Alphapointe
7501 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City MO 64132-2103
Empowering Those with Vision Loss
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 421-5848
Fax 816- 237-2019
Mission Statement

The mission of  Alphapointe: empowering people with vision loss to achieve their goals & aspirations.  

Our vision is: a world where everyone with vision loss rises to their desired potential.
 
Our key goals: Target unmet needs, Leading advocate, Employer of choice and an Enduring institution.

Through our services and programs our clients are able to live with independence, obtain job training and secure employment and/or continue into higher education. 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Reinhard Mabry
Board Chair Mr Jeff Lynch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Idle Smart LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1916
Former Names
Kansas City Association for the Blind
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

We accept financial contributions (cash, check, credit card, paypal) via mail, secure online transactions on our website or over the phone. In-kind needs: gently used optical devices, meals/snacks for youth programs, special event auction items, and various business services to assist in decreasing program/event expenses (e.g. printing). 

Volunteer opportunities consists of: Recording onto digital recorder the reading of books, magazines, mail and other printed material.  Audio Reader Program-Read and record local newspapers and periodicals that are broadcast over a network specifically for people who are legally-blind. Event Volunteer - Sit on a committee that plans special events and socials. Creative Arts Program Volunteer-Class meets every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Alphapointe. Artists are needed to share their vision and talents to help with new techniques projects. Administrative/Clerical Volunteer-projects including data entry, mailings, filing, faxing, and follow up calls to our rehabilitation clients. 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Volunteers are also needed for our summer Adventure and Technology camps. Volunteer registration and background check required.

Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of  Alphapointe: empowering people with vision loss to achieve their goals & aspirations.  

Our vision is: a world where everyone with vision loss rises to their desired potential.
 
Our key goals: Target unmet needs, Leading advocate, Employer of choice and an Enduring institution.

Through our services and programs our clients are able to live with independence, obtain job training and secure employment and/or continue into higher education. 

Background Statement

In 1911, Alphapointe's founder Catherine Hale brought together 30 blind individuals to form the Allied Blind Workers Association of Kansas City. The group incorporated in 1916 to become the Kansas City Association for the Blind and founded a men's employment workshop to make furniture and a home for blind women. In 1958, Alphapointe helped establish the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. In 1993, the Kansas City Association for the Blind changed its name to Alphapointe Association for the Blind. In 1995, Alphapointe began to manufacture plastic, adding new employment opportunities for those with vision loss. In 2000, Alphapointe further expanded its services by establishing the region’s only Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Center. In 2010, Alphapointe cut the ribbon on the Low Vision Clinic. In 2012, the Association for the Blind was removed from the Alphapointe name and a rebranding campaign began (Alphapointe = Vision, Work, Community – Vision. For Life). Following a successful capital campaign, Alphapointe consolidated operations in 2002 and moved to the Life Skills Campus at 7501 Prospect in Kansas City Missouri. The Life Skills Campus offers rehabilitation, vocational education, employment, and support services not only to blind and visually impaired Kansas City residents but the region. Today we have 392 employees with 225 being legally blind.

Impact Statement

Alphapointe’s success is made possible by our Community, our Employees and our Volunteers. In 2018, we had 8,840 volunteers hours.  For people who experience vision loss, Alphapointe offers the highest level of care, expertise and comprehensive services. Alphapointe improves life for those who lose sight; and educates the community that sight is a convenience not a necessity.

Our 2018 accomplishments include: 
  • Serving 2,218 individuals who are blind or visually impaired. 
  • Our client outreach efforts provided 4,547 persons with educational materials focused on eye disease, vision loss and how Alphapointe services could address these issues and provide hope, where more often than not it is lost. 
  • In 2018, we had a satisfaction rate of 93.5%; and served 30% more clients in our CRS program.
  • We continued to expand our EYE program for youth - monthly activities explore our community & focus on social, educational, & instructional activities that align with their Expanded Core Curriculum - allowing children to discover new interests & passions & provide a framework for the future.  
  • We added KIDS IN THE KITCHEN, a cooking club for teens to gain skills in meal preparation from planning to clean-up.
  • We served the most youth ever, 346 and our Low Vision Clinic served 27% more clients. 
  • 2018, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the SKILCRAFT® U.S. Government Pen, used by government officials and the military. Through the years, the production of this pen has provided employment for 133 employees who are blind, working at four nonprofit agencies across the country, Alphapointe being one.  
  • We are the largest employer of the blind in Missouri & one of the largest employer of the visually impaired in the USA. For three years in a row we won the National Industries for the Blind "Employment Achievement Award" for outstanding efforts to maintain and grow employment opportunities and economic independence for people who are blind.

