GROWERS
86 Anderson Rd
Wallingford CT 06492
Contact Information
Address 86 Anderson Rd
Wallingford, CT 06492-
Telephone (203) 777-1886 x
Fax 203-777-1886
E-mail office.growers@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission

G.R.O.W.E.R.S. is an acronym for Growing Real Opportunities With Education, Relationships, and Stability.

Our mission is to develop and maintain challenging and rewarding employment for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities by creating a community based horticultural business niche.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2010
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott Hickman
Board Chair Mr. Steven Abati
Board Chair Company Affiliation G.R.O.W.E.R.S., Inc.
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $370,000.00
Statements
Mission

G.R.O.W.E.R.S. is an acronym for Growing Real Opportunities With Education, Relationships, and Stability.

Our mission is to develop and maintain challenging and rewarding employment for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities by creating a community based horticultural business niche.

Background

GROWERS rents portions of the greenhouses at Edgerton Park in New Haven formerly known as Greenbriar and formerly operated by Easter Seals Goodwill.

2010 Incorporated

2012 Received approval from the Department of Developmental Services to begin providing services as an approved contractor. DDS rules limited any expansion for 1 year.

2013 We doubled the number of people we serve.

Impact

Accomplishments:

1. G.R.O.W.E.R.S. Inc. helps adults with intellectual disabilities become self-sufficient through occupational training, education and experience in a horticultural environment – namely the historic greenhouses and community gardens of Edgerton Park in New Haven, CT. Experts in the fields of horticulture, education, therapy, the local community, and volunteers support the program.

2. Over the past year G.R.O.W.E.R.S. doubled the number of people it serves.

3. Our program is community based to support the integration and interaction of people with disabilities and community members.

Goals

1. To expand our program so we can serve more individuals. We would like to train and place individuals in other horticultural-related jobs in the community.

Needs

GROWERS Inc. would like to increase our capacity to provide jobs to more individuals with Autism and intellectual disabilities. We have several paths being investigated. Our most pressing needs are:

1. Fundraising to purchase equipment needed for our landscaping crew. To accomplish this goal we need at least $75,000 for equipment: truck, trailer, lawn mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, hand tools, snow blowers, shovels, etc.

2. Expand our landscaping business.

3. Accrue contracts for care of plants in large facilities such as hospitals and corporations.

4. Open a second greenhouse. To accomplish this we need start up costs for rent, overhead, and supplies - approximately $100,000.

CEO Statement

With the increase in service-oriented and technology-oriented jobs, people with intellectual disabilities have fewer places where they can find employment. Our horticulture program provides opportunities for learning, valued roles, community integration, and the ability to earn minimum wage.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Secondary Organization Category Employment / Job Training
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Special Education
Areas Served
Local
Cheshire
East Haven
Hamden
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
The G.R.O.W.E.R.S., Inc. Program currently serves South Central Connecticut. We are Licensed to operate in the State of Connecticut. As we grow, we will continue to explore opportunities in other parts of Connecticut.
Programs
Description
1. Employment training.
2. Placement into competitive employment,
3. Education in horticulture knowledge, job skills, social and life skills.
Population Served Adults / /
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Build work/life/therapeutic skills for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Maintain and improve upon a community-based horticultural business. Establish employment opportunities for adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Long term success will be the success of the current program and the establishment of additional programs throughout the state.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Success will be monitored by the G.R.O.W.E.R.S. Board of Directors, the stakeholders for the current clients, the CT Department of Developmental services, as well as the clients themselves. High levels of satisfaction will lead to clients telling peers, case workers recommending the program, and community support of the program work.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Examples of program success include support of the biannual Fundraisers, clients recommending their roommates to the program, case workers recommending the program to a graduating High School student.
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Scott Hickman
Term Start Dec 2010
Email shickman.growers@gmail.com
Experience Scott Hickman is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture. He was the Principal/Owner of American Hortscapes, a landscape design and build company for 18 years. He has been the Horticulture /Program Supervisor for Greenbrier, the Vocational Horticulture Program of Easter Seals Goodwill Industries in New Haven for the last 13 years. Mr. Hickman has served on the Board of the Edgerton Park Conservancy for 13 years. He has served on the Board of Wallingford Little League for the last 10 years.
Co-CEO
Mr. Steven Abati
Term Start Dec 2010
Email sabati.growers@gmail.com
Experience

Mr. Abati is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics. He holds an M.B.A. from The College of William and Mary. Mr. Abati has over 23 years of experience as a Senior Financial Executive in various industries including, Manufacturing, Banking, Construction, and Non-Profit. Mr. Abati is a Director of the Wallingford Education Foundation and is a Board member for Masonicare Home Health and Hospice.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title President/CEO
Title Vice President
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Greater New Haven2013
Comments
CEO Comments GROWERS is an approved provider through the Department of Developmental Services.
Board Chair
Mr. Steven Abati
Company Affiliation G.R.O.W.E.R.S., Inc.
Term Dec 2012 to Dec 2014
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Patrick Birney Robinson Cole
Mr. Scott Hickman G.R.O.W.E.R.S., Inc.
Mr. Gary Hultgren McKessen Federal Credit Union
Mr. Nicholas Ruickoldt
Dr. Andrew Wagner
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jeremiah Coffey Professor, Albertus Magnus College
Ms. Margie Devane Community volunteer, Docent
Ms. Alberta Gibbs Parent Volunteer
Ms. Kay Hill Parent Volunteer, Retired Teacher
Ms. Marta Moret President of Urban Policy Strategies, LLC
Mr. Douglas Ruickoldt Railroad Conductor, Parent Volunteer
Ms. Cathy Shanley former Greenbriar employee
Mr. Shawn Sullivan Attorney, Neighborhood Resident
Mr. Jeff Whipple Program Participant
Ms. Lita Wright Edgerton Park Conservancy
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2013
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $370,000.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Audit Documents
Audit2012
Audit2011
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Determination Letter
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Continuous Improvement Plan2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$203,632$0--
Administration Expense--$0--
Fundraising Expense--$0--
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.07----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$73,972$0--
Current Assets$67,589$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$39,671$0--
Current Liabilities$15,314$0--
Total Net Assets$18,987$0--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.41----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets54%----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by The Community Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

Address 86 Anderson Rd
Wallingford, CT 06492
Primary Phone 203 777-1886
Contact Email office.growers@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott Hickman
Board Chair Mr. Steven Abati
Board Chair Company Affiliation G.R.O.W.E.R.S., Inc.

 

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