Folks at Home
Po Box 291
Sewanee TN 37375-0291
Mission Statement
Folks at Home in Sewanee coordinates services to empower individuals to live at home with dignity in the community they love.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathleen O'Donohue
Board Chair Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $103,620.00
Projected Annual Revenue $103,620.00 (2016)
Mission Folks at Home in Sewanee coordinates services to empower individuals to live at home with dignity in the community they love.

Folks at Home (F@H) began in 2008 as a vision by dedicated community members to create a nonprofit organization that would allow community members to age at home in the community they love. Boston’s Beacon Hill Village (BHV) was chosen as the organization’s model. Otey Memorial Parish designated Folks at Home as a sponsored project and provided office space to support the efforts of formation and incorporation. Kathleen O’Donohue was hired a the founding Executive Director in 2009 and 2010 saw the launch of services and programs. F@H became an independent nonprofit organization in early 2011.

We coordinate services to empower individuals to live at home in the community they love. We do this through education, information and referrals, and by coordinating access to services via our network of volunteers and vetted vendors.

In 2015 we provided over 2500 services to more than 145 people, including transportation, home visits, consultations, care and service coordination, information and referrals, as well as our pro bono Equipment Exchange of accessibility items. In addition to our 57 annual subscribing members, we provided pro bono services to over 61 individuals and numerous groups and organizations. The number of pro bono clients who received services is an indication of the tremendous need for our services.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS in 2015                                                                 

1. Family Support Programs: Offered a series of three workshops - One Day @ a Time: Taking care of yourself while caring for others

2. Health Programs: Tai Chi for Health & Fall Prevention became a sponsored program as a 12-lesson, 12-week series of classes

3. A permanent office location was secured with potential to earn rental income and for future growth.

4. Multi-year funding was awarded from a foundation to support organizational capacity building and new programs.

5. Nashville Public Television (NPT) featured Folks at Home in their documentary series Aging Matters.

GOALS 2016

1. New Program implementation and funding: Boost Your Brain and Memory (BYBAM), a series of weekly classes that is evidence-based will be offered to F@H members and volunteers. We will secure funding to expand offering it to the wider community.

2. Strategic Planning: To secure funding to hire a consultant to assist with and begin this process of planning for leadership transitions, and long-range planning goals.

3. AmeriCorps VISTA: To secure a three year member position with F@H to work on organizational capacity by building on our unique services and programs.

4. Membership Growth: To increase membership to exceed the budgeted goal.


1. Increase funding & sources
2. Develop Member Services & Programs Management System: Assess current management system & recommend improvements informed by best practice research. Develop program plan outline with recommendations for implementation. Create Member outreach, intake and processing, orientation and training manuals. (or protocols, policies & procedures, best practices). Develop & implement Member orientation training programs. Conduct events to both recruit & nurture members.
3. Develop a Volunteer Management System: Assess current management system & recommend improvements informed by best practice research. Develop program plan outline with recommendations for implementation. Create volunteer training manuals. Develop & implement volunteer training programs. Conduct events to both recruit & nurture volunteers.
 4. Assess current communications,marketing & social media systems. Develop respective plan informed by best practice research.  
 5. Develop Timebank Management System: Assess current system & recommend improvements informed by best practice research. Develop program plan outline with recommendations for implementation. Create Timebank outreach, intake & processing, orientation & training manuals. (or protocols, policies & procedures, best practices).

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support us in any of these ways. Donate by mailing a check or via PayPal on our website. Become a Sustaining Member. Donate your gently used medical equipment to our Equipment Exchange (walkers, wheelchairs, canes, etc.).
Volunteer your skills and time to us and share your gifts with the community. You can also join out Timebank Skills Exchange Network. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Senior Centers/Services
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Tertiary Organization Category Health Care / Patient & Family Support
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Franklin
Sewanee 37375
is our primary service area.
We also serve clients in Monteagle, at the Franklin county edges of Marion and Grundy counties 
Board Chair Statement

Folks at Home (F@H) is a new organization, five years old. A group of people in Sewanee realized that there are many people living in this community who could live in their own homes if they had the support of others. F@H provides a bridge for those who for whatever reason cannot reach across by themselves.


1. The board’s choice of executive director, Kathleen O’Donohue is the primary reason I agreed to serve on the board. She is gifted as a listener & a maker of connections.  Many of the people needing F@H assistance are scared or lonely.  Her kind gentle mannerism makes them feel both comfortable & secure, as she discerns the needs of the client. She also connects beyond the organization and is considered a vital part of the ebb & flow of Sewanee, the University of the South & persons living on the Mountain.

