PROMISE INC

aka Promise in Brevard   |   West Melbourne, FL   |  www.promiseinbrevard.com

Mission

To provide affordable independent housing for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities utilizing public and private partnerships to develop a model community.

Notes from the nonprofit

It started with a dream. The biggest fear that parents of children with special needs have is “What will happen to my child when I am no longer able to care for him or her?” For so many, Promise is a dream come true. Established in 2009, Promise, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was designed to provide affordable, independent housing for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities utilizing public and private partnerships to develop a model community. Located in West Melbourne, Florida, the Promise in Brevard affordable housing community, founded in 2014, is enhanced by Promise’s Resident Community Program, which incorporates a variety of programs and services that seek to provide a fulfilling life for each of its residents. This program includes vocational training and employment opportunities; transportation services; independent living courses; health, fitness & nutrition classes; and more.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Jeff Kiel

Main address

4105 Norfolk Parkway

West Melbourne, FL 32904 USA

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EIN

90-0520600

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The biggest fear parents of children with special needs have is “What will happen to my child when I am no longer able to care for him/her?” A registered 501(c)3, Promise Inc. was established in 2009 as a way to provide a much-needed housing opportunity for adults with special needs to have a sense of independence long yearned for, while simultaneously living, working and thriving in their community. Promise residents have an inclusive, fun place to live, among neighbors who care. Promise also offers vocational training and employment opportunities with access to an on-site Employment Services Manager. Currently, Promise is the first of its kind in the state of Florida to combine all of these elements and amenities, and we believe it will serve as a model for communities across the country and even the world.

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?

Promise in Brevard

To provide affordable housing, vocational training and employment opportunities as well as life enrichment activities for adults with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

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.

Our goal is to provide affordable independent housing for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities utilizing public and private partnerships to develop a model community and a life never thought possible.

Our vision is to empower our residents with social, educational and meaningful employment opportunities by actively supporting full inclusion within the community.

Core Values
• Personal Choice
Promise respects our residents’ independence and honors their choice on how they live, work, learn, worship, and socialize.
• Respect
Promise believes that all people are valuable in their ability and will treat all fairly.
• Opportunity
Promise will provide opportunities for employees and residents to thrive by accepting ideas, providing venues for growth, sharing, and learning.
• Model
Promise believes we will be a community that can be used as a model across the country.
• Integrity
Promise believes that it is essential to operate at the highest levels of honesty, responsibility, and professionalism.
• Sustainability
Promise will strive to make decisions to ensure the longevity of our community.
• Excellence
Promise strives to be a place where people do their best to enhance the lives of those they live with, work with and serve.

Promise’s Resident Community Program enhances our affordable housing by incorporating a variety of programs and services that provide permanent, long-term solutions for adults with special needs, including independent living courses (such as banking, budgeting, and financial planning); transportation services; health and fitness programs; movie and karaoke nights; art classes; ballroom dancing/line dancing classes; safety and crisis training; and our Vocational Training & Employment Program, which was designed to help provide long-term employment for our residents.

Promise has developed a variety of social enterprises, designed to employ our residents and provide the opportunity for them to help pay for their own independent living needs. Rather than focusing on their disabilities, our focus is on the abilities of each resident and the instrumental roles they play in our society. In turn, the funds our our social enterprises generate once they are up and running will be funneled back into our organization allowing it to be self-sustaining.

Our goal is for every Promise resident who wants to be employed to have a job, whether it is at one of our many social enterprises or elsewhere in the community, providing them with a purpose and a paycheck that will allow them to pay for their own supportive living services and fully experience the freedom of independent living. Currently, 56 of our residents are employed at 30 area businesses, and through this program we provide continuous vocational training and employment assistance to residents as they strive to become self-sufficient.

Financials

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Operations

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

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PROMISE INC

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Lori Nelson-Bradstreet

Ultimate Smile Design


Board co-chair

Terry Locke

TD Bank

Lori Nelson

Ultimate Smile Design

Terry Locke

TD Bank

Michael Durante

Berman Hopkins

Frank Vega

Former Newspaper Executive

Dudley Garner

Former President, Symetrics Industries

Lynn Facompre

Co-owner of Star Real Estate, Inc.

Peggie Avalos

Former Vascular Technologist

J. Mason Williams

Partner, Widerman Malek

Cindi Dropeski

President, Intercoastal Insurance

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2022,

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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 without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data