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PROJECT OF EASTON INC

  • Easton, PA
  • www.projecteaston.org

Mission Statement

ProJeCt's mission is to build a better community by helping people help themselves. ProJeCt improves the community and helps economically and educationally disadvantaged adults and children by assisting them with their emergency needs and developing their potential to achieve self sufficiency through an integrated system of research-based social support and education programs.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Adult Basic Education - ABE
  3. Family Literacy
  4. SIZZLE
  5. Social Services: Food Pantry and ASSIST
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania and surrounding communities in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey.

ruling year

1969

Executive Director

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Ms. Janice D. Komisor

Keywords

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Literacy, Food Pantry, Early Learning, school success

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Also Known As

ProJeCt

EIN

23-1699851

 Number

3610848404

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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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ProJeCt has a history of visible, proactive leadership in providing collaborative services to the community. We build our services through partnerships with many community organizations, faith groups, government and volunteers. ProJeCt's current model of service recognizes that poverty is complex and that families benefit from high quality evidence-based, holistic and seamless support. The agency offers a continuum of research-based programs and builds partnerships intended to fill gaps in services. ProJeCt is committed to high fidelity implementation of evidence-based practices and programs that make a measurable impact on the people served and the community.

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

ProJeCt promotes a healthy community through emergency assistance and language and literacy programs. ProJeCt provides adult and family literacy classes (including GED and ESL education), 2-3 day supplies of food through our Interfaith Food Pantry and comprehensive case management and referrals through ProJeCt ASSIST. ProJeCt operates the SIZZLE!® summer literacy day camp to prevent summer learning loss and also works to support school-aged children through the Easton Middle School Success Program. ProJeCt serves as the administrative agency for Northampton County Communities That Care®.

Category

Population(s) Served

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Program 2

Adult Basic Education - ABE

ProJeCt's ABE classes range from serving non-readers to those seeing their GED

Category

Literacy

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Homeless

Budget

Program 3

Family Literacy

This program addresses the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and under-education in at-risk families. It is based upon a "teach the parent, reach the child" model that assumes that families can grow to self-sufficiency through participation in a comprehensive set of services including adult education, parent education and support, high quality preschool and structured parent/child literacy opportunities

Category

Literacy

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

SIZZLE

SIZZLE is a free, summer literacy day camp for at-risk, low income Easton area children in grades K-4. The program won the 2005 Colonial Alliance for Public Schools Excellence in Education Award. This six-week program is designed to augment the School District Curriculum and prevent summer learning loss. SIZZLE focuses on measurable academic outcomes and activities aligned with the Pennsylvania State Education Standards.