2. The original organizers were very astute in gathering persons who not only understood financial matters but were able & willing to ask for financial support. Dedicated community members pitched in financially & reached out to people, telling the organization’s vision. This group of financial experts has stayed with us & provided consistency. It speaks volumes in that they understand the importance of this work & that they personally are committed.

3.  Since its inception F@H has been known as a place that gets things done. It couldn’t function as well as it does without the many volunteers that give much time & many talents. Without the volunteers the organization would wither & die.

4. Much of 2015 focused on obtaining a permanent place for the organization. Kathleen had moved F@H into an old law office where we paid little rent. We negotiated a fair price to purchase the building, insuring our future in a prime location on University Ave. in downtown Sewanee. Renters in the extra offices covers our mortgage payments.  


1. Our director will retire at the end of 2017; this is our number one challenge. We recently received a grant through the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund & the South Cumberland Community Fund for a Center for Nonprofit Management consultant to come to help with strategic planning. F@H has cleared the newness & now must determine where we plan to be in the future. Our consultant has pushed us into the reality of determining what it is we want in our next ED. It will be important that the clients still trust the organization that Kathleen will have left for another to shepherd.

2. Financial support is a big concern.  When the organization began, the leaders were able to get some large donations that helped launch F@H. Many donors have continued to support F@H but the large donations are no longer coming in. As a neophyte organization, there was much excitement about bringing these services into the community.  The newness is gone & we are looking for continued and expanded financial support.

3. We need to strengthen our board.  We need persons who are dedicated to giving money & giving their time & talents; who can find new donors & ask for their support; who will support the Executive Director. A board member must be a worker, not just someone who comes to a monthly meeting. I feel hopeful that we will continue to choose new board members to support the organization with fresh perspective.
CEO Statement

Folks at Home is one of two (2) open “villages” in Tennessee in the national Village to Village Network. "What exactly is a Village? Villages are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that, through both volunteers and paid staff, coordinate access to affordable services including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process." The Village to Village Network . This network includes 190 Open Villages, 150 Villages in Development of which there are 34% Urban, 38% Suburban, 22% Rural, 6% undeclared.

Sewanee is a unique, rural college town with a long-valued history. The community roots are strong and deep, creating a desire to "age in place and age in community" while remaining vitally engaged in the life-long learning opportunities of our multigenerational environment.  

Family Support Programs

Folks at Home (F@H) Care Partners Support Group
A weekly support group for people in caring roles. “The care partner concept redefines people’s roles and responsibilities. It acknowledges that opportunities to give and receive are abundant and experienced by everyone involved in the care relationship. The term “care partner” evens the playing field, as it is often easy to get trapped in the traditional, one-dimensional, care giver to care receiver relationship. Care partners work together toward mutual objectives and benefits. Care partners help each other be their best.” The Eden Alternative dictionary

Budget unbudgeted
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Peer Counseling
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, People/Families of People with Health Conditions, Other Health/Disability
Short Term Success Family members and spouses caring for loved ones gain support from their peers in a confidential, safe, and loving environment.
Long term Success Family members and spouses caring for loved ones gain information, support, education, and resources from their peers and professionals on an ongoing, weekly basis that is available over the years.
Program Success Monitored By Participants are in regular contact by e-mail with a Folks at Home staff member. Participants are periodically interviewed by Folks at Home staff member for feedback.
Examples of Program Success
The Care Partners Support Group has been meeting weekly since it's inception in March 2012. The Peer Facilitator has been with the group since that time.

Health Programs

Boost Your Brain & Memory Program
Folks at Home is pleased to offer the Boost Your Brain & Memory Program! This program consists of eight, one hour sessions that include evidence-based memory strategy activities, a short video, discussion and goal setting. 

Folks at Home, in partnership with Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and the National Village to Village Network, is offering members and volunteers the opportunity to participate in an 8 week program called, Boost Your Brain & Memory. The group meets weekly for an hour. Each week a new topic on brain health is introduced. Sessions are comprised of a review of the previous week’s content and goals, a short video with discussion, memory activities, and goal setting for the week ahead. Subjects covered include healthy eating, physical activity, social engagement, stress alleviation, mindfulness and memory strategy activities.

