Russell Home for Atypical Children
510 W. Holden Avenue
Orlando FL 32839
Contact Information
Address 510 W. Holden Avenue
Orlando, FL 32839
Phone (407) 8558063
Fax (407) 8558063
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card https://www.russellhome.org
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Mission
Mission

 

Mission Statement of the Russell Home for Atypical Children 

The mission of The Russell Home for Atypical Children is to provide quality of care along with unconditional love of children and child-like adults with multiple special needs.  Providing a family atmosphere residential home, 24 hour respite care, dance classes, art classes and socialization with others to promote personal growth and confidence.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Vantrease Blair
Board Chair Mrs. Vantrease Blair
Board Chair Company Affiliation Russell Home for Atypical Children, Inc.
History
IRS Ruling Year 1966
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,733,015.00
Projected Expenses $1,743,481.00
Statements
Mission

 

Mission Statement of the Russell Home for Atypical Children 

The mission of The Russell Home for Atypical Children is to provide quality of care along with unconditional love of children and child-like adults with multiple special needs.  Providing a family atmosphere residential home, 24 hour respite care, dance classes, art classes and socialization with others to promote personal growth and confidence.

Impact
The Russell Home provides the 'day school', which is two classrooms for special needs who have aged out of the public school system.  It has been very successful and we are growing everyday!   
 
Our classroom is based on a 2nd grade level of learning along with segmented teaching for the more high functioning when needed.  The lessons are tied in with field trips to enhance their social skills and practice the information they have been taught. 
 
We  implemented a fitness program to ensure all residents and the day care residents maintain as much coordination and healthy circulation as possible.  This program includes working with the bed ridden population by stretching limbs and core.
 
Along with the fitness program we  introduced a more tailored meal plan for the chromosome deficiencies and medical conditions. 
 
We are continuously working on improving all the above programs to make sure we are as efficient as possible for each resident who lives within our home and the dependents families' trust us to care for each day during the day programs.
 
All our services our free to the community, the families who have to work and need our day care for their dependents, this is a program they could not live without! 
 
 
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs
The Russell Home's top five needs to ensure the future of our home would be the following:
 
1.  Continue to provide the high standards of care for our special residents by offering the best incentive and benefits for our full-time caregivers.
 
2.  Name recognition strategic plan.
 
3.  Funding to support our classroom for life skills, fitness and future work program for the high functioning child-like residents.
 
4.  Implement a clearly defined legacy program.
 
5.  Funding to maintain our clinical program ensuring the quality of life of each resident regardless of their disability.
 
Background
The Russell Home was licensed in 1951 by the State of Florida, issuing license #1 to Vantrease Russell to care for atypical children.  1947 was the year Vantrease Russell, took in her first child.  It was not obvious to her, but to everyone who knew her, she had a special bond with special needs children.  Her home became well known through word of mouth in the 1950s and 1960s.  Children arrived on her doorstep and much of the time she never heard from the families again.  
 
The Russell Home was not planned, it is a mission that grew out of need for families who had no where to turn, especially in the early days when a special needs child was usually hidden away.  Vantrease Russell became the mother to many children through out her lifetime, she became known as 'Grandma Russell'.
 
Initially, Grandma Russell would barter with the local stores and neighbors.  She would sew or do laundry in trade for food and clothes for the children who lived in the home.  As the word spread, neighbors and businesses began helping her by collecting items needed and money for operating of the home.  
 
Grandma "Vantrease" Russell received many awards through her lifetime, including the Caring Institute Award given in Washington D.C.  Her portrait now hangs in the Caring Institute, the highest honor a volunteer can receive in the United States.  She believed if you do what God asks of you, and you do not boast of your deeds and He will provide for all the needs. She never displayed any awards, she never asked for money or donations, they came to her. 
 
She communicated to her family through the years that if the community chose to stop supporting the Russell Home, it was then time to close the doors.  The community has never stopped supporting the Russell Home, it's more apparent even today by the number of visitors and donations we receive.  We do not advertise as she requested, but we do tell her story when we are invited.  She worked her entire life and never received a paycheck, and she loved every moment!
 
 The third generation, Grandma Russell's granddaughters, currently run the Russell Home along with an active Board of Directors. 
 
CEO Statement
As the Director of the Russell Home and the granddaughter of Vantrease Russell, I feel as though we are unique in what we do because we treat every child or child-like adult in our care as if they were our brother or sister.  
 
We do not call our home an orphanage, but it has been dubbed by local media as the 'humble orphanage for special needs'.  We choose not to use the word 'orphan' because they are apart of our family.  Out of the 24 who live in our home, there are five families who visit on occasion.
  
The girls have slumber parties with friends they have met through other facilities or homes.
 
The boys work at the Thrift Store, they sell Christmas trees and they make sure the garbage is taken out every night.
 
State homes or institutions do not provide the same type of setting or show the love as belonging to a family or a place to call their home.  Our home has a low turn over of caregivers which provides continuity of care and bonding relations.  This is the children's home, they roam freely throughout the home with access to a family member at all times.
 