Alphapointe's four strategic areas/goals: 
  • Employer of Choice for the visually impaired/blind; 
  • Enduring Institution, fiscal responsibility that ensures continued fulfillment of our mission and vision for future generations; 
  • Target Unmet Needs, determining the community needs our truly being met when it comes to low or no vision; 
  • Leading Advocate, we will lead efforts that promote & educate the community on the needs of the visually impaired and the resources needed to meet needs.  
 
Goals for 2019:
  • Place 40 legally blind individuals in local KC businesses.
  • Provide services to 1900 individuals who have vision loss
  • Add a one-week overnight summer camp for youth 11-18 
  • Increase Low Vision Clinic capacity by at least 5-10%
  • Maintain a client satisfaction rate of 96%
Needs Statement

We are the only agency in the area that provide these critical services to those with vision loss. As the population ages, the need for vision rehabilitation will outpace the availability of services. Alphapointe needs to continue growing & providing vision rehab, low vision services, youth programs, education, training & employment services to those with vision loss in the region. Existing state and federal funding are unable to cover the entire costs of delivering services to the community. The states’ reimbursement rate is 60%, leaving 40% of programming expense unfunded. Insurance does not cover a portion of our low vision exams & does not cover adaptive aids (CCTVs, filters, lighting, magnification). These aids allow people to remain independent and age in place. We would like an increase in KC businesses participation in our Employment Services program. Helping include those with vision disabilities into the work place and fill open positions. Alphapointe helps provide employers qualified candidates, on & off site training & ongoing support to ensure success in the work place. Research indicates that customers favor companies that employ people with disabilities. We need substantial ‘lead gifts’ for Capital Equipment Needs. As a manufacturing business we need to stay competitive & vibrant being able to secure top-of-the-line equipment as machinery becomes obsolete & not cost-effective to repair. This equipment ensures that we are able to continue employing workers who are blind; whose rate of unemployment is 70%. 

Each year we need to raise at least $850,000 to support our programming. Programs include: Senior Adult Services. Low Vision Clinic, Youth Services, Comprehensive Vision Rehab (Braille instruction, Orientation & Mobility training, Activities of Daily Living training, Adaptive Technology training, Employment Services). 
 
Service Categories
Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
Vocational Rehabilitation
Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
AR
OK
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
NY
NE
KS - Atchison County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Leavenworth County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Alphapointe Board of Directors has established guiding principles that provide a constant long term model to guide the organization to meet our strategic goals. We are working together to manage our finances such that we can ensure continued support of our mission for the future generations of individuals with vision loss. The board continues to assist the agency to pursue business partnerships that will expand the operations to ensure security and fuel future growth. We also will strive to continue to be the expert in the field of blindness in the Midwest, recognized as THE service provider for people who are blind.
Programs
Description
Agencies refer clients to rehab training and placement services. Staff conducts a comprehensive intake assessments for each client. Includes: information on the client’s medical, academic, social, and vocational background, formal eye report required for program admission. CRS is a multi-discipline approach and is the only one of its kind in the region. Clients typically spend three months in the program learning skills to maximize independence in the sighted world. Components: Activities of Daily Living, Orientation and Mobility Training, Braille Instruction, Adaptive Technology Training, Communication Skills, Vocational Placement, Career Assistance.
 
