Workshop for Adult Vocational Enrichment, Inc.
PO Box 20044
Tallahassee FL 32316
Contact Information
Address PO Box 20044
Tallahassee, FL 32316
Telephone (850) 412-9279
Alternate Address 2898 Mahan Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
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A recent social at Billy Joe Rish State Park
At A Glance
Organization DBA
WAVE, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 54-2094338
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $29,038.00
Projected Expenses $33,376.00
Mission Statement
WAVE provides opportunities for developmentally disabled teens and adults to learn life skills that improve functioning in the home and community.  These opportunities include participation in a life skills program, monthly social activities which emphasize development of communication and socialization skills and a performing chorus for individuals who express themselves through music. 
Needs Statement
1.  Expansion of the Life Skills program
2.  Grant and/or Foundation Funding
3.  Recruit additional Board members with emphasis on minority Board members.
4.  Recruit additional volunteers to staff the Life Skills program 
Impact Statement
  1.  Expanded the life skills program from 7.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week.
  2.  Increased participation in social activities by 39%
  3.  Held our annual benefit in April which raised approximately $6,000
  4.  Conducted an annual audit and added liability insurance.
   1  Increase fundraising through better promotion and marketing
   2.  Expand the Life Skills Program from 12 to 15 hours per week.
Background Statement
WAVE, Inc. was founded in 2002 by a group of parents to provide additional opportunities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.  The target group for service were disabled students who were transitioning from Gretchen Everhart School.  Upon graduation,  students were losing contact with their friends and in many cases had no further opportunity to socialize and maintain friendships with former classmates.  At the time, there were no organizations in Leon County that provided opportunities for social activities for persons with disabilities, consequently WAVE focused on meeting this need.  Initially, monthly social activities were arranged where clients participated in activities such as; bowling, swimming, picnics and dancing.  In subsequent years the Board of Directors expanded the program to include music therapy for clients who enjoyed music and liked to express themselves by singing or playing an instrument.  In 2010 The Board implemented a Life Skills program at the First Presbyterian church that focuses on developing life skills as well as providing volunteer and community related activities.  For example, students maintain a community vegetable garden at the church as well as participating in the Adopt A Street program.
Service Categories
Human Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Ninety per-cent of clients served by WAVE reside in Leon County.  The remainder reside in counties geographically adjacent to Leon County.
Board Chair Statement
WAVE provides opportunities for socialization, skill building and community involvement for participants. Most of our participants have graduated from Gretchen Everhart School and benefit from having a structured means to continue contact with friends and/or to develop new relationships.
WAVE is a small, but effective and efficient non-profit with participant and parent support in Tallahassee as well as the adjacent counties.  WAVE is dependent upon a small grant from the Community Human Relations Partnership (CHSP), donations and fees for operational revenue.  Program fees are maintained at a reasonable level so families can afford to partake in activities.  No one is refused service due to inability to pay a fee.
Board members have the responsibility to raise funds to support program operations.  Board members are also very "hands on", coordinating and participating in social activities as well as monitoring program operations.  WAVE does "a lot with a little".  We are very proud that our social events have grown over the past few years and we now have well over 100 participants attending our major events.  Without the opportunity to attend social activities people become isolated and skills and abilities begin to deteriorate.  Our social events support a feeling of belonging and connectivity to the community as well as promoting socialization and the development of life skills.
I was pleased, after retirement from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to have the opportunity to become a Board member of an organization that serves people with disabilities.  There is satisfaction and joy in assisting people to connect with one another and experience the pleasure of  relationships.
The WAVE chorus provides an artistic outlet for participants who love to sing and play musical instruments.
The small, but expanding life skills program helps participants develop life skills as well as participating in the community.  Students currently maintain a community vegetable garden and participate in the "Adopt-A- Street" program.
Our programs also provide respite for parents/caregivers and gives them an opportunity to do chores or just plain resting!
It is rewarding to be part of an organization that cares and makes a difference in our community.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
WAVE is the only organization in the county that provides a regularly scheduled series of monthly social activities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.  If not for WAVE many clients with disabilities would not have the opportunity to maintain friendships, meet new people and have an active social life.  Many of our clients have severe and significant disabilities which precludes them from being employed.  WAVE provides them with an opportunity to engage in an active social life.  Without this opportunity, many clients would become socially isolated and subject to variety of behavioral and/or medical problems.
 In order to more fully serve this population, the Board expanded the mission of our organization to include a music therapy program and a Life Skills program.  Clients in the music program have performed in the community and routinely perform at our annual fund-raising events. 
