HELEN KELLER SERVICES

LIVE, WORK, THRIVE

aka Industrial Home for the Blind   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  https://www.helenkeller.org/

Mission

Helen Keller Services' (HKS) mission is to enable individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or have combined hearing and vision loss to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice. HKS offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (HKNC) and Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB). HKNC is the only comprehensive national program that provides vocational and independent living skills training to youths and adults with combined vision and hearing loss. HKSB is a comprehensive rehabilitation program serving individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired and who may have additional disabilities, living in the New York Metropolitan area.

Ruling year info

1936

CEO

Dr. Susan Ruzenski

Main address

180 Livingston Street, 2nd FL

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

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EIN

11-1630807

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS

HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS - DEVELOPS A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS BY PROVIDING INDIVIDUALIZED EVALUATION, TRAINING, AND PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION THE CENTER, WHICH CAN ACCOMMODATE 60 TRAINEES, ACCOMPLISHES ITS MISSION BY CONDUCTING OR PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, SERVING AS LIAISON WITH COOPERATING AGENCIES.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND FOCUSES ON REHABILITATION AND PREVENTION SERVICES, INCLUDING LOW VISION CLINICS; COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES; SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES; DAY HABILITATION SERVICES; SENIOR CITIZENS CENTERS; BRAILLE AND LARGE PRINT PRODUCTION CENTER; CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER; PRESCHOOL VISION SCREENING AND ITS PROGRAM IN SANDS POINT, HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2009

American Institute of Philanthropy 2009

Charity Navigator 2011

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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HELEN KELLER SERVICES

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Chairman Larry Kinitsky

Windsor Park Owners Corp.

Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Seth Cummins

NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Term: 2016 -

Christopher Maher

OceanFirst Bank

Alvin Adelman

Richard Dzwlewicz

TD Bank

Larry Kinitsky

Windsor Park Owners Corp

Diana Nicholson

Corner Finn Nicholson & Charles

Proctor Wong

Tri Star Real Estate Advisors

Gary Hett

Greeley Hull

Anthony Baronci

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek

Hon. Miriam Cyrulnik

Supreme Court of the State of NY

Stella Guarna

NYC Office of Emergency Management

Keith Hutchison

National Grid

James Klancnik, JR MD

Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of NY

Alka Nischal, MD FACP

Winthrop University Hospital of Medicine

Stephen Petrick

BlackRock, Inc.

John Shattuck

Disability Rights Maine

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/02/2021

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