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HOW IT WORKS HOW DIY PROJECTS WORK

Everyone knows someone that can use a "hand up". Technology advancements have the ability to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. Unfortunately, the cost for simple tools, supplies, adaptive equipment and mechanisms to support Activities of Daily Living are not covered by medical insurance companies. Many low- income families are unable to experience simple conveniences that can help the live more independently. The DIY Program provides qualifying applicants with access to discounted and free equipment specifically identified as beneficial to the applicant's need at home and/or work. The cumulative cost of the items is usually less than $5,000 over a one-year period.
HOW IT WORKS
STEP ONE: Applicants Apply for Funding

STEP TWO: Our Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) reviews application documentation to determine eligibility. The CLIPP determine the appropriate items for applicant needs.

STEP THREE: Eligible applicants' information will be presented to Board Members for ranking approvals. The highest-ranking applicants will be funded first.

STEP FOUR: Applicants will be notified of grant awards as funding become available.

STEP FIVE: Approved Participants will receive a one-time Product Code to purchase approved items.

STEP SIX: Approved Participants are encouraged to thank their contributors within six months of project completion and complete a satisfaction survey after one year of installation.

ADDITIONAL STEP: If the Approved Participant needs equipment installation, our CEDIA Certified Integration Technician will schedule the installation and provide user training upon completion.

Commonly Purchased Items:

Hearing Impaired: Lighting Control Systems - Assistive Listening Devices - Sound Dampening Windows Echo Dampening Flooring/Ceiling/Walls, Life Threat Signalers - and more.

Visually Impaired: Voice Control - Music Therapy - Automated Access - Intercom - Light Adjustable Window Treatments - Textured Wall Coverings - Decorative Guiding Bars and Way-Finding Rails - Electronic Glasses - and more.

Physically Limited: Ramps - Railing - Lighting - Voice Control Systems - Automated Window Treatments, Bathroom Modifications - Appliance Modifications - Door Modifications - Closet Modifications - Stair Assistance - Intercom Systems - Falling Sensors - and more.

HOW SMALL MODIFICATIONS WORK

The G.A.S.K.I.N.S. Charity is dedicated to helping vulnerable populations experience life to the fullest regardless of income. Our team consist of knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated mission minded individuals. Our collective access to resources allows our IRS designated nonprofit to meet the needs of low income, elderly, disabled, and veteran populations by crafting individually designed space for clients and their families.

Small modification projects require our Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) staff to conduct a Home-visit Assessment to observe the potential participant manages their daily activities. These assessments are later reviewed by CEDIA Certified Integration Technician. Together, they develop a scope of work with the family members that will benefit from the modifications. Many of Arizona's residents suffer with challenges associated with wellness.

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Our Charity seeks donations and grants to be used for eligible clients to modify their homes with technology, mechanical and physical alterations. Small Modification Project focus on one or two areas for adaption. These projects include alterations to the home and are typically no more than $25,000.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP ONE: Applicants Apply for Funding

STEP TWO: Our Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) reviews application documentation to determine eligibility.

STEP THREE: The CLIPP and the CEDIA's Certified Integration Technician schedule a home-visit to meet with the family to observe and work with the family to develop a scope of work with cost estimates.

STEP FOUR: Eligible applicant scope of work with estimated cost is presented to Board Members for ranking approvals. The highest-ranking applicants will be funded first.

STEP FIVE: Applicants will be notified of grant awards as funding become available.

STEP SIX: The CIT will solicit three qualifying bids if necessary.

STEP SEVEN: Awarded Participants will receive an on-boarding communication which includes a schedule of events.

STEP EIGHT: Awarded Participants are encouraged to thank their contributors within six months of project completion and complete a satisfaction survey one year after installation.

STEP NINE: Awarded participants are required to submit an annual product and installation survey for three years.

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HOW LARGE MODIFICATION WORK

Our Large Renovation Grant Program requires home ownership, public bid for a General Contractor to renovate the home. It also requires participating clients to agree to a 10–15-year Forgivable Loan that is documented as a Second Lien on their property. This precaution ensures client commitment and on-going survey of benefit for these large projects that range from $26,000 to $100,000. The Charity provides these benefits to low income, elderly, disabled and veteran populations. The Charity writes grants, fundraises, and gets donations of money and products to complete projects. The Charity partners with business partners to help lower the cost of items that are appropriate for the individual's needs.

HOW IT WORKS
STEP ONE: Applicants Apply for Funding

STEP TWO: Our Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) reviews application documentation to determine eligibility.

STEP THREE: The CLIPP and the CEDIA's Certified Integration Technician schedule a home-visit to meet with the family to observe and work with the family to develop a scope of work with cost estimates.

STEP FOUR: Eligible applicant scope of work with estimated cost is presented to Board Members for ranking approvals. The highest-ranking applicants will be funded first.

STEP FIVE: Applicants will be notified of grant awards as funding become available.

STEP SIX: The CIT will host a site walk through and solicit three qualifying bids. Which will be awarded to one reputable company and managed by the CLIPP and CIT.

STEP SEVEN: Awarded Participants will receive an on-boarding communication which includes a schedule of events. During this time the bank will work with the family to explain the Forgivable Loan Process.

STEP EIGHT: Renovations will begin and be completed as soon as possible. Renovations may require a family to move out of the home for a short time. This will negotiate  with the family and funding may not be available. Families are encouraged work with family and friends to make these arrangements.

STEP NINE: Awarded Participants are encouraged to thank their contributors within six months of project completion and complete a satisfaction survey for the next three years after installation.

MISSION VISION PARTNERS

Arizona has a higher rate of noninstitutionalized persons with ambulator, vision, and hearing disabilities when compared to the national average. and hearing (American Census Survey 2016).
Partnering organizations are one of the best resources for meeting our client's needs. We don't play favorites and we will never promote one product exclusively. We seek
donations from organizations that have products and services that can meet the needs of our clients.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP ONE: An introduction meeting is set up with the Charity and the Organization. This meeting will explore products and services that can help the vulnerable populations that we serve. This meeting will explore potential ways that the two organizations can work together.

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STEP TWO: The Organization will provide a pamphlet, brochure, video for show report stating how their product(s) can benefit potential clients.

STEP THREE: The Charities Board will review the documents and approve or deny if the information can be used for clients and/or promoted on the website to showcase options for clients.

STEP FOUR: The Charity may purchase the items with grant funding to complete a project. The Organization may donate items and work with their financial advisor to benefit from the Charity's tax exemption.

STEP FIVE: The Charity will take pictures and videos of the products in the client's home. The product may be showcased in a blog post and the participating organization will be highlighted for their contribution and/or benefit to the client.

STEP SIX: All of the partnership donations may be used for any of the three different programs.

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