Clients in the Life Skills program learn skills which improve functioning in the home and community.  Those skills include; cooking, financial management, emergency procedures, how to call 911, how to read prescription labels etc.  Students are currently involved in the community.  They maintain a community vegetable garden at the church and are responsible for maintaining an area of W. Call St. as part of the Adopt A Street program. 
Description Social activities are provided on a monthly basis.  Those activities include an annual prom held in May, bowling, swim parties, holiday dances and trips to Museums, etc.  Attendance varies with the event.  For events like bowling or swimming attendance can range from 25-35.  Our dances are very popular, attendance has been increasing over the years and the May 2013 prom had over 100 clients in attendance. In the past 2 years we've experienced a 39% increase in attendance at our social activities.
Budget $4,800.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Enrichment
Population Served Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success Reduce the risk of social isolation for at least 145 (100%) developmentally disabled teens and adults by facilitating safe structured activities suitable for our population.  Seventy-five per-cent of this group demonstrated improvement in social development and developing peer relationships.
Long term Success Eighty per-cent of clients demonstrate improvement in social skills, developing peer relationships and appropriate behavior.  Measurement of goal attainment is by observation and reports from parents and caregivers.
Program Success Monitored By Measurement of objectives is by observation by WAVE staff and periodic feedback form parents and caregivers.  The social activities program has been successful demonstrated by increasing attendance at our events.  Participation has increased by at least 25% for each of the past 2 years.  The primary reason for increased attendance is due to the popularity of our holiday dances and annual prom.
Examples of Program Success As noted above, participation in our social events have had dramatic increases in the past 2-3 years.  Again, more and more persons with disabilities are learning about WAVE programs as a result of our dances.
The Life Skills Program was established by the Board of Directors in 2009 with donated space provided by the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tallahassee.  The Faith Presbyterian church  provided a start-up grant that enabled WAVE to implement the program.  The program was initially offered one day ever 2 weeks, with the financial assistance provided by Faith Presbyterian, the Board, as well as funding secured from private fund-raising and a grant from the Leon County Community Human Services Partnership (CHSP) the program was expanded to 2 days per week and subsequently to 3 days per week.  Services were provided for 2.5 hours per day.   As a result of input from parents and caregivers the Life Skills program will transition from 3 days per week, 2.5 hours per day to a 2 day a week program with 6 hours of instructional time per day.  Community Service is an important component of the program. With enhanced funding from CHSP WAVE proposes to increase the number of instructional hours a week from 12 to 15. Students participate in the Adopt A Street program and maintain a garden at the church.
Budget $10,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success In terms of short term achievement, approximately 50% of our students demonstrated improvement in telling time, understanding traffic signs, tying shoes, community gardening and dressing appropriately.
Long term Success Students learn life skills which improve their ability to function at home and in the community.  Examples include, what to do in an emergency, how to read a prescription label, how to cook basic foods, how to count and manage money, safe use of kitchen appliances.  In the long term most students will have an improved ability to perform basic life management skills.  In our most recent review 50% of participants improved their ability to perform basic life skills. 
Program Success Monitored By The life skills program instructor develops individualized learning objectives for each student in the program.  Progress in meeting those objectives is reviewed every quarter and reports are prepared on goal attainment for each student in the program.. The reports are subsequently reviewed by the WAVE Administrator.  The reports are based on student observation by the instructor as well as an assessment of student progress on the tasks identified above.  The instructor also periodically consults with parents and caregivers to determine how well training translates to the student's home life.
Examples of Program Success
WAVE  assisted an autistic young man who enrolled in the life skills program with academic support to prepare him to take the GED.  He has since passed the GED and is planning to enroll at TCC for the Fall 2013 semester.
We have a young lady enrolled in our program with an intellectual disability who had problems with stealing and lying.  She has been in the program for more than a year and ind the incidents of stealing and lying have decreased significantly.
Students spend an hour a week at the public library to work on computers, read or listen to music.  Library staff have commented on the improvement in behavior over time as well as their improved ability to socialize among themselves and communicate appropriately with library staff.
In 2005 the Board of Directors established a music program for teen and adults with developmental disabilities.  The program is for students who love music and is led by our music director.  The group meets weekly for one hour at Gretchen Everhart School.  We have an average weekly attendance of 8-12 students.  The WAVE chorus performs at our annual benefit, holiday dances and performs periodically in the community.  In past years the chorus has performed at local nursing homes, assisted living facilities and also at a fund raiser for WAVE sponsored by the Network of Young Professionals.
This program is not funded by the Leon County Community Humans Services partnership grant and is primarily supported by private fund-raising and fees. 
Budget $5,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years),
Short Term Success
Clients work together each week to produce music in a comfortable enviornment.
The choral setting allows new friendships to develop.
Clients sing, dance, conduct and play instruments to the best of their abilities and are proud of their achievments.
