable annual income. These include our Health Eating Every Day program, youth adaptive exercise, onsite massage therapy and a onsite clothing and jewelry store. We also have a late summer fundraiser called Down By The River which has two components:  a non-competitive bike up the Naugatuck Greenway to Waterbury and back to Downtown Shelton and a 6 hour music festival. We expect a net revenue of $50,000. 
 
Our greatest challenge is to create even greater revenue so 1000's of Connecticut residents can benefit from our ReturnAbility Program. We have four strategies:
1. Have more than one Down By The River event in Connecticut on the same day where the locations follow the the dozens of Greenways being built throughout CT.
2. Have a late Spring Statewide Motorcycle event beginning in 2015 supporting survivors of brain & spinal injures.
3.  Work on developing more Awareness of our mission in the Fairfield & New Haven Counties so we can maximize potential donations from the area's GiveGreater programs.
4. Our greatest long-term opportunity is to work with the Federal Department of Education and US Congress to conduct research and introduce a bill to Congress. 

 

In 2013, the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposed a priority under the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Specifically (RRTC), this notice proposes a priority for an RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities. The Assistant Secretary is using this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2014 and later years. They take this action to focus research attention on an area of national need. They intend the priority to contribute to improved health and function outcomes for individuals aging with long-term physical disabilities. MWH intends to compete for this grant in 2016.

MWH is also working with the offices of Senator Murphy, Senator Blumenthal, and Representatives Delauro and Himes to draft a bill that would amend an existing law to include funding for year round access to activity therapy, better nutrition and inclusive socialization to people with physical disabilities. This bill would help 10’s of 1000’s of people with physical disabilities around America to remain independent in their homes, improve health and wellness and maintain gainful employment. 

 

Foundation Staff Comments MovingWithHope has filed the 990 postcard.
 
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Address 18 Center St
Shelton, CT 06484
Primary Phone 203 513 8424
Contact Email movingwithhope@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr Thatcher Duni
Board Chair Mr Thatcher Duni
Board Chair Company Affiliation LifeDesigns ReAbility Center

 

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