Member Spotlight: Blue Water Developmental Housing

July 26, 2017

Member Spotlight: Blue Water Developmental Housing

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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.

Success with First Nonprofit Group – Savings of over $170,000!

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!

 

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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

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Testimonials

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.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

We were introduced to First Nonprofit through another housing authority. In our analysis and comparison to what we were paying the State, our first year savings was $5,800 plus. We have been with them since the end of 2008 and I am glad we have been. I consider them an arm of our HR department.

Kankakee County Housing Authority, Kankakee, IL

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.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

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.

Hugh Parry, Retired President of Prevent Blindness America