Graceful Solutions for Aging
PO BOX 5922
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 5922
Telephone (850) 216-1011
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 45-5611737
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $21,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,407.00
Mission Statement

Graceful Solutions for Aging believes everyone in Florida deserves to live with dignity and age in place at home in an affordable, safe living environment. We believe seniors can age in place with affordable home modifications and supportive services. We value planning which addresses declining health and end of life decisions and which take proactive measures to maintain quality of life with continuum of care solutions. We believe in coordination and cooperation among government, community groups, religious organizations and businesses in efforts to serve Florida’s families and seniors.

Financial strategies include development of Accessory Dwelling Units and other prototypes to meet the affordable housing needs of a growing market; promotion of new industries which serve the needs of the elderly and which employ citizens and provide economic development within the state; promotion of retrofit or new construction of suitable housing to serve seniors and persons with disabilities at all income levels with support from all levels of government; elimination of zoning impediments to affordable, accessible housing; promotion of focus groups and family discussion of retirement needs and services for seniors.

Social strategies include collaborating on regional levels with diverse communities (universities, churches, health care providers, contractors, government) to solve retirement issues; and, offering innovative design awards and recognition of outstanding efforts by public and private sectors which serve Florida’s elderly.

Professional strategies include continuing education for healthcare and design professionals and promotion of research and development for new technologies which support aging in place.

Caring strategies include helping families and friends succeed as caregivers; advocating for compassionate care and dignity for seniors and persons with disabilities; and, a new vision of active retirement and the contribution seniors can make to communities.

Needs Statement
1.  Operating funds to staff a part-time Executive Director.
2.  Donated or shared office space to keep expenditures to a minimum.
3.  Identification of others (individuals, businesses, government leaders, and university faculty/students) who are passionate about safe, affordable, accessible housing (with supportive services, as needed) as options to more expensive nursing homes ($60,000-$100,000 per year) and assisted living ($36,000-$60,000 per year).
Impact Statement

Past Year

1. Established Alive to Thrive Student Organization at FSU.

2. Received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation.

3. Met 300 seniors at “Hope in Action” events in Tampa, Lakeland and The Villages.

4. Visited Georgia Tech’s Aware Home and The Green House at Calvary (a senior living alternative to a nursing home) in Columbus, Georgia for design ideas.

Current Year

1. Accessory Dwelling Unit. The ADU or “Granny Flat” is a cost-effective model for an elderly or disabled person to live next to family members and delay or avoid placement in assisted living or nursing home. GSA will build an ADU prototype with Lively Technical School as demonstration project.

2. Accessible Bathroom Pod. The GSA-designed Pod could be transported and attached to mobile home, making it possible for person to continue living independently. The Pod could be part of an economic development strategy in North Florida. GSA will review the impact of government regulations; discuss feasibility with Florida-based manufacturers; review technical considerations to connect the Pod to a mobile home.

3. Electronic Village. GSA will determine, which, if any, communities in Florida are connected electronically for communication, monitoring of residents and provision of services and which governments, companies and universities are field testing these technologies.

4. Senior EXPO. GSA will host an EXPO in early 2015 to showcase innovative designs and new technologies. The EXPO will include winning entries from the 2014 GSA Student Design Competition. Manufacturers and researchers of cutting edge technologies (such as the driverless car and the exoskeleton) will be invited to participate.

5. Video Documentary. GSA has begun documenting housing needs as expressed by senior citizens and will work with university students to film and edit footage for production of one or more mini-documentaries on aging in place. These would be shown on public access channels or YouTube.

Background Statement

Our not-for-profit was founded in 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida as a response to the growing need for affordable housing designs and options which allow loved ones to age in place. Our team of housing professionals have over 100 combined years of architectural, construction and consulting experience, working throughout the U.S.

Graceful Solutions for Aging, Inc. will serve as an information clearinghouse for services, programs and accessory dwelling unit designs which benefit an aging population. We intend to foster greater cooperation among social welfare and educational institutions, agencies and persons with similar goals. Our long-range plan includes the design and development of easy-to-build accessory dwelling unit kits for small builders or "do-it-yourselfers." Our prototype units will meet special housing needs for handicap or infirm individuals. Working with urban and rural planners, Graceful Solutions for Aging, Inc. will demonstrate compassionate concern and care in cooperative settings and will help develop model communities throughout the state.

December 1, 2012: Business and Urban and Regional Planning interns at Graceful Solutions for Aging win the prestigious fall 2012 Social Entrepreneurship award from The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. Their winning entry featured a business plan for Graceful Solutions.

March 11, 2013: Deutsche Bank and Enterprise Community Partners announced four finalists for national Lowering the Cost of Housing Design Competition. The top four finalists out of over 200 proposals from for-profit and nonprofit organizations across the country represented innovative projects in Florida, Illinois, Maine and Texas. The Florida proposal by Graceful Solutions for Aging was for construction of an Elder Village, 12 accessible and affordable units on church-owned property in the Orlando area.

