Annual Report 2016-2017 BANNER

Annual Report 2016-2017

Putting Down Roots to Further our Impact

We are so very honored and blessed to have been designated for another five year grant cycle for the federal Community Parent Resource Center grant from the U.S Dept. of Education Office of Special Education. This means we are able to continue the vital work of providing access to trainings and information to families who are from diverse backgrounds, who are newly arrived in the country, whose income falls below the poverty line, who have low literacy or have a disability themselves. We are doubling our efforts to empower families, so they may better understand their rights and responsibilities within the special education system and to become their child’s best informed advocate.

An additional focus of this work is for youth with disabilities to be able to speak for themselves to have their needs met as they launch into their adult world of work, and college. To this end M.E. has continued the Youth ENVISION Program with an annual summer Summit and year-long additional trainings, volunteer and service opportunities, and mentoring relationships for the Youth Scholars.

We continue moving forward with the Mission Read program of volunteer tutors teaching students who have dyslexia to read.

Launching the Mission Employment program was quite rewarding watching youth gain invaluable experience through job shadows and internships to explore their career paths this year.

Some may say it is a daunting task for families to become empowered advocates for their children or for youth to be their own self-advocates, however, it is the best path forward to realize true inclusion for all people with and without disabilities!

Jill Hrinda-Patten
Executive Director

Mikki Myers
President of the Board of Directors


OVR Reimbursement OJT
Rental Income
OVR Reimbursement Mission Employment
Annual Campaign
Highmark Walk
Special Events Income 22.17
Erie Gives
Advocacy Services


Payroll & Taxes
Administrative Expenses
Youth Envision
Operating Expenses
Mission Employment Expenses
Fundraising Expenses
Mission Read
Erie Gives
Interpreter Fees
CPRC Mileage & Other
Other Types of Expenses

Relevant information


High quality material


Very useful content

We thank all of the gracious businesses who invited students to job shadow their employees or have internships at their businesses and organizations for the Mission Employment program such as:

  • Tri-State Neurology—Dr. Jerry Thomas

  • Erie Zoo

  • Game Commissioner—Game Warden Larry Smith

  • Erie Commodores Professional Soccer Club

  • Department of Environmental Protection

  • Paul Markowitz—Adult Probation Officer

  • Emergycare—James Kiefer

  • Erie Fire Department

  • Brian King, Chief information Officer for the City of Erie

  • Park Ranger at the Presque Isle State Park

  • The Center for Breast Health

  • Erie Police Department