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Cardinal Cushing Centers Inc.

 405 Washington Street
 Hanover, MA 02339
[P] (781) 829-1247
[F] --
Laurie Maranian
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EIN 04-2104871

LAST UPDATED: 12/17/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

Cardinal Cushing Centers is a place where people of all ages and all abilities find possibility, opportunity and hope.We help people with disabilities gain independence, form lasting friendships and become valued and included members of their community.

Mission Statement

Cardinal Cushing Centers is a place where people of all ages and all abilities find possibility, opportunity and hope.We help people with disabilities gain independence, form lasting friendships and become valued and included members of their community.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $34,471,243.00
Projected Expense $33,174,649.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Vocational Inclusion Pathways (VIP) Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Cardinal Cushing Centers is a place where people of all ages and all abilities find possibility, opportunity and hope.We help people with disabilities gain independence, form lasting friendships and become valued and included members of their community.

Background Statement

Our history began with the late Richard Cardinal Cushing, who recognized the need for quality education for children with intellectual disabilities. He asked the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi of Milwaukee, Wisconsin – pioneers in the field of special education – to join him. Together they founded one of the first schools of its kind in the Northeast in 1947, St. Coletta by the Sea in Hanover. Ten years later they opened the St. Coletta Day School in Braintree. Today the organization operates under the umbrella name of Cardinal Cushing Centers, continuing the mission of our founders.
Cardinal Cushing Centers has grown from a residential school to a thriving community. Our organization operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in four different central locations – two in Hanover and two in Braintree – as well as in 14 community residences throughout the South Shore. We provide education, employment training, residential, therapeutic, and recreational programs to students age 3 to 22, welcoming students from several other countries as well as throughout Massachusetts and the United States. We support graduates of our school and other adults by providing a range of services including housing, supported living, employment training and therapeutic day programs. We are a resource for caregivers of adults with disabilities and offer robust community programs for individuals with and without disabilities.

Impact Statement

Communities throughout Massachusetts have identified a need for more affordable housing opportunities. Providing safe, affordable and quality housing to residents and families is a priority of the Baker Administration, whose goal is to create 135,000 new housing units by 2025. We saw a way we could be a part of this strategic vision by partnering with the Planning Office for Urban Affairs and the Town of Hanover to transform one of our under-utilized buildings into 37 units of workforce housing. In addition to transforming an asset that we could no longer properly care for, this project aligned with our vision: creating an integrated neighborhood where people with and without disabilities live, learn shop and socialize together in the same space.
Our VIP program has seen tremendous success in the past year by increasing the number of students served in the program as well as increasing community employment positions at local businesses. Created two new fundraising vehicles: Paddle for a Purpose and Cushfit Crew as well as successfully enlarging our marathon team. A new program, the ACE Transition Program, for Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities and Social Challenges has formally been approved and licensed.

Needs Statement

Student enrollment numbers play a major roll in Cardinal Cushing Centers' budget. School districts and/or individual families pay varying tuition amounts based on whether a student participates in our residential program or attends the day school, and if they are from MA or out of state. Approximately 70% of our budget is based on student enrollment numbers, so when we have a large graduating class as we did in 2017, our revenue is impacted negatively. Our goal is to continue to raise awareness about our program, have staff attend both local and national conferences/events to promote our schools and coordinate both individual and group tours for referring professionals such as educational consultants.

Capital repairs due to the condition of our facilities as a result of their age and lack of regular maintenance.

Enhanced technology for both staff and programs. 

We need to create an endowment to get us through tough financial times. We hired a firm, HFF, to market land we own to hopefully address this. We have also started a Planned Giving program.

Looking at ways to accommodate those with more complex needs in both our school and adult programs.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Education -
  3. Employment -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Vocational Inclusion Pathways (VIP) Program


At Cardinal Cushing Centers all students ages 14 – 22 regardless of the severity of challenges can achieve their transitional employment goals. To accomplish this we provide a quality instructional program that incorporates best practice assessment, curriculum, instruction and employability skill development.

The Cardinal Cushing Centers VIP Mission:

To provide an effective, evidence-based transition process involving students, families, educators, community employers and adult service agencies.

Our Goals:

1. To assist all of our students ages 14 -22 in developing vocational skills that better prepare them to live and work in their communities as independently as possible.
2. To connect the bridge from school to adult life by offering early, inclusive and varied opportunities.
3. To help our students define and determine their own meaning of genuine success in the workplace by providing a range of options.
4. To provide proactive early vocational and transition services prior to graduation into the community of their choice.

Pathways to Success:

The VIP Program provides every student a continuum of career development opportunities that include:

• classroom-based career awareness and interests

• self-determination and self-advocacy skills

• job acquisition skills

• comprehensive transition assessment

• work experience within the Cushing community

• internships

• group supportive employment

• individual job coach supportive employment

• inclusive community employment

• employer natural supports

• post-secondary education and training

Budget  --
Category  Employment, General/Other Youth Job Training & Employment
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

-In one year we will increase our onsite vocational placements by 15%.

-100% of individuals will increase their ability to play a more active role in their vocational choices based on their own assessment of their progress, interests and vocational preferences.

