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Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: KENNEDY CENTER INC

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Kennedy Center Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/18/2014: Kennedy Center

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: KENNEDY CENTER INC

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Physical Address: Trumbull, CT 06611 
EIN: 06-0709295
Web URL: www.thekennedycenterinc.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P82 Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
P Human Services
P70 Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home)
P Human Services
P80 Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations
Ruling Year: 1952 


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Mission Statement

To promote the empowerment of individuals with diverse abilities, disabilities and experiences toward optimal participation and inclusion in the community.

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Mr. Martin D. Schwartz

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Since Oct 1978

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EDUCATION: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Bachelor's Degree, 1969 Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Master's Degree, 1971Columbia University, New York, Post-graduate, 1975 HONORARY DEGREE: University of Bridgeport, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, May 2000 EMPLOYMENT: The Kennedy Center, Inc., Trumbull, CTPresident and CEO, 1978 - Present Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)National Accreditation Surveyor, 1984 - Present College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NYAdjunct Professor, Graduate School, 1976 - 1979 ARC Enterprises, Nyack, NYDirector, 1973 - 1978 Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, NYTherapist, 1971 - 1972 AFFILIATIONS: Mayor's Commission on Handicapped, Bridgeport, CTCommissioner, 1979 - 1987 United Way of Eastern Fairfield County, Bridgeport, CTChairman, United Way Member Agency Campaign 1982 - 1983 College Health Services, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CTMember, Advisory Council, 1983 - 1985 Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA)Vice-President, 1982 - 1983 President, 1984 - 1985 Secretary, 1989 - 1991 Treasurer, 1991 - 1993 Chairman, Developmental Disabilities Div., 1993 - 1994Board of Directors, 2000 - 2003, 2005 - present University of Hartford Member, Rehab.Training Program Advisory Committee 1985 - 2004Member, Rehab.Training Program Evaluation Committee 1987 -2004 Probus Club, Bridgeport, CT Vice President, 1981 - 1982 President, 1997 - 1998 Rotary Club, Bridgeport, CTMember Trumbull Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors, 1998 - Present President, 2000 - 2002 Member of State Legislative Blue Ribbon Task Force 1991 studying comparisons of services provided by private andpublic rehabilitation agencies Member of the Trumbull Commission on Accessibility Handicap Compliance Board Vice-President, 1996 - Present Member of the Board of Directors Bridgeport Regional Business Council 2000 - 2002

Leadership Statement:

It was in February 1951, that Evelyn Kennedy and a dozen other parents with children with disabilities met to establish The Kennedy Center as a pioneering grassroots organization. Our agency was founded through the efforts of loyal, hardworking, dedicated volunteers and continues to thrive largely because of their efforts today. From its humble beginnings, The Kennedy Center has grown from a program serving fifteen children, to a statewide multifaceted organization that serves nearly 2,500 consumers annually. Today, we serve individuals from birth to senior years, with various disabilities and special needs. The Kennedy Center has sought and consistently achieves the highest accreditation from the CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) standards setting organization, which places it among the top 1% of rehabilitation organizations nationally. As a result, families choose to send their loved ones to The Kennedy Center because of its long-standing reputation in the community for innovative and comprehensive program services. Throughout The Kennedy Center's history the agency has always gone the extra mile to meet the practical life needs of the individuals we serve. The Kennedy Center is dedicated to preserving the safety and wellbeing of the deserving individuals we serve. Individuals with disabilities are an integral part of our community who deserve the same quality of life as their neighbors. Unfortunately, the needs of these individuals tend to be invisible to the general population. State funding for programs/services are severely limited, and projected to decrease even further. Nonprofits have continually been asked to do more with less, especially in the provision of health and human services. Despite these challenges, we remain committed to advocating on the behalf of individuals with disabilities to address their unmet needs and the needs of our greater community. Martin D. Schwartz President and CEO

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Program: Residential Services (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$8,318,360
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Adults
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

The Residential Services Division includes: 16 Residential Group Homes, 19 Supported Apartment Living programs, Family Support, Respite, and the Caregiver program.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long term outcome: To provide a variety of community-based options to persons with cognitive and other disabilities for the purpose of assisting them in reaching their fullest independent living potential in the most integrated environment.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

