Community Haven for Adults and Children With Disabilities, Inc. d/b/a The Haven
4405 DeSoto Road
Sarasota FL 34235
To enhance the quality of life for individuals by encouraging independence, championing inclusion, and advocating for individual rights.
CEO/Executive Director Brad Jones
Board Chair May Ahdab
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
The Haven
Former Names
Children's Haven
Community Haven
Children's Haven and Adult Community Services, Inc.
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1954
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
  1. Haven Industries: 

    The new 7,500 square-foot Frank Stern Employment Training Center opened in January, 2018 providing an additional 100 openings for clients with potential for hundreds more as HI enters into more off-site contracts. Over 90% of Haven Industries participants complete training, go on to earn the first paychecks of their adult lives, develop social connections and gain a sense of independence.

  2. Community Living:

    5th group home opened in January of 2016, through the generosity of a private donor. 8 more adults with developmental disabilities now have the opportunity to live safely in a family-style home with the most independence possible. The 6th home is set to break ground in early 2018.
           In April 2018, The Haven broke ground on Judy's Oasis. A state of the art Aquatic Therapy Pool Complex.
  1. Transitions Program:

    Serving students in local high schools (ages 14-22), this program has almost doubled in students served, bringing the total to 465 students for the last school year. Local schools are now requesting Transitions to serve all of their Exceptional Student Education participants

  2. Community Employment Services:

    CES is the only program for people with disabilities in Sarasota County offering all 3 employment services: (1) Support Employment Services, (2) Employment Services and (3) On-the-Job Training Services. It's one of the only remaining agencies offering Supported Employment services.
Continued Implementation of the Campus Master Plan:
The capital development plan envisions not only additional group homes but a senior center for "Aging in Place" on campus. The need for adults with disabilities to age in place is rapidly growing as their longevity increases through better healthcare and life fulfillment.
Children with disabilities generally require intensive early interventions to address their needs and to set them up for success as they enter the school system. Due to the consistent waitlist, there are plans to expand Selby Preschool. In the next year, the goal is to open 1 new classroom in order to be able to serve more children. 
Needs Statement
The Haven’s 32-acre campus is in a perpetual state of growth & renewal. Programs & infrastructures are improved, added & restored to better support the development & sustenance of people with disabilities.

1) Selby Preschool

  • Scholarships - Over half the students fall under Federal Poverty Level. Hours of Operation: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.  $180/wk. After-School Only: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm - $50/wk
  • Therapist - Additional hrs for Behavioral Therapist to serve new students: $5,000
  • Food - Lunch & snacks for 1 child:  $70/month

2) Community Living
  • Appliances - Older group homes on campus are in need of replacement large-capacity appliances:   $10,000/home

3) Haven Industries Adult Day Training
  • Computers  - For new Haven Industries building to service added 100 clients: $10,000 

4) Classroom Naming Opportunity

  • Workstations, phones, furniture & specialized equipment to complete the functionality of a working classroom for people with disabilities.  $50,000
  • Scholarships - Many of the people with disabilities on the waiting list for Haven Industries need assistance with the cost:  $640/month

5) Selby School

  • Books & classroom materials for special needs high school:  $500/yr/student
Background Statement

In 1954, Community Haven was established by a dedicated group of parents & community supporters to establish a regional school for developmentally disabled children. The “Sunshine Corner Day School” opened in a 1-room classroom. Soon after, ground breaking ceremonies were held for the “Children’s Haven”. The Rotary Club of Sarasota leased an adjacent building which would become the first workshop & training center.


Parents, local clubs & fraternal organizations sold thousands of fruitcakes to purchase a 32-acre woodsy property in Sarasota County. It would become Community Haven. In the late 1960s, construction of a new Selby Day School was complete and the 1st group home was built by volunteers. Community groups from throughout the area continued to devote their efforts to the Haven during the 1970s-1980s, raising funds for a van,  occupational training facilities & group homes. By 1990, Community Haven was serving a full age range of clients with 60 residents; 150 in the Adult Day Workshop; & 30 children in Haven School.


