HELP Foundation, Inc

Serving individuals to reach their full ability

aka HELP Foundation, Inc   |   Euclid, OH   |  www.helpfoundationinc.org

Mission

HELP Foundation empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential, day support, vocational, and summer education programs to choose services and opportunities as respected and valued members of the community.

Ruling year info

1989

CEO

Mrs Tamara Honkala

Main address

26900 Euclid Ave

Euclid, OH 44132 USA

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EIN

34-1617051

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HELP empowers individuals with disabilities through residential, day support, vocational, and summer education programs to choose services and opportunities as respected and valued members of the community. Our goal is to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities allowing them to learn skill sets that will contribute to their financial and personal independence and afford them the ability to live a higher quality of life in the manner of their choosing.

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?

Adult Day Support

We take fun and engagement seriously! Each month, we customize a full calendar of activities based on individuals interests and outcomes. We take advantage of all the wonderful, unique experiences the Greater Cleveland Area has to offer. Most days, you’ll find us enjoying priceless works of art at the Cleveland Art Museum, admiring the natural beauty at the Cleveland Botanic Gardens, picnicing in the Cleveland Metroparks, playing pinball at the Super Electric Pinball Parlor, dining with their peers at local eateries, skating at the roller rink and joining a class at the local YMCA, just to name a few…
Program Focus:
Assessment
Community Integration
Personal Care
Recreation/Leisure
Self-Direction
Skill development/reinforcement
Socialization
Volunteer Opportunities
Our Adult Day Support Programs gives back to the Greater Cleveland Communities through a variety of volunteer roles, such as sorting medical supplies for MedWish, helping out at Ronald McDonald House, raising funds for victims of natural disasters, packaging food at the Cleveland Food Bank, assisting with projects at the the Salvation Army and more! We look for opportunities that match the interests, talents, and special abilities of our consumer volunteers.

Population(s) Served

With over 46 years of experience, there are no other summer programs in Northeast Ohio that are equipped to offer this engaging and uplifting Extended School Year program with the capability to serve students with a wide range of disability and medical needs. Our highly trained teaching and nursing staff makes the most of the summer to continue the educational structure and support that students thrive on during the school year.

Activities and learning are based on the student’s Individual Education Plan and feature weekly special themes
We provide all students with daily gross motor activities, both indoors and outdoors
Two meals per day offered: Breakfast and Lunch
Two convenient locations: East Side and West Side
Program Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Population(s) Served

We love to work with each individual to see them thrive in their home environments. With a motivational and friendly team we provide an uplifting experience with customized plans. Our Residential Service enables individuals to live independently and achieve the highest quality of life possible by enhancing current capabilities through hands-on learning.

HELP Foundation Residential Services Provides:

An ensured safe housing environment
Budgeting and money management
Recreation opportunities
Nursing & medical services
Job support
Social activities
Transportation assistance
Exercise & fitness
Shopping and menu planning
Explanation of rights and help protecting them

Population(s) Served

Paid vocational training is available through our Vocational Programs HELP Cornucopia and HELP Shredding. Going to work and using talents and skills is exciting. Vocational Habilitation services can reduce or remove any barriers to employment. We believe that people with disabilities, given the right opportunities, can work and be productive members of society.

Population(s) Served

All of these are provided through the HELP Foundation’s employment services team. These services assist consumers with the challenge of moving from a supported employment training environment into typical community employment by focusing on their strengths and a step-by-step process of helping them grow into success in their new job. Services are funded through County Boards and OOD (Opportunities for Ohioians with Disabilities).


Highlights Include:
CARF Accreditation.
2018 Job Placements Avg Wage of $9.67
2018 Job Retention Rate of 71% (after 90 days)

Employers Partnerships:
Giant Eagle
Dave’s Supermarket
Fathead Brewery
Jennings Center
Lucky’s Supermarket
North Olmsted City Schools
Rocky River Public Library
Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

Population(s) Served

ELP Cornucopia Catering employs adults with disabilities. As a full-service catering operation, our employees receive culinary and workplace training, and our customers receive fresh, high-quality food. Located in our state of the art HELP Vocational Training Center (VTC), participants receive real life job skills, transportation, mentorship and job placement, giving each participant the opportunity to earn, learn and grow.

We provide catering services to individuals, business, as well as, supply product to local grocery vendors and cafes.

We use high-quality fresh ingredients and have a wide range of menu items. Like all of HELP’s programs, we serve the individual. The best part is, when you purchase product from HELP Cornucopia Catering, you are supporting individuals who take great pride in their work.

Scroll down to view our catering menu!


We can happily accommodate special menu needs, including:

Vegetarian
Vegan
Gluten-Free

Population(s) Served

Don’t let your business go out with the trash! Let HELP Shredding set up a shredding program today for all your confidential materials at our secure facility! HELP Shredding offers confidential and secure document destruction operation and at the same time provides the added benefit of providing meaningful employment training for individuals with developmental disabilities. We will take the greatest care to safeguard your confidential information in our secure facility. Once your paper is destroyed, it is sent to a NAID certified provider and properly recycled.

