TRIUMPH FOUNDATION

Helping Children, Adults, & Veterans Triumph Over Paralysis

Valencia, CA   |  www.Triumph-Foundation.org

Mission

Triumph Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help children, adults, and Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI) to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. Triumph Foundation works to minimize the obstacles that one faces after suffering traumatic injury. Triumph Foundation provides resources, hope and security to people living with paralysis – not just initially when the injury occurs, but as a lifelong support network. Additionally, we hold events that are a captivating force within the entire community. We are the go-to organization for people living with mobility impairments in Southern California.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Andrew Skinner

Secretary

Kirsten Hatchel-Skinner

Main address

27811 Avenue Hopkins, Unit 5

Valencia, CA 91355 USA

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EIN

26-3295161

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Public Foundations (T30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year 10,000-20,000 Americans become paralyzed. The average age of a person who has a spinal cord injury is between 18-30 years old and often these individuals do not have adequate medical insurance and financial means to offset these costs; are not prepared to deal with this long-term financial burden; and need support to stay financially, physically and emotionally healthy. This population has significant unmet needs, and Triumph Foundation works to enhance the quality of care, both during acute stage and as a life-long support network; to educate and raise awareness of techniques to prevent secondary health complications and increase diagnostics of such conditions; and to assist with their reintegration into the community.

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?

NEWLY INJURED SUPPORT

Triumph Foundation’s Newly Injured Support Program helps people that have suffered a spinal cord injury or other disorder that causes paralysis, as well as those living with neuromuscular diseases.

We assist individuals in achieving a successful future with the provision of resources and education regarding community assets, health and wellness techniques, and dealing with the emotional and mental challenges of living with a disability.

Triumph Foundation’s goal is to help people maximize their recovery from life altering accidents. We find solutions to increase independence, encourage self-efficacy, and reintegrate individuals back into the community. Triumph Foundation also works to educate the general population about individuals living with disabilities to promote inclusiveness. Triumph specializes in motivating and inspiring all to live a life of purpose.

CARE PACKS
The cornerstone of our outreach is providing Care Packs full of resources to newly injured individuals throughout Southern California. Suffering a spinal cord injury is a life-changing event and our goal at Triumph is to provide a continuum of care to make the transition out of the hospital to home as smooth as possible.

Triumph Ambassadors make hospital visits to people that have recently had an injury or disorder causing paralysis. We provide mentor-ship to help newly injured people rebuild their lives. Our Care Packs include practical information about equipment, services, organizations, assistance programs, and activities that exist to help people with an SCI achieve the best possible health outcome and maximize their quality of life post injury. The care packages also include small gift items, toiletries, personal care products, and edible goodies to make hospital life easier during this time of adversity.

In addition, Triumph has created a Resource Handbook and Wristband Flash Drive that offers various referrals. We provide these to individuals throughout the disabled community, including doctors, social workers, hospital and rehabilitation staff, and numerous others that are affiliated and provide services to our community.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Triumph Foundation provides leadership at SCI Support Groups that meet throughout Southern California. The meetings address both practical and emotional needs of people living with SCI to enable the injured person, and their families, to network, get candid advice and guidance from others who have faced similar circumstances, and stay updated on current events.

After being discharged from the hospital, many people with SCI feel alone and isolated, and are faced with the reality of their injury and have many questions. Triumph understands that this injury goes beyond the acute phase, and has lifelong implications.

Triumph Foundation’s Ambassadors provide peer counseling, mentor-ship, and advocacy to help people successfully adjust to life at home and reintegrate back into the community. Having a spinal cord injury may be a detour in life, but it is not a roadblock. We have created a network of people who have triumphed over their SCI.

The SCI Groups are open to people with spinal cord injury and other causes of paralysis or mobility impairments, and their friends, family, caregivers and others affected by their disability. Each meeting has its own personality that is created by its participant’s interests and needs. Some of our groups form a circle in a meeting room where attendees participate in a group discussion, others feature guest speakers and discuss topics of interest, many go on outings and enjoy fun activities, and others are simply mixers where people can just hang out in a group setting. Triumph calls our meetings Life Series Groups because of the variety of structures.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Triumph Foundation assists people with spinal cord injury (SCI) to get necessary equipment, supplies, and services. Individuals who are dealing with paralysis are often discharged from a hospital without a wheelchair to go home in; without necessary supplies for daily care; without the ability to enter their home due to a lack of accessibility; and without other essential goods and services.

These critical items will enable someone to live a more functional, fulfilling, and independent life, but inadequate health insurance coverage and financial hardship keep it out of reach. Triumph works to bridge that gap thru our Keep Moving Forward (KMF) Grant program, our Employment Achievement Award, and our Equipment & Supply Exchange.