The1990’s saw the unfolding of Community Haven’s programming for teens, in cooperation with the Able Trust, a.k.a. the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation. Since then, the Transitions program has been helping hundreds of teens each year explore professional jobs and/or post-secondary education that leads to technology-related careers.


Selby Preschool continues its steady progress as a uniquely inclusive Montessori-styled program. Thanks to the generosity of many interested donors, it has transformed the adjoining outdoor area into a fully-equipped, 2+ acre playground. 

The original Selby building offered the Haven the opportunity to respond to parents’ requests for a private school that would meet their special needs teens’educational needs while offering them opportunities to explore careers with Haven Industries and the general community.
Currently serving over 700 people with disabilities daily - and over 800 per year, Community Haven continues to grow and innovate to serve the needs and interests of people with disabilities. The new Haven Industries building will allow at least 100 additional clients to learn new skills and earn a paycheck. The new family-style home built earliet this year has provided 8 new residents with a place to safely grow in their newfound independence. Another new home, of a similar style with single bedrooms for each resident is planned for the early part of 2018.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The  Haven provides an environment unlike any other agency that serves people with disabilities. Sarasota is blessed to have had such a gem in its own community for the last 62 years. It is an honor and privilege to serve The Haven on the leadership team of the Board of Directors. We are a dedicated and engaged group of individuals who bring many diverse talents to the organization.
On behalf of the Board, I want to express how extremely proud we are of the progress and growth The Haven has experienced in the recent years. With this growth in both service and scope comes the responsibility of strategic and visionary planning. We are currently in the process of reviewing and updating The Haven’s plans, policies and procedures. We are acutely aware that the continued success of The Haven will be the direct result of the Board working in tandem with the CEO, Senior Leadership Team, Employees, Care Givers, Donors, Volunteers, Parents and Friends of the Haven - and of course, with the amazing clients we have the pleasure of serving, who continue to surprise us with their abilities every day. That’s quite a few people for the task and with teamwork, we can go on to accomplish great things.

I look forward to an exciting future where we can further achieve our mission of being a valued resource by serving even more persons with disabilities. We’ll strive to see that our vision comes to fruition: a world where all people with disabilities are included and valued members of society. The Board is committed to continuing to support, encourage and advocate on behalf of The Haven. We are honored to serve such a remarkable organization.
With best regards,
Emily Mruczek 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

It is an honor and a privilege to be the President and CEO of an agency that has been serving adults and children with disabilities since 1954. The Haven is a remarkable oasis for the Sarasota Community. Our campus sits on a tranquil 32 acres in the heart of Sarasota. Our programs serve people with disabilities from birth through senior living. I am amazed each day by the miracles that take place here, from children taking their first steps in our Selby Preschool to adults getting their first paychecks in our Haven Industries program; our staff believes that the impossible doesn’t exist without possibilities.

I am thrilled to be leading The Haven into an unprecedented period of growth. Our agency is in the midst of a 10-year master plan to develop our 32-acre campus, in order to meet the growing needs for housing, education and employment for people with special needs. The demand for services has never been greater, as these people’s lives grow longer through healthier, happier and more productive living. It is only with the help of our donors that we can continue to be a resource for independence and inclusion for people with disabilities. We’re grateful to be of service and look forward to the next decade of success for all.

Brad Jones, President and CEO



Transitions serves more than 300 high school students, ages 14-22, who have Individual Education Plans or 504A Plans due to one or more special needs. Their challenges include a full range of cognitive and physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, and multiple disabilities.  Many have faced poverty, abuse and neglect at home and/or bullying and harassment at school, and need help with self-esteem and social interaction. Transitions is the regional provider of  High School/High Tech (HS/HT), a national program dedicated to encouraging teens with disabilities to explore careers in science, technology, engineering or math.  HS/HT offers students field trips to science and technology related businesses and attractions, SAT tutoring, and on-the-job experiences. Students who are not on track to obtain higher education or training are offered assistance gaining the skills to seek and obtain employment upon graduation. 

