We are ABLED!

Sacramento, CA   |
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EIN: 85-1227270


ABLED is committed to the development of social skills, academics/enrichment, independent practical life skills and the overall happiness of transition aged young adults. ABLED exists to foster skills for individuals with disabilities so that they may lead more self-sufficient and independent lives.

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Executive Director

Kara Green

Main address

3716 William Way

Sacramento, CA 95821 USA

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Subject area info

Personal services

Job services

Special population support

Population served info

Young adults

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People with disabilities experience barriers to accessibility and employment, harming their quality of life. Strategies aimed at reducing disparity for people with disabilities have not changed key statistics such as unemployment rates (Antonopoulos, C. R., Sugden, N., & Saliba, A. (2023). Additionally, many entry-level jobs prefer or expect candidates to have some experience in their industry (Indeed Editorial Team (2023, February 16). Lastly, the employment gap between Californians with and without a disability is between 34 and 54 percentage points, with those lacking the skills necessary for independent living in the higher range (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (2023, August). Since March 2020, Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) has specifically highlighted the need for Vocational/Employment Training for adults with disabilities. Despite this need, the greater Sacramento area has thousands of open entry-level positions.

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?

Onsite Job Training Activity Center

ABLED individuals are working towards obtaining equitable employment opportunities through hands-on, on-site training with fading support, as appropriate. Through partnerships with various organizations and businesses within the community, individuals can gain supported job coaching tailored to meet their employment needs. Along with employment partnerships, ABLED has been exploring the idea of developing its own small/micro business to help provide the appropriate generalized training crucial for gainful employment. With a small/microbusiness, we can begin the process of supporting our clients as they gain the true to live job skills of an entry-level employee. This allows us to provide the training protocols used in many work settings in a safe learning environment.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Young adults

ABLED's Social Recreation Program supports our friends as they participate in community-based instruction to build upon transitional and independent living skills.

Throughout the year, community-based field trips are scheduled. On these excursions, participants are utilizing basic transitional skills, how to use public transportation, money management, and social interactions. A 4:1 ratio is maintained to accommodate students who need more support, as the ability levels of needs vary greatly among ABLED participants.

Population(s) Served

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 grants received

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Totals By Year
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Onsite Job Training Activity Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Number of public events held to further mission

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Related Program

Social Recreation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of clients served

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Related Program

Social Recreation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Average online donation

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

We intend to advance our mission as it relates to career pathways for young adults with disabilities by engaging in vocational training, job placement assistance, and ongoing support for clients seeking employment. We provide career counseling, skill development workshops, resume building, interview preparation, and connections with potential employers. The aim is to promote independence, financial stability, and meaningful employment opportunities for our population. We expect that a participant will spend approximately 12 months in our program. Post-graduation, we will check in weekly with our graduates for the first 3 months, and then monthly for the next year. We will provide continued support for our participants post-graduation, to support resume revisions, interview prep, as well as any other ongoing career development needs our clients may have.

We believe that career pathways are but one part of the whole person care crucial for our population, and will engage in the following activities, in addition to career pathways:

-- Independent Living Skills Training: It is important to provide the independent living skills that individuals with disabilities need in preparing for employment. One study showed that doing so led to a large effect (2 = 0.94) on sustainable employment for young adults with disabilities (Yildiz, G., & Cavkaytar, A., 2022). ABLED offers comprehensive training programs, building from the Transition 2 Life curriculum, designed to promote independent living skills for our population. These programs cover essential areas such as personal care, household and financial management, transportation, and communication skills. These skills help individuals achieve greater self-sufficiency and confidence in their daily lives.

-- Recreational and Social Opportunities: Social-emotional learning (SEL) theory shows that group interventions provide crucial opportunities for building skills necessary for effective social interaction and relationships. Overall, SEL fills some of the missing pieces in understanding the difficulties faced by young adults with disabilities and how to reach them in ways that better prepare them for success in school and life (Elias, 2004). We recognize the importance of recreation and social engagement for our population. ABLED organizes various recreational activities, including sports events, arts and cultural programs, and social outings. These opportunities not only promote physical well-being but also facilitate social connections and a sense of belonging within the community.