We deliver a means of economic stability & financial independence to a population who has an unemployment rate of 70%. Training leads to obtaining critical life skills, independence, job training and job-readiness. Our Employment Services not only provides career assistance but provides quality job candidates to local companies.
Program Budget $718,794.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

In 2018:

 

  • 93.5% of our clients were able to complete their goals.
  • 13% were able to maintain their current job, even after vision loss due to training.
  • 47% of those who completed their goals are currently employed in or have entered college.
  • 50% are currently working on job placement.
  • 87% Exhibited new confidence when traveling in customary and new environments.
  • 97% Improved ability to use Adaptive Technology for personal and vocational needs.
  • 86% Learned activities necessary for everyday safe living in a home environment.
  • 92% Achieved basic written/oral communications skills that are appropriate for personal and vocational goals.

 

Long-Term Success Adults, youth, and seniors who have recently lost their vision, been blind since birth, or whose sight is endangered or at risk will achieve enhanced independence, productivity and quality of life. Clients will pursue and maintain competitive employment. A key component of the transition to the workforce is gaining the necessary technical skills with regard to technology. Clients are evaluated and trained in the use of high and low tech adaptive technology to function independently at home, school and in the workplace. Improved mobility skills will allow clients to live independently and safely travel to school or work-sites. Clients will become proficient with computer adaptive technology and be successful in accessing community services. Clients will have accomplished basic written and oral communication skills which can be transferred to use in the home, school and workplace.
Program Success Monitored By

Skill areas are measured via staff observation; pre and post-test instruments determine client progress over time. The level of community involvement and use of adaptive aids and technology are verified by trained staff. Client satisfaction is measured through a survey instrument. Follow-up evaluations are conducted by staff via three, six and 12 month post-program interviews. In addition, Alphapointe programs are the focus of an annual state review and a three-year National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC) review. The NAC evaluation process measures each program against the NAC standards.

CRS Program Graduate said, “What I liked best about my training was learning new skills every day, having wonderful teachers, and being in an environment that I felt safe in. The staff & clients are so helpful. My general feelings about blindness have changed. I feel less of a minority, more confident, & at peace with my situation.”
Examples of Program Success

Mark was born prematurely & blind. He came from a family where he was expected to do as much as possible. He was taught to always try to do it, until you know you can't. He was one of the first six kids, who were blind, to be integrated into the KS Public Schools. He graduated from KS State with a Mass Communications-Broadcast Journalism degree. He moved to S. Dakota, where is he was the 3x international cross-country skiing champion at Ski-for-Light. He moved back to KC in 1986.

Still today, Mark had not mastered all the new technology available that allows him to go online & experience everything the world-wide-web has to offer. As a result of training, he has bought his 1st computer & is now equipped with screen reading technology for computer users. He has never owned a cell phone but got an iPhone. With training, he is excited to learn how to utilize it & all the benefits it has to offer. With the knowledge & resources Mark will gain he wants to go back into the workforce.

"Seeing people who have lost vision later in life receive the help they need to reshape and retool their lives in a positive fashion is awesome." Alphapointe stresses, "that anyone can do so much more than the limitations that family/friends put on them", "We are our own worst enemies in holding ourselves back, blind or not." - MARK, 2018

Description Senior Adult Services program is a community based program that provides services and outreach impacting more than 5,000 area older adults, their families & caregivers. The focus of the program is on the health, safety & well being of visually impaired seniors and includes Alphapointe's Low Vision Clinic. Our doctor provides thorough low vision evaluations with follow up in-home appointments with an Occupational Therapist.  The program promotes self-sufficiency for seniors by teaching new skills that enable adults to remain in their homes, maintain an active lifestyle and stay committed to their families and communities. Trained and licensed Alphapointe staff conduct home assessments and consultations designed to adapt home environments for seniors who are losing or have already lost their sight. Additional training with low tech aids and in adaptive skills enable individuals to gain confidence, increase self care, and continue to live independently in their homes.
Program Budget $388,929.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

short-term: * 100% of seniors will be examined, assessed and/or prescribed aids to address low vision. * 90% of seniors will have in-home visits and Individual Service Plans that will be monitored; each senior will receive average of 6-12 hours of OT to meet goals set in ISP. (less/more if needed) long-term: *At least 90% of a senior’s Plan goals will be met. Assisting in the ability to age in place, be self-reliant, remain independent and safe. * At least 85% will rely less on family members to complete everyday tasks. *At least 85% felt more independent/safe performing various activities