Budget $98,797
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success
  •  More than 95% of students complete employment skills training, which includes interviewing skills, corporate site visits, special summer classes, service learning and internship experiences. Field trips to colleges are also frequent options.
  • Leadership skills are reinforced throughout the year with Overnight Leadership Camp, Day Camp, after school activities and summer activities. The Able Trust annual Florida Youth Leadership Forum hones the leadership potential of 25 of our Transitions HT/HT teens each year.

Long Term Success

High school students with disabilities, even those with high academic capabilities, tend to have low graduation rates and never truly fulfill their potential. Students in the Florida High School High Tech Program experienced a less than 1% high school drop-out rate for all seniors participating in the program in 2012-13. Many of HSHT graduates entered post-secondary education, continuing education, or employment upon graduation. These are victories for our students, and represent the success of the program.

In addition, 100% of WorkTrek students are exposed to the agency’s Community Employment referral service, and if eligible, opportunities at Haven Industries. Not all Transitions students are college bound, but with assistance they can find fulfilling employment-- and avoid the tragedies of falling into patterns of early pregnancy, crime, and imprisonment.

Program Success Monitoring

Transition’s Program Manager and staff monitor students through a case management approach that is linked to their Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), and coordinate closely with the schools where Transitions is present. The Able Trust requires very specific recording of Transitions students’ activities, graduation and progress toward higher education for their statewide reports.

Program Success Examples

A mom and her 4 children had been living on the streets for more than a decade before they got involved in the Transitions program. We have been able to serve the entire family. Through referrals to mental and medical health agencies, social security and a variety of other sources, the family was able to move into secure housing providing a stable environment for the teens. With a gained confidence that the transitions program has fostered, the once bullied teens shared their story with peers.

In the last year, Transitions has been able to serve a large amount of high school students in their home schools. Multiple schools have requested to increase the time spent & the amount of visits per month due to the success they are seeing in the students. There has also been interest from other private high schools in the area that have requested to have Transitions provide services in the upcoming year.

The Haven provides employment programs for adults with disabilities that lead to a selection of employment opportunities in our Haven Industries program, and/or a successful transition into community based employment.

The focus of Haven Industries is to provide participants with vocational training, paid work experiences, and skills in time management, commuting to work, and team work.  Employment options include landscaping services, culinary arts, assembly and packaging work for local businesses, commerical cleaning, and retail positions in the Upscale Resale shop. Following training, clients earn paychecks for their work, which reinforces their self-esteem and motivates them to maximize their skills.

The Haven also offers a “one-stop employment program” for clients seeking to work independently for local employers. CES staff assist with all aspects of job search and application, finding appropriate matches, and provide follow-up support.
Budget $991,205
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Adults
Short Term Success

100% of Haven Industries engage in activities of their choice, with classroom training leading to practical application in work opportunities. Computer training, socialization opportunities, access to fitness equipment and recreation courts are provided so that clients have a well-rounded, daily experience. Every participant receives hands on training in different vocational programs. With an increased number of business partners now employing our workers and additional contract opportunities on the horizon, Haven Industries is on the verge of a major expansion with the opening of its new building, slated to break ground in July 2016.

100% of individuals seeking community employment services (CES) complete a job development plan and a sample job application, and remain active clients until such time as they find employment. CES also provides long term follow-up to people with Developmental Disabilities after successful employment in the community.

Long Term Success

Over 90% of Haven Industries (formerly known as Occupational Training) participants complete training and go on to earn the first paycheck of their adult lives, develop social connections, and gain a sense of independence. The Haven offers the only program of this kind in the community. Even more growth opportunities are anticipated as a result of our certification as a RESPECT employment center, which offers contracts with the State of Florida for goods and services.

