Human Services

Helen Keller Services

  • BROOKLYN, NY
  • WWW.HELENKELLER.ORG

Mission Statement

Helen Keller Services' (HKS) mission is to enable individuals who are blind, visually-impaired, deaf-blind or have combined hearing-vision loss to live, work and thrive in the communities of choice. HKS offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind 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.

Main Programs

  1. HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS
  2. HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

New York City, Metropolitan area, Nassau County and Suffolk County through Helen Keller Services for the Blind; nationwide through Helen Keller National Center for Deaf Blind Youths & Adults

ruling year

1936

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Joseph F. Bruno

Keywords

Self-reported

Blind, Visually Impaired, deaf-blind

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Also Known As

Industrial Home for the Blind

EIN

11-1630807

 Number

2171666038

Physical Address

57 WILLOUGHBY STREET

BROOKLYN, 11201

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

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

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

$11,535,725.00

Program 2

HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

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

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

$27,454,658.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

New York City, Metropolitan area, Nassau County and Suffolk County through Helen Keller Services for the Blind; nationwide through Helen Keller National Center for Deaf Blind Youths & Adults

Funding Needs

Government contracts average 65-80 cents on the dollar, leaving a budget deficit of approx. 20 percent.  For prevention programs such as Preschool Vision Screening (Helen Keller Services for the Blind screens approximately 30,000 children ages 3 to 5 annually as a means to prevent blindness or other visual impairments), there is no government contract and is reliant upon donations and grants.

Accreditations

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Financials

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HELEN KELLER SERVICES
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Helen Keller Services

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Joseph F. Bruno

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chairman Christopher Maher

Patriot National Bank

Term: Nov 2009 - Nov 2012

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