It's a true joy to have them walk in my office and tell me what new letter they learned in school or who they have a crush on today! Knowing they are so incredibly happy is our sign of success.  
 
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Human Services
Primary Organization SubType Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Secondary Organization Type Health Care
Secondary Organiztion SubType Health Support
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL
We have no boundaries for our services.  We receive calls from all over the country, but focus on the local families in Orlando for access to our daily programs.
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
The Russell Home aims to maintain a home for the children and child-like adults with special needs who need a home when their parents and/or siblings are no longer capable to care for them.  In addition, we want to provide the respite care which many families with a special needs dependent need but can not afford.  We can help them at no cost and provide the same level of care they would receive from a pay-for- service facility.
 
Our day school program for those who have aged out of the public school system, provides the child-like adults a purpose to get up everyday, a place to socialize and the feeling of success! 
Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
 
Our most important strategy for 2018-2019 is to begin to file for support through local grants and foundations.  This is a very important building block for our future, we are extremely excited!
 
The ability to partnership with local grantors and foundations will strengthen our ability to plan for the future and continue to provide needed services with no expense to the families we are assisting.
 
 
 
 
Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
We are licensed as a group home through the State of Florida, not as a provider, as we do not accept government funding, but as a structurally safe home and monitored medication administration program.
 
Our 24 hour a day staff are licensed CNAs and a full time registered nurse.  We have two amazing ladies who created and implemented a classroom setting focusing on life skills and daily personal care, in addition to a curriculum including reading, writing, math, geography and history.
 
We contract with a dance teacher who comes onsite to teach dance class each week and a music class held by one of our own teachers, who gives piano lessons.
 
Our standards of care for all the residential residents is based on a 24-hour plan of care closely monitored by our administrative staff.  A primary care physician who visits as needed or at least once a month.  We have a cardiologist and podiatrist who both visit monthly. 
 
Speech and physical therapists visit onsite each week to assist with many of our residents.
 
Our physical therapy room is sponsored by Southwest Airline pilots.  Our dining and kitchen were built by David Weekly Homes, our walkin cooler and freezer was built and is maintained by ABC Fine Wines.  We are blessed to have maintenance provided by Wiggenton Fire Systems, MIS and Industrial Laundry systems.
 
Orange Buick GMC provides a golf tournament every year for our operations budget and Circle Christian School provides a 5K Run for the home each year.
 
Other wonderful supporters are Harvill's Produce, Westgate Resorts, TGLee Dairy, Full Sail University, IKEA and Southwest MCO. 
 
 
Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
We are proud of the accomplishments of the previous generations who maintained a loving home for special needs children and adults when there were no services available to families.  The home has sustained itself for over 65 years by donations of clothing, food, health items and monetary support from local businesses, churches and families.
 
We need to work on name recognition.  We are a small non-profit, unknown to many while helping families everyday.
 
Programs
Description
We provide a full time residential home for mentally and physically challenged children and adults with the mental capacity of a child.  Most of our residents have lived in the home most of their lives and have become part of our family.  We provide all the nursing care, food, clothing and a loving family.  We celebrate birthdays and milestones in their lives.
 
If capable, the child/adult attends the day school, field trips and dance class.  Sunday School is every Friday afternoon and the highlight of their week! 
Population Served General/Unspecified
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. We believe our long term success has been shown through the 60+ years of service to the community and our dedication in continuing the mission.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We monitor our success by the ability to continue our services for the current 24 children who live in our home.  The ability to continue to be debt free and continue to offer the free day-care, day school and dance classes to the community.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
We know our home is doing well when families call who have heard of the home and desperately would like their child or sibling to live onsite.  We encourage each child or child-like adult to be as independent as they can be.  The classroom experience gives them great confidence.  We have seen a child who never got out of bed or dressed himself, begin to wake up each morning and get dressed.  He now goes to the classroom door and waits for the door to open at 9 am!
 
If capable each child/adult is given chores to do after school. They take their responsibilities very serious and are so proud of their accomplishment.  The chores are as simple as checking the mail, wiping door knobs with Lysol or taking out the garbage.
Comments
CEO Comments
As the Director of the Russell Home for the past five years, a Board member for 12 years and the granddaughter of the founder, Vantrease Russell, the biggest challenge is to ensure my Grandmother's mission continues as she requested and operated the way she insisted!  
 
We, as a family, have chosen not to accept government funding or aid because we would not be allowed to have the 'home' atmosphere and special services we provide today.  
 
When depending on the community for a majority of our funding, name recognition is a very important factor.  Although we have been in Orlando for over 60 years, most Central Florida residents have never heard of our home. Our challenge is to get our name and mission known to the public.
 
