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The Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center

 468 Norfolk Street
 Mattapan, MA 02126
[P] (617) 216-1676
[F] (617) 296-6400
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EIN 20-2230923

LAST UPDATED: 06/04/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center is to enhance and benefit the lives of autistic children and young adults by providing a range of comprehensive services that will address their recreational, educational, social and economic circumstances.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center is to enhance and benefit the lives of autistic children and young adults by providing a range of comprehensive services that will address their recreational, educational, social and economic circumstances.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2010 to Dec 31, 2011
Projected Income $10,000.00
Projected Expense $12,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Advocacy Services
  • Counseling Referral
  • Economic and Educational Parent Leadership
  • The SASSY Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center is to enhance and benefit the lives of autistic children and young adults by providing a range of comprehensive services that will address their recreational, educational, social and economic circumstances.

Background Statement

The Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center (GPARC) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2006 by the parents of Garrett Pressley, a child with Autism. This urban resource center is predicated on the understanding that all children are created equal and all families should have equal access to quality information and quality programs. Ensuring the highest quality of life possible for all children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  We provide resource information, pubic awareness, social skills training, advocacy, and programs to urban families who traditionally have to travel out of the city to acquire information and resources.

Impact Statement

  1. New location to the Hyde Park Community Center
  2. New logo and Web Site Design
  3. Develop curriculum for social skills training inclusion program
  4. Recruited 2 new Board of Directors
  5. Establish a speaker series for Parents on Transition Planning
New Goals for this year
Funding for Staff, Operating the Organization,Program Development, and Social Skills Training for Youth.
Establish an After School Program
Write and Publish Curriculum for the Social Skills Program
Board Development
Increase the Number of Volunteers

Needs Statement

  1. 25,000.00 to start a two -three day  after school program.
  2. Funding for program development in all areas of parent training.
  3. 4 volunteers to help work with non-verbal participants in the social skills class.
  4. Salary for  CEO/Founder to direct and oversee the program
  5. Instructional materials to teach with visual aids

CEO Statement

My son, Garrett  was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified) at the age of five. I began a journey of education, training, aquiring medical resource referrals and to advocate for greater  public awareness about the needs of autistic children.
I decided to take on a leadership role, build on my track record of serving in the community and reach out and support others.
GPARC is a vision created to provide support and resources for families who deserve to have a quality of life and to live a happy healthy, productive life. We do this by providing supports to those families who are underserved, low income and whose first language is not English.

Board Chair Statement

A careful analysis of existing services in and around Boston, indicates that there is an unfulfilled demand for services that support children, teenagers and young adults affected with autism. Many low income families are not aware of many of the services and resources that they may be eligible for. This results in relying solely on the limited services provided by the school system. This is discouraging for the families and they withdraw and go into isolation feeling that they have no place to turn to.
We have had many successes such as being able to provide workshops and trainings for parents and youth, two yearly fundraisers, a road race and spaghetti dinner, and the publishing of a medical directory. We continue to increase the number of participants in our social skills program, but need funding in order to continue to operate.
We are addressing challenges by building a data base of membership and sponsors. The demand for services is growing faster than our supply of volunteer staff. Lack of funding and having just one person responsible for the grant writing has caused a hardship in the number of grants that we apply for. Our CEO/Founder did recruit one person to assist in grant writing. We increased the cost of participation for the SASSY Program from 30.00 to 50.00. The tuition was low because we felt that the families did not have enough money to pay for the program. In comparison to other youth program's tuition, we are 50% lower in tuition cost  and provide more activities.The new website created has the capability to donate on line and this application helps people to make a donation without having to come to an event in order to make a contribution. The board will receive board development to be able to assist the CEO/Founder to create additional partnerships with other agencies. 

