Helpers Community Inc

Helping individuals with developmental disabilities everyday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   |  https://www.helperssf.org

Mission

Helpers Community is dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ruling year info

1958

Executive Director

Robert "Harry" Harrison

Main address

2626 FULTON ST

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118 USA

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Formerly known as

Helpers of the Mentally Retarded

EIN

94-1546037

NTEE code info

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Single Organization Support (T11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Helpers Community is one of the few private non profits located in the SF Bay Area whose mission is to help enrich the lives of individuals with Developmental Disabilities . The challenge we continue to face is launching a sustainable fund raising initiative to enable us to off set operational costs at our retail store, and donation assistance to help supplement our 2 x a year grant giving program to worthy organizations that also support individuals with developmental disabilities

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?

Helpers Artisan Boutique

This store located at 1947 Union Street in SF, is a training site for individuals with developmental disabilities who are preparing for careers in retail or customer service

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

In 2019, Helpers completed the refurbishing of 2 beautiful residences for individuals with developmental disabilities who need some support to live in the community.

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

Helpers Community Inc. is committed to providing grant support to worthy non profit organizations in the SF Bay Area who also serve the developmentally disabled community

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

Helpers also operates and manages a retail store in San Francisco that hires, mentors and trains individuals with a developmental disability seeking full time employment. Our employee " clients" participate in the ARC SF and Pomeroy Center workforce planning programs.
100% of all products sold at HAB is made by, designed by or provided to us by organizations that support developmentally disabled individuals

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with learning 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 clients served

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Helpers Artisan Boutique retail store

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At Helpers Artisan Boutique, we mentor and train developmentally disabled clients from the ARC SF and the Pomeroy Center learn the fundamentals of retailing to prepare for full time job opportunities.

Hours of programing delivered

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Group Homes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At the Helpers resident homes, and at Helpers Artisan Boutique , in a collaborative partnership with the Pomeroy Center and the ARC SF, an average total of 14 hrs of programming is provided each day

Number of hours of training

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Helpers Artisan Boutique retail store

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At Helpers Artisan Boutique we provide in store training to 2-3 clients, 50 hours weekly throughout the year. Due to impact of Covid-19, our store was operating on smaller staff and few hours.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The organizational goal of Helpers Community is to provide resource support and to help enrich the lives of Individuals with Developmental disabilities .

We provide this support through 3 strategic initiatives:
1) Operating a retail store, at 1947 Union St in San Francisco, CA which mentors and trains individuals with developmental disabilities in the basic policies and procedures of retail, to better prepare them for full time employment opportunities down the road.
- 100% of all products sold in our store are made by, designed by or provided to us by companies that support individuals with developmental disabilities

2) Residential Housing: Helpers Community owns 2 residential homes on Fulton Street in San Francisco which are leased to the Pomeroy Rehabilitation and Recreation Center in SF for purpose of providing permanent residences for 6 individuals with developmental . disabilities in each home.
- Each resident is fully independent and participate in work programs or planned program activities at the PRRC daily.

3) A Grant Giving program; Helpers Community is dedicated to disbursing upwards to $300,000 annually to worthy organizations throughout the SF Bay Area, Northern CA and the West Coast , who also support our mission of providing support for individuals with developmental disabilities

Relaunching our charity over the past two years with a sole focus on our Mission; supporting individuals with developmental disabilities

1) In 2017/ 2018 , Helpers invested over $450,000 of our own revenue to renovation and update two of our current homes for purpose of re opening residencies to house individuals with developmental disabilities.

2) In 2018, Helpers Community invested in the hiring of a Full time Executive Director to manage, administer and over see all operations of the charity

3) In 2018, Helpers made the investment to redesign, and enhance or website and social media presence for purpose of raising a new level of awareness to the program

4) In 2018/2019, Helpers invested in a new, digitized data management program, helping to streamline, communicate with and solicit much needed donation support with our over 2100 " contacts"

5) In 2019 , Helpers relocated our former Helpers Bazaar retail store, located in SF Ghirardelli Square, to the vibrant retail environment of Union Street , for purpose of increasing our awareness and maximizing or retail potential for our clients. This also came at a cost of a 3 fold increase in rent ( at our expense) for purpose of optimizing our potential.

6) In 2019, Helpers re-launched a Quarterly News update to our 2100 person contact list, ensuring our neighbors, clientele, colleagues, constituents and community is aware of the work we are doing and the services we provide.

7) In mid 2019, it is our intent to create our 3 year Development Plan as well as finalize our annual fund raising initiative for purpose of ensuring a sustainable revenue stream.

1) The hiring of a full time Executive Director

2) the engagement of a willing and participatory fully volunteer Board of Directors

3) the hiring of critical outsourced resource support to ensure the effective and efficient day to day operational support of the organization;
- general accounting and bookkeeping, data entry management , IT and web support services, marketing and In-store program services

-Our 2 homes have been completely renovated
(one has been occupied since January 2019, the 2nd planned for May '19 move-in)

- A new website has been built, redesigned and enhanced

- a new Data Management system was implemented in April '19

- our new Retail Store, relocated, newly renovated and opened for business in Mar' 19

- launched our new direct to our constituent news letter in Dec'18 with plans to distribute quarterly updates of our progress and needs

Financials

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Operations

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

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Helpers Community Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peggy Bachecki

Stanley Wong

Plant Construction

Melissa Trujillo

Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center

Caterina Gallardo

former VP PR Bloomingdales No Cal

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/12/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.