The Haven’s CES program faced difficulties finding jobs for applicants in recent years due to the high unemployment rate, which, although improved, continues to limit jobs offered by many of our longstanding employment partners. However, CES has remained diligent in its efforts to seek employment for dozens of active participants, and is an important regional advocate for disabled adults seeking to live and work independently in the community.

Program Success Monitoring

Haven Industries clients have individually determined goals on their Support Plans that are measured monthly and determine the future training needs of the client. Haven Industry success is also monitored by the number of clients that choose and/or continue in a work opportunity to earn a paycheck. Clients’ satisfaction and the satisfaction of our business partners are the main measures of our success.

CES reports on a monthly and quarterly basis to the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, referring counselors, and other stakeholders.

Program Success Examples

“Sasha” has been a client of Haven Industries for the past few years. In her selected position in the bakery, she has earned enough money to purchase items that she has wanted. She has moved into a supervisory role and enjoys training others on what she has learned. By providing vocational training and paid work opportunities, Haven Industries allows a financially vulnerable population the opportunity to earn money, so they are not entirely dependent on public funding or their families

CES assisted “Amy” with resume development and job applications, coached her on interview skills, and obtained and interview for her with a the school system. Her dream job was to work as a custodian in the schools. With the help of her job coach, Mary, she was hired at one of the public schools doing what she dreamed of doing. She continues to be employed and loves going to work.


Selby Preschool offers state-of-the-art early education services for children in our Infant Stimulation Room, Early Intervention class for children who are developmentally ages 1-3, and Montessori based school readiness programming for children ages 3-5. Pediatric and behavioral therapists are available to supply critical supplemental services for children with significant physical and cognitive disabilities, and developmental delays related to parental substance abuse and neglect. Approximately 80% of the students have specific disabilities, and all classrooms are inclusive. Selby Preschool now offers the Florida VPK program, which is free to children age 4. Children learn and play in an enriched educational environment which includes field trips to cultural attractions, a 2+ acre playground, and opportunities to experience nature in our garden areas.

Budget $421,129
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) People/Families with of People with Disabilities At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Early in her career, Dr. Montessori was named a co-director of the school for mentally challenged children. Through her observations, she understood which activities were successful in helping her students to develop academics skills and independence. Convinced of the value of manipulative materials and age-appropriate sensory stimulation in helping them to learn, she created a very different environment. Thanks to dedicated donors, Selby Preschool was fortunate to receive a complete set of new Montessori equipment this year for the 3-5 year classroom, and expand its playground. Selby Preschool will continue to make strides toward certification by the American Montessori Society this year, despite the lengthy and costly process of training and retaining sufficient certified teachers.

Long Term Success

Selby Preschool continues to be a uniquely inclusive program, grounded in the Montessori approach, that prepares all children with the necessary tools to successfully progress. Selby Preschool’s long term goal is that all infants, toddlers and preschoolers who attend over time will be prepared for kindergarten with typically developing children. Selby seeks to provide occupational, physical, behavioral, and speech therapy and classroom education to achieve maximum progress toward all of their developmental milestones. Children with medical conditions and/or developmental delays are constantly reinforced through the intensive services we provide, and will be more successful in their social/emotional development. All of the children who progress through our inclusive classrooms will gain a higher degree of empathy for other children, and the ability to concentrate independently on learning tasks.

Program Success Monitoring

Children at Selby who are enrolled without previous identifying medical conditions or developmental delay are screened using ASQ (Ages & Stages Questionnaire). If a child is determined to have a delay, the therapist on staff will discuss with the teacher various types of interventions necessary to remediate the delay. Children are evaluated every 6 months when they are receiving specialized pediatric therapy. Family, teachers and therapists have regular conversations to discuss all areas of the child’s development and assure that strategies are uniform in all areas of the child’s life. In addition to pediatric therapists, Selby Preschool employs behavioral therapists to enhance classrooms and work individually with children having these issues. Children in the Montessori-based classrooms have quarterly assessments by their teachers using Creative Curriculum.

