SPECIAL PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST INC SPIN CENTER

aka SPIN   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.spininc.org

Mission

SPIN provides the highest quality people-first services and supports the children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities so that each may achieve and enjoy a life of possibilities

Notes from the nonprofit

Hope is about expecting life to get better. Hopeful people have a vision for a positive future, are courageous and are mobilized to do things others may not believe is possible. Rather than simply being an idealistic view of how things will turn out, hope demands energy and an action plan to arrive at the positive result that is envisioned. There are legendary survival stores about how hope is the difference between the people that survive terrifying calamities or horrendous life situations and those that do not. Researchers tell us that hope may lead to a longer life. Families and people come to SPIN because they want tomorrow to be better than today., They see a better future for themselves and ask us to be hopeful with and for them and to put hope into action leading to A Life of Possibilities. Last year, we reached out to families and individuals in the Lehigh Valley community and asked them to believe that SPIN could provide people first services and supports in their community that would enable them to learn new things, have new opportunities, live in a beautiful new home, be healthier, get a job and be full members of their communities. We also asked many who had previously worked with those individuals and many new employment candidates from the area to see the positive opportunities in working for SPIN. SPIN is now providing people first services and supports for 72 adolescents and adults through the performance excellence of 70 employees in the Lehigh Valley. Without the energy and enthusiasm that hope brings, it is doubtful any of this could have taken place. Everywhere you look at SPIN you can see evidence of hope. It is in the face of a four-year-old with autism who has just used his first three word phrase to communicate and in the faces of his parents when the teacher tells them the story of how it happened. Hope is present at the job interview a young woman with Intellectual Disability just nailed, and is definitely present when her Employment Specialist "high fives" her in the parking lot when the interview is over. Hope is there when a Direct Support Professional supports a person who is pre-diabetic to exercise and eat more healthfully and his Nurse informs him his lab work is so good he no longer requires medication. Hope is so present throughout SPIN, that we have identified it as one of SPIN's three inspirational values. Love, Hope, Grow. Together, as a community, we love, we hope and we grow and believe the future is brighter because of it. Thank you for your support of SPIN. Kathleen McHale President and CEO

Ruling year info

1972

President and CEO

Kathleen McHale

Executive Director

Mrs. Judith Dotzman

Main address

10501 Drummond Rd

Philadelphia, PA 19154 USA

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EIN

23-1742920

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Without receiving the right supportive services at the right time, children and adults with autism and intellectual disability will not achieve their potential and will be unable to live a fulfilled life as citizens with full rights. SPIN's vision is a world that fully values, includes and respects everyone and one where people achieve a life of possibilities. SPIN seeks to provide high quality service that is available to families across the lifespan. We want to see people fully included in all that life has to offer. Without our services people would have to be in segregated settings or home with nothing to do and their parents would not be able to be employed. SPIN also seeks to provide the highest quality preschool service because without this, many children will not be ready for kindergarten and will remain behind in their school years.

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?

Residential Services

SPIN provides a variety of options for adults with intellectual disabilities to live in the community. Direct Support Professionals support individuals to live self-directed and meaningful integrated lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Children's Services Department has several programs to support families and Children in many different ways. Our Homebase Program provides early intervention srvices to children from birth to two. Our Preschool Early Intervention Programs provides both centerbase and community supports to eligible children. Our PreK counts program located at our Notheast site provides preschool services to eligible children from three to five. Our Head Start Program provides preschool services to eligible children at our Frankford site. Childcare Services are available to the children in the Head Start Program and at our Northeast site childcare services are available for children from six weeks to school age.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

SPIN has been designated as a Philadelphia Autism Center for Excellence and offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. Additionally, clinical services are provided for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing other behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder. Out-patient psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management are available. Professional development and/or consultation services are also provided for other community agencies including schools, early care and education centers, or community groups regarding a wide range of behavioral health topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SPIN provides individualized services to people with disabilities to assist them in obtaining and maintaining integrated employment in the open job market.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SPIN Community & Fitness provides an interactive environment where people of all ages, backgrounds and capabilities can meet and be challenged and enriched by its recreational, educational and social opportunities. The ambiance of SPIN Community & Fitness is a warm, supportive and enriched atmosphere that enables people to enhance their quality of life by promoting overall well-being.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This service provides direct support for adults to learn and experience their community, develop community living skills that lead to increased involvement in the community and potentially to employment in the community. The service is provided either in a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 model of support by a trained Direct Support Professional, depending on the needs of the person. Each person has areas of community life they will work on as determined by their Individual Support Plan.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A fun, interactive and integrated summer camp for children with and without a disability.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Top Workplaces 2021

Affiliations & memberships

NADD Accreditation 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Connected 400 young children to virtual Early Childhood Education classrooms during the pandemic

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SPIN's goal is to support children with and without disabilities in inclusive settings and adults with developmental, intellectual and autism spectrum disabilities within their communities. We succeed by demonstrating SPIN's Pillars of People First, Professionalism, Performance Excellence and Productivity in all that we do.

Strategies are based on SPIN's Pillars of People First, Professionalism, Performance Excellence and Productivity. Objectives include crystal clear expectations, credibility, reliability, accountability, and excellent leadership.

SPIN has provided lifespan supports and services in inclusive community settings to children, adults and their families since 1970. The organization has received recognition as a Top Workplace for nine consecutive years beginning in 2010, a national top training organization for eleven consecutive years and numerous other national, state and local recognitions. SPIN is in the forefront in workforce development and quality practices. SPIN attained the Pennsylvania STAR 4 in all three of its Children's Early Learning and Care Centers, and has been named an Autism Center for Excellence by Philadelphia Community Behavioral Health Organization. In 2010 SPIN was named to the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame.

SPIN continues to grow each year, increasing the number of people supported and expanding services to address the needs of those in our community. SPIN maintains an excellent reputation as the "go to" organization with the City of Philadelphia and state of Pennsylvania, as well as the respect of families, and advocates as a premier provider of the highest quality services and supports.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People with an intellectual disability and/or autism from birth to end of life and preschool age children with or without a disability.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have provided remote services and hybrid services to respond safely to the pandemic. We have provided on site vaccine clinics to help all people, their families and our employees receive a COVID vaccine. We have begun safely re-opening direct, face to face day services We provided tele-health appointments during the pandemic

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The involvement of the people in service and their families has strengthened our relationship with them and increased trust between us. It increases their confidence that we listen and are able to respond and change to be People-First at an even higher level as we continue to evolve.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SPECIAL PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST INC SPIN CENTER

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrea Temple

David Armbrister

SPIN

Marie Leonard

SPIN

Kathleen Neumeister

SPIN

Andrea Temple

SPIN

Kathleen McHale

SPIN

Phyllis Barbera

SPIN

Christian Muniz

SPIN

Joseph Murphy

SPIN

Lamont Bates

SPIN

Theresa DelloBuono

SPIN

Shuvankur Roy

SPIN

Ed Russell

SPIN

Ron Schwartz

SPIN

Mark Zinman

SPIN

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/28/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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 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.