Building a StrongFoundation2012 Annual Report
“HELP Foundation empowers individuals with intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities — through residential, day support,vocational, and summer education programs — to choose services andopportunities as respected and valued members of the community.”HELP FoundationBoard of Trustees2012 - 2013Administrative StaffDaniel J. Rice, MSW/LISWPresident/CEOTamara ReeseResidential DirectorMichael C. Brink, Esq.PresidentTamara HonkalaVice President of OperationsJack SchroeckHUD Facilities DirectorEric R. ChanceTara NieberdingVice PresidentsJoAnn C. HirshTreasurerWilliam T. Beargie, Jr.SecretaryMark F. BlakesleeCharles E. DaaneSuzanne FerraraPeter J. Henry, Jr.Mary B. HollandNathan KellyGlenn S. KrassenMary Sue McGorrayJane W. MurphyThomas SchrockJulie R. ShleprHeather A. StakichJulie Ann Sweet-BuntinJennifer E. WintnerBrenda L. YorkAngela Anderson, CEBSHuman Resources DirectorRonald HessProgram Director, VocationalHabilitation & Day SupportDouglas KnoopDirector of DevelopmentLiz Linder, CPA, MBA,MHA/INFFinance DirectorMarilou Weidus, MATProgram Director, Summer ProgramDarlene J. WillisExecutive SecretaryWalter I. Zborowsky, MSW,LISW, ACSWDirector EmeritusCover photo: HELP Trustee Julie Ann Sweet Buntin poses with HELP UShred employees in front of the paper baler made possible through a challengegift by Julie Ann and her husband John.HELP Foundation Inc. y 3622 Prospect Avenue - East y Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2704(216) 432-4810 y TTY (216) 432-2403 y www.helpfoundationinc.org
Building a StrongFoundationAnew mission statement was created for HELP Foundationin 2012 through the HELP 2017 Strategic Plan. In thisstatement, boldly printed on the inside cover of this report,we have emphasized Empowerment, Choice, and Opportunity forthe people we serve. Put simply: our job is to help people live theirbest lives, in the ways they choose. This is an exceptionally difficultgoal to achieve, and it is this work which engages the hearts andminds of our consumers, their families, our staff, volunteers,community partners, and donors. Working together, we create theenvironments in which our consumers are supported, challenged,and encouraged to choose new opportunities for their own growthand success. This work began in 1965 and is continued todaythrough the children and adults we are honored to serve, support,and celebrate as they live their lives.Everything that HELP does is made possible by strongcollaborative partnerships and a robust network of governmentagencies, local governments, private providers, school districts, andparent/family groups, all coming together to find solutions andsupport the individuals we all serve. Through these collaborationsHELP has been able to succeed as a strong, stable agency in theface of changes and challenges in funding, regulation, and theeconomy. Our critically important partnerships with the CuyahogaCounty Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) as well asthe Lake and Summit County Boards of DevelopmentalDisabilities have built on HELP’s exceptional service delivery tocreate innovative programming techniques to find new and betterways to provide services. Collaboration with the ClevelandMunicipal School District, more than a dozen other school districts,the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, and CCBDD have been the heartof the HELP Summer Program’s remarkable history. Thanks tothese networks the Summer Program session for 2013 will see theaddition of a third location and 120 students as HELP assumesoperation of the CCBDD Lighthouse Summer Program.Innovation and choice were the driving force behind the creation ofthe HELP Adult Day Support program and the HELP U ShredVocational Habilitation Program which opened in late 2011. Thisworkplace readiness program was started with a small pilot group ofeight participants. Since then this remarkable program has grownby leaps and bounds and is now providing more than 50 individualswith a paid workplace training program. There is much more aboutHELP U Shred further in this report and we couldn’t be morepleased by the success of the program, and more importantly thesuccess enjoyed and valuable skills learned by the trainees. The samephilosophy of collaboration and innovation led to the opening ofthe HELP Seniors Program in the beautiful Euclid LakefrontCommunity Center at the end of 2012. This