As the third generation Executive Director my goal is to maintain our level of care giving and increase the level of funding to ensure the financial stability of our home for years to come.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Vantrease Blair
Company Affiliation Russell Home for Atypical Children, Inc.
Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Stephen Brock
Company Affiliation Farm Bureau Insurance
Term Start Apr 2014 Apr 2015
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. Michaael Beam Russell Family SeatVotingNo
Ms. Vantrease Blair Russell Home for Atypical Children, Inc.VotingNo
Mr. Stephen Brock Farm Bureau InsuranceVotingYes
Mr. Michael Haag Burr Forman LLPVotingNo
Mr. John Huckeba BrighthouseVotingNo
Mr. Steve Lareau Lareau & Lareau, CPAVotingNo
Mrs. Renee Tanner Community VolunteerVotingNo
Ms. Tammy Wunderly Retired Orange County Fire DepartmentVotingNo
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 0
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Comments
CEO Comments


 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Vantrease Blair
Term Start Jan 2013
Email vantrease@russellhome.org
Experience
Vantrease Blair is the granddaughter of founder Vantrease Russell.  
 
Mrs. Blair served on the Board of Directors for 12 years prior to being appointed by the Board of Directors as the Executive Director in January 2013. 
 
Mrs. Blair's career prior to the Russell Home spanned 15 years with United Healthcare as an Account Manager for Public Sector and Major Corporations.  This included the managing of  healthcare budgets, benefits and implementation of health related programs. 
 
Along with the managing of existing accounts, marketing and presenting to prospective new clients with United Healthcare,  the Request for Proposal process and finalists presentations were an important responsibility of the position.
 
Vantrease Blair completed the Rollins Philanthropy Center -  Certificate in Leadership Practice program in December of 2012.  This was a very valuable program to assist in transitioning from a corporate position to a non-profit program.
 
 
 
 
 
CEO Salary Range $75,001 - $100,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
NameStartEnd
Mrs. Janet Russell Nixon June 2003Dec 2012
Mrs. Vantrease Russell Jan 1951June 2003
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 24
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 98%
Senior Staff
Title Operations Administrator
Experience/Biography
Mrs. Harris is the daughter of Vantrease Russell.  She has worked with the special children her entire life, they lived in the home since she was a child.  She worked as a special needs teacher with Primrose School before raising her own 10 children.  
 
Mrs. Harris has been trained in many techniques of care, most recently the study of Brain Gym to teach those with chromosome deficiency to train the right brain to speak to the left brain.  
Title Programs Administrator
Experience/Biography
Ms. Turner coordinates all programs; the day school, day care, fitness program, dance classes, art classes and field trips.  She also manages the dance team of girls who perform in the community.
 
Ms. Turner has worked with the special needs children at the Russell Home for the past 9 years.
 
Ms. Turner also works with all the community groups and businesses coordinating volunteer days, themed parties, and Russell Home needs.  She gives presentations when invited and gives tours on a daily basis.
 
Other
Collaborations
TG Lee Dairy - has provided dairy products for over 45 years weekly
Harvill's Produce - provides all fresh produce each week for over 45 years
Westgate Resorts - provided furniture for the new dorms and offices/they give holiday parties
Southwest Airlines - provides water supply, snacks, juice / they give holiday parties
Wigginton Fire - maintains our fire system and has done so for over 25 years
Emcor/MIS - maintains our air conditioning/heating systems
Circle Christian School - organizes a 5K Fun Run every year for the last 7 years
Orange Buick GMC - organizes and implements an annual Golf Tournament for the last 40 years
ABC Fine Wines - built a refrigerator/freezer building and maintains for over 15 years 
Full Sail University - provided a theater and annual funding 
 
 
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
CEO Comments We are licensed through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, which would be considered an affiliation.  Also, attached is a list of awards received through the years.
State Registration Exempt
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Nov
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Apr 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Mar 31, 2019
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2017990
2016Form 990
2015990
2014990
2013990
2012990
2011990
2010Form 990
2009Form 990
2008Form 990
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$915,616$0$0
Federal$0----
State$0----
Local$0----
Unspecified$915,616$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,153,514$1,188,699$1,285,740
$0$0$0
$328,596$352,626$362,546
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$55,646$34,726
Revenue In-Kind$229,601$220,776$256,388
Other$9,949$4,946$8,327
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,499,003$1,506,962$1,561,855
Administration Expense$272,220$210,832$213,073
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.491.061.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%88%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$3,615,741$2,787,813$2,474,509
Current Assets$474,658$916,776$798,817
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$64,061$277,642$69,237
Total Net Assets$3,551,680$2,510,171$2,405,272
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations, Corporations and Individuals $1,153,514 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment $915,616 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $328,596 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.413.3011.54
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2009 - Dec 2016
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date as of Oct 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

Please note on the latest 990 the net increase change in net assets on page 4, the $866,053 is related to the one time grant of $915,000 to renovate our building.  None of the costs associated with the renovation are included in the expenses, therefore the true cash flow is on page 6 which is ($77,000).


Foundation Comments
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
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Nonprofit Russell Home for Atypical Children
Address 510 W. Holden Avenue
Orlando, FL 32839
Primary Phone (407) 8558063
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Vantrease Blair
Board Chair Mrs. Vantrease Blair
Board Chair Company Affiliation Russell Home for Atypical Children, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1966