Allies In Caring, Inc. (AIC), was initially founded, as a for-profit agency by Ivette Guillermo-McGahee in 2012. She was driven by a strong desire to be more effective in helping children, youth and their families develop resiliency and become strong, creative and thriving despite adversity.
Ivette feels that our capacity to be effective not only depends on the strategies we use but also depends on our interior condition. Her conviction in this truism has motivated her to create an organization that supports staff members’ inner development as well as professional training. AIC provides training in disciplines such as mindfulness and systems centered practices that enhance the therapeutic relationship, the quality of clinical interventions, and the well-being of the person as a whole.
Continuing to feel that her organization was not doing enough to broaden and extend the services it offered, Allies In Caring shifted its status to a non-profit organization in November 2013. As a non-profit AIC was no longer restricted to using licensed professionals whose time and skills were often in high demand. The use of trained but non-licensed professionals to provide therapy could fill in the gaps enabling AIC to access a larger pool of bi-lingual professionals and to facilitate the hiring and training of recent Master’s program graduates. These less experienced new-hires are more open to new approaches, eager to learn new skills, and willing to grow with us as we develop. And because they are eligible to becoming licensed, AIC could provide the careful training and clinical supervision as well as opportunities for inner growth.
Other benefits that Ivette sought when she made the decision to shift to non-profit were: a) Increased ability to attract volunteers to help further our goals, b) Ability to create paid jobs for deaf and hard of hearing individuals and members of other minority groups through accessing public and private grants, c) Shared governance and oversight of the organization with experts in the field to ensure transparency and effectiveness of our programs. d) The establishment of a formal structure that puts mission above the personal interests of individuals, and e) The possibility of generating more funds through donors who could make tax-deductible contributions as well as accessing other financial support available to non-profits.
We were very happy that our tax exempt status was approved by the Internal Revenue Service in September, 2014. From now on we can include fundraising and applying grants to our Strategic Plan.