Budget unbudgeted
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Adults, People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Short Term Success Immediate outcomes occurring from the beginning of until the end of the eight classes will be measured.
Long term Success Data from the pre and post course Outcomes Measurement Surveys and Course Evaluations will be monitored, reviewed, and acted upon.
Program Success Monitored By Participants will be encouraged to complete a pre and post course Outcomes Measurement Survey. Participants will be encouraged to complete an evaluation of the course and instructors.
Examples of Program Success The first series of classes reached the full capacity of nine students, all of whom completed the course. All surveys indicated enjoyment of the course. The post-course surveys also showed an increase in attempting to eat more brain-healthy foods, increase intellectual activity and adopting new brain healthy activities. 
Health Programs 
Tai Chi for Health & Fall Prevention
For beginners, this is a 12-lesson, 12-week series of classes that consist of slow movements, gentle postures and relaxed minds and bodies. Perfect for all ages and levels, this class consists of standing and moving postures. 
Ongoing Tai Chi
A weekly ongoing opportunity to play Tai Chi for those who have completed both the Tai Chi for Arthritis Program and Tai Chi for Arthritis 2. New lessons will include Taiji Qigong Shibashi in addition to increasing the depth of the known Tai Chi movements. 
Budget Unbudgeted
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Short Term Success
By the end of 12 classes, participants will have learned the core principles of Tai Chi for Fall Prevention.
Long term Success Data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that Tai Chi is one of the evidence-based programs for Fall Intervention / reduction / prevention. Randomized controlled trials have demonstrated that Tai Chi can reduce falls and associated injuries among older adults.

Program Success Monitored By Participants will be encouraged to complete a pre and post course Outcomes Measurement Survey.
Examples of Program Success In 2015, Tai Chi for Fall Prevention became a sponsored program of Folks at Home. We offered one beginners course in 2015. In 2016, we offered one course in the winter and had requests for a second course in the summer. The course has been offered in the community since 2011 by the same instructor, certified by the Tai Chi for Health Foundation and listed on the Arthritis Foundation referral network.

Telephone Reassurance Program

Just Checking In provides a periodic or daily phone call to members who request this service.

Volunteers make phone calls to just check in on members and provide the reassurance that someone is checking in on them. This is not an emergency response or crisis management service, but a friendly, neighbor-to-neighbor phone call. In case of failed contact, the Program protocol is followed to phone the client’s designated person or local public safety office.
Budget unbudgeted
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Social Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success The Just Checking In Telephone Reassurance Program has always been available to our members but underutilized. We've successfully implemented a program this summer. We've researched best practices and received procedure guidelines from established programs. 
Long term Success
Elders and older adults living alone are reassured that someone cares and knows they are there. Isolation, insecurity and stress are reduced.
Community engagement is increased. These reports are based on public data sources.
Program Success Monitored By We will use the guidelines from national established programs to monitor what is working and what is not.
Examples of Program Success Upon launch of the program in the summer of 2016, we had an immediate response from ten community volunteers willing to make a Just Checking In call. A recipient of the JCI Daily phone call e-mailed this request: "Can you send me a list of email of the folks who are on my call team- I want to thank them."

Timebank Program

Making a Mountain of Good!
We have a unique program named The South Cumberland Plateau Timebank. The vision of our Timebank is to promote cohesive communities across the South Cumberland Plateau. A service exchange or time bank is a network of individual, organizational and business ‘members’ that provide services, track and bank their hours and then spend those hours to get their own needs met. One ‘member’ provides a friendly, neighborly favor to another and records the time they spent doing so.

Core Principles 
Recognizing people as assets                                                            
Valuing work differently 
Promoting reciprocity
Building social networks
Budget unbudgeted
Category Community Development, General/Other Rural Economic Development
Population Served Adults, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Starting in the Autumn of 2016, a VISTA member will begin revitalizing this underutilized asset. By the summer of 2017, the South Cumberland Plateau Timebank program will have held an orientation and training session for new members. 
Long term Success

Public documents and case studies show how different models of timebanking are currently operating to: improve mental ill health; regenerate disadvantaged communities; reduce isolation and improve the health of older people; and improve the well-being of young people.