2018 results - 536 served:

  • 100% had Low vision Exams and were assessed and/or prescribed aids to address low vision.
  • 93% had in-home visits and Plans - Avg. 8/hrs
  • 92% of goals were met by clients’ successful use of aids & increasing independence..
  • 91% felt more independent/safe while performing tasks & activities of daily living.
  • 88% of Seniors relied less on family members for daily activities 

 


Long-Term Success The overall goal of this program is to provide intervention and education for older adults who have vision loss and help them achieve a healthy lifestyle. Program success is measured when clients demonstrate their abilities to use residual vision and family members and caregivers report increased activity levels of program participants. These individuals also show decreased need for daily assistance and begin to monitor their vision loss. In addition, there will be an increase in the number of seniors who choose to and are able to remain in their home environment. The program participants will self report fewer injuries and health concerns based on learned accommodations from the Alphapointe program. – 90% said they would rely less on family members.
Program Success Monitored By Progress toward the goals established within each client’s Individualized Plan of Care is measured through direct observation by staff, reports from the families, care providers and self report by clients. Quantitative results are tabulated at the end of six months and again at the end of the year. Qualitative outcomes are indicated through participant satisfaction surveys administered in person or by phone. A six-month evaluation is conducted by the project manager to ensure objectives are being met and to implement changes necessary to expand and meet the needs of all clients.
Examples of Program Success
Doris, received invaluable resources & services through Alphapointe. She was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration 25 years ago. At the age of 90 she moved from her home into a senior living apartment. Although her family knew her vision was deteriorating, it became debilitating for her to complete her normal routine. But to our blessing, Alphapointe came to the rescue!
 
Mom/Doris began receiving personal visits from an Alphapointe OT who worked with her on "everyday sight needs". They knew how to make a simple task, simple again! They assisted mom in maintaining her independent status, mom gained confidence in knowing she could master these new challenges in her life!
 
Alphapointe provided caring OTs who were patient & kind, while helping mom through this transition. They are able to provide instruction & resources on purchasing larger items to assist with sight. They assisted her in finding the right machine & then provided the training necessary so mom can use if for reading, writing notes again, looking through picture books etc.
If you or a loved one is challenged with sight issues, don't wait to call Alphapointe. It is a wonderful resource that we have here in Kansas City! - client's daughter 2018
Description The Diabetes Management and Education Program helps visually impaired persons retain optimal lifetime vision. The program addresses training in adaptive equipment, independent living skills, nutrition, fitness, self management and self-advocacy. Target population includes individuals who are medically indigent, have diabetes with vision impairment, and are unable to access these services through other channels.
Program Budget $96,170.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The short term success for each individual in the program means the following is achieved: 

  1. Improved client knowledge of diabetes, its risks to vision, and how to manage this risk  (FY17 = 94%).  
  2. Improved Glycosylated Hemoglobin lab results among program clients (FY17 = 85%).  
  3. Clients demonstrate independence and accuracy in the use of adaptive devices for insulin administration and glucometer operation (FY16= 93%).  
  4. Clients make at least one positive lifestyle change to manage diabetes (FY17 = 100%).   
  5. Clients are better able to communicate with health care providers (FY17 = 83%).   
Long-Term Success Diabetes is a lifelong disease and the long-term goal of this program is for clients to pursue successful management of diabetes through regular medical appointments,routine exercise, appropriate diet, and blood glucose management. Long term success means that clients maintain their current level of residual vision, significantly reduce the side effects of diabetes, and maintain stabilized kidney function. Successful program participants develop a new level of confidence about their own health care and communicate to family and community members the risk factors of uncontrolled diabetes.
Program Success Monitored By Client outcomes are tracked and measured via pre-post tests administered by an Alphapointe Occupational Therapist before and after the client completes the diabetes education program. Improvements in client glycosylated hemoglobin levels are evaluated via lab tests pre-and post-intervention. Client satisfaction is captured through a survey instrument and compiled and analyzed by staff. In addition to the evaluation activities mentioned above, Alphapointe programs are reviewed every three years by NAC for followup, outcome measurements and client satisfaction.
Examples of Program Success

