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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: CLASS was founded in 1976 with an initial enrollment of 14. Today, CLASS is serving more than 280 individuals on a daily basis referred from throughout northeastern Massachusetts to our facilities and private industry based training sites. Our board of directors and staff are committed to providing high quality, progressive services and believe that the individuals we serve deserve nothing less.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 indivuals

Programs: Day habilitation & community based day supports day habilitation - provides people with opportunities to increase their level of independence and improve their quality of life. Habilitation services are directed toward acquiring, retaining, and improving the self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to succeed in their home and in the community. During tax year 2014, this program served 192 individuals. Community based day supports - through meaningful skills and activities, this interactive program offers individualized programming choices for individuals ranging from volunteering in the community, learning more about technology or music, to reviewing job skills and building a resume. During tax year 2014, this program served 123 individuals. The above noted revenue does not include government contract funding and the expenses noted above do not include the allocated general & administrative expenses.

employment services, specialized employment services, career services and turning 22employment services - provides the opportunity for individuals to work on a daily basis. Employment services offers job training and placement at a variety of work sites in the community, including competitive placement employment. Production services provides the opportunity for paid work and job training while at class, performing tasks such as bulk mailings and assembly jobs. During tax year 2014, this program served 119 individuals. Specialized employment services - employs a person centered data-based treatment model to provide effective vocational training and employment opportunities for adults with developmental, cognitive, mental health, and/or long-term behavioral challenges. During tax year 2014, this program served 76 individuals. Career services - provides individuals meaningful competitive employment in the lowell, merrimack valley and north shore regions. During tax year 2014, this program served 74 individuals. Turning 22 - provides transitional planning workshops and conferences by members of the class team to support and prepare families for when their sons and daughters with developmental disabilities turn the ages of 18 and 22. Transitional planning, or turning 18 and 22, is made up of speaker and workshop sessions for parents to discuss topics that will arise during their child's young life. During tax year 2014, this program served 35 people. The above noted revenue does not include government contract funding and the expenses noted above do not include the allocated general & administrative expenses.

transportation- provides transportation of clients to and from day programs, which include educational and vocational training for individuals with developmental disabilities. During tax year 2014, this program served 181 individuals. The above noted revenue does not include government contract funding and the expenses noted above do not include the allocated general & administrative expenses.

the board of directors has appointed the duties of hiringthe public accountants, review of the financial statements andoversight of the audit to the finance committee. The finance committee will receive the auditor's report and recommend acceptance of the report to the full board of directors. This procedure has not changedover the past year

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi I'm Pat my son has a learning disability and Class has been an excellent advocate in pursuing a job for my son in this very hard economy. I find the staff their very professional and dedicated in helping our disabled children find a place in this world. God Bless them and hopefully they will continue to do the great things they do for our disabled.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

CLASS is probably the best non-profit I've worked with. The staff is caring, hardworking, creative and dedicated to improving the lives of clients served. As a donor too, I've been pleased to see that they use every penny of every dollar donated wisely.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have used CLASS on many projects, and have found their work to be accurate, timely and efficient. Plus, the workers and staff are wonderful to work with! We have had them process several mailers [from 500 to over 4000], and things always run smoothly. They even go to the post office for us. Staff is on top of changing postal requirements/laws, so working with them is very helpful to us on many levels. Would highly recommend them.

6

Client Served

Rating: 4

Harbor Textiles utilizes the workforce provided by Class, Inc. within the packaging area (low to moderate skill level required) and the production area (moderate skill level required). We have experienced the workers and supervisors of Class, Inc. to be efficient and valuable contributors to our success.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We're a sales promo company and use CLASS for casual labor and fullfillment services. Not only are they very reasobably prices, their quality and level of supervision is tops. We feel very confident using and recommending them to associates.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi! My name is Howard Aronson, and I am the Director of Community Relations for Right at Home, In Home Care and Assistance for seniors needing help and wanting to stay at home. I recently ran a CEU class for nurses, case managers, social workers, and discharge planners at my office in Haverhill, Mass. I need a mailing to go out to my account list, and it needed to be done fast...it was last minute. I also need to stay within a budget. I had the info on Class, and contacted Katie O'Neal. I gave her the scenario, and she got back to me within the hour with pricing and other details. We gave her the job, and the turnaround time was 24 hours...mailed, done! I was very impressed with thier services, and will definitely use them again. Well done Class! Thank you, Katie.