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Attachments 9-12: RFP 2011-4 Reviewer Summary, Inclusive Faith-Based Communities Symposium

OneStar Foundation (Austin)

Key Project Staff

Project Director: Liz Darling

Project Coordinator: Suzanne Potts

Project Location (counties): Travis

Project Abstract

The Austin Interfaith Inclusion Network will be created through partnerships between OneStar Foundation, Jewish Family Service and Texas A&M University’s Center on Disability and Development. The Network will be an ongoing, self-sustaining, alliance of faith-based organizations in Austin, Texas committed to including people with developmental disabilities and loved ones in faith-based practices, community service, and programs. Inclusion successes, concerns and barriers will be identified and will inform two annual symposia featuring local and national experts, focusing on best practices, goal setting, and collaborative problem solving. During the year one symposium, the Network members will create organizational and community-wide inclusion plans.

Year 1 Budget

Funding amount requested: $71,453

Match: $18,435

Total Project Cost: $89,888

Strengths

  • The proposer recognizes the existence of many barriers, including those that relate to attitude, physical access, and administration.
  • The proposer appears to understand “full” inclusion; the proposal notes that people may “live in the community but are not part of the community.”
  • The proposal emphasizes person-centered planning, and the proposer has a connection to the Institute for Person-Centered Practices.
  • The proposer intends to build on momentum created by Jewish Family Services.
  • The proposer plans to address emerging issues.
  • The proposer will establish practices that can be replicated.
  • The proposal included strong letters of support that were individually drafted and describe specific commitments.
  • The proposer plans for network to arise out of this effort; this appears to be a realistic goal as well as an honest one.
  • The proposal was very well written.

Needs

  • The proposal should include more information about how the project will include people with various types of disabilities, including mental illness, and how outreach will be done to ensure that people of different ethnicities are included.
  • The proposer needs to develop a more robust recruitment plan.
  • The proposer should more fully explore how partnerships can be truly reciprocal.
  • The proposer should provide more information related to what actions they will take to address public policy issues.
  • It was difficult to tell who, exactly, was going to be doing what. More detail should be provided regarding the roles of staff, partners, and volunteers.

Questions/Concerns

None of the proposals demonstrated a very good grasp of how much information and resources are already available. This information can be gathered by doing an internet search, and this research should be done prior to implementation of project activities. There is no need to “reinvent the wheel.”

Final Recommendation

Fundable.

The Arc of Greater Tarrant County dba IDD Needs Council of Tarrant County (Fort Worth)

Key Project Staff

Project Director: Beth Cain

Project Coordinator: N/A

Project Location (counties): Tarrant

Project Abstract

Arc GTC dba the IDD Needs Council of Tarrant County will partner with the local faithbased community to initiate a partnership designed to enhance and facilitate full inclusiveness of people with an IDD diagnosis into faith communities of their choice. Two faithbased symposiums, over three years, will be developed and held to share information on inclusive practices. Each participating group will return to their community with an implementation plan, supports, followup and the charge to assist other groups in duplicating their efforts. A research component will be included to evaluate successes and the impact of inclusion in faith communities.

Year 1 Budget

Funding amount requested: $ 75,000

Match: $ 25,000

Total Project Cost: $100,000

Strengths

  • The proposer plans to build on what already exists.
  • The proposal describes a strong, diverse partnership, and one of the partner organizations is the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Needs Council of Tarrant County. They will be able to provide input into the project activities from multiple perspectives.
  • The proposal focuses on the contributions that people with developmental disabilities can make to their community. They acknowledge the interdependence of people living in communities, and it appears that people with developmental disabilities and their families will be equal partners in the project – partners who will have the opportunity to both give and receive.
  • The proposer plans to use non-TCDD funds to pay for social workers to provide some support and to do research.
  • Using the initial Leadership Luncheon as a catalyst for an open discussion about faith and inclusion is a great idea and could get the project off to a strong start.
  • The proposer recognizes that faith-based groups have a need for education and knowledge around specific issues, and they plan to address the need for churches to receive support and training to manage behavioral challenges.
  • The proposal specifically states that they are focusing on “inclusion for all,” which is consistent with TCDD values.
  • The hotel in which the Symposiums will be held might be an attractive, neutral location that might increase the likelihood of a wide range of people coming.
  • Educational materials will be in different formats.
  • The partners plan to develop respite programs that are much needed.

Needs

  • Having social workers serve as consultants to churches is a plan that must be carefully considered; the secular, progressive culture of social work might not be a good fit with the leadership of all churches.
  • The budget does not include money for staff; without more information, it’s difficult to determine if this is appropriate and/or realistic.
  • The hotel in which the symposiums will be held is quite expensive. There might be a less expensive location that would still be neutral and have the necessary capacity.
  • More information should be provided about what technical assistance and follow-up will be provided to participating faith communities. Whoever is providing the technical assistance will need to make sure they understand how faith communities operate.
  • The proposer should make every effort to involve the seminaries and other pastoral training programs in the area as much as possible.