If you are in need of shredding services, HELP Shredding is proud to provide shredding services at competitive rates throughout Northeast Ohio

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

Employment Services Program Support -
The first step involves taking a sharp look at the operations of the various employment programs offered by our vocational division. The ongoing success of these programs is a great benefit to our community, through them hundreds of individuals who have a wide range of disabilities have been supported in finding and succeeding in community job placement. As is so often the case, the more independent and capable an individual becomes the lower the reimbursement rates are for services to them. We continue to assess these programs and have made changes to improve efficiency and focus staff efforts and resources on the locations and services that are most effective and productive. Simultaneously, we are increasing referrals for all vocational programs through the County Board of DD, OOD, the Bureau of Workers Compensation, and local school district transition teams (school special ed. staff who work with students and families to find programs and plans after graduation.) It is our belief that by the end of 2019 all of our employment services will be operating at high productivity rates and assisting more individuals in finding and succeeding in the workforce.

Vocational Habilitation Program -
While we know that our work to strengthen the employment services programs will improve their financial performance it won’t be enough to make them fully sustainable on their own. This leads to the creation of a new program based at the VTC which will provide job skills training and employment exploration for people who are new to vocational training opportunities. Vocational Habilitation (Voc Hab) is a program model HELP has been successful with that combines paid employment training with community-based personal development and career exploration. This program will allow the VTC to serve more trainees, with greater reimbursement rates, while providing valued real-world job training for individuals working in our culinary enterprises. Remodeling what had been the VTC office space to serve 24 new consumers at a time, potentially more than one hundred per year, will start consumers on their path to employment.

Define the project as a new or continuing program.
This is both a steady growth of ongoing job placement and support programs and a new Vocational Habilitation program at the Lakewood VTC.
Identify other organizations, partners or funders participating in the project and their roles
Our primary sources of referrals are through the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) and the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), a part of the state agency, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, we also occasionally receives referrals from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC).
Timetable for Implementation
HELP will begin a pilot phase of the Voc Hab program as soon as renovations are finished of the office space at the VTC. We hope to be up to our operational capacity of 24 individuals by the end of 2019. Job placement and support programs are ongoing, a full report of the progress of all these activities will be provided at the end of any grant period that may be awarded.
Identify long-term funding resources
HELP’s vocational services will expand to include a new Vocational Habilitation program modeled on our ongoing voc hab programs which will support up to 24 concurrent consumers at the Lakewood VTC. These consumers will build skills and experience in order to transition to employment placement and support programs.

HELP Foundation acquired Cornucopia in order to preserve their programs so that we could grow our vocational offerings to encompass the entire spectrum of services available for individuals who have developmental and other disabilities. There is an ongoing need for our vocational and employment services in this part of Greater Cleveland and we know our expansion will assist in meeting some of that growing need.
HELP is recognized as a successful provider of high quality vocational and day support programs in addition to our residential and summer programs. Beginning in 2008 HELP has steadily grown our Day Support and Vocational programs to now serve 140 individuals each day at two locations in Euclid and Northfield. Thanks in part to a capacity building grant in 2011 we were able to successfully create our HELP U Shred vocational habilitation program where consumers work in our secured document destruction and recycling services. This was later expanded to include our innovative HELP U Scan digitization and cataloging operation. These programs have proven to be operationally sound, effective, and attractive to consumers and their families. Adding this new culinary training component maintains our strategic focus on proven program models and builds on our track record of success. With support from the Community West Foundation in adding this program capacity and supporting our employment services we will provide a clear path to employment for the people we serve.

Vocational Habilitation: 80 consumers are employed in vocational training working in the HELP U Shred document destruction and HELP U Scan enterprises at our Euclid and Northfield locations. We will soon be opening the new Lakewood Vocational Training Center program where consumers will work in the commercial kitchen supporting catering, wholesale, and retail accounts alongside our Chef, cook, and catering director. Employees earn the full State of Ohio minimum wage for their work servicing our contracts.
Employment Services: Work Assessment, Work Adjustment, Job Seeking Skills, Job Placement, and Job Coaching and Retention are provided through the Cornucopia division’s employment services team. These services assist consumers with the challenge of moving from a supported employment training environment into typical community employment by focusing on their strengths and a step-by-step process of helping them grow into success in their new job.
Residential Programs: HELP provides residential services at 22 sites including group homes and apartments across northeast Ohio where people live independently in their community, in a setting of their choice, with assistance from our staff to enjoy their lives on their own terms. We are the largest provider of residential services for our population in Cleveland’s urban core. At Six Chimneys Apartments, with 46 individual units in Midtown, we have been a critical housing resource for people with developmental disabilities since 1983.
Adult Day Support: Located in Euclid and Northfield in conjunction with our vocational programs Day Support consumers enjoy community-based group activities that enhance a consumer’s life skills, confidence, independence, and emphasize personal choice to become integrated members of our community.
Summer Program: During the summer months away from school, a lack of education and structure for children with disabilities can result in regression, loss of progress in development, and may place overwhelming demands on families. Conducted as a regional collaboration with Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, area colleges and universities, and many local school districts there are no other summer programs in Northeast Ohio that accept, or are equipped to serve, this unique population.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, 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, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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HELP Foundation, Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Marty Frygier

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