program, begun by theCuyahoga County Board, provides an alternative daytime programfor seniors who have developmental disabilities. Designed andmanaged with the particular needs of senior citizens in mind theprogram provides a club-like atmosphere where participants canenjoy activities and outings with their peers.All that HELP does is done for the girls and boys, women and menwho choose us as their service provider; none of it would be possiblewithout the dedication and compassion of our community, andespecially our staff, volunteers, donors and friends. Thank you, forempowering our consumers to live their best life!Daniel J. RiceExecutive DirectorMichael C. Brink, Esq.President, Board of Trustees2012 Annual Report 3
Building a strong foundationHELP U Sh r e dHELP first came to Euclid in 2009 to suit our need formore space as the HELP Adult Day Support Programhad outgrown its space. We moved into a former beautycollege on Shore Center Drive and within a year found we neededmore space to meet demand. To solve this wonderful problem weacquired the building we were in, which had two other storefronts; asmall US Post Office which stayed, and a vacant space into whichwe expanded our Day Program. This arrangement left the post officein the middle, between the two Day Program spaces. This was a finearrangement, and we got along very well with our neighbors. DaySupport was doing great but we now faced a different challenge.Potential consumers were frequently asking for vocational trainingopportunities to mix in with their day support experience.Implementing a vocational program was considered, but wherewould we put it, and what would they do? As these questions wereconsidered the Post Office informed us that they would be closingwhich meant we suddenly had a large open space with a loadingdock available. This was an opportunity too good to pass up!After careful consideration andconsultation with communitypartners and other agencies it wasdecided to begin a pilot vocationalprogram providing documentdestruction and recycling. The postoffice needed some renovation andsprucing up, we needed shredders,furniture, bins to distribute to ourcustomers, and a host of smaller items. Thanks to the generosity ofdonors we were able to accomplish much of this through grants andgifts and in a few short months we were ready to open. HELP UShred was born late in 2011 with 8 consumer employees and onestaff person. They started right in shredding HELP’s own backlogof documents and files (a backlog that we happily found many otherbusinesses also had). As word spread about HELP U Shred wequickly discovered that we had created a unique and attractiveprogram, we were filling up fast.4 Help Foundation, Inc.
What makes HELP U Shred such an appealing program forconsumers and their families is the ability of employees/consumers toparticipate in both our excellent Day Support Program and workshifts of vocational training. Offering both Day Support andVocational Training services at the same location is an appealingcombination which enables the employee to use the sametransportation service, on the same schedule, each day of the week,and to know that they will be with their friends and trusted staff.What’s more, participants are paid minimum wage for their work, asthey learn and reinforce appropriate behaviors, skills, and develop thework ethic vital to success in any job. From 8 employees we veryquickly grew, and grew again, to now employ more than 50 in theHELP U Shred program, with a waiting list of interested consumers.While we have many able and ready employees to do the work, theyare never idle while on the clock. As we’ve grown our capacity, ourcustomers’ needs for shredding continue to grow as well.For the majority of our HELP U Shred employees this is their firsttime being employed at an hourly rate, in a situation where theyhave clear, defined expectations and goals. The results have beenplain to see for those who know these men and women, the pride ofaccomplishment, of a job well done, of a paycheck earned andrelished. Every day is not an easy one for them, some of the jobs arephysically demanding and tedious, having to stick to the break andlunch schedule can be a challenge. But everyone is learning thatthese are the things that work is made of, and they’re lining up for achance to do it!HELP U Shred is an opportunity for the clients of the HELP AdultDay Support Program to learn while they