Long term Success
Clients build lasting friendships and relationships.
Clients look forward to selecting music and performing for WAVE socials and community events.
Clients develop confidence in their singing and their ability to perform for others. (One mom commented that she was amazed that her son was singing since he previously never had the desire to sing, now he is a leader and soloist in the chorus).
Clients choose music that they like and as a group create musical arrangements that incorporate their talents 9singing, dancing, conducting, acting and signing).
Every member feels valued and part of the creative process.
Program Success Monitored By WAVE's  Music Director is responsible for managing the program.  The program has been successful in attracting clients who have an interest in music, developing musical skills for participants and assessing student performance.  The program is primarily geared to providing students with an opportunity to participate in the chorus rather than focus on achievement or meeting certain objectives.  The goal is for our students to express themselves through music, learn to work well in groups and enjoy the company of their fellow chorus members.  
Examples of Program Success During the initial years of the program, the chorus rehearsed weekly but did not perform in public.  Since a number of clients have been members for years, their ability has improved to the extent that the chorus performs in public several times each year.  As noted earlier, the chorus performs at our annual benefit, at holiday dances and most recently performed at a fund-raiser for WAVE sponsored by the Network for Young Professionals.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments Fund raising continues to be a challenge given the amount of effort and time required by Board members.  We are in need of additional Board members to assist with fund raising and program operations.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Linda Mabile
Company Affiliation Florida Assoc. of Rehab. Facilities
Term Nov 2012 to Oct 2015
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Cynthia Chapman
Company Affiliation Retired state employee and parent of a disabled person
Term Nov 2012 to Oct 2015
Board Members
Cynthia Chapman Retired
Mr. Matt LaFollette Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Bill Schack Restaurant manager
Sally Search VP at Tallahassee Community College
Chris Smith Leon County School Board
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Governance
CEO Comments Fund Raising continues to be a challenge for the Board.  WAVE is fortunate to be the recipient of a small grant (10,000) from the Leon Count Community Human Services Partnership.  However, the vast majority of operating dollars must come from multiple fund-raisers and program fees.  Board members must spend considerable time engaged in planning several fund-raisers each year in order for the organization to be able to meet payroll and other financial obligations.  The organization has lost a number of Board members during the past several years due to the amount of time involved in planning and implementing these events.  In order to be a more effective organization the Board need to identify more stable forms of revenue either through grants or Foundations.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Robert E Maryanski
Term Start Jan 2007
Experience Prior to assuming this position, I was employed and was retired from the Agency for Healthcare Administration where I served as a Bureau Chief for Medicaid Services.  In this position I was responsible for all Medicaid services including services for persons with disabilities as well as being responsible for all waiver services for this population.  Previous to that appointment, I was director for the office of  Health Quality Assurance, the office responsible for licensing health facilities such as; hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies and residential facilities for persons with developmental disabilities.  I also served as a Board member for the Developmental Disabilities Council, a statewide organization that advocates for persons with disabilities.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 5
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments There are a number of challenges facing the Board of Directors.  First and foremost is the daily challenge of generating sufficient revenue to maintain program operations. In addition, there is the issue of program growth, do we want to expand the life skills program to provide the service to additional disabled persons and generate additional revenue or do we want to remain a small program.  We have not been as successful as we would like in terms of generating community interest in our program and obviously this has affected our ability to raise funds.  Consistent with the above, we need to improve our ability to promote and market our programs in order to achieve our goals from both a revenue a programmatic perspective.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
WAVE collaborates regularly with Gretchen Everhart School, community residential facilities for persons with disabilities, Habilitation Management Inc, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, local support coordinators, Special Olympics and the Family Care Council.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $29,038.00
Projected Expenses $33,376.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$29,483$26,538$22,737
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.981.51
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$24,550$23,124$23,637
Current Assets$24,550$23,124$23,637
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$6,913$23,124$23,637
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments The challenge each and every year is to raise sufficient private funds to supplement the small grant from the Community Human Services Partnership (CHSP) in order to maintain the existing level of services without reducing the reserve fund.  Private fund raising takes considerable Board time and has the effect of burning out board members.  We hope in the future to pursue to more stable forms of funding through grants and Foundations in order to ease the burden on the Board as well as improving our financial position.  The Board must also make a decision whether to expand services, specifically the Life Skills Program or remain a small organization with a small budget. 
Foundation Comments
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Workshop for Adult Vocational Enrichment, Inc.
Address PO Box 20044
Tallahassee, FL 32316
Primary Phone 850 412-9279
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Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Robert E Maryanski
Board Chair Ms. Linda Mabile
Board Chair Company Affiliation Florida Assoc. of Rehab. Facilities
Year of Incorporation 2003