The Kennedy Center has an extensive quality assurance system, which regularly requires feedback from our constituents and consumers. This system, designed to meet CARF accreditation standards, provides a monthly review of program outcomes, as well as a bi-annual management summary. The Kennedy Center Board of Directors is involved in the Strategic Planning Committee and reviews the outcome of all other facets of our quality assurance system. The system comprises the following nine components: a. CARF Accreditation Preparation Committee b. Strategic Planning Committee which may include community forum c. Internal Audits d. Case Management Quality Review Committee e. Case Record Review Committee f. Behavior Review Committee g. Outcome Based Program Evaluation System h. Consumer Advisory Committees i. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys The Kennedy Center's quality assurance staff coordinates the program. Evaluation of this program's progress is incorporated into The Kennedy Center's overall program evaluation system. The Kennedy Center's Quality Review Committee oversees individual progress on consumer personal development goals. The bi-annual summary report is a review of all the data collected in each of the committees identified above. These reviews are reported to agency administration, collaborating agencies and consumers as well as the Board of Directors. This process ensures that acceptable standards are established prior to program operation, based on the proposed program's goals and objectives, and are measured in percentage levels of achievement. Consumer satisfaction is measured in several ways, in accordance with CARF standards: 1. Consumer Advisory Meetings 2. Direct feedback from consumer during the planning process 3. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys Consumers are afforded the ongoing opportunity to participate in a monthly Consumer Advisory Committee meeting.

Program Success Examples:

The Residential Department continues to thrive and has had another busy year, full of accomplishments. In 2013 the department served more than 165 people across New Haven and Fairfield Counties. Services included twenty-four hour residential care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, respite services to families, supported living services to those living in apartments, and independent living skill-building to those residing with family members. During the course of this year we served 2 new individuals within our group homes, 1 additional participant in the independent living program and 19 new consumers in the Family Support programs.

Program: Rehabilitation Services (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,725,684
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Physically Disabled nec
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Rehabilitation Services Division provides: individualized employment planning, career counseling, job development & community placement, working interviews, and on the job training; recovery oriented employment planning & placement and peer mentoring supports; job club series; school-transition services including vocational exploration/training and community independence training; acquired brain injury support services including prevocational skill redevelopment, independent living skills training, and community reintegration.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long term outcome: To provide a variety of community-based options to persons with cognitive and other disabilities for the purpose of assisting them in reaching their fullest independent living potential in the most integrated environment.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

The Kennedy Center has an extensive quality assurance system, which regularly requires feedback from our constituents and consumers. This system, designed to meet CARF accreditation standards, provides a monthly review of program outcomes, as well as a bi-annual management summary. The Kennedy Center Board of Directors is involved in the Strategic Planning Committee and reviews the outcome of all other facets of our quality assurance system. The system comprises the following nine components: a. CARF Accreditation Preparation Committee b. Strategic Planning Committee which may include community forum c. Internal Audits d. Case Management Quality Review Committee e. Case Record Review Committee f. Behavior Review Committee g. Outcome Based Program Evaluation System h. Consumer Advisory Committees i. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys The Kennedy Center's quality assurance staff coordinates the program. Evaluation of this program's progress is incorporated into The Kennedy Center's overall program evaluation system. The Kennedy Center's Quality Review Committee oversees individual progress on consumer personal development goals. The bi-annual summary report is a review of all the data collected in each of the committees identified above. These reviews are reported to agency administration, collaborating agencies and consumers as well as the Board of Directors. This process ensures that acceptable standards are established prior to program operation, based on the proposed program's goals and objectives, and are measured in percentage levels of achievement. Consumer satisfaction is measured in several ways, in accordance with CARF standards: 1. Consumer Advisory Meetings 2. Direct feedback from consumer during the planning process 3. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys Consumers are afforded the ongoing opportunity to participate in a monthly Consumer Advisory Committee meeting.

Program Success Examples:

In addition to our competitive employment programs funded by BRS, we also have two grants with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide employment planning and job placement assistance. These are our Work Services programs which are based in Bridgeport and Waterbury. Staff provides guidance and support around identifying career options, reorganizing resumes to increase marketability, analyzing potential employment options and the labor market demands, and preparing individuals for interviews. The Work Services Team in Bridgeport successfully placed 40 individuals during this fiscal year and the Waterbury program placed 31. Our group day employment programs funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) also experienced significant change. The Kennedy Center has been responsive to DDS' Employment Initiative Campaign to reduce sheltered workshops and increase integrated employment options for persons with disabilities. Although this has been an objective for The Kennedy Center for many years, the changes in funding options and the additional supports through DDS are affording greater opportunities for teams to explore alternative employment without the risks that families have been so concerned about.