-- Self-Advocacy: ABLED proudly supports the following excerpt, adapted from a pledge of the Santa Barbara Council for Self-Advocacy:
I am important
I know what I want
I will work hard to get what I want
I am responsible for the choices I make

We are committed to advocating for the right for individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves.

We have created a proprietary Job Training program, providing equitable employment training opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Building off of the Project SEARCH and Transition 2 Life Curriculums, our clients will have purposeful training opportunities that break down generalized job tasks and duties for various entry-level positions. This ensures that clients can work towards mastering the specific skills needed to succeed in obtaining employment in a variety of positions.

Our approach meets an immediate need and solves the root cause of un(der)employment of young adults with disabilities by creating a skill-building pathway for generalized tasks necessary for entry-level jobs in the Sacramento area, including both technical skills and soft skills. We envision a future where ABLED has provided a pathway to successful entry-level employment and our clients have the knowledge and skills to build upon for successful and rewarding careers in the field of their choosing.

Our organization's intended impact will be achieved by the number of clients whom we have adequately trained for direct hire by businesses within the community.

ABLED will monitor implementation by:
-- tracking in-house training hours
-- tracking community work experience hours
-- providing exposure to various types of work experiences

ABLED will evaluate impact by:
-- having open and continuous communication with, and feedback from, partnering community businesses and various community work site providers
-- providing initial 30-hour, 60-hour, and 90-hour assessments of clients in placement
-- providing quarterly work site experience assessments

Continuous learning takes place by tracking the volume of jobs in which an individual applies, as well as reviewing hiring manager responses, and reassessing applications and/or resumes accordingly. We will also conduct an interview debrief with each client and incorporate the feedback as necessary. All clients provide feedback on their work experiences and site placement to provide the best-tailored support for a positive work experience.

These will be tracked via spreadsheets so that we may monitor and evaluate impact, and implement changes and revisions as required.

We will know that our efforts have been successful when clients graduate from our program and are gainfully employed by businesses in our community. Our short-term success outcomes are that 20% of ABLED clients are employed in the community by the end of the first year of the program, and our long-term success outcomes are that at least 45% of ABLED clients are employed in the community by the end of the first year of the program.

Graduation readiness is measured using the following metrics: task performance, test scores, course completion rates, instructor feedback, employer feedback, and client readiness.

The ultimate intended impact is to provide internal employment opportunities for all clients so that we can source employment for all those who seek long-term employment in our community.

A secondary, but no less important, impact is a greater sense of community for our clients. We must build long-lasting relationships with the businesses in our community. We want our fellow businesses to consider ABLED clients a reliable, strong source of candidates for the establishments. Because most of our clients will be working in their neighborhoods, this will help expand their village--their safe space; their community. It is well-known that community integration provides countless benefits to persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including an improved sense of well-being and self-esteem, access to a full range of community activities, and social inclusion with friends, colleagues, and community members (Avramidis, 2010; Foley et al., 2012).
Recognizing the importance of connection and community, ABLED facilitates peer support groups and mentoring programs. These initiatives unite individuals with disabilities to share experiences, provide mutual encouragement, and foster a supportive network. Through these connections, individuals can gain valuable insights, build friendships, and find inspiration to overcome challenges.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people



Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $37,301
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $37,301
Program Services $14,832
Administration ($17,062)
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses ($31,895)


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $27,843
Total Liabilities $1,189
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $26,653


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Kara Green

Along with Dara and Catherine, Kara founded ABLED in early 2020 to fill the need for quality after school social/enrichment programs for teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities. Frustrated with the lack of opportunities available for this group of young people, Kara, Dara and Catherine decided to begin a program themselves. Kara is driven by an intense passion to serve those in the community who are most vulnerable, and provide them with the skills to live quality, independent lives. ABLED Is a labor of love for Kara -- her oldest son is a young adult who is also on the Autism Spectrum. Kara wants her oldest and his peers to have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential; community involvement and engagement is integral to this edict. Kara holds both B.A. and M.B.A. degrees and is a native of Sacramento. She and her husband have a blended family of four.

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Steven Green

Andrea Green

Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Ryan Allaman

Joel Nelson

San Juan Unified School District

Caitlin Koury

Samantha Leonard

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? Yes
  • 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 6/20/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/20/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.