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- West Roxbury

We serve the entire city of Boston. We serve Mattapan, Hyde Park, South and North Dorchester, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Fenway, South Boston, South End, Back Bay, North End, China Town, Charleston, East Boston and Allston-Brighton.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Human Services -

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

Under Development


Advocacy Services

Provide education and training workshops for families to address new legal requirements and strategies to enhance the full educational services necessary for children and young adults with autismn. Make referrals for families to advocates who have expertise in autism.
Budget  $1,200.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Disabled Persons' Rights
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Workshops that focus on transition planning in high school and employment when the student turns twenty two will result in 80% placement in adults vocational work programs.
A network of advocates will increase.
Matching your child needs to the best educational placement will increase to 50% appropriate placements.    
Program Long-Term Success 
Boston families are successful in advocating for proper educational services.
Program Success Monitored By 
Parents complete an evaluation form.
Examples of Program Success 
Re-enrollment of participants
Evaluation forms from participants
donation and supports are provided

Counseling Referral

Parents, grandparents and guardians of children with autsm sspectrum disorder will have successful support systems in place to build healthy and happy families.
Budget  $3,500.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Home Health Care
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Disabilities Families
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of the session, there willl be 80% increase in families who have couseling services and willl be able to build an effective support system.
Program Long-Term Success 
Create a data base for the referral process to identify providers who provide quality services for families during difficult times.
Program Success Monitored By 
Referral form survey
Discussion groups
Evaluation of the provider services
Examples of Program Success 
Clients will provide their own testimonies.

Economic and Educational Parent Leadership

Families will have access to housing, financial planning, community partnership, jobs, community colleges and access to opportunities to individual needs of the family.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Families Families
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of the parent leadership training 80% of parents will have an effective support system in place.
By connecting families to proper resources to sucre affordable housing, 20% of the families will live in a healthy, secure neighborhood.
By collaborating with agencies through direct engagement of stakeholders, 100% of the families will be able to seek assistance and self advocacy.
Program Long-Term Success 
Connect families to the proper resources to secure affordable housing, estate planning, and community redevelopment. There are 20% of our family mebership that needs housing do to foreclosure and the need to secure trust funds for their child with a disability.
Many neighborhood community initiatives do not include families of children affected with autism in with any of their programs and services offered. By creating opportunities to include our families in obtaining economic and leadership developement the families will thrive and have a quality of life
Program Success Monitored By 
What works: Collaborating with neighborhood agencies.
Not Working: Not enough people to advocate for services.
Tools: Meetings, presence on committees, intergading our resources with theirs.
Examples of Program Success 
Written testimonies
Case management of individual social skills program participants
Increase of turning 22 participants recruited back into the system for employment
Parents lead self directed access to supports and resources

The SASSY Program

The Successful Advocacy and Social Skills for Youth, (SASSY ) Program engages Autistic and Typical teens and young adults ages 10-26 to express and interact with each other developing social skills through weekly activities such as:
Social Developement
Health and Fitness
Daily Living Skills
Emotional Development
Acting Performances
Vocational Training
Job Skills
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success              
Program Long-Term Success              
Program Success Monitored By           
Examples of Program Success           

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We provide families with opportunities for housing, financial planning  and partnerships.
The objective is to connect families with community resources to secure affordable housing, financial planning, police and community partnerships.


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Deborah Smith-Pressley
CEO Term Start Mar 2006
CEO Email
CEO Experience Chief Executive Director and Founder for GPARC, is the parent of a young adult autistic son. She is an experienced high school teacher, administrator, and certified principal for grades k-12.  Her experience as a parent, teacher, program director and community activist are strong assets for the organization. Deborah has served as the past Chairperson of Boston Families for Autism from 2000-2003 and provides educational consulting, advocacy and training. She has expertise in curriculum, scientifically researched based methodology, certification in Early Education and Care and many training certificates in the area of autism.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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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
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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

Our biggest challenge is that we serve low income families, even though we have a low tuition price it is still a hardship for some families to pay. Some youth are turning 22 and they are aging out of their school systems. This is a good opportunity, but is a challenge because funding from disability agencies is limited for Boston youth and placement in housing is limited. We are educating parents about the resources available and teaching youth to develop job skills. 

