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ENRichiNg LivEs ERAsiNg bARRiERs hELPiNg …ENRichiNg LivEs ERAsiNg bARRiERs hELPiNg PEOPLE sOAR OUR MissiON seagull services assists individuals with life challenges affecting their

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  • 2016-2017 ANNUAL REPORT

    ENRichiNg LivEs ERAsiNg bARRiERs


  • OUR MissiONseagull services assists individuals with life challenges affecting

    their self-sufficiency to live in dignity and realize their full potential by providing education, training, employment, residential services,

    community integration and support services.

    2‘‘Seagull has been a tremendous help to Charlie and a blessing to our family. Everyone has been so understanding about his medical issues. He has opened up so much more since we put him in SAIL, and he’s developed real friendships with the other students.” Idi and Aura Kenner, guardians of Charlie

  • ExEcUTivE MEssAgE

    Laura FowlerBoard of Directors,


    Barbara NurenbergPresident & C.E.O.


    During the 2016-17 year, Seagull Services touched more lives than at any time in its near 40-year history, and at the same time we continue our focus on implementing a strategic plan to ensure quality services and a strong financial future for the agency.

    We’re especially proud to share that our charter school, Seagull Academy for Independent Living (SAIL), attained a 10-year renewal of its charter by the Palm Beach School District. This sets the stage for the continuation of our partnership with the district to educate and prepare youth with developmental disabilities for independent and fulfilling futures. This achievement is a testament to the quality education that SAIL provides as 10-year renewals are a rarity among charter schools in Palm Beach County.

    Seagull Services has achieved exponential growth in the agency’s impact through our school-based food pantry, serving nearly 1,000 people during the last fiscal year. In recent years, it has become clear that one of the most successful ways of addressing hunger among children is through school-based food distribution centers to supplement federally funded breakfasts and lunches students eat at school. More than half of the students in Palm Beach County come from families where food is inadequate to meet their growing needs. This figure is even higher at SAIL. The food pantry improves the lives of our students and their families, as well as our neighbors in the community who suffer from food insecurity by providing them with more nutritious food on a monthly basis.

    Seagull Services also was successful in expanding its vocational education and supported employment opportunities, which greatly benefits both the students and adults that we serve. With additional staff and partnerships with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the students as well as adults served in our Achievement Center have more opportunities for success in the work environment.

    As demand for specialized programs for older adults with developmental disabilities continues to grow, we are continuing to enhance an initiative that we began three years ago, focusing on those dually diagnosed with both a developmental disability and dementia. We continue to refine and expand our program, thus allowing seniors to continue their lifestyle and age in place.

    Our achievements would not be possible without the help of many organizations and individuals who support us, including Seagull’s dedicated staff and Board of Directors. The children and adults with disabilities who we serve have a critical safety net of support because of the contributions from corporate, foundation, and individual supporters and loyal volunteers who give their time generously to Seagull’s programs. We are ever grateful to the long-term support from the Town of Palm Beach United Way, United Way of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County School District, and the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners.

  • ResideNtiaL seRvices Located on beautiful Singer Island, Seagull Place campus programs improve the residents’ level of independence and promote community involvement in a supportive environment that meets individual needs.

    • Attractive and warm home style living with 24-hour supervision

    • Coordination of health and wellness appointments and medication management

    • Nutritious meals

    • Transportation

    • Promotes participation in social and community events

    • Individuals assisted to participate in cultural and religious activities of their choice

    suppoRted empLoymeNtSeagull Services prepares individuals with disabilities for community-based employment and greater independence by helping to eliminate their barriers to employment and providing them the support they need to be successful in the workplace.

    • Pre-employment skills training, including mock interviews, and resume writing

    • Provides supervised work and internship experience to prepare for employment

    • Teaches appropriate social and work skills

    • Offers individualized job search and employment with community businesses

    • Training to use public transportation, if appropriate

    • Matches participants with natural support at the worksite

    • Follow-along services with participant and employer

    chaRteR schooLSeagull Academy for Independent Living (SAIL) provides individualized programs for middle and high school students with developmental disabilities and learning challenges. Programs are designed to successfully transition students from high school to employment and independent living.

    Emphasis is placed on life skills, academics, and vocational training with a focus on self-reliance, economic independence, and positive family involvement.

    • Ages 11-22 (middle and high school students)

    • Small class instruction

    • Innovative curriculum that promotes educational and social development

    • Transition services from school to work

    • Internships

    • Mainstreamed extracurricular activities in conjunction with students from other area high schools

    • Affiliated with School District of Palm Beach County

    • Summer Day Camp for children with disabilities



  • skiLL-BuiLdiNg seRvicesAssists adults with developmental disabilities to continue to develop their work, social, and vocational skills through:

    • Paid work experience

    • Community activities

    • Life skills classes

    • Employment skill training

    • Physical development and exercise

    • Transportation

    • Art classes and other opportunities for artistic expression

    • Specialized senior adult programs are offered to provide a fulfilling retirement

    LeaRNiNg FaRmSeagull Ranch is a learning farm where organic produce is grown in climate-controlled greenhouses as well as in-ground. It is a training center for Seagull’s students to learn skills associated with sustainable agriculture, greenhouse growing, and food-to-market industry including value-added food processing and sales. Additionally, Seagull Ranch produces nutritious food for Seagull’s own program participants, sells to local restaurants and companies, and provides the Seagull Food Pantry with fresh produce. • Hands-on internship experience for students

    • Classes in agricultural science and farming

    • Food shared with students, residents at Seagull Place, and the local community

    • Lessons in animal care

    • Enhances and coordinates with the SAIL science curriculum

    BusiNess seRvicesSeagull Services carefully reviews staffing requirements and matches job seekers with local area employers and if required, provides extra support to local employers and newly hired employees to facilitate training and a smooth transition. With a workforce that averages 125 individuals, Seagull also is an accurate and reliable full-scale fulfillment house and an Industrial Subcontractor.

