Dominican Retreat House, Inc.

Solitude on a busy highway

aka Dominican Retreat & Conference Center   |   Schenectady, NY   |  Www.dslcny.org
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Mission

The Dominican Retreat & Conference Center is a place of peace and safety open to all people who seek to grow in relationship with themselves, others, and their God. This growth is fostered by: Creating a nurturing, healing atmosphere where all are listened to, unconditionally accepted, and personally valued. Providing opportunities for input, reflection, and dialogue that both support and challenge Empowering individuals to integrate thee experiences and discoveries into their everyday lives.

Founding Year info

N/A

Administrator

Sister Susan Zemgulis OP

Main address

1945 Union St

Schenectady, NY 12309 USA

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Formerly known as

Dominican Congregation of St. Catherine de Ricci

EIN

14-1696472

NTEE code info

Roman Catholic (X22)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Retreat for Persons with Physical Disabilites

This event is a three-day, two-night retreat for adults with disabilities that will offer participants a meaningful retreat experience. This retreat is geared for adults with physical impairments including mobility, hearing and vision, as well as other impairments due to chronic disease. No one is turned away because of economic difficulties. Liturgies, presentations and communal prayer is be offered in a serene environment together with comfortable, accessible facilities.
Volunteer caregivers and healthcare staff are available to assist and monitor physical needs and accommodations.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
Interfaith groups

These are 3-day, 2-night retreats for men and women in twelve step recovery programs that addresses various themes each weekend, such as “Relationships in Recovery: The Sponsor-Sponsee Connection,” in which individuals are encouraged to come with their sponsor and/or sponsees. Other themes include practical application of each of the 12 Steps; one favorite leader is quoted – “You may be the only Big Book your friends and family ever read.” Each weekend retreat is an opportunity for participants to explore new practices and bring their recovery wisdom into daily life and in outreach to others.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We upgraded our conference room sound system to allow for hearing devices for those with impaired hearing. We provided recliners in bedrooms for guests who cited improved sleep using these rather than a bed.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Dominican Retreat House, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Carole Hoffmann

Richard Thiesen

Rich Sapia

Terri Smith

Kathy Biondo-Palaski

MaryAnne Brown

GrantParenting

Mark Sister Julia

Grey OP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2020

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/28/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.