July 26, 2017
We are pleased to spotlight First Nonprofit Unemployment Savings Program member, Blue Water Developmental Housing (BWDH)! BWDH provides a variety of housing and support services through CARF*-accredited residential and community based programs in Marysville, Michigan for people with special needs and those involved in their lives.
Since its founding in 1976, BWDH has empowered, educated and supported individuals with disabilities through a variety of services, including their Residential Program. The Program offers community living in family-like settings of its ten group homes in two counties and 16 supportive living arrangements. The homes administer an array of social, medical and health services to over 200 individuals. Staff also assist individuals with Skill Training in order for them to develop the tools necessary to live as independently as possible.
Through the Enriching Community Life Program, para-professional staff provide community-based support that is designed by the individual using a person-centered planning process. Individuals have the opportunity to choose from a variety of curriculum based skill sessions. Each session provides “real life” experiences to increase individual skills such as problem-solving techniques and to establish connections in the community.
In 2013, First Nonprofit Group estimated a 2014 SUTA cost of $47,265 for Blue Water Developmental Housing. As a member of our Unemployment Savings Program BWDH would only pay $27,659 that same year. By enrolling, BWDH had an immediate cash savings of $19,606 in 2014 and has saved over $179,451 through 2017 with First Nonprofit. That’s over a 60% savings!
We look forward to many more years of success with Blue Water Developmental Housing! For more information on their services, please visit their website: http://www.bwdh.org/.
* Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
The Ensight Skills Center has enjoyed working with First Nonprofit for several years. We are enrolled in their Unemployment Savings Program and although we have not required a lot of intervention, there have been a few times. I know others have dealt with the same problem of unemployment fraud over the last year and in our case, a call to First Nonprofit (they actually answer their phones) cleared up the issue. They also sent us a letter to send to all our employees telling them what they needed to do to prevent this in the future and protect themselves. What a relief! Over the years if I have questions or concerns, they are happy to listen, advise and help if they can. Another BIG advantage of using First Nonprofit is that all the money that is paid into the Unemployment Savings Program lives on my balance sheet as an asset. The money continues to be Ensight’s not the governments. First Nonprofit has certainly given me peace of mind.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.
NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.
It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.
Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.
Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.