Eckerd Connects

Clearwater, FL   |  www.eckerd.org

Mission

Provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children, young adults and families in need of a second chance.

Ruling year info

2015

President & CEO

Mr. David Dennis

Main address

100 Starcrest Dr

Clearwater, FL 33765 USA

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Formerly known as

Eckerd Kids

EIN

59-2551416

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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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?

Programs

Outdoor Therapeutic Programs; Alternative Day Schools; Community-Based Support Programs; Early Intervention and Prevention Services; Private Academies; Lead Agency Services for Child Welfare; and Residential Therapeutic Programs

Population(s) Served

Raising Hope provides clothing, shoes, hygiene and comfort items to children entering foster care.

Population(s) Served

Eckerd Connects’ Project Bridge provides transitional services to boys and girls ages 11-21 reintegrating to their home communities from juvenile justice residential commitment programs. Through an innovative collaboration of organizations, Project Bridge provides educational, mentoring, vocational and transportation services to help our young people achieve stable and successful lives and avoid re-entry into the criminal justice system.

Population(s) Served

For adolescent girls who are having emotional or behavioral difficulties, Eckerd Connects’ E-Nini-Hassee Outdoor Therapeutic School for Girls delivers fully-accredited education and counseling services in a therapeutic outdoor environment that fosters personal growth.

E-Nini-Hassee was founded in 1969 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd as the first outdoor therapeutic program for troubled girls in the southeast.

At E-Nini-Hassee, the Eckerds created a positive, strength-based environment for girls ages 12-18 to experience nurturing guidance. Students are able to see adults role modeling appropriate behaviors, learn in an educational setting with passionate teachers and participate in therapeutic outdoor adventures during their time at the school. E-Nini-Hassee helps girls fully realize the potential that already exists within them.

We specialize in treating the following diagnosis:

Depression
Substance abuse
ADD/ADHD
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
Bi-polar Disorder (Manic Depression)
Anxiety
Eating disorders
Poor impulse control
Co-occurring disorders/Dual Diagnosis
Other disorders
Today, E-Nini-Hassee remains the most established and trusted outdoor therapeutic school for girls in all of the Southeast. It is also consistently identified as one of the most effective programs of its kind.

Population(s) Served

Eckerd Connects’ Workforce Development provides career pathways and support to adults, dislocated workers, and youth ages 16 and older. Its one-stop delivery system provides a range of career services to fit the needs of each individual. Additionally, Workforce Development aligns with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and provides all of its employment services free of charge to eligible participants.

Population(s) Served

Eckerd Connects recruits, trains and supports individuals to provide temporary care, love and nurturing to children 0-18 years of age.

In addition to serving as the legal guardian for children, foster parents also serve as mentors who actively help parents improve their ability to safely care for their children. In some cases, foster families may adopt children when the children cannot return to their biological family.

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is available for children and teens ages 3-18 in need of extra care and attention as they await adoption or reunification. Services include basic living and social skills training, educational support and mental health counseling as needed.

Features:
Individual and family therapy
Educational support and advocacy
Tracking and service referrals

Population(s) Served

Eckerd Connects Raising Hope provides emergency and comfort items for kids entering the foster care system.

Rooms of Hope are set up like small stores and are filled with fresh clothing, pajamas, shoes, hygiene items, diapers, school supplies and other necessities. The kids come in and are able to “no-cost shop” for the items they not only need, but deserve. Every child is able to receive a new duffel bag for their belongings—no more trash bags!

Kids are able to have items to call their own when everything they have has been lost … plus they are able to retain their dignity and have hope during a very traumatic time in their lives.

Population(s) Served

For adolescent girls who are having emotional or behavioral difficulties, Eckerd Connects’ E-Nini-Hassee Outdoor Therapeutic School for Girls delivers fully-accredited education and counseling services in a therapeutic outdoor environment that fosters personal growth.

E-Nini-Hassee was founded in 1969 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd as the first outdoor therapeutic program for troubled girls in the southeast.

At E-Nini-Hassee, the Eckerds created a positive, strength-based environment for girls ages 12-18 to experience nurturing guidance. Students are able to see adults role modeling appropriate behaviors, learn in an educational setting with passionate teachers and participate in therapeutic outdoor adventures during their time at the school. E-Nini-Hassee helps girls fully realize the potential that already exists within them.

We specialize in treating the following diagnosis:

Depression
Substance abuse
ADD/ADHD
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
Bi-polar Disorder (Manic Depression)
Anxiety
Eating disorders
Poor impulse control
Co-occurring disorders/Dual Diagnosis
Other disorders

Today, E-Nini-Hassee remains the most established and trusted outdoor therapeutic school for girls in all of the Southeast. It is also consistently identified as one of the most effective programs of its kind.

Population(s) Served

Eckerd Connects’ Project Bridge provides transitional services to boys and girls ages 11-21 reintegrating to their home communities from juvenile justice residential commitment programs. Through an innovative collaboration of organizations, Project Bridge provides educational, mentoring, vocational and transportation services to help our young people achieve stable and successful lives and avoid re-entry into the criminal justice system.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Council on Accreditation (COA)

Financials

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Eckerd Connects

Board of directors
as of 2/9/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dennis Hardiman

Embrace Home Loans

V. Raymond Ferrara

ProVise Management Group LLC

David Dennis

Eckerd Kids

Eileen Kamerick

ConnectWise.com, Inc.

Daniel Boon

Green Pages

Dennis Hardiman

Embrace Home Loans

Kennedy O'Herron

O’Herron & Company

Kevin Perry

Perry Publishing & Broadcasting

Patsy Feliciano

University of South Florida

Patsy Sanchez

University of South Florida

Glenn Waters

BayCare's Hospital Division

Nancy Nichols

Nancy Nichols

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