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 1%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
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 No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually


Board Chair Mr Clayton Pressley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boston Police Department
Board Chair Term Jan 2010 - Dec 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Alisha Fagan Pre-School Voting
Ms. Evelyn Fields Boston Public Schools Voting
Ms. Alicia Miller Parent Voting
Ms. Donna Milton Treasurer Voting
Ms. Christina Pressley Student, Wheelock College Voting
Mr. Clayton Pressley Boston Police Voting
Mrs. Deborah Smith-Pressley GPRAC CEO/Founder Voting
Ms. Joni Spicer Public Relations Voting
Ms. Danielle Spruill Autistic Youth Adult Mentor Voting
Mrs. Gayle Sutton Early Childhood Educator 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
Mr. Rodney Bender Community Activist NonVoting
Mrs Lorna Bognanno Boston Center for Youth and Families Exofficio

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 1%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 1%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

  1. Funding: The CEO/Founder uses personal funding to support the buying of materials and supplies. Working with grant writers and seeking opportunities with community partners will assist us in sustainability.
  2. After School Program: Working with Boston Public Schools
  3. Lack of Volunteers: Building a relationship with colleges and universities for interns.
  4. Connecting with other disability organizations: Building coalitions to share resources.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2010 to Dec 31, 2011
Projected Income $10,000.00
Projected Expense $12,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $12,946 $9,093 $11,246
Total Expenses $13,245 $9,381 $9,835

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $10,241 $9,093 $4,196
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,505 -- $7,050
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $200 -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $10,241 $7,200 $8,146
Administration Expense $3,004 $2,181 $1,689
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 0.97 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 77% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $2,031 $2,330 $2,618
Current Assets $2,031 $2,330 $2,618
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $2,031 $2,330 $2,618

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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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 N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our families are low income and a grant would help lower the cost of the social skills program.

The CEO is not compensated and a grant  would offer a stipend for the CEO and staff needed to run the program

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
The organization has had a change in financial preparers. As a result, the program services expense percentage has changed; the organization has confirmed the correct 100% allocation of expenses to program services for FY '10 & '09.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center's ultimate goal is to ehance and improve the lives of families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder through direct support of youth teaching social skills developemnt, youth and parent leadership training, health and fitness, education, daily living skills. The target population we serve are ethnically diverse, low-income, immigrant families, foster children, and families that face cultural and linguistic barriers. The families lack access to important resources, information, and quality healthcare coverage.
The desired social change for the families and youth will result in improved knowledge about the resources available to them in the community and in particularly helping families to navigate transition services. Through the social skills training youth will show skills and knowlege about social communication, ediquette. Parents will have satisfaction with their child's Individual Education Plan, youth will participacte in at least one new community activity and some youth will apply for a job, college or internship.  Youth will also be able to have a positive attitude about themselves and will adovocate for something they need or want.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

1.) The services provided are individualized and responsive to each young person and their needs. Each participant is given a pre and post assessment.
2.)  Providing workshops and semiars allows the families to learn and gives them a voice and choice in the transition planning process.
3.) Opportunities are offered for youth to develop and practice new skills in "real world" contexts.
4.) Teaching youth functional, vocational, and interpersonal skills will ensure successful transiton.
5.)  Building capacity of systems to better support successful transition by involving youth and their parents in systems change.
These mehods are unique to the population we serve because the skill training appraoch we use for youth is real life activities, focused on inclusion, family centered approach, with individualized goal setting.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

I founded The Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center in 2005 as a grassroots organization in my son's name, who was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified. I held on to the belief that my son would not become a statistic of a child who was not considered as a productive member of society. Making a difference in Garrett's life, I realized that I must help other families who are living a similar experience.
Garrett needed a quality school program with all of the appropriate services to help him grow and develop. He also needed to stay in his community to have access to all the recreational, social activities, resources, which are benefits of being a resident of the city of boston. My goal was to keep Garrett connected and included in all social and recreational activities as his typical peers. 
The founder and board members of unity GPARC are committed and dedicated community residents that have volunteered for the past nine years to support the vision of GPARC and help to make this a reality. The strategies and mehods we use to inform and train our families is different and unique. Based on the true life experences of the families we severe, allows us the ability to make a huge impact on the families and youth. The founder and CEO has served on serveral boards and has partnered with many community agencies. The outcomes for our youth in school and or jobs is highly successful.  Internships and trainings provided has greatly benefitted the lives of professionals who have worked in the organization. The organization has mainly been supported by a summer fun grant.  The vision, ideas, and services we provide has resulted in many lives being changed fo rthe better. GPARC is regonized by many city and state officials.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?