Program Success Examples

Just a little over three years ago, a dainty very premature little girl named Olivia came into this world with many obstacles in her path. With a multitude of developmental delays her outcomes did not look promising. She began attending the Selby Preschool in our infant program with intensive therapies and intervention strategies from Selby staff and physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. The collaboration and teamwork of all of her professional caregivers has paid off with huge rewards. She is now a thriving three year old surpassing all expectations as she runs, plays, and socializes with her friends. She continues to work toward mastering developmental tasks previously thought to be unattainable for Olivia. She is now enrolled in our 3-5 year old inclusive Montessori classroom  and continues to meet new tasks head on as she grows up right before our eyes.


The Haven's Group Homes provide supported living services for 40 adults 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This number will increase to 48 once the new group home is completed by late 2016. Services emphasize self -direction that encourages confidence, and the ability to advocate for one’s self. Training is tailored to the individual, and teaches skills that maximize independence, physical fitness and safety. Each resident is provided with Personal Plans, developed by the individual with assistance from staff. Mentoring is provided in all areas to ensure clients have a full, rewarding life and are contributing members of the community. Nearly all residents are employed by Haven Industries in the field of their choice and are active in a variety of clubs and social events. Community Living benefits from the dedicated attention of many service clubs, volunteers and family members.

Budget $1,129,885
Category Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success

The Haven looks forward to breaking ground on a 6th group home in September 2016. Based on lengthy experience with many lifelong residents, The Haven is sensitive to the issues of both ensuring an active, social life for younger residents as well as supporting the medical and psychological needs of residents due to aging, including the loss of parents.

Our residents are fortunate to be involved in community theatre, baseball, Special Olympics, group vacations, and many other activities both on campus and off (many are listed on The Haven web site). Public funding per resident would lead to a very low quality of life for our residents if were not for the generosity of donors, local clubs, volunteers and family members.
Long Term Success

The Haven has been a CARF accredited organization since the 1990’s, and has steadily made improvements to the campus for the benefit of our residents.

The agency’s long term capital development plan envisions additional group homes, in that the need for adults with disabilities to age in place in huge. Over the past 62 years, all The Haven homes and associated facilities have been supported by donors and volunteers. As we look to the future we are sure that more homes will be built to serve the needs of our very special population.

Program Success Monitoring Each participant has a support plan, and receives daily training in order to increase their independent living skills. Community residents are our "family," and Haven leadership monitors their health, happiness and well being through an open door policy and regular contact. Every year, satisfaction surveys are given to residents, staff, and caregivers.
Program Success Examples Each year a survey of residents and their guardians is recorded as part of residents' annual support plan meeting. Each year, Community Living receives a 100% satisfaction rate from participants. 

The Selby School, a Private McKay Scholarship School, established in July 2013, serves students with disabilities in grades 9-12. The vocational based high school program is located in a 4,000 square foot re-purposed building which is now home to state-of-the-art classrooms and a new computer lab. Students also have access to an adjoining outdoor Athletic Quad Facility with shade canopy for basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard and other recreational activities. Other benefits include low student to teacher ratios, scheduled community outings and hands-on learning. The Selby School is co-located with the Transitions program, and all the students benefit from that program.

Budget $117,377
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

The program looks to place students not by chronological age, but through ability. The goal is that 100% of the high school students enrolled in our school graduate from The Selby School and transition successfully into a career or training program that matches their abilities and interest. Selby School students benefit from activities with the Transitions teens.

Long Term Success

The Selby School is a relatively new program, but it has already shown some clear advantages over similar programs for disabled teens. Teens are integrated into Transitions activities, have access to learning about Haven Industries careers, and have their own athletic facilities, including The Haven’s jogging track. Teens at Selby School are exposed to their peers from other schools during Transitions field trips, as well as people with disabilities who are pursuing careers of interest, and this provides with an atmosphere that is both relaxed and stimulating. 

