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GOMPERS

Creating Opportunities | Seeing Possibilities

Phoenix, AZ   |  gompers.org

Mission

Developing innovative opportunities for people with disabilities. \r\n\r\nSeven core values define the way Gompers achieves excellence every day. These values guide our decision-making and ensure that our organization consistently meets and even exceeds industry performance standards. Our staff and members live the mission and values of Gompers, and as a result, we are able to better our community, enhance lives, and empower others.\r\n\r\n1. Person-Centered\r\n2. Dignify Others: Advocating that all people be treated with dignity and respect\r\n3. Enhancing Abilities\r\n4. Professional Excellence\r\n5. Responsible Stewardship\r\n6. Collective Impact\r\n7. Celebrate Daily:

Ruling year info

1963

Executive Director

Mr. Charles Foley

Main address

6601 North 27th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85017 USA

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EIN

86-0098909

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gompers seeks to assess and provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to achieve and maintain independence in various areas of their lives such as communication, employment, education, life skills, etc.

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?

K-12 Private Special Education School

Established in 1973, Gompers Private School (GPS) provides students ages five to twenty-two with individualized academic, behavioral, therapeutic and transitional programs to maximize skills and increase independence, enhancing fundamental life skills and post graduation opportunities.

Gompers offers a comprehensive team approach to its Occupational, Physical and Speech therapies, all provided by appropriately certified and licensed therapists. Gompers’ therapy staff utilizes a wide array of state-of-the-art technologies as well as therapeutic fitness equipment. We also staff a licensed nurse practitioner to support the medical needs of our students and an Assistive Technology Specialist.

Amenities: Students are able to take advantage of our facilities and opportunities, including a gymnasium, fully accessible playground and garden, a Sensory Room, community outings and field trips, interactive touch-screen panels and computers in every classroom, access to a state-of-the-art employment training facility and an employment services program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Gompers Day Training for Adults program is built around community integration and empowerment. Individuals with disabilities ages 18 and older are encouraged to fulfill their dreams and maximize their abilities, while being supported to reach their highest potential for independence.

DTA focuses on individualized training in communication, self-care, community awareness, social development and money management. Individuals in Gompers’ DTA program may gain their first exposure to employment and begin their training in pre-vocational classes. In addition, members in the DTA program experience opportunities for on-going community engagement and volunteering.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Gompers offers one of the finest employment training programs in the state, providing individuals with a variety of ability levels the opportunity to explore their interests in a supportive, mentoring environment that encourages growth with the ultimate goal of independent employment. Employment opportunities are based on the participant's abilities and desire and include:

1. Tandem Document Professionals: A secure, organized and accessible document file-management business employing individuals with disabilities.

2.Community Employment (CE): A program for participants with sufficient job skills and the ability to work independently. Gompers assists in locating a position in the community, providing part-time instruction to prepare the individual for independent employment.

3. Group Supported Employment (GSE): A community-based assisted work program allowing participants the opportunity to develop job skills while working on-site at a local company in an integrated setting.

4.Center-Based Employment: A safe and supportive environment to begin learning necessary employment skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Since its inception in 2008, the Gompers Assistive Technology Initiative has been an agency-wide effort to understand how assistive technology (AT) can be used to increase independence for the individuals we serve. In the first phase of the initiative, SMART Boards and touch-screen computers were installed in the Private School classrooms, DTA program rooms and at Employment Services to allow individual and group educational activities in math, reading, money skills and much more. Beginning in 2013, our Assistive Technology Specialist trained leadership and front-line staff, and began evaluating students and participants to determine if assistive technology would help improve their independence. If the individual already has assistive technology, our AT Specialist assesses the appropriateness of the product they are using and if it is being used to its optimum benefit. In our efforts to become a leader in the field of assistive technology and in utilizing its benefits for individuals with disabilities, Gompers is educating agencies, parents and participants on how to advocate for necessary assistive technology and the training needed to use it

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

Respite, habilitation, and attendant care services aimed to assist families in caring for a loved one with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

Where we work

Awards

IMPACT Award finalist 2013

Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2016

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 clients served

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Day Training for Adults Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals served by Gompers' Day Training for Adults Program.

Number of people provided assistive technology

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Assistive Technology Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assistive Technology devices obtained by members. Assistive technologies often provide individuals with a new world of possibilities.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Assistive Technology Initiative

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total of grant and individual contributions donated to help Gompers grow its mission to develop innovative opportunities for people with disabilities.

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.

To assist individuals with disabilities in achieving the highest level of independence possible, based on their unique abilities, through excellent programming in education, life skills training, community integration, employment training and job search assistance.

In 2014, we developed a six-year strategic visioning plan to guide our organization in meeting the needs of the individuals we serve. To accomplish the Visioning goals, we established programmatic Theories of Change with strategies and measurement objectives for each of our programs. These serve as the cornerstone for the outcomes promised to our families, grant funders and individual donors.

We have a dedicated, trained team in place that is engaged in organizational growth and change necessary to adapt our strategies to the specific needs of the individuals we serve.

In 2014, our organization graduated from the Arizona Endowment Building Institute sponsored by the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) and Arizona State University (ASU) Lodestar Institute. We implemented the following key policies: Gift Acceptance Agreement, Investment Policy, Windfall Policy and Spending Policy. For the long-term sustainability of the organization, we are carefully stewarding our estate resources for the long-term health of the organization.\r\n\r\nIn February 2015, several members of our leadership team attended an all day workshop developed by the ASU Lodestar Center "Culture of Evaluation" where we learned the strategies for developing Theories of Change and measurement outcomes. We have now developed these strategies and measurements for our programs.\r\n\r\nAs we continue to move forward adapting our programming to mirror best practices seen throughout the industry, we recognize that we must always keep the individual at the center of our decisions. The range of abilities experienced by our students and adult members are vastly different. Each person is as unique as any other human being. Disabilities including cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioral present the need for flexibility and creativity in developing strategies for growing toward greater independence. It is in this endeavor that we strive to meet our mission to develop truly innovative opportunities for people with disabilities.

Financials

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Operations

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

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GOMPERS

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Christopher Thomas

Cary Pfeffer

ClearComm Consulting

Greg Lechowski

DermaForce Services

Greg Frost

Kearney Electric

David Goldstein

Hymson, Goldstein, Pantiliat & Lohr, PLLC

Christopher D. Thomas

Squire Patton Boggs

Jonah Roehl

Salt River Project

Rebecca Sidelinger

Honeywell International

Frank Martin

Payton LaCivita

Rick Koseor

Mark Stodola

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? No