earn, another way ourinnovative programming is helping our clients to live their best lives!Bales of Success!Thanks to a verygenerous challenge giftpresented by Julie Ann& John Buntin HELPU Shred was able topurchase and install animpressive paper balingmachine which hastotally revolutionizedthe program! Thisbaler allows HELP U Shred to compact shreddedpaper into large bales which can be sold to ourrecycling partner Gateway Recycling. Not only doesthis allow the program to realize additional income it isa much more efficient process for final disposal of theshredded materials. HELP U Shred is now able tooperate as a full-service document destruction andrecycling operation thanks to Julie Ann, John and allthe donors who supported this challenge gift!2012 Annual Report 5
programs & ServicesHELP Foundation has been a leading provider ofresidential and support services for adults and childrenwith developmental disabilities since 1965. Today we areproud to serve nearly more than 600 individuals each year acrossNortheast Ohio. We are able to provide our consumers withhigh-quality, comprehensive services based on their individual needsand choices so that they are able to live their best lives!HELP Adult Day Support & Vocational ProgramsHELP’s Adult Day Support Program is a supportive, communitybasedfull day program that provides adults with intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities a stimulating, casual, and enrichingenvironment. The program is designed around the individual andtheir need for social interaction, community involvement, andinteresting activities in a group setting.The Day Program is designed to build on the individual’s skillsbased on their needs and focuses on:• Skill development/reinforcement• Socialization• Self Direction• Community Integration• Personal care• Assessment• Recreation/LeisureHELP U Shred Vocational Training ProgramHELP U Shred was started in late 2011 to provide paid vocationaltraining for participants of the HELP Adult Day Support Programin Euclid. Employees are paid minimum wage for their work, whichallows them to earn significantly more than the piece-work pay ofmany vocational programs in our area. This program teaches andreinforces appropriate workplace behaviors, job skills, and thediscipline needed to perform a task for an entire work day.HELP Seniors ProgramOpened early in 2013 this program serves older adults managinglifelong developmental disabilities who desire a program designedto meet their changing needs. Focusing on community outings andgroup activities the participants enjoy a full schedule and thecompanionship of their peers in a small club-like atmosphere withdedicated attention from experienced staff.Residential ServicesThe first HELP Home was opened on Euclid Avenue shortly afterour founding as a caring, safe home for twelve children. HELP nowoperates 25 residential locations across Cuyahoga, Lake, andSummit Counties. With our wide range of service level, location,and design we are able to find a comfortable, supportive home tomeet the needs of consumers with vastly different preferences. Fromsemi-rural ranch homes to Mid-Town Cleveland apartments ourresidents are encouraged and assisted in building their6 Help Foundation, Inc.
independence and life skills; including apartment maintenance,cooking, budgeting, socialization and community participation.Necessary supports are also provided to meet consumers’ medical,emotional, and physical needs.As with all HELP programs our mission is to strengthen,encourage, and empower each of our consumer’s ability to choosetheir own way in life, and to be recognized, valued member of theircommunity.HELP Six ChimneysOpened in 1983 after extensive renovation of a building given to usby Maxine Goodman Levine each of Six Chimneys’ 46 apartmentunits is a safe, supported home for an adult with developmentaldisabilities. Each resident has their own apartment, and is providedwith the services and assistance they need to live, work, and play asmembers of the community.HELP Housing for the DisabledHELP Housing for the Disabled was created in 1992 to address theneeds of residents who had surpassed the goals of semi-independentliving but required additional training and support. HELP Housinghas three sites; West 153rd, East 38th, and Bonna totaling 24garden-style apartment units.Group HomesHELP operates 11 group homes in our three-county service area.These homes provide residents with a