When Lucy started her evaluation leading to vocational rehabilitation; including diabetes management she had difficulty administering accurate dosages of insulin; didn't have a home exercise program; had difficulty choosing healthy meals which included a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats; was unable to count carbohydrates, & had limited knowledge of current information available concerning diabetes. At evaluation, she scored 35% on a diabetes pretest. Near the end of training, she scored 91%. She has a 4x hand held magnifier & a magnifier desk lamp to enable her to administer accurate dosages of insulin independently & an alternative method to identify & administer her other medications. She’s been educated on nutrition which enabled her to prepare diabetic friendly recipes. She’s developed her own exercise program. She’s aware of checking her blood sugar before exercising & after to make sure her levels are okay and has noticed the difference exercising has made.

Description

Alphapointe’s continuum of Youth Services meet the needs of visually impaired youth, ages 6-24. We want children to develop and advance not only through K-12 but into adulthood.

  • Expanding Youth Experiences monthly gathering of youth that “experience” our community. New interests and passions are discovered; guiding a youth’s future through social and educational opportunities.

  • Kids in the Kitchen - Independence skills training based on cooking. Meal planning, shopping, cooking and clean-up are all part of this cooking club.

  • Adventure Camp traditional outdoor camp experience (residency & day) with like peers. Helping process the challenge of each day’s activity, adapt to obstacles and achieve success.

  • Technology Camp adaptive technology focusing on the most modern devices to ensure that our future youth are prepared for the ever changing world of tomorrow.

  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Regaining independence, coping with the emotional challenges of vision loss, independent living and employment skills to live a productive life.

  • Summer Transition Employment Program eight-week program providing competitive work experience to youth so they have skills after graduation to enter the work force.

  • College Preparatory Program first-time college students learn life skills needed for higher education success during one semester.

Program Budget $203,681.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Outcomes: #1Participants in Expanding Youth Experiences & Kids in the Kitchen will have opportunities (social, educational and rehabilitative) that reinforce skills learned and discover new characteristics about themselves and independence.
  • #2 – Youth campers will increase the skills to process challenges & diminish doubt, while increasing their independence & mobility. They will increase comprehension of current technology & utilize knowledge to enhance skills & stay competitive with peers as they proceed through school.
  • #3 – After completion STEP and PREP youth will acquire the knowledge, training and skills to be successful in the school to work transition and completion of higher education. 
  • Short-Term: Assessment of own skills and interests are determined to begin the process of determining monthly opportunity outings and creating Individual Service Plans that addresses challenges; personal & social skill sets are acquired & progress towards goals are tracked.    
Long-Term Success

These programs help youth with visual impairments to meet the following goals:

  1. Successful school-to-work transition 
  2. Attainment of personal independence 
  3. Youth involved in STEP, Student Transition Employment Program, identify their vocational preferences, interests and abilities, learn about appropriate workplace behaviors and how to self-advocate in the workplace 
  4. Youth involved in the College Preparation Program will successfully complete their semester in college. The students will understand how to navigate all aspects of college life and continue to be successful in meeting their educational goals.
Program Success Monitored By

Data is collected and progress is monitored and measured through direct observation with staff and others who help implement programming to the visually impaired/blind youth. When appropriate, goals/outcomes are monitored via an Individualized Service Plan by the Manger of Youth Services; then tracking and monitoring progress of each clients’ goals and records in the database system. Individualized Service Plans, Pre/Post tests and satisfaction surveys are all utilized to track the effectiveness of our Youth Services. Evaluation and progress towards goals are reviewed by Manager of Youth Services and the Director of Education and Rehab Services who then evaluates the program’s outcomes as a whole. Clients are also asked to take a Satisfaction Survey that indicates the level of satisfaction each one has. 

