Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. (PAI) serves adults with developmental disabilities by helping them connect with friends, the community, work and life, all day Monday through Friday. PAI was founded in 1990 and offers an array of services, including:
- Community Engagement: Volunteering, tours, shopping, and other fun and educational destinations.
- Employment: Supported employment in community jobs, in-center contract work, and job skill development.
- Creative and Therapeutic Programs: Music therapy, animal therapy, health support services, and more.
- Skill Development: Daily living tasks, social skills, decision-making, behavioral support and coping skills.
- Recreational Programs: Art, gardening, sensory enrichment, cooking and more.
PAI serves 255 individuals with an age range of 21 to 85 years old. Working with more than a dozen employment partners, PAI supports 40 individuals employed in the community and nearly 100 program participants working at PAI sites. PAI’s Autism Services program serves 25 individuals and is the organization’s fastest growing program.
PAI’s current areas of strategic focus are:
- Person-Centered Planning and Service Delivery: Tailoring more of the experience to the wants and needs of individual participants.
- Community Integration: Expanding and enriching opportunities for participants to engage with the community.
- Resources: Increasing options and innovation.
- Capacity Utilization: Improved asset utilization and new service options.
- Retention, Succession Planning, Talent Development and Management. Our people are great and getting better every day!
More about PAI:
- Four program sites, three in White Bear Lake and one in Oakdale
- 95 employees
- Annual budget is $6-$7 million
- Most funding is public; Medicaid and other sources
PAI is seeking two board members who have a passion for its mission and the following senior-level skills and experience:
- Human Resources
- Public Policy
The following are desired among PAI board candidates, though not required:
- Racial/ethnic diversity
- Networks and connections with organizations that are potential employers of individuals served by PAI
- Past board experience
- Experience with fundraising
- Individuals who are earlier in their career
Number of members currently: Six
How many needed: Two or more
Meeting time and frequency: 7:30 am, the first Tuesday in February, May, August, and November
Meeting location: Program sites or main office in White Bear Lake
Time Expectation: Approximately 5 hours per month (board and committee work)
Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member. No specific minimum.
Service on Committee Required: Yes (current committees include Finance, Development and Program/Operations)
Length of Term: Three years