small family-like settingwhere they have their own bedroom and share the common areas ofthe house. Staff assist residents with personal skill development,money management, cooking, shopping, and accessing resources inthe community.Children’s Homes12 children live at The Janet S. Kohn and Walter I. ZborowskyHomes for Children, our program emphasizes personaldevelopment and life skills training to help them prepare for a lifeof greater independence as they become adults.HELP Summer ProgramThanks to unique partnerships with the Cuyahoga County Board ofDevelopmental Disabilities, the Cleveland Municipal SchoolDistrict, the Cleveland Catholic Diocese Nutrition Services, andmore than a dozen other local school districts HELP provides acritical summertime program for some of the region’s neediestchildren who have developmental disabilities. The HELP SummerProgram offers services to children and young adults between theages of 3 and 22 whose needs cannot be met through a typicalsummer camp experience. Behavior disorders, medical conditions,and severe developmental delays must be addressed by trained andexperienced staff in an adapted facility. During the summer monthsaway from school, a lack of stimulation and structure for childrenwith disabilities can result in regression, loss of progress indevelopment, and place overwhelming demands on families. Ourprogram serves some of the most medically fragile and behaviorallychallenged children in the Greater Cleveland area withapproximately 70% of participants coming from households livingbelow the poverty line.2012 Annual Report 7
in memoriamHELP Consumers who passed away in 2012, fondly remembered by their staff who cared so deeply for them.Bill AppletonAs his friends would note at his wake “Wild Bill”loved nothing more than “Fast cars, motorcycles,and women!” While not able to provide the thirditem on his list, South Woodland staff made surethat Bill had as many model car kits as he wanted,and that he spent his final birthday dinner at the Liberty HarleyDavidson restaurant which was followed by a cadre of Harley riderscoming to the house so Bill could enjoy their bikes. Bill’s last weekswere made as comfortable and peaceful as possible through theoutstanding care he received from the entire South Woodland staff:Director Elaine Craig, Supervisor Lamont Fields, and the dedicatedand compassionate Direct Support Professionals: Tia Powell,Terrence Dorsette, Cynthia Torian, Daisy Lawrence, Ed Gilliard,Pat Gilliard, Anjanese Mitchell, Jerome TateDavid CassalinaDavid was a longtime resident of the Nottingham home and wasbeloved by staff, volunteers and especially his housemates. He wasan equally passionate fan of Johnny Cash and chocolate ice cream,and enjoyed singing when he knew he had an audience.– Felicia JohnsonPriscilla GantPriscilla was a longtime resident of HELP Six Chimneys where shewas loved by residents and staff for her warm disposition and thecare and interest she took in other people. She was noted for apassion for scary movies, music and singing, and was a fixture in SixChimneys foyer lounge where she greeted friends and visitors witha smile and a compliment.– Julie PachtaCatherine MartinCatherine was a sweetheart. We affectionately called her Catie-Girl,or Catie-Lady and she loved music and dancing. When you putmusic on and danced with her she would smile and move her headwith the beat of the music. Near the end of her illness Hospice senta music therapist to Hillside 2 days before she died and I danced forher that day. I knew we didn’t have too many more times to dancefor her but I didn’t know that would be our last dance.– Elaine CraigJaynita WatkinsJaynita passed away suddenly and is missed by the friends she hadat HELP Housing as well as the Day Program and HELP U Shred.Always friendly and happy to talk to anyone she was known to havea bright smile and her pleasant, calm demeanor spread to thosearound her. She loved music, and prized her large collection of CDs.– Colette Ford2012 Annual Meeting Award WinnersConsumerAchievement AwardJackie B. Tom K.Justin S. Charlene T.Employee of the YearBenita Wilson – WinnerCandace Manzo – Special RecognitionDeborah Smith – Special RecognitionCarol Williams – Special RecognitionRalph Fried Dedicationto ChildrenAnthony Lemut, CCBDD TransportationRobert Herman LeadershipMarty Castelletti, City of EuclidSidney Simon DedicationElaine Craig, HELP Program Director8 Help Foundation, Inc.
