Stride Inc.
PO Box 643
Winchester KY 40392
Contact Information
Nonprofit Stride Inc.
Address PO Box 643
Winchester, KY 40392
Phone (859) 744-3183
Fax 859 744-4403
Contact Name Darren Diguette
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1968
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The mission of Stride is to advocate and provide programs for children and adults who are considered “at-risk” or who have mental, physical, developmental, and/or learning disabilities.  In addition, we strive to provide support and information to individuