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Total Qualifying Score: 4
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $3 million or below $100,000 – 0 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves:
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Boone, Watauga County, North Carolina 28607

County (ARC Region) Watauga
State (ARC Region) North Carolina


Q1. Mission:

To meet the ongoing residential needs of adults with autism and related challenges.  To serve as a community resource for people of different abilities and their families by providing diverse social and recreational programming, including but not limited to summer programs, life skills, and vocational training, adaptive sports, support groups and workshops in coordination with other agencies that work with this population.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Our organization has a solid alignment with goal: (5. Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.)

Residents of LIFE House I have been and LIFE House II will be selected by the LIFE Team with the help of our partners: Watauga Opportunities, Summit Support Services and the faculty at Appalachian State in the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program, SDAP.  We have also developed a survey that is posted on our website and distributed around the special needs community that filters interested participants to find the most appropriate candidates.  

The Life House program is carried out by support staff from LIFE Village, community members trained to work with this population, and natural supports in the neighborhood (unpaid support like friends and neighbors).  The LIFE Village team partners with Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP) at Appalachian State University to find applicants who are interested in this opportunity after they graduate. 

SDAP, Scholars with Diverse Abilities, is a 2-year program at ASU for adults with Neurodiverse needs.  They have approximately a dozen students this year in the program. Most live on campus, experience being independent, but end up back home living with family after graduation due to the lack of affordable housing and support. We are partnering with SDAP to offer LIFE House as transitional housing.

LIFE Village Inc. addresses an unmet need in the High Country.  In Watauga County alone, 7.8% of the population has a disability.  If this statistic holds of the roughly 15,000 residents of Boone, that is 1,170 persons or 1 in 12.  According to, approximately 2% of the population has autism.  That potentially means that of the 15,000 residents of Boone, 300 could be on the autism spectrum or 1 in 50.

There is no other organization within 100 miles of Watauga County offering similar services. 


To foster quality of life and well-being while providing safety, inclusion into the larger community of Boone and the High Country and continuity of care for residents throughout their lives.

To provide a meaningful, satisfying and dignified life with access to opportunities in the larger community of Boone and the High Country whereby full and active participation is achieved.

To ensure that residents contribute to all aspects of life to the fullest extent of their desire and ability.

To create an opportunity for students in the surrounding colleges and universities to volunteer, intern and work to gain knowledge and skills in working with these exceptional individuals.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/1 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 0/1 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $85,000/$100,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $67, 374 / $37, 972

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $85,000 / $100,000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($6340)
Received From: Wells Fargo Bank (PPP)   Date Received: 07/01/2020
For What Purpose(s): Payroll Protection

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:


We have canceled scheduled fundraising for the remainder of 2020.  This includes our annual golf tournament and year-end dinner which we anticipated would have each raised $25,000 respectively.  In addition, all share nights and special events for fundraising have been canceled as well as partner events with Appalachian State University.

We have also postponed the placement of clients in our LIFE House program until recently. This was because we wanted to make sure we could ensure their safety and that we could provide an essential COVID-19 sensitive supported housing and programming.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Continuing to Safeguard our Clients and adapt our programming and support model.
Seeking creative solutions to funding and program support for sustainability.
Developing collaborative efforts and innovative approaches to networking and partnership.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Participation in the cohort instruction program will assist us in our efforts to continue to navigate the pandemic climate and continue in our efforts to support our clients with programming and housing.

Our primary goal is to solidify a sustainable model for housing.  Participation will also allow us to seek solutions to sustainability while utilizing not only a larger view of financial support but also the natural local supports, collaborations, and partnerships.  We have had tremendous success in our partnerships, and enhancing efforts and developing a stronger and more effective network, will ensure a sustainable future.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Mission & Operations

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)


Name: Mark Mangum, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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