statement ofoperationsRevenue & SupportProgram Services $7,114,630HUD Management Fee 38,089Fundraising 218,843Interest & Other 23,029Total Revenue & Support $7,394,591ExpensesProgram Services $6,142,195Supporting Services 1,019,198Foundation Development 88,593HUD Project Management 30,000Total Expenses $7,279,986HUD Management FeeFUNDRAISINGInterest& OtherRevenue & SupportPROGRAM SERVICESNet Surplus from Operations $114,605Other IncomeInvestment Income (loss) $618,142Construction Grant 11,090Total Other Income $629,232Increase in Net Assets $743,837HUD PROJECT MANAGEMENTFOUNDATIONDEVELOPMENTSUPPORTINGSERVICESExpensesPROGRAM SERVICES*Financial information subject to change upon completion of final 2012 audit2012 Annual Report 9
2012 DonorsGiftsAbraham Realty Inc.Mr. Joseph N. Abraham, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. AlspaughMs. Marilyn AndrettaMs. Albina ArchambaultArgenti Auto BodyMs. Eleanor B. BakerMr. & Mrs. William T. BeargieMrs. Mary Anne BialoskyMr. & Mrs. Allen J. BielinisMs. E. Charlotte BirtalanBlakeslee Equipment CompanyMr. & Mrs. Mark F. BlakesleeDr. & Mrs. Robert BlankfieldMr. Louis J. BloomfieldBPI Information SystemsMs. Lucille T. BrezinaBricker & Eckler, LLPMr. Michael C. Brink, Esq.Mr. & Mrs. William G. BroaddusMrs. Lawrence BlumenthalMr. & Mrs. John G. Buntin, Jr.Mrs. Marilyn CallalyMr. & Mrs. Michael J.CancelliereMr. Eric ChanceChiropractic Center ofNorthfieldMr. Michael A. CleggCleveland Bakers’ Local No. 19Ms. Carol S. ColeMr. Grant D. ComnickMrs. Dorothy F. CooperMs. Linda CooperCornucopia Inc.Mrs. Inez CorradoMrs. Kathleen CorriganMr. David P. CovellCuyahoga County Board of DDMr. Peter W. SanfordDesign SurfacesMr. Louis DeVincentisMs. Celeste S. DuddyMr. Martin P. DuganMs. Mary H. DuhiggMr. George EngelThe Fedeli GroupMr. & Mrs. Joseph J. FerraraAnn & Robert FerrellMrs. Joanne M. FioreFirst Merit Bank N.A.Mr. & Mrs. George T. ForndaleyFrantz Ward LLPDr. & Mrs. Donald F. FreedheimMr. Daniel FronzcakMr. & Mrs. Martin FrygierMrs. Mary GackaMr. & Mrs. John GellerMrs. George E. GerlachGrant Thornton, LLPMr. John J. Grills, III & Ms.Andrea M. ZaiteMs. Marjorie L. GrodinMs. Elvira GyuriczaMr. & Mrs. Thomas A. HaydenMr. & Mrs. Robert C. HeintonMr. & Mrs. Peter J. Henry, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Ronald S. HessMr. & Mrs. Robert T. HexterMr. & Mrs. Lawrence M. HirshMr. & Mrs. Thomas P. HollandMr. & Mrs. Daniel R. HonkalaInterface Financial GroupMr. & Mrs. Richard JohnsonMs. Leslie KaufmanMs. Kristie KehoeMr. Nathan KellyKey Bank FoundationMs. Terri KingMr. & Mrs. Douglas J. KnoopMs. Vicky KnoopMr. & Mrs. Charles A. KochNancy and Rik KohnMr. Ken KosteinshekMr. Gary KozichMr. & Mrs. Eugene L. KramerMr. Glenn S. KrassenMs. Sharon R. LimpMr. & Mrs. Kirk LoxtermanThe Lubrizol FoundationMr. & Mrs. John A. MacDonaldMs. Martha MaherMAI Wealth Advisors LLCMalley’s CholocatesMr. & Mrs. Daniel MarsicoMr. & Mrs. Leonard M. MarsicoMr. Michael L. MartausG. Martin Snow Plowing, G.Arthur B. McBride Sr. FamilyFoundationMr. & Mrs. John P. McGintyMs. Mary Sue McGorrayMcGorray-Hanna FuneralHomesMcGowan & Company Inc.McManus, Dosen & Co.Ms. Nancy D. MillerMr. & Mrs. Terry MinadeoMr. & Mrs. Lester M. MlakarMr. Paul MooradianMr. & Mrs. Larry MoriarityMr. & Mrs. Torbert T. MorleyMr. Leonard M. MuniMr. & Mrs. Patrick MurphyDavid and Inez MyersFoundationMr. & Mrs. Steven R. MyersMs. Rita R. NaguskyNETX InternetDr. William S. Newby & Dr.Barbara Hill-NewbyMr. Harold I Newlin & Dr. YvetteP. NewlinMr. & Mrs. James NieberdingMr. & Mrs. Erwin J. OdealMr. & Mrs. Sean O. O’ReillyMr. & Mrs. Wayne R. PetrarcaMrs. Kelly A. PettyMr. Mark P. PinzoneMr. & Mrs. Josip PizirMs. Eileen M. Platten-KralPNC Institutional InvestmentsPNC Foundation Matching GiftProgramMr. & Mrs. Donald L. PoePolyOne CorporationFrank H. & Nancy L. Porter FundMr. & Mrs. John S. Pyke, Jr.Quest CorporationMr. & Mrs. Larry RanahanMr. & Mrs. David A. RauMr. Daniel J. Rice andMs. Jane R. RobertsonMr. & Mrs. Donald R. RochonMs. Elfriede RomanDr. Stephen L. Ruedrich &Dr. Loralee MarshMr. & Mrs. Michael D. SanbornMr. & Mrs. Thomas W. SchrockDr. & Mrs. Stephan SchwartzSDC Foresters Financial PartnersMrs. June M. ShaverKaren & Steve ShirleyMr. & Mrs. Chris ShleprMs. Barbara J. Spiga & Ms.Bernice M. SpigaMs. Christine E. & Ms. LoriBelconisMs. Heather StakichMr. & Mrs. Michael StillerMr. & Mrs. Roger F. ThomaMs. Julie A. ThomasMr. & Mrs. Michael J. TonyTucker Ellis West, LLPUBS Employee Giving ProgramsMr. & Mrs. Eugene T. UhlUnited Way of GreaterClevelandMs. Beryl N. VibursThe Virginia FundMs. Theresa VoitMs. Chana VutipadadornMr. Michael F. WardMr. Michael WatsonHelen T. Weber FamilyFoundationMr. & Mrs. Michael A. WeberMr. & Mrs. Mark W. WeidusMr. Kurt Wetzel & Ms. WendyRobertsonMr. George M. WhalleyMs. Jennifer WintnerMrs. Julia A. WolffMr. & Mrs. Marshall YorkMr. & Mrs. Walter I. ZborowskyMr. & Mrs. David R. ZimmermanIn-Kind DonationMs. Lucille AbbottMs. Stacey AguistaMs. Allison AndersonMs. Elsie BaldwinMs. Barb BarronBJ’s Wholesale Club10 Help Foundation, Inc.
thank youMr. Carl BochmannMs. Rachel BoddyMr. Dean BrennanMr. & Mrs. John Buntin, Jr.Ms. Jeanne BushMs. Beth CampbellMs. Colleen CookMs. Leanne CribbsMs. Erin DadleyMr. & Mrs. Glen DanaheyMs. Laura DeTillioMs. Heidi DolanMr. Robert DunnMr. & Mrs. Andy DziennyMs. Laura EnglandMs. Noreen GogulMs. Lisa HansonMs. Beverly HillMr. John HouseMs. Rebecca KoldaMr. & Mrs. Ron KonturaMs. Jane KozeyMs. Elaine KrumbineMs. Laurie LaFrancaMs. Cheryl LeeceMs. Stephanie LindwayMr. Charles LiptakMr. Kenn LouisMs. Victoria MashcmakMr. Kevin McCarthyMs. Marybeth MediateMs. Alice O’DonnellMr. Anthony OriendMs. Laura RaschMs. Diane ReborMr. & Mrs. James RodenMs. Jo RoseMr. William SelongMs. Barb SnevelMr. & Mrs. Ed SnyderMs. Kelly SpearMs. Pat SpreeMs. Eileen StockdaleMs. Christine TaylorMs. Linda ThomasMs. Mary WeiskittelMs. Gloria WraggMs. Karen ZemanekMs. Nina ZwolinskiGrantsEva L. & Joseph M. BrueningFoundation – SummerProgramCavaliers Youth Fund of theCleveland Foundation –Summer ProgramKeyBank Foundation – AdultDay Support & VocationalTraining ProgramSaint Luke’s Foundation –Summer ProgramUnited Way of GreaterCleveland – Summer Program2012 Annual Report 11
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