-100% of participants will consistently practice proper grooming, dress and hygiene appropriate to job sites

Program Long-Term Success 

-Based on the job-training experience obtained in the VIP Program, 80% of students will secure paid employment in the community by the time they transition to adulthood at age 22

-100% of our paraprofessionals assigned to job coaching will receive job coaching training twice each year

-80% of our employment partners will take part in employment supports training.

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

Excerpt from an article featured in our biannual newspaper, the Cushing Connector:

Cardinal Cushing Centers works hard to identify employment opportunities for students, but it isn’t often that the employer comes to them. That’s what happened in the case of FBA Associates – Fulfillment by Adam – in Weymouth, where operations manager David Kelly was proactive in his desire to form a working relationship with Cushing, a partnership that is greatly benefitting both sides. Kelly previously worked as a job coach with an organization in California similar to Cushing, calling it “one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve had.” So, when he took over in January at FBA – a business that instructs people on how to run their own Amazon business, and thus receives and ships a significant number of products daily – he knew what he wanted to accomplish. “I was at the Ford dealership (Jannell Ford of Hanover) and they had some great pastries,” he said. “I asked where they came from and they said Cardinal Cushing (Bass Village Café and Bakery). There are currently six Cushing students, age 18-22, who combine to work at FBA Associates two hours a day, three days a week. A job coach from Cushing is present at all times to assist with training and provide supports. Students perform a variety of tasks at FBA, including packaging, labeling, cleaning and organizing. Kelly is extremely happy with their performance. “It has been a total success,” he said. Cushing has been trying to develop employment opportunities that include more than one student, so the FBA site is perfect in that regard. The Amazon affiliation is a bonus.

1 more graduating student has been placed in an adult program supported job in their home community with decreased agency job coach supports. This represents an increase to 3 students since December 2017.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Peter O'Meara
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Peter O’Meara joined the Board of Directors of Cardinal Cushing Centers in 2012. In January of 2016 Peter became the Interim President and CEO and then in October 2016 he accepted the permanent role of President and CEO.
Peter retired from the State of Connecticut in 2011 after serving as the Commissioner of Developmental Services for over 16 years. After his retirement he provided consulting services to a number of organizations including the Perkins School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since 2012 he has also served as the national Director of Government Relations for Therap Services.
Peter attended Villanova University and Boston College and began his career with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare where he worked for 17 years as a manager and Superintendent in the State School and Hospital system. He returned to Massachusetts and for ten years was the Superintendent of the Fernald School in Waltham, MA.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 441
Number of Part Time Staff 179
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 144
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 468
Hispanic/Latino: 23
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 435
Male: 203
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Kevin Kiley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Diocese of Fall River
Board Chair Term July 2013 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair Ms. Jeanine Mount
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation MCPHS University
Board Co-Chair Term July 2013 - June 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Youssef Abdouh Eastern Bank Voting
John Cochrane Retired, National Grid Voting
George Drummey TJX Companies Voting
Rita Harris Retired Voting
Roxanne Hoke‐Chandler Massachusetts Department of Public Health Voting
Kevin Kiley Diocese of Fall River Voting
Paul Kiley RSM US LLP Voting
Mary McGoldrick Retired Voting
Sr. Helene Mertes, OSF Catholic Charities Milwaukee Archdiocese Voting
Jeanine Mount MCPHS University Voting
Ralph Rivkind Rubin and Rudman, LLP Voting
Jacob Simmons Delphi Construction Management Firm Voting
Gerard Vitti Healthcare Financial, Inc. Voting
David Yoshida Yoshida & Sokolski Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $34,471,243.00
Projected Expense $33,174,649.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $29,044,950 $29,790,486 $24,983,949
Total Expenses $28,635,642 $27,384,120 $25,154,596

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $31,500 $6,500 $6,000
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $31,500 $6,500 $6,000
Individual Contributions $2,072,265 $3,812,205 $1,190,239
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $26,339,376 $25,505,054 $23,163,097
Investment Income, Net of Losses $11,802 $12,169 $29,381
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $589,208 $454,558 $523,214
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $799 $0 $72,018

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $26,172,419 $25,168,884 $23,125,087
Administration Expense $1,854,999 $1,828,556 $1,665,953
Fundraising Expense $608,224 $386,680 $363,556
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.09 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 91% 92% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 23% 9% 21%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $23,138,842 $17,079,496 $14,678,067
Current Assets $7,665,686 $7,222,805 $5,175,554
Long-Term Liabilities $9,123,421 $3,638,655 $3,725,908
Current Liabilities $4,086,376 $3,904,581 $3,808,576
Total Net Assets $9,929,045 $9,536,260 $7,143,583

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose We are constructing a new MarketPlace building which will provide employment training to Cushing students, job opportunities to adults with disabilities and a shopping destination for all. Estimated to cost $9 million, the building will be 20,000 square feet, environmentally friendly, and house our Vocational Inclusion Pathways (VIP) program, including six classrooms and three retail shops. The building will be visible and accessible directly from Route 53 in Hanover where 20,000 cars pass by daily. Greater visibility and accessibility will increase the number of customers, enhancing job training so students are better prepared to obtain paying jobs in the community.
Campaign Goal $10,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.88 1.85 1.36

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 39% 21% 25%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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