Program: Kennedy Industries: Employment (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$6,954,706
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Physically Disabled nec

Program Description:

Kennedy Industries Division- Employment provides: Stamps and Stuff Mailing Services, Frameworks Framing, Kenn Kleen Cleaning Service, Soups and Such Catering, Cutting Edge Lawn Services, Supported Employment, and specialized job training.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long term outcome: To provide a variety of community-based options to persons with cognitive and other disabilities for the purpose of assisting them in reaching their fullest independent living potential in the most integrated environment.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

The Kennedy Center has an extensive quality assurance system, which regularly requires feedback from our constituents and consumers. This system, designed to meet CARF accreditation standards, provides a monthly review of program outcomes, as well as a bi-annual management summary. The Kennedy Center Board of Directors is involved in the Strategic Planning Committee and reviews the outcome of all other facets of our quality assurance system. The system comprises the following nine components: a. CARF Accreditation Preparation Committee b. Strategic Planning Committee which may include community forum c. Internal Audits d. Case Management Quality Review Committee e. Case Record Review Committee f. Behavior Review Committee g. Outcome Based Program Evaluation System h. Consumer Advisory Committees i. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys The Kennedy Center's quality assurance staff coordinates the program. Evaluation of this program's progress is incorporated into The Kennedy Center's overall program evaluation system. The Kennedy Center's Quality Review Committee oversees individual progress on consumer personal development goals. The bi-annual summary report is a review of all the data collected in each of the committees identified above. These reviews are reported to agency administration, collaborating agencies and consumers as well as the Board of Directors. This process ensures that acceptable standards are established prior to program operation, based on the proposed program's goals and objectives, and are measured in percentage levels of achievement. Consumer satisfaction is measured in several ways, in accordance with CARF standards: 1. Consumer Advisory Meetings 2. Direct feedback from consumer during the planning process 3. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys Consumers are afforded the ongoing opportunity to participate in a monthly Consumer Advisory Committee meeting.

Program Success Examples:

Kennedy Industries Employment Services continues to navigate a very difficult economic environment. Still, it has been fortunate to develop 6 temporary worksite including a site through the Youthworks summer employment Program, Unger Tools, Expand International, Unifirst Corporation, PIK Products, People's united Bank and Anton Bauer.

Program: Kennedy Industries: Services (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,152,000
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Physically Disabled nec
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Kennedy Industries Division- Services provides: Mobility Services, Travel Training, Transportation, Art Therapy, 24 Community Experience Programs, Behavioral Health Services, Alzheimer's program, and Senior Options.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long term outcome: To provide a variety of community-based options to persons with cognitive and other disabilities for the purpose of assisting them in reaching their fullest independent living potential in the most integrated environment.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

The Kennedy Center has an extensive quality assurance system, which regularly requires feedback from our constituents and consumers. This system, designed to meet CARF accreditation standards, provides a monthly review of program outcomes, as well as a bi-annual management summary. The Kennedy Center Board of Directors is involved in the Strategic Planning Committee and reviews the outcome of all other facets of our quality assurance system. The system comprises the following nine components: a. CARF Accreditation Preparation Committee b. Strategic Planning Committee which may include community forum c. Internal Audits d. Case Management Quality Review Committee e. Case Record Review Committee f. Behavior Review Committee g. Outcome Based Program Evaluation System h. Consumer Advisory Committees i. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys The Kennedy Center's quality assurance staff coordinates the program. Evaluation of this program's progress is incorporated into The Kennedy Center's overall program evaluation system. The Kennedy Center's Quality Review Committee oversees individual progress on consumer personal development goals. The bi-annual summary report is a review of all the data collected in each of the committees identified above. These reviews are reported to agency administration, collaborating agencies and consumers as well as the Board of Directors. This process ensures that acceptable standards are established prior to program operation, based on the proposed program's goals and objectives, and are measured in percentage levels of achievement. Consumer satisfaction is measured in several ways, in accordance with CARF standards: 1. Consumer Advisory Meetings 2. Direct feedback from consumer during the planning process 3. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys Consumers are afforded the ongoing opportunity to participate in a monthly Consumer Advisory Committee meeting.