Program Success Monitoring

The Selby School collaborates with teachers, paraprofessionals, behavior analysts, therapists, parents, and other Haven staff to ensure the program is successful. Common Core and Florida State Standards with accomodations for the disabled are implemented in the classroom, and Individual Education Plans (IEP) are written annually with meaningful goals for each student. Staff collects data for student goals to determine effectiveness of instruction and remediation if necessary. Students are assessed in academics and necessary life skills through a variety of methods to accommodate their educational needs as well as career development possibilities.

Program Success Examples

The Selby School offers a job shadowing program to provide opportunities for students to practice and demonstrate positive interactions. "Brian", a Selby student, recently graduated from high school and wanted to find employment. He comfortably transitioned into our Community Employment program and quickly found a job a Publix.  Another student has been successfully placed in the Heavenly Haven Bakery. Both student use skills they learned in the Selby high school. This is clearly a wonderful opportunity for these teens, and The Haven has already been requested to work with Oak Park School for the disabled in Sarasota to offer similar opportunities for with disabilities who are aging out of public school.

Program Comments by Organization

All of the Haven’s programs for people with disabilities are growing rapidly to keep up with the need. Selby Preschool is planning a new classroom to accommodate the wait list. Transitions (ages 14-22) has grown to serve over 300 students, with more than 95% of students completing employment skills training. The Haven Industries building will serve at least 100 additional clients, with the potential for many more as outside service contracts increase. Community Living will have housed 16 additional people with disabilities by the end of 2016. These people are living longer, fuller and healthier lives. The organization is well aware that people with disabilities do not fare well when taken from their homes; plans are underway to include an “Aging in Place” facility on campus, which will become an additional program.


CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Brad Jones
CEO Term Start May 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email
Brad Jones has a BA in Human Services with minors in Psychology and Sociology. He has a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brad began his career at The Haven as a Program Coordinator in the Community Living program. In May of 2012, he was promoted to Director of Adult Services and in July of 2014, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations. On May 10, 2016 he was appointed to President and CEO.
Brad is the 2013 recipient of The Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Michael Goodman Award "recognizing outstanding and significant contributions to serving Floridians with disabilities." Brad was awarded the 2014 Unity Award in the Non-Profit category by BIZ941 and Sarasota Magazine. He again received the award in 2016. Brad recently led a successful $1.1 million dollar capital campaign to build a new vocational training center on The Haven’s campus. Brad serves on the Board of Directors for the Miracle League of Manasota..
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. James Doherty June 2010 - Sept 2011
Marla Doss July 2012 - Jan 2016
Senior Staff
Bruno Brown BSAS, ITIT Manager
Christine Crawford MSWCommunity Living Coordinator
Sierra Ebersole BADirector of Client Services
Missy Eckenrod MADirector of Selby Preschool
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 90
Part Time Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 85
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 5
Volunteers 148
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Collaborations: Easter Seals,  Kidspot, Center Montessori, Bradenton Fire Dept., Leadership Sarasota, Young Professionals, Contract with ABA Network, Gulf Coast Early Steps Program, Goodwill, Manatee & Sarasota School districts, United Way, Kiwanis Clubs, Professional Sporting Teams, Rotary Clubs, Asolo, DCF Access Partner, All Faiths Food Bank Staples Boxes, Miracle League of Manasota, All Faiths Food Bank Growing Healthy Kids Program, Loveland and many local businesses. 

Affiliations: Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities Committee of the Sarasota Community Alliance, Division of Blind Services, Whole Child Manatee Community Partner, Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Sarasota Manatee, Licensed by Florida Department of Health, Manatee and Sarasota County Government, Suncoast Workforce Board, contracted providers with Division of Vocational Rehabilitative Agency for Persons with Disabilities, contracted providers for Sarasota County Contracted Human Services VIPER program, Manatee and Sarasota Chambers of Commerce, Venice Chamber of Commerce, RESPECT Florida.

