Human Services

People with Disabilities Succeeding

  • San Anselmo, CA
  • www.pdsmarin.org

Mission Statement

People with Disabilities Succeeding supports adults with developmental disabilities to lead active lives as productive and accepted members of the community. Since 1990 we have partnered with local businesses to employ our clients in part-time positions and provide job coaches to support them at work. In addition to helping them achieve sustainable livelihoods through employment, PDS assists people with developmental disabilities to participate in their own neighborhoods and to interact with people who do not have disabilities, which enhances diversity and inclusion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Main Programs

  1. People with Disabilities Succeeding
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

People with Disabilities Succeeding supports people with developmental disabilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Marin County.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 1990

Self-reported

Ms. Lisa Giraldi

Keywords

Self-reported

County, California, disabled, disabilities, developmental disabilities, employment, jobs, recreation, leisure, community, mentally retarded, Pacific Diversified Services, diversity, inclusion, Marin

Notes from the Nonprofit

In July 2015 Pacific Diversified Services celebrates our 25-year anniversary. In honor of our anniversary and our accomplishments, we changed our name from Pacific Diversified Services to People with Disabilities Succeeding. It was important for us to keep our acronym, which is so familiar to our constituents, but to more accurately describe what we do. People with Disabilities Succeeding is still a mouthful, but we think it perfectly reflects our achievements of our first 25 and hopefully the next 25 years!

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Also Known As

PDS

EIN

68-0333552

 Number

6074124314

Physical Address

223 San Anselmo Avenue, Suite 1

San Anselmo, 94960

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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PDS ensures that each of our wonderful, hardworking and deserving clients experience all the opportunities, risks and choices that life has to offer including meaningful friendships, with laughter and fun, well paying jobs in local businesses, freedom to spend their hard-earned money and to be included in every day activities out and about town...going the gym, getting a manicure, having lunch at a restaurant, taking classes at the local community college etc.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

People with Disabilities Succeeding

People with Disabilities Succeeding supports low income adults with developmental disabilities to lead active lives as productive and accepted members of the community. The mission of PDS is to enable these individuals to work in paid part-time jobs in local businesses through intensive, personalized support and training.

The objectives of People with Disabilities Succeeding are:
Development, retention and enhancement of employment for PDS clients who, without job developers and job coaches, would be otherwise unemployable.

To increase client independence through individualized instruction, adaptation, and equipment that fosters self-sufficiency, as measured by improvement in each individual's skills.

To increase acceptance of clients by their employers and co-workers as measured by the employer's satisfaction surveys.

To increase safety and comfort of individuals with disabilities through the use of correct gear and equipment used in activities in the community.

To provide safe and reliable transportation to clients on a daily basis to and from their jobs and in the community.

For clients to participate in a variety of productive, age-appropriate activities outside of the workplace with the support of PDS staff.

To increase the awareness and sensitivity of the non-disabled community regarding developmental disabilities.

To increase the self-esteem, comfort and safety of PDS clients, and ensure peace of mind for their families, knowing that their adult family members with disabilities are achieving happiness and a sense of self-worth.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Adults

None

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission is still employment and community inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities. We still focus on helping people lead meaningful lives filled with purpose, laughter, friendship, dignity and love.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

California

People with Disabilities Succeeding supports people with developmental disabilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Marin County.

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Financials

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Pacific Diversified Services
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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People with Disabilities Succeeding

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lisa Giraldi

BIO

Lisa Giraldi is the co-founder and Executive Director of PDS.  MA Department of Special Education, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1996) Emphasis: Vocational Special Education/Education of the Severely Disabled. Specialist Credential, Education of Students with Severe Disabilities, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1993) Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1993) BA Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1989) Emphasis: Speech and Communication

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"From Lisa Markey Giraldi, Executive Director

People with Disabilities Succeeding is a small organization making a big impact for adults with developmental disabilities in the Bay Area. Our organization is driven by our values of equality and freedom for all people, balanced with intensive support and encouragement for this vulnerable population. People with developmental disabilities want access to the opportunities in life that many of us take for granted such as employment and community inclusion. They want to be noticed and respected as adults, to make choices about how they spend their time, and to take risks. At PDS we individualize our services to meet each client's needs and desires, and offer a family- like network of support for them. Our program is unique because we work with our clients out and about in the community, without coming to a building or a classroom and we use private vehicles for transportation.  While we serve our clients every weekday for 6 hours a day, we reach the developmentally disabled community as a whole, through our professional presentations and demonstration projects. Please join us in serving these fantastic people who have so much potential and so much to offer society.

Please note: For 25 years PDS was called Pacific Diversified Services but in 2015 we changed our name of our organization to something that better describes us, while keeping the acronym " PDS". We updated our program design in 2016 and reincorporated our non-profit corporation with our new name."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kathy Doering M.A.

Former instructor and student teaching supervisor at San Francisco State University

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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