Program Success Examples:

Our quest to be part of the creative place-making efforts in Bridgeport, coming to fruition as a result of the agency being chosen as the 2013 recipient of The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival. The proceeds generated from the 4-day event will fund the Artist Cooperative, recently named the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC), in honor and in memory of a wonderful supporter of The Kennedy Center. Maggie was very influential in the development of both The Kennedy Center Art Therapy Program and the Unique Perspective calendar. MDAC is designed to provide a creative environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in and express themselves through all forms of art and is scheduled to open in March 2014.

Program: Kennedy Industries : Therapeutic Services (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$988,841
Category:
Human Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Physically Disabled nec
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Kennedy Industries Division- Therapeutic Services provides: The Autism Project, Birth to Three, Therapeutic Recreation, Parent Aide Services, Teen Activity Centers, After School/Summer programs, and Parent/Child Support groups.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long term outcome: To provide a variety of community-based options to persons with cognitive and other disabilities for the purpose of assisting them in reaching their fullest independent living potential in the most integrated environment.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

The Kennedy Center has an extensive quality assurance system, which regularly requires feedback from our constituents and consumers. This system, designed to meet CARF accreditation standards, provides a monthly review of program outcomes, as well as a bi-annual management summary. The Kennedy Center Board of Directors is involved in the Strategic Planning Committee and reviews the outcome of all other facets of our quality assurance system. The system comprises the following nine components: a. CARF Accreditation Preparation Committee b. Strategic Planning Committee which may include community forum c. Internal Audits d. Case Management Quality Review Committee e. Case Record Review Committee f. Behavior Review Committee g. Outcome Based Program Evaluation System h. Consumer Advisory Committees i. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys The Kennedy Center's quality assurance staff coordinates the program. Evaluation of this program's progress is incorporated into The Kennedy Center's overall program evaluation system. The Kennedy Center's Quality Review Committee oversees individual progress on consumer personal development goals. The bi-annual summary report is a review of all the data collected in each of the committees identified above. These reviews are reported to agency administration, collaborating agencies and consumers as well as the Board of Directors. This process ensures that acceptable standards are established prior to program operation, based on the proposed program's goals and objectives, and are measured in percentage levels of achievement. Consumer satisfaction is measured in several ways, in accordance with CARF standards: 1. Consumer Advisory Meetings 2. Direct feedback from consumer during the planning process 3. Consumer Satisfaction Surveys Consumers are afforded the ongoing opportunity to participate in a monthly Consumer Advisory Committee meeting.

Program Success Examples:

Our Children's Division continues to forge new friendships, social skills and creative outlets through our Autism Social Skill Groups (SAG), Saturday Art Programs, Family Partnership after-school program (FPP), our partnership with the Bridgeport Lighthouse Program and our Triple P Program (Positive Parenting Program). Two one year projects were funded: one in collaboration with Autism Speaks our Mobility Services Department and our Autism Services to produce a Travel Training curriculum for students on the Autism Spectrum; the second was an in-home, short-term behavioral support system, to address the needs of families and their child on the autism spectrum. As well, our Mobility Services area was funded to produce a film and guidebook on the advantages of public transportation. Finally, our Community Experience department added new communal contacts through our volunteer initiatives and local neighborhood friendship.
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Accomplishments: 1. Opened the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative program in Bridgeport providing instruction and training in multiple art disciplines for individuals with and without disabilities. 2. Achieved three-year accreditation from the CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) standards setting organization. The organization received only one recommendation out of thousands of applied standards placing The Kennedy Center among the top 1% of rehabilitation organizations internationally. 3. Purchased a building in Stratford that now houses our Children's Services and four Adult Day programs. 4 4. Received a three-year contract to provide employment & training services to individuals receiving Supplemental National Assistance Program (SNAP) services in Waterbury CT. 5. Published ""Know How To Go"", mobility resource guide in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration. Top Goals: G.1. Increase collaboration and communication among consumers, staff, service provider's families and the community to empower consumer choice, self-determination and decision making. G. 2. Expand outreach to include other geographic areas, school districts, underserved individuals and people of diverse cultures and needs including individuals with Autism and Alzheimer's disease. G.3. Expand job opportunities and choices as well as social, educational, residential, recreational and therapeutic supports to all eligible persons requesting services within their community. G. 4. Develop and enhance resources for consumers, parents, families and/or guardians of persons with disabilities. G. 5. Advocate for and develop housing opportunities for persons with disabilities to live in their own communities.
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