WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SEARCH AND RESCUE DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Re-Defining Search and Rescue

aka WPSARDC   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  http://www.wpsardc.org

Mission

Western PA Search and Rescue Development Center provides a safe environment that demonstrates, education, and quality care for adults with Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD), Autism, Victims of Human Trafficking, Homeless Veterans and Homeless Youth. It is our goal to partner with community educational health and social service agencies to provide services to help people gain, maintain, and improve skills that allow them to live and participate in their local community.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Cynthia A Garfold

Director of Emergency Services

Mr. John T Pryle

Main address

1405 Frey Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15235 USA

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EIN

41-2066180

NTEE code info

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our organization works with the at-risk population that are victims

Our programs

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

Operation: Take Me Home

Operation: Take Me Home is a lifesaving program for the special need population that includes electronic tracking bracelets for people that wander or "bolt and run", registration and disaster preperation programs that allow us to locate the special population in the event of an emergency or disaster and the Special Population Planner, which is a state-of-the-art GIS software program that allows us to do emergency planning and visually address the affected population. The program is state-wide and benefits the special need population.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Community Center for adults with Autism, Alzheimer's or Intellectual Disabilities so they can socialize and learn skills that allow them to live independent lives.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities

The Calli Outreach Center is a drop-in service that at-risk individuals can come and get warm, get a meal and be safe. Volunteers do a street outreach program and leave bags of necessary items to those individuals living on the street. There are two locations and our second location has showers and clothing for those individuals that are transitioning from street living. We will provide a safe house for those individuals that are seeking a life away from the one they know.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Victims of disaster
Veterans
LGBTQ people

This program investigates cold cases and victims that are all but forgotten after many years of no clues as to what happened and why they went missing. We utilize various resources, including raw DNA data files that have been uploaded to genealogy websites and identification made by tracing the family trees of relatives who were predicted to be close genetic matches in the database.

Population(s) Served

This program raises money to assist in the purchase of service animals for Veterans with PTSD, Individuals diagnosed with Autism and other at-risk populations.

Population(s) Served
Victims of crime and abuse
Veterans
People with disabilities

The Community Emergency Response Team is the first line of defense when a community is in trouble. Our staff and volunteers are trained to go to the aid of a community in trouble and take the necessary steps in an emergency to save lives, search for and rescue victims safely and organize volunteers to be effective. Training includes ICS courses, among other courses, for staff and volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Victims of disaster
Veterans
Victims of disaster
Veterans

This program trains church congregations, hotel staff and individuals, how to spot someone who is being trafficked. We provide safe houses, counseling and services to allow victims to support themselves and leave the trafficking situation

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Homeless people
Veterans
Sex workers
At-risk youth
Homeless people
Veterans
Sex workers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to increase the number of counties and municipalities that implement these programs at little or no cost to them.

We are actively fundraising and grantwriting to provide the equipment and the training for more agencies to provide these programs to their community.

Our track record of finding the special need population safely is currently 100%. We are using those facts to promote the program.

We have accomplished many things in the area of Public Awareness. We are getting requests daily from agencies, families and schools about our program. We are reaching wider audiences. We are not able financially to provide for every family that needs us. The waiting list is very long.

Financials

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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SEARCH AND RESCUE DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cynthia Garfold

Corporate Outsource Solutions, Inc

Term: 2000 -

Cynthia Garfold

Corporate Outsource Solutions, Inc

Daniel Bac

Corporate Outsource Solutions, Inc

John Pryle

Municipality of Penn Hills

Board leadership practices

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    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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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