Keshet

Northbrook, IL   |  http://www.keshet.org

Mission

Keshet provides educational, recreational, vocational and residential programs for children and adults with disabilities. We deeply believe every individual can actively participate in their community. Keshet incorporates students, campers, residents and employees with disabilities into over 70 sites in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. Keshet is internationally recognized for its leading edge services and strives to meet our mission: Do whatever necessary to allow individuals with disabilities achieve their potential.

Ruling year info

1986

CEO/Executive Director

Mrs. Jennifer Phillips

Main address

610 Academy Dr

Northbrook, IL 60062 USA

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EIN

36-3441392

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Our programs

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

Education

Keshet manages therapeutic day schools at seven locations in Chicago and the northern suburbs for preschool through high school/transition. Keshet’s approach to education maximizes each student’s potential while fostering caring communities in which students learn and grow. Curriculum has a dual focus of academics and daily living skills with integration into the community. Most youth with disabilities receive extensive therapies, often during after-school hours, which can be burdensome on students and their families. Keshet’s schools incorporates those therapies into the school day by having social workers and occupational, physical and speech therapists on staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Experiencing positive peer interaction and developing social skills while having fun is at the heart of Keshet’s recreation programs. During the school year, Keshet offers buddy programs in music and sports where kids and adults with disabilities are paired with typically developing buddies who play alongside them. Recreation programs also include Sunday school, parents’ night out and school day off activities. Keshet’s most significant recreation program is summer camp, where more than 220 kids and teens with disabilities are included alongside their typically developing peers for summer fun and friendship.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Keshet’s adult day program, GADOL, is designed to fill a void in the community by offering a meaningful day for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. GADOL balances vocational/life skills training with the opportunity for socialization, recreation, and physical exercise to further increase our adult participants' overall quality of life. Utilizing both group and individual sessions, the staff provide daily living skills training, a job readiness curriculum and sessions on setting and meeting personal goals and aspirations. Every GADOL team member is employed and/or volunteers in the local community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Keshet’s newest endeavor, MY Life, provides supported housing for adults with disabilities to live independent lives. Residents are actively engaged in community life. Each resident is employed or volunteers during the week, and spends weekends and evenings enjoying social outings and other activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

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Financials

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Keshet

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. J. Christopher Rabin

Gil Bathgate

Asher Bronfeld

Anna Browar

Colin Friedman

Michelle Friedman

Danielle Goldman

Emily Gorelik

Chaya Tova Hartman

Steven Insoft

Michael Kelber

Barbara Kent

Simon Lesser

Rick Rappaport

Deni Rosen

Phillip Stern

Board leadership practices

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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? No