May 9, 2013: Graceful Solutions for Aging partners with AARP and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to host the first statewide Forum on Aging in Place.  The Aging in Place: Report from a Forum Held May 9, 2013 is available at
Service Categories
Senior Citizens' Housing, Retirement Communities
Independent Housing for People With Disabilities
Economic Development
Areas of Service
Areas Served
State of Florida
To date, we have worked in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sumter, Seminole and Polk Counties, but most of our work has been in Leon County.
Board Chair Statement
In the spring of 2012, my husband (an architect) and I visited several homes in the Tallahassee Parade of Homes.  We both commented on the lack of accessibility and the pricing of what was being built.  We decided then that Florida needed a not-for-profit dedicated to designing affordable, accessible housing and prototypes which would allow people to live at home and "age in place" for as long as feasible with supportive services from family and the community.
My husband and I have personal stories about caring for loved ones. Mark's mother had a stroke which left her unable to climb stairs to the bedroom and bathroom.  The result was that family members had to care for her for several years in the dining room which was equipped with a bed and bedside commode.
My mother lived in an assisted living facility in Tallahassee, which cost her nearly $3,000 per month in the beginning but because of her continuing physical decline and need for greater levels of care cost over $5,000 per month near the end of her life. Actually, after she returned from rehab and a broken hip, the assisted living facility could not care for her without her paying for round-the-clock care by a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).  So, for two months her assisted living unit/services and the CNA cost over $15,000 per month. 
Facts:  Florida's elderly population will double from 2010 to 2030.  The average retiree in Florida has only $25,000 in savings.  There is a waiting list for Medicaid beds in Florida nursing homes.  
My fear is that we will see a huge increase in the number of homeless elderly, if we (families, government, businesses, foundations, and advocates for the elderly) don't get serious about this impending disaster and begin working together!  Graceful Solutions for Aging will do our part (with forums, focus groups, design competitions, and media), but we also need YOU!
Please consider this issue of utmost importance--it will affect nearly everyone in Florida.  Thank you!
Claudia Frese, President
Board of Directors 
Description Focus groups with seniors from churches, neighborhood associations, and community service organizations make it possible to share the range of housing options.  We also promote "the talk" among family members and elderly loved ones.  We plan for retirement, college, and vacations.  But we don't do a very good job planning and making accommodations for where we will live as we get older and more limited in our abilities.
Budget $1,200.00
Category Housing, General/Other Home Barrier Removal
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, At-Risk Populations, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Program Success Monitored By We will survey participants to determine what they want and need and offer follow-up counseling with them and extended families, if that is what they want.
Examples of Program Success Some participants will talk with adult children or other relatives, begin a senior outreach/support group in their neighborhood (like a Neighborhood Watch), make home modifications, or begin a savings program for future aging in place expenses.
Description Interns from FSU, FAMU, TCC, and Lively will have hands-on experiences with all aspects of nonprofit organization and operations, research of elderly issues, and job preparation for a growing market in Florida and the southeast.
Budget $5,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, Other Economic Level
Program Success Monitored By We will continue to track interns after graduation by email, phone, and face-to-face meetings.  To date, one of former intern works in housing for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (and serves on the GSA board of directors); one is employed by a landscape firm; one works in a small family business (and serves on the GSA board of directors); one works for a major communications corporation (and serves on the GSA board of directors); one works for an architectural engineering firm in Jacksonville; and two are in graduate school at FSU.
Examples of Program Success Interns will join nonprofit boards or work in the public or private sector in fields of human service or equipment design serving elderly and special needs populations.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Claudia W Frese
Company Affiliation retired
Term Sept 2012 to June 2016
Board Members
Valerie Brookens Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Carole Butler Interior Designer
Dario Costa Management Consultant
Richard Hafer Adult Lutherans Organized for Action
Cyneta Hill Occupational Therapist
Kyle Morelli Verizon
Amanda Russell Alive to Thrive FSU student organization
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director No Paid Staff
Term Start Aug 2012
Experience Claudia Frese 25 years of experience in affordable housing program design, administration, and technical assistance statewide and nationally, while working in public and private nonprofit sectors.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 38
Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Florida Department of Elder Affairs (Communities for a Lifetime)
Florida AARP
Florida State University (Departments of Interior Design, Finance and Accounting, Urban and Regional Planning, the Claude Pepper Center and the Institute for Successful Longevity)
Florida A and M University (School of Architecture)
Tallahassee Community College (media/graphic design and SLICE--Service-Learning and Civic Engagement)
Lively Technical Center
Area Agency on Aging (Tallahassee area)
ALOA (Adult Lutherans Organized for Action) 
Business Plan for Social EntrepreneurshipFSU Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship2012
Runner Up/Lowering the Cost of HousingThe Enterprise Foundation and Deutsche Bank2013
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $21,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,407.00
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$6,840----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.02----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$178----
Current Assets$178----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$30----
Total Net Assets$147----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.93----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Graceful Solutions for Aging
Address PO BOX 5922
Primary Phone 850 216-1011
CEO/Executive Director No Paid Staff
Board Chair Ms Claudia W Frese
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Year of Incorporation 2012