Category

Literacy

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 5

Social Services: Food Pantry and ASSIST

ASSIST serves residents of Northampton County seeking information, referrals or emergency interventions necessary to meet their basic needs. The objective of the program is to ensure that individuals living in poverty have access to the information, support, and services necessary to break the cycle of poverty. The intended result of this program is to provide emergency intervention for families and individuals in crisis and to implement case management plans to move people toward achieving self sufficiency.
ProJeCt also operates a handicapped accessible, full choice food pantry with twice weekly distributions. Individuals and families without the ability to purchase enough food to avoid hunger can receive a three-to-four day supply of quality, nutrient dense food once each month. Gold Card Recipients for our customers 60+ are provided access a minimum of 2 times a month. The goal of the food pantry is to ensure that one of the basic needs of human existence is met: food. Ensuring that core physiological needs are met is essential before people can work towards gaining tools and skills to achieve broader goals on their path to self-sufficiency.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$600,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    ProJeCt envisions a community in which a system of services is available to help people meet their most basic material needs; support their capacity to care for themselves; and map a path toward self-sufficiency through education that builds life skills and opportunity. ProJeCt will achieve its mission by developing an integrated system of services that builds on its own and other high quality community resources.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    ProJeCt improves the community and helps economically and educationally disadvantaged adults and children by assisting them with their emergency needs and developing their potential to achieve self sufficiency through an integrated system of research-based social support and education programs. We do this through tiers of service including:
    • Family Literacy addresses the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and economic disadvantage in at-risk families using a four-component research model that includes adult literacy education, parenting education and support, high quality preschool and structured parent/child literacy opportunities.
    • Adult Literacy (Adult Basic Education, GED® Preparation, English as a Second Language) improves literacy skills and prepares adults to achieve self-sufficiency and economic progress as they learn to carry out their roles and responsibilities as workers, citizens and parents.
    • School-Age Supplemental Education Support (SIZZLE!®) is a free summer literacy day camp for at-risk, low-income children in kindergarten through fourth grade in the Easton Area School District. This six-week program prevents summer learning loss in at-risk children and provides them with an enriching summer experience.
    • Easton Area Middle School Student Success Program is a collaborative, school-based program that helps students develop self-control and self-management skills so they can maintain good attendance, behavior and classroom performance and ultimately succeed in school and graduate from high school.
    • Basic and Emergency Needs Support provides a 24/7 safety net for individuals and families living in poverty or facing economic crisis. Services include a food pantry and emergency assistance voucher program that provides shelter, transportation, prescription medications and other essential material supports.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    ProJeCt offers a wide range of research-based programs, and builds partnerships intended to fill the gaps in our services. ProJeCt is committed to providing programs that consistently make a measurable impact on the people we serve and the wider community. Our programs build action plans, teach new life skills, and connect at-risk adults, children, and families to opportunities that will help them break the cycle of poverty. Our capabilities for meeting this goal include: highly qualified and well trained staff; a state of the art, full choice, handicapped-accessible food pantry; our literacy center located in Downtown Easton, with multiple classrooms, technology, and a library; partnerships with other organizations, such as the Easton Area School District, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Northampton County; a committed board of directors; and a diverse funding pool.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    ProJeCt is committed to measurable goals and objectives. We will know if we are making progress by: the number of people assisted through our emergency services; the number of students who complete our educational programs and go on to earn their GED, U.S. citizenship, get a job with a life-sustaining wage, or other measurable goal; the number of youth who complete our programs (SIZZLE and the Student Success Program); the amount of funding raised; and the strength of our community partnerships.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    ProJeCt has continued to offer high quality, research-based programs that provide real-life solutions to those in poverty. We are recognized as a leader in the community for poverty solutions. We continue to build partnerships in order to best serve those in need.

    Looking forward, ProJeCt aims to serve with gold standard, evidence-based interventions that produce measurable change for disadvantaged individuals and families. We plan on making our outreach more proactive. We will do this by:
    1. Moving all programs along continuum from activity-based to gold standard.
    2. Building strategic partnerships
    3. Training and offering Professional Development opportunities for our staff
    4. Developing impact networks through coalitions committed to excellence and shared purpose of solving strategically targeted social problems
    5. Building efficient and effective agency administrative and board governance structure
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania and surrounding communities in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey.

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PROJECT OF EASTON INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Executive Director

Ms. Janice D. Komisor

BIO

Janice is the chief executive officer of ProJeCt of Easton, a non-profit organization that provides a food pantry, emergency assistance, youth development and literacy programs to more than 5,000 individuals each year. She is responsible for all strategic and operational activities, including program and fund development, fiscal and human resource management, community relations and marketing.
Janice has devoted her professional life to helping “disempowered" learners move from the margins of society to the mainstream. She is committed to the ideas that all students can learn, that learning is lifelong, and that education is power. Providing individuals with access to educational and economic opportunity is her mission.
Janices's interest in literacy education began in high school as she became involved in tutoring inner-city, at-risk children. She continued to tutor children while a student at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and then earned a Master of Education degree and Educational Specialist teaching certificate from Lehigh University. Janice has a special interest in dyslexia and learning disabilities and is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of multi-sensory structured language education. She has continued her commitment to professional development by attending Harvard Business School for executive education in non-profit management.
Coming to ProJeCt 21 years ago as the Director of the Even Start Family Literacy Program, Janice established the Lehigh Valley's first program to address the language and literacy development of at-risk children and their parents. ProJeCt's Even Start program was selected by the state and federal Departments of Education as one of twelve exemplary family literacy programs chosen to report to Congress. The program also contributed to a federal guide for Even Start programs. ProJeCt's family literacy initiative was also recognized by The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Janice advanced to serve as Director of Language and Literacy Services. In this role, she developed funding proposals and managed planning and operations of Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED and Even Start Family Literacy programming. Janice was responsible for building community partnerships with the local school district, public library, public housing agencies, United Way and other organizations and established ProJeCt's reputation as a local, state and national leader in literacy education.
Janice works closely with the Easton Area School District to provide ProJeCt's SIZZLE! program, a free, summer literacy day camp for at-risk, low-income children in grades K-4. The winner of the 2005 Colonial Alliance for Public Schools Excellence in Education Award, this six-week program is designed to prevent summer learning loss in at-risk children and close the achievement gap that exists between higher and lower income children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alan Abrahms

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