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Florida Association of Infant Mental Health2012
Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities2012
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council2016
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
WEDU Non-Profit of the Year and Community Spirit AwardWEDU2006
Beverly Chapman Award for Outstanding Employment Placement ProgramThe Able Trust2002
Community PartnerUnited Way2012
Aktion Club Award for Distinguished AchievementKiwanis Club of Sarasota County2011
Humanitarian AwardLakewood Ranch Community Foundation2013
Outstanding Performance AwardThe Able Trust2015
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Benefits Liability
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2017
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

The Haven is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. With the addition of new Executive and Governance leadership, the task of undertaking a Strategic Plan that will drive the next five years is well underway. This Plan will contain and be reinforced by new Development and Communications Plans designed to facilitate continued support of current and future advancements. The Haven is also presently in the process of rebranding to better communicate its mission, vision and value in servicing people with disabilities.

Multi-Media Comments by Organization

The Haven is in the process of updating its interactive website in order to make information more easily accessible. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked In and PayPal are all available. Other methods of communication are also being instituted. Print and digital newsletters are in development with a projected send date in late August 2016. Constant Contact allows the organization to connect with its donors and volunteers on a regular basis.

Board Chair
Board Chair May Ahdab
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
May Ahdab Retired
Kelly Askerud Retired
Emily Lovesky Mruczek People Dedicated to Quality
Scott Mruczek Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Wendy Mann Resnick TV Host SNN
Tom Thomas Lichtenstein Briefman Gardner & Thomas, PLLC
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Governance Comments by Organization

The Haven is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. With the addition of new Executive and Governance leadership, the task of undertaking a Strategic Plan that will drive the next five years is well underway. The Board of Directors is also in the process of reviewing and updating all Policies and Procedures to better address the Haven’s current status. These processes are scheduled to be completed by late September of 2016.

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $3,397,300.00
Projected Expenses $3,377,992.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
990 2013-20142014
Form 9902008
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$241,500$295,683
Individual Contributions$3,143,228$3,358,150$1,297,054
Investment Income, Net of Losses$49,400$12,699$14,540
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$38,945$56,675$99,165
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$3,146,599$2,690,533$2,448,044
Administration Expense$371,134$720,181$821,563
Fundraising Expense$130,199$84,445$66,129
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.261.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%77%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$5,256,005$4,660,928$3,661,163
Current Assets$1,169,408$1,072,222$834,290
Long-Term Liabilities$261,774$10,315$12,779
Current Liabilities$462,466$291,185$192,086
Total Net Assets$4,531,765$4,359,428$3,456,298
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,143,228Contributions, gifts, grants $3,358,150Client Fees $2,000,513
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Fees $497,411Preschool Tuition $335,717Contributions, gifts, grants $1,297,054
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSales to Public $84,637Client Fees $251,159Government Grants - Unspecified $295,683
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.533.684.34
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Financial Comments

The Haven is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth both in service and size. At the time of this writing, the capital campaign to fund a new Haven Industries building has been completed and a groundbreaking is scheduled for July. A new group home was completed early in 2016 and through the recent generosity of a new donor, another home (the 6th) will also be breaking ground shortly. With the addition of new Executive and Governance leadership, both Board and Staff are in the process of creating a Strategic Plan with very specific, timely and realistic goals to take the organization into the future in a sound, fiscally prudent manner.


Documents provided: 990, filed by fiscal year, and Audit are the most recent available for the organization. These will be updated in late  2016.


Financial Comments by Foundation
Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from 990.  Federal 990s and audits are reconciled for total revenue and expenses. Financial information for 2017 was taken solely from the audited financial statements as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.
2014 - Agency is discussing plans and strategies to handle revenue losses.
Nonprofit Community Haven for Adults and Children With Disabilities, Inc. d/b/a The Haven
Address 4405 DeSoto Road
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941 355-8808