Examples of Program Success
346 youth in the KC metro served. 15% of these children were new to our services.
YOUTH SERVICE RESULTS:
  • Adventure Camp: 12% increase of saying they could make new friends easier. Campers’ confidence & feeling his/her opinion was valued increased by 8% & there was a 7% increase in feeling comfortable traveling in an unfamiliar environment.
  • Tech Camp: Braille display - 42% increase of knowledge on this program. Knowledge increase of 22% when using email. We also saw a 20% increase in using a keyboard more effectively.
  • STEP 5 youth found their first job. Jobs included: general worker at a hardware store, pet groomer, clothes sorter, clerical help & front desk operator.
  • College PREP: 7 youth started college, with 86% continuing to his/her 2nd semester full-time.
CEO Comments When studies indicate that over 70 percent of working age blind persons are unemployed or underemployed, it becomes a mandate for Alphapointe to provide jobs as well as to teach job skills and provide job placement services. More than 100 persons who are legally blind work at Alphapointe on a continuing basis. An additional 250 new clients each year receive job skills training and placement services. Alphapointe has been part of the remedy for unemployment and serves many visually disabled persons who could not be employed elsewhere. The Alphapointe Education and Rehabilitation Department is highly regarded in the Midwest with very high success and satisfaction rates among its clients. In addition, Youth Services, Audio Reader, transcription services, and volunteer services all reach out to help provide support for visually impaired individuals, to maintain independent lifestyles that allow them to work or to interact socially in a sighted world. Alphapointe serves 1800+ individuals through CRS services and other programming and thousands more through education and outreach programs.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Reinhard Mabry
Term Start July 2007
Experience Reinhard Mabry, President and CEO, holds an MBA from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from FSU. Mr. Mabry has extensive experience in marketing, sales and operations management in not-for-profit companies focused on expanding employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The past fourteen years have been spent in management roles overseeing multi-million dollar organizations  in Florida and South Carolina which included operations in multiple locations. Reinhard joined Alphapointe in May of 2006 as the Chief Operating Officer.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Thomas E. HealyNov 1981 - Sept 2005
Dr. Daniel E. WalkerSept 2005 - July 2007
Senior Staff
Title CFO
Title Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Title Director of Development & Public Relations
Experience/Biography  

Gina Gowin joined Alphapointe in August, 2008 and has nearly twenty years experience in non-profit management and community development. Prior to joining Alphapointe, Gina served as the Executive Director of the Diabetes Freedom Foundation and was the Director of Development for Synergy Services, Inc. Gina was a co-developer and Director of the Northwest Communities Development Corporation (CDC) where she served as the National Department of Justice Weed & Seed Program Coordinator and as the HUD Drug Elimination Program Director for the Housing Authority of the City of Independence, Missouri. Gina has also served as a child abuse investigator for the State of Missouri. Gina holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Missouri.

Title Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Title Director, Human Resources
Title Director, Information Technology
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 346
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 261
Retention Rate 86%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 102
Asian American/Pacific Islander 75
Caucasian 144
Hispanic/Latino 55
Native American/American Indian 4
Other 12
Other (Please Specify) bi or multi-racial
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 161
Male 231
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

Alphapointe has a commitment to improving the quality of life for those with vision loss. We have multiple accreditations and affiliations. We are an accredited agency of the National Accreditation Council for the Blind and Low Vision Services. We are ANAB Accredited ISO9001-2008; AbilityOne Program participant and an accredited United Way agency. We also partner with the Missouri and Kansas Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, State of Kansas Division of Children & Families, Association of Education & Rehab for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Children’s Center for Visually Impaired and NY Commission for the Blind. We are associated with the National Association for Employment of people who are blind, VisionServe and American Federation of the Blind. We work closely with the Delta Gamma Alumnae and local civic clubs like the Lions & Optimists. Collaborators for our Youth Outreach Program include: Starlight Theatre, Royals Baseball, 1st Tee Foundation, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Camp Fire and multiple school districts within multiple counties in the metro area. Community Outreach activities are facilitated through organized visits/presentations with clubs, civic organizations, churches and other health and human service agencies. 

