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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Heritage Christian Services

Rochester Business Journal
May 24, 2013

Heritage Christian Services Inc. supports more than 1,700 children and adults who have disabilities. The agency opened its first home for people with special needs in 1984 and now has more than 70 in Western New York serving nearly 400 people.Besides residential services, HCS provides:
Day programs in which clients can learn new skills, enjoy recreation and be involved in the community. Some participants, for example, deliver meals to the elderly.
Respite programs offering short-term care for children and adults with special needs, especially for families with members awaiting residential placement.
Service coordination to help families access clinical and other community services.
Community-based services to train people at home in skills for independent living, such as cooking and banking.
HCS operates an array of innovative programs and facilities:
Heritage Christian Stables in Webster teaches therapeutic horsemanship for children and adults with disabilities.
Springdale Farm in Ogden welcomes more than 40,000 visitors a year. Participants in a day program for adults with developmental disabilities maintain the farm and care for the animals.
The Pieters Family Life Center in Henrietta is a 21,000-square-foot health and wellness center offering an array of therapies, classes, conferences and clubs.
Expressive Beginnings Child Care in Henrietta offers care for infants and toddlers, preschool, prekindergarten, full-day kindergarten, wrap-around care and a school-age summer program.
Retreat centers-Heritage Hollow on Sixth Lake in the Adirondacks and Little Valley near Allegany State Park-enable visitors from HCS to enjoy outdoor activities.
The Employment Alliance in East Rochester connects people who have developmental disabilities with jobs in the community. It supports companies by identifying efficient work roles and customizing training.
The Center for Human Services Education in East Rochester trains the employees of agencies serving people with developmental disabilities in more than a dozen counties.
Heritage has 1,556 employees, and Marisa Geitner is president and CEO. Its office is at 349 W. Commercial St., Suite 2795, in East Rochester, and its website is
Financial record  Year ending Dec. 31, 2011
Revenue %
Government funding $53,183,698 96
Other program support 1,239,386 2
Net proceeds of asset sales 384,910 1
Contributions, gifts, grants 370,515 1
Private payment 152,304 less than 1
Other 248,579 less than 1
Total revenue $55,579,392 100
Expenses %
Pay, benefits, payroll taxes $42,788,921 77
Depreciation and amortization 3,063,878 6
Office expenses 2,606,528 5
Occupancy 2,415,339 4
Vehicles 1,025,802 2
Interest 795,364 1
Insurance 737,348 1
Information technology 379,175 1
Other 1,567,250 3
Total expenses $55,379,605 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $199,787
Board of Directors
Peter Sear, chairman
Jack Best, vice chairman
Leslie Hulbert, vice chairwoman
Dan Matthaidess, treasurer
Julie Gerstenberger, secretary
Stephen Darrow
Michael DeBellis
Paul DeSarra
Ward Donahue
Carol Forth (honorary)
Eunice Hanson (honorary)
Nicole Marro
Tina McNeary
Gail Otto, founding member
Robert Pieters, founding member
George-Ann Schauffele
William Stanbro
Richard Vander Horst

-Researched by James Leunk

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5/24/13 (c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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