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A Spacious Place Incorporated is headquartered in Austin, TX, has an EIN of 20-8439264, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.  It is classified by the IRS as a Educational Organization, with a ruling year of 2009.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

A Spacious Place provides persons—especially those in vulnerable populations—opportunities to create in community. While Central Texas is our present geographical service region, our Internet services expand our reach. We also provide “tailgate offerings" in which we bring our services to partner locations and offer clubs and camps at our facility. A Spacious Place enriches each participant's self-knowledge and sense of worth. We also provide an environment in which participants build healthy long-term relationships. These relationships include those with our volunteers, with their fellow participants, and with their Creator. We have seen children who began in our camping program, grow up and become counselors. A Spacious Place provides service to persons who are vulnerable due to age, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, faith, and reduced income. We have a unique focus: on the soul nurture that happens in the act of creating, rather than on the finished product. A Spacious Place aims to help persons—through their own creative process—reach their human potential.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

1. Procedures: In addition to our by-laws and application process for volunteers and participants, A Spacious Place operates using “Playground Principles" developed by our Founder and Executive Director. The term, “Playground Principles," indicates our intention to provide a safe, richly prepared environment that invites participants into creative play. A Spacious Place's Playground Principles represent a compilation of wisdom from the fields of education, pastoral care, spiritual direction, and even global economics. Because each principle aims toward a single goal—that of respecting and nurturing the human soul—you will note some overlap between the principles. Principle 1: Experience Over Expertise (rather than fostering an environment in which some persons feel like winners while others feel like losers, A Spacious Place wants to create an environment in which each person may recognize their own worth). Principle 2: Follow the Learner (Rather than favor a “one-size-fits-all" approach, in which every participant is taught in the same way, “Follow the Learner" seeks to provide an environment adapted to each participant's learning and creative style). Principle 3: Respect and Respond (Rather than react out of discomfort caused by a participant's words or actions, we seek to respond out of love, asking open-ended questions and listening nonjudgmentally). Principle 4: Creating Safe Space (Ahead of time, we prepare ourselves spiritually and set up a learning environment to welcome the first arriver). Principle 5: Nurturing Relationships (we foster relationships with other persons by seeking to stand in their shoes: respecting their experience and their sense of truth). Principle 6: Waiting With (we view ourselves as spiritual-practice resources to our participants, providing them support and hope as they grow at their own pace). 2. Partners: We partner with and provide service to organizations that share our values, including Mary Lee Foundation, Bona Terra Adult Day Centers (Central and South), the SAFE Alliance, Foundation Communities, VSA Texas, Austin Independent School District's Project Help, and CapCity Kids. We adapt our curriculum to each organization's needs. 3. Prayer: As Christians, we consider prayer for our participants and for our services key to our service strategy.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

In partnering with the organizations mentioned above, and through our onsite offerings, A Spacious Place serves persons with developmental delays and brain injury, survivors of domestic abuse, persons in transitional and low-income housing, and persons who are blind, wheelchair-bound, or deaf: in short, persons whose needs for creative expression are underserved. Thanks to our partnerships and our on-site offerings, A Spacious Place currently serves approximately 750 persons per year. We annually engage around twelve volunteers. Many of our volunteers are former or current participants in our programming. For example, a student who participated in our offerings from the beginning created, for his Eagle Scout project, two sets of rollable, stackable drawers for transporting our art supplies to various service sites. Because our partner organizations value what we provide their clients, they have requested our ongoing service over the years. When Bona Terra added a second location, they asked us to expand our offerings to include its clientele. Bona Terra then invited us to serve a third location currently being planned. In addition, both our partners' staffs and our participants contribute funds and supplies. Most of these persons live on severely-limited incomes, so the gifts represent a strong commitment to our work. We recently provided creativity centers for an event at Marbridge (residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities) and were invited to return. Also, in the coming year, A Spacious Place will expand its services to partner with Upbring (Lutheran organization committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse) and with Foundation Communities (nonprofit that provides persons on limited income affordable housing and services). Our Executive Director is currently communicating with the staff at Camp Mabry about providing service to their military families. We have operated for eleven years as an all-volunteer organization, thanks to the strong support of our volunteers and to patrons and participants who share their supplies, creativity, time, and funds. We hope our record of service will encourage other to donate, so we can pay a staff, purchase a van to transport participants, and secure a more accessible facility.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We assess our success in 5 ways: 1) continued invitations from our partner organizations to provide service to their clients; 2) recommendations from our participants, their staff, and their families to others; 3) self-reporting of the benefits from our participants, their families, and their staff (many of our participants have limited verbal skills, so we assess through their nonverbal expressions of delight like smiles and hugs); 4) increased opportunities to share our services in the wider community; and 5) donor commitment--at present, we have a small group of dedicated donors who participate in our programs and have supported us across a number of years; we will know we are making progress when we expand our donor base and become self-sustaining.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

On Feb. 2, 2007, A Spacious Place was birthed from Kaye P. McKee's doctoral project. We currently provide service to six nonprofits, as well as hosting a monthly Young Artists Club and a summer creativity camp at our facility. We recently added a Facebook Live offering to enhance our social media presence and expand our services beyond the Central Texas area. We have led twelve children's theater productions, two writing workshops, a C.S. Lewis course, two First Aid/CPR courses, a photography class, a monthly Young Writers Club, and an online spirituality course. We transport students from a SAFE-affiliate (center for survivors of domestic abuse) low-income apartment complex to our Young Artist Club meetings and our summer camps. Over the years we developed and maintained healthy, long-term relationship with the persons we serve. We have accompanied them through hard times, provided references for them, and enhanced their education through field trips and visiting artists. We invest in our participants' present lives and in their futures. Many consider us family. While we hone our skills in Spanish and ASL to more ably communicate with the persons we serve, we also seek out opportunities for continued education in fields related to our services. We endeavor to continually enhance the efficacy of our work. In the future, we hope to have a paid staff, a van, and a more accessible facility so we can add afterschool care, an extended summer creativity camp schedule, classes for adults, and intergenerational creativity programs to our current offerings.

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