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Industries for the Blind - Associated Agency1938
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2011
National Association for the Employment of People who are Blind - Member2017
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness and Visual Impairment1971
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) - Medicare Certification2005
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Service to the Visually ImpairedNational Accreditation Council2008
ISO 9001:2015 Certified ManufacturerBureau Veritas2017
Upward Mobility AwardNational Industries for the Blind2008
Top 25 Manufacturing CompaniesBusiness Journal2016
Employment Achievement AwardNational Industries for the Blind2016
Business Partner AwardKCATA - Rosa Parks Spirit Award2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The complexity of the organization and the need to face new challenges requires an involved Board of Directors and senior staff.  The Board of Directors takes its duties seriously and provides excellent leadership in its management responsibilities. The Alphapointe Advisory Board assists with publicizing the needs of visually impaired youth, adults, and seniors, and helps secure community support and funding. An aggressive team of managers experienced in issues of blindness, rehabilitation, business, finance, and development executes and promotes the goals of the organization.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Jeff Lynch
Company Affiliation Idle Smart LLC
Term Nov 2018 to Nov 2021
Email Jeff@idlesmart.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Shelia Seck
Company Affiliation Seck & Associates LLC
Term Nov 2018 to Oct 2021
Email sseck@seckassociates.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Marc BailinRubin & Bailin LLP
Mr. James BarrySmurfit-Stone Container Corporation-Retired
Mr. Steve CranfordWhisper, NY
Mr. Joe DanowskyUS Trust Bank of American, NY
Mr. Danny DaviesC&C Group
Mr. Jim DayJD Day & Company
Ms. Kathy DusenberyCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Amy GoodeMeridan Business Solutions
Mr. Grant GoodingProof Positioning
Mr. Paul HeddingsJackson Cty Asst. Prosecuting Attorney
Mr. Jeff LynchIdle Smart, LLC
Mjr. Gen. (retired) Michael Lynchcommunity volunteer
Mr. Ed MarquetteKutak Rock LLP
Mr. Jack MuhlsteinGolden Fortune Industries LLC
Brigadier Gen. (retired) Mark O'Neilretired military
Major Gen. (retired) Gale Pollockretired military
Ms. Sheila SeckSeck & Associates LLC
Mr. David WestbrookChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Michael WilliamsUnited Healthcare
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 81%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 71%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Audit
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jim BadzinInvestments
Mr. Robert BernsteinBernstein-Rein Advertising
Ms. Jo BlagovichSprint Nextell Business Solutions
Mr. Michael BraudeJournalist
Mr. Kent CrippenDevelopment Research Corporation
Mr. Steve DunnDunn Construction Company
Mr. Thomas E. HealyCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Jim Johnson3M - Retired
Mr. Homer KayHallmark Cards, Inc
Mr. Richard KnightCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Cheryl LinderStinson Morrison Hecker, LLP
Mr. Julius MadasINTRUST Bank
Mr. Ed MarquetteSonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP
Mr. Al MauroKansas City Missouri School District
Ms. Claire McCaskillState Senator, Missouri Senate
Congressman Dennis MooreU.S. House of Representatives, 3rd KS District
Ms. Karen Reintjes McLeeseCBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services
Rev. Norman RotertVisitation Church
Dr. Felix Sabates M.D.UMKC School of Medicine/Eye Foundation of Kansas City
Mr. James StacyDST
Mr. Bob SteinbachSteinbach Brokerage Company
Mr. Monroe TaliaferroCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Helen TaliaferroCommunity Volunteer
Mr. David H. WestbrookChildren's Mercy Hospital and Clinics
Mr. Charles WheelerRetired State Senator
CEO Comments

Alphapointe's mission is to help individuals who are visually impaired maximize their independence. 57% of our workforce is blind or visually impaired. We have been awarded the Employment Achievement Award, from the National Industries for the Blind, for growth in employment and economic independence for the visually impaired/blind three times.