Questions/Concerns

None of the proposals demonstrated a very good grasp of how much information and resources are already available. This information can be gathered by doing an internet search, and this research should be done prior to implementation of project activities. There is no need to “reinvent the wheel.”

Final Recommendation

Fundable.

Jewish Family Service of Dallas

Key Project Staff

Project Director/Coordinator: Teri Kachur

Project Location (counties): Dallas, Collin, Denton and Rockwall

Project Abstract

Our Greater Dallas area symposium will create collaborative initiative to share successful community awareness building and inclusion strategies for fully embracing people with disabilities and their families with leadership and consumers from a cross-section of faith communities. Participants will be empowered to create opportunities within and between respective communities that support a person or family with a disability and their efforts to reach their highest potential socially, emotionally, behaviorally, academically and spiritually. The symposium will serve as a springboard for ongoing evaluation, feedback, dialogue and program enhancement towards further learning and program and resource development opportunities.

Year 1 Budget

Funding amount requested: $ 75,000

Match: $ 25,000

Total Project Cost: $100,000

Strengths

  • The proposer understands the struggles that people with developmental disabilities and their families experience as well as the struggles communities have in supporting people and their families.
  • The organization has previous related work experience and appears to have the capability of carrying out the project. They demonstrate they can successfully host a symposium, and they have a history of being involved in interfaith work.
  • The proposer appears to understand the need for, and benefits of, partnerships, and will partner with a wide range of other organizations.
  • The roles of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) are clearly identified.
  • The proposal outlined how the work will continue after TCDD funding ends.
  • The organization appears to be “a leader among groups” who provides consultation and guidance to others.
  • The letters of support provided are strong and indicate a commitment to collaboration.

Needs

  • The steps that will be taken to meet the goals must be more fully explained and outlined.
  • The proposer plans to have the PAC to develop the plans for sustainability and evaluation; however, the proposer needs to take responsibility for ensuring that the PAC comes up with clear, realistic plans.
  • The organization should consider ways to involve individuals in addition to organizations.
  • It is not clear why there are funds budgeted for out-of-state travel, especially since funds have not been identified to reimburse in-state mileage or expenses for the advisory committee.
  • The amount of money budgeted for speakers seems excessive considering that well-known speakers in the field of disability and faith do not generally charge high rates.
  • The proposer should provide information, technical assistance, and guidance to other faith communities, but it isn’t appropriate to expect others to necessarily follow their model. Faith communities must decide themselves what will work for them.
  • The proposer should give additional thought to how they can partner with governmental agencies to increase the impact of their project.
  • The proposer needs to develop a more robust plan for recruitment.
  • The proposer should indicate where the symposium will be held.

Questions/Concerns

None of the proposals demonstrated a very good grasp of how much information and resources are already available. This information can be gathered by doing an internet search, and this research should be done prior to implementation of project activities. There is no need to “reinvent the wheel.”

Final Recommendation

Fundable.

West Central Texas Regional Foundation

Key Project Staff

Project Director: Michelle Parker

Project Coordinator: o be determined

Project Abstract

The West Central Texas Regional Foundation’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) will host two educational symposiums designed to present best practices, dispel misperceptions, and design/complete a self-evaluation tool for diverse faith-based organizations assessing internal programming and physical structures with regard to persons with developmental disabilities. A Project Coordinator will collect resulting best practices, and provide advocacy and technical assistance to faith-based organizations. An online directory of faith-based organizations listing accessible programming and structures will be available to persons with disabilities and their families. Faith-based organizations will learn appropriate outreach, and understand the benefits of inclusive programming for all.

Year 1 Budget

Funding amount requested: $ 75,000

Match: $ 27,496

Total Project Cost: $102,496

Strengths

  • The organization has a history of working with people with disabilities.
  • The proposal did a good job of addressing diversity, and the project will include different ethnicities and involve rural areas.
  • The directory that will be developed could be very beneficial to a lot of people in the region.
  • The proposer understands that faith communities/churches need more information and education to be able to support/include people with developmental disabilities.
  • The President of the Abilene Association of Congregations has committed to being involved as an advisor.
  • The job description of the coordinator was excellent.
  • The partnership between an aging and disability resource center and faith-based communities could have broad impact beyond the original goal

Needs

  • The proposal doesn’t address how the symposiums would be sustained after TCDD funding ends.
  • There is no funding for the actual symposium in the budget; the proposer needs to clarify how the symposium will be funded.
  • The proposal needs more detail to outline the planned actions – at the very least, the proposal should have more than one milestone and should state where the symposiums will be held.
  • The proposer plans to develop an assessment tool; these already exist. When choosing an assessment tool, the proposer should ensure that the assessment tool is “gift-based” rather than “need-based.”

Questions/Concerns

None of the proposals indicated an awareness of the significant amount of information and resources that are already available. This information can be gathered by doing an internet search; and it should be done prior to implementation of project activities. There is no need to “reinvent the wheel.”

Final Recommendation

Fundable (with qualifications).