THE KEEP MOVING FORWARD (KMF) GRANT:
This program helps individuals with inadequate insurance and financial hardship make necessary home modifications, gain access to adaptive equipment, and reintegrate into the community. The Foundation has supplied tangible resources including ramps, wheelchairs, vehicle modifications, assistive technology, and other equipment to dramatically enhance the quality of lives.

EMPLOYMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Every quarter, Triumph Foundation assists a local member of the SCI community with a monetary award to support vocational pursuits, rejoin the workforce, enhance skills, or launch an entrepreneurial venture.

EQUIPMENT EXCHANGE:
Triumph Foundation facilities a repurposing program that helps people find a new home for specialized equipment they no longer need and would like to donate. These items include medical supplies, wheelchairs, specialized equipment (such as lifts and ramps}, therapeutic equipment and vehicles.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Triumph Foundation’s Adaptive Recreation program gives people with disabilities an opportunity to push the limits of their ability and enhance their quality of life. Our mission is to provide adaptive sports, fitness, recreation, and outdoor adventure events to people living in the Southern California community.

As a recognized Paralympic Sport Club with the United States Olympic Committee, Triumph Foundation makes activities like riding bikes, target shooting, and playing sports achievable for people with mobility impairments. Our program includes competitive sports, organized events, health and wellness activities, sport instruction, and FUN!

Triumph Foundation believes exercise is medicine; that living a healthy lifestyle is an important part of every individual's life, but particularly in the life of a disabled individual; and that staying fit is essential to recovery and to avoiding secondary complications. Sports and athletics are a great way to stay healthy.

The benefits of Adaptive Recreation go beyond the physical, they transcend and contribute to the mental wellness and self-esteem for injured individuals. Among the ongoing challenges of spinal cord injury is a sense of being fragile and overprotected; sports allow a person to release pent up emotions, feel a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among teammates, and find a sense of purpose.

Triumph Foundation works to expand the number of para-athletes, increase community involvement in wheelchair sports, and we partner with community based programs to enhance their capability.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of adults with disabilities receiving sufficient social and emotional support

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

People with physical disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Triumph’s goal is to assist those who suffer spinal cord injuries or have paralyzing disorders to achieve the best possible health outcomes, maximize their quality of life, and successfully reintegrate them back into the community.

At Triumph, we aspire to create a safe and welcoming community for everybody who joins in. Triumph's has a specific programmatic aim to create an Inclusive Community that welcomes every race, gender, religion, economic class, and ability. We are committed to erasing social barriers between able-bodied persons and persons with disabilities.

We achieve this through awareness campaigns, community advocacy, volunteer engagement and speaking publicly at schools and corporations. Triumph’s trained Community Health Workers we call “Ambassadors,” are people with disabilities who have chosen to pay it forward to the newly-injured and the broader community through peer mentoring, public speaking and community leadership.

Triumph developed a programmatic cycle called “The Circle of Care” that helps to holistically identify needs, guide actions, and measure the impact of our services to people living with Spinal Cord Injury / Disorders. This encompasses each one of our crucial, quality-of-life services; Newly-Injured Support, Grants & Equipment, Adaptive Recreation, Employment Assistance and Inclusive Community, which fit together as a holistic journey that helps people “come full circle” until they are fully-equipped to realize their value in the community and begin investing in the needs of others.

Triumph has formed partnerships with hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, community-based assets, local and national service groups, schools, universities, and governmental offices to achieve the projected goals. We regularly interact with case managers, social workers, therapists, and doctors who update Triumph on individuals in need of our programs. Many of our SCI/D support groups are held in collaborative effort with medical/rehabilitation staff.

To date, the organization has touched the lives of over 8,000 individuals with disabilities; given $1,000,000 in assistance to people with inadequate medical insurance and financial hardship; performed dozens of accessible home remodels; provided wheelchair accessible vehicles to 20 individuals who did not have the means to purchase one on their own; handed out over 2,000 Care Packs full of resources to those newly injured; and regularly visited 18 area hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, and San Diego counties.

How we listen

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Financials

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TRIUMPH FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 3/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert Rohan

Triumph Foundation


Board co-chair

Laura Espinoza

Andrew Skinner

no affiliation

Kirsten Hatchel

no affiliation

Robert Rohan

Rancho Los Amigos Hospital

Anthony Orefice

Wheelie Medical Supply

Doug Friedman

Chudacoff, Simon, Cherin and Friedman

Jeff Harrison

Metz & Harrison

Julie Skinner

City of Santa Clarita

Richard Hollman

The Hollman Company

Tiffany Gentry

Tiffany J Photography

Tommy Hollenstein

Artist

Laura Espinoza

Healthcare Navigator/ Educator

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/15/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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