Those with vision loss, who come to Alphapointe begin to try new things they used to think were impossible and they also find a network of like peers to share their struggles and successes. Prior to attending training or work, most employees/clients were at home, isolated, and were the only person he/she knew with vision loss. With nearly 60% of Alphapointe's workforce being visually impaired, it is a testament of what one can accomplish even with vision loss. Many clients, after training become leaders within the blind community and mentors to others who have recently become visually impaired.

The Alphapointe Board of Directors, staff and community support are all critical to empowering those with vision loss and helping them achieve their goals

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $57,945,189
Projected Expenses $57,426,392
Endowment Value $2,713,506
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$550,962$904,513$0
Government Contributions$9,361,956$8,821,868$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$9,361,956$8,821,868$0
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$46,488,543$39,484,067$11,779,763
Investment Income, Net of Losses$958,990$1,002,573$290,918
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind----$11,939
Other$62,734$118,951$22,793
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$51,905,073$44,719,090$6,353,256
Administration Expense$4,171,025$3,515,119$4,217,754
Fundraising Expense$21,848$269,391$277,987
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.041.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$59,156,476$54,756,659$34,875,708
Current Assets$17,518,086$16,287,458$7,566,752
Long-Term Liabilities$2,397,466$761,153$873,767
Current Liabilities$30,816,327$27,703,794$9,285,982
Total Net Assets$28,340,149$26,291,712$24,715,959
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.570.590.81
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%1%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Lavelle Fund for the Blind Inc. $700,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --NY Community Trust $130,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Mid-America Regional Council FTA5310 $103,250 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

In 2018, Alphapointe was constantly on the move. We renovated our new facility in Queens, New York, in earnest and moved into completed sections throughout the year. The Mop Department moved in December, followed by the Assembly Department in March and the Plastics Department in July. All departments were operational after only a short transition.

The move was so successful because of partners such as the New York State Commission for the Blind and Lighthouse Guild, as well as BlindSquare “wayfinding” technology installed throughout the building by Bosma Enterprises, an effort funded by the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The BlindSquare app interfaces with an employee’s mobile phone by using strategically placed Bluetooth beacons throughout the facility, identifying a worker’s location through audio notifications. The final move into the New York facility was completed on time in October, with every employee who is blind making the transition.

In Kansas City, Alphapointe reached an agreement with the Kansas City Area Transit Authority in the summer to sell approximately two acres at the corner of 75th and Prospect to permit the construction of a new bus terminal. This rapid transit bus line will provide our employees and the surrounding neighborhood an efficient transportation option. The partnership we envision with the KCATA will lead to new technologies on buses citywide and new jobs for people who are blind in our area. Alphapointe grew by more than 14 percent for the year to attain a record high. Along the way, we enjoyed all-time record sales in several business lines, including Plastics, Office Products and NY Manufacturing. We opened a new base supply store at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and added new products such as tactical writing instruments.

One of 2018’s many success stories: the production of 120,000 tourniquets for the Army, which required that we increase production by nearly 400 percent. The newly patented Tactical Mechanical Tourniquet™ is gaining support within the military, creating new jobs in New York. Meanwhile, several new products to complement the tourniquet are in development, a push that, alongside production of the tourniquets, will provide even more gainful employment opportunities for those who are visually impaired. Rehabilitation services continued to grow: Alphapointe served more than 2,200 people who are blind or visually impaired, a new record. This included serving more Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services clients, Low Vision Clinic patients and youth than ever before.

Other Documents
Annual Report2018View
'17 Annual Report2017View
Youth Success Story2017View
2015 Annual Report2016View
Spring/Summer Newsletter - ViewPointe2016View
Comprehensive Rehab Servcies2015View
2014 Annual Report2015View
Low Vision Clinic2014View
Youth Services2014View
ViewPointe Newsletter2014View
Employment Services2014View
Organization Name Alphapointe
Address 7501 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City, MO 641322103
Primary Phone (816) 421-5848
Contact Email info@alphapointe.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Reinhard Mabry
Board Chair Mr Jeff Lynch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Idle Smart LLC
Year of Incorporation 1916
Former Names
Kansas City Association for the Blind