    • Custom fulfillment

    • Packaging

    • Light assembly

    • Recycling

    • Marketing products

    • Mail house services

    • Discount FedEx and UPS shipping

    • Rework of defective merchandise

    • Work performed in-house or on other premises



  • maNy thaNks With much gratitude to all of our supporters. Please consult our website for a list of other corporate

    & foundation donations as well major individual gifts.

    pResideNt’s ciRcLeChildren’s Healthcare Charity, Inc.

    Fidelity Charitable Gift FundLillian & Joseph Schwartz Trust

    Lost Tree Village Charitable FoundationThe Palm Beach Post Season To Share Fund, Inc.

    The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation

    pLatiNumBank of America Charitable Foundation

    Douglas C. Lane & Associates, Inc.Lattner Family Foundation

    Nozzle Nolen, Inc.PNC Foundation

    Publix Super Markets CharitiesThe American Legion

    Weyenberg Trust

    voLuNteeRsThe invaluable gift of time is one of the most meaningful gifts a person can give. Each day,

    volunteers give their time and attention to us at Seagull Services in numerous ways. Perhaps it is through teaching a skill, such as music, yoga, or art. Perhaps it’s lending a hand, such as coaching,

    or chaperoning a field trip, an out-of-town sports event, or dance. Often it’s by sharing a meal or making holidays truly special. To all 415 of our volunteers who have given so selflessly to enhance the

    quality of life of our program participants and extend the impact Seagull has in the community, we thank you.


    goLdBallen Isles Charities FoundationBlanche & George Jones Fund, honoring Dale H. BenjaminMestal Foundation, Inc.Wells Fargo Foundation

    siLveRComerica Charitable FoundationFlorida Power & LightGulfstream Insurance Group, Inc.John E and Nellie J Bastien Memorial FoundationRoyal Poinciana ChapelSearcy, Denny, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.The Exchangettes of the Northern Palm Beaches, Inc.



    NumBeR oF pRogRam paRticipaNts seRved:During the 2016-17 fiscal year, 299 children and adults with disabilities were served through programs in Palm Beach and Martin counties that assisted those individuals in developing the skills and provided supportive services that enables them to develop their potential in life and employment. Additionally, 921 individuals were served through the Seagull Food Pantry.























    opeRatiNg suppoRt & ReveNueFlorida Agency for Persons with Disabilities Medicaid Waiver

    The School District of Palm Beach County

    Palm Beach County Financially Assisted Agencies grant

    Palm Tran

    Community Development Block Grant

    Fees from Miscellaneous Government Agencies

    Foundation, Corporate and Individual Philanthropic

    Fees from Individuals

    Fulfillment Center, Service Contracts & Workshop Revenue

    Town of Palm Beach United Way

    United Way of Palm Beach County

    Miscellaneous Revenue

    total support & Revenue

    expeNsesStaff Compensation and Benefits

    Client Wages, Food and Activities

    Building Operations, Occupancy, Maintenance and Mortgage Repayment

    Client and Staff Transportation

    Equipment and Supplies

    Program Fees

    Other Expenses


    total expenses

    souRces oF suppoRt

    pRogRam aLLocatioNs

    60% Government Grants & Funding

    20% Philanthropic Support (Individuals, Organizations & Foundations)

    11% Miscellaneous

    9% Fees for Service

    42% Vocational Training & Community Based Program for Adults with Disabilities

    29% Education 16% Housing

    10% Senior Adults

    3% Supported Employment

    *Unaudited actuals


  • BoaRd oF diRectoRsLaura Fowler, chairperson

    karen Rea, vice chairpersongary swick, treasurer

    matthew kramer, secretaryJames Barnard, ph.d., immediate past chairperson

    carlos del portal, Jr arthur Jacoby

    mary helen Johnsonpierre Rodriguez

    BusiNess advisoRy couNciLdavid arch, gulfstream insurancepeter Breton, Breton, Lynch, eubanks & suarez-murias, p.a.gerard conforti, conforti and associatesmickey Nolen, Nozzle Nolen, inc.

    admiNistRative staFFBarbara Nurenberg, president & ceoLinda Moore, Chief Operating Officerellen hoffacker, vice president of Financedave cass, director of Facilities Joyce hambrick, director of program serviceselizabeth mcdermott, director of special events and public RelationsRobin soule, director of human Resources

    seagull services was founded in 1979 as seagull industries for the disabled, inc. Seagull Services is a 501 (c) (3), not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization and an equal opportunity employer/program. Nonprofits First Certified

    Corporate Office: 3879 Byron Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida 33404 (561) 842-5814Social Service & Achievement Center: 3879 Byron Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida 33404 (561) 842-5814

    Seagull Academy: 6250 N. Military Trail, Riviera Beach, Florida 33407 (561) 540-8110Residences: singer island, Florida

    Ranch: indiantown, Florida