Program Success Monitored By Research into best practices will be conducted for monitoring what works and what doesn't.
Examples of Program Success By the summer of 2017, we will be able to report data on program successes.
CEO Comments Folks at Home offers multiple Pro Bono programs and services that are offered for the public good and welfare without any cost to the clients. For the past two years, over 100 people annually have received Pro Bono services. This is an opportunity to share our skills and resources and a challenge to adequately fund the personnel to provide these services. We want to expand our offerings and need to raise the money to fund them. We have embarked on the organization’s first Strategic Planning and plan to address these issues during this process.
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Laurence R. Alvarez Community VolunteerVoting
Jo Ann Barker Community VolunteerVoting
Phebe C. Hethcock Community VolunteerVoting
Sally M. Hubbard Community VolunteerVoting
Linda A. Hutton Community VolunteerVoting
Helen Louise Irwin Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Helen Louise Irwin
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members
Kristina K. Gosling Community Volunteer
Anne F. Griffin Community Volunteer
William (Bill) S. Wade Community Volunteer
CEO Comments
We have embarked on our first Strategic Planning efforts with a consultant and Board members have participate in educational trainings on Board Development and Strategic Planning led by the Center for Nonprofit Management.
We need to strengthen our board. We need persons who are dedicated to giving money and giving their time and talents. We need persons who can find new donors and ask for their support. We need persons who will help the Executive Director so that she feels she is not in this alone. A board member must be a worker, not just someone who comes to a meeting once a month.
A note on the demographics of Sewanee from the U.S. Census data. Sewanee's population is about 2300 and is 91% white, 5% Black or Aferican American and 3% Asian.
It is in Franklin County and is a Census Designated Place (CDP) as it is not an incorporated city.  A CDP is a "settled concentrations of population that are identifiable by name but are not legally incorporated under the laws of the state in which they are located."
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kathleen O'Donohue
Term Start Feb 2009
Kathleen’s background in community building spans decades in diverse organizations and settings. She was hired by Folks at Home at the onset of 2009 as the founding Executive Director to create this local organization that the community envisioned. As a member of Village to Village Network since 2014, she serves as a Mentor, and on these three committees: Annual Gathering Planning, Board Nomination, and Communications. 
     Immediately prior, Kathleen was Co-Coordinator of the Safety Net Program, Care Assurance Systems for Aging and Homebound (CASA), Madison Co., AL, 2004-2009.
     She is a licensed Physician Assistant (PA) with experience in primary care, women's health, administration, and promoting health & wellbeing, 1984 – 2009.
     Kathleen is a certified Tai Chi Instructor with the Tai Chi for Health Institute and has taught Tai Chi since 1988.
     She serves on the Board of Directors of Arcadia at Sewanee, the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust and the Sewanee Community Center.
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 34
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 67%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Senior Staff
Title Executive Assistant
Experience/Biography Frieda has worked with Folks at Home since January 2011. She is a life -long Sewanee area resident and Sewanee Academy graduate. In 1972, Frieda began working in the local full-service hospital and worked in the medical field for many years. Frieda’s most rewarding work began with her position as a business manager of a long-term skilled care facility where she began to develop an understanding of both the needs and the wisdom of the resident elders. In addition to her work with Folks at Home, Frieda is also the Parish Administrator of Otey Memorial Parish where she enjoys interacting with and getting to know the church members, the staff members and the people they serve.
Title Administrative and Service Coordinator
Experience/Biography Elizabeth Ferguson joined Folks at Home in 2014 as a vetted vendor and in March 2016 joined our staff. She has a background in Mental Health/Human Development. Prior to moving to Tennessee she worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist. A graduate of The School of Theology, Elizabeth was ordained in 2009. She has extensive experience with end-of-life issues and bereavement therapy. She is a lifelong practitioner of Mindful Meditation and Yoga and has been a student of Tai Chi and Qigong for over 16 years. She has three children, too many dogs and lives in Sewanee.
CEO Comments
Folks at Home has been chosen to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA program in Sewanee for three years. A VISTA member will begin working full time in August 2016. This opportunity will allow us to work on researching and implementing best practices in the management of our core programs and services.
Our Board of Directors has embarked on the process of succession planning for the position of the Executive Director as well as for Board members. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $103,620.00
Projected Expenses $103,620.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$61,818$59,187$60,309
Administration Expense$44,066$15,316$11,132
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.191.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%79%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$258,884$141,280$106,696
Current Assets$83,884$141,280$106,696
Long-Term Liabilities$123,428$0$0
Current Liabilities$19,487$23,636$17,728
Total Net Assets$115,969$117,644$88,968
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.305.986.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets48%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $70,834Contributions, Gifts and Grants $67,414Contributions, Gifts and Grants $53,059
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $21,870Membership Dues $21,028Membership Dues $18,594
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $702Investment Income $14Investment Income $5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2017
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
Folks at Home 2016 Budget2016
Organization Comments
The major financial challenge for F@H is to find sufficient sources for private donations and grants to fund its programs. The current strategic planning process is addressing this by developing a marketing plan to increase community awareness and support.
The budget for 2016 increased to accommodate the mortgage payment for an office building which, after years of moving from one location to another, stabilized the location and visibility of Folks at Home in the business area of Sewanee. Renting over half of the building to other entities
provides income sufficient to pay the mortgage. The purchase of the building accounts for the increase of $175,000 in fixed assets and long term liabilities increase of $124,229.67.
On June 13, 2016 the true endowment was $1,614.31, and the quasi-endowment was $36,491.89.
The plan is to allow the true endowment to build to a substantial level before initiation a spending policy. The quasi-endowment is used as a reserve fund to be use when necessary. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from Form 990.
Form 990 was prepared internally by the nonprofit.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 6/21/16.
Nonprofit Folks at Home
Address Po Box 291
Sewanee, TN 37375 0291
Primary Phone (931) 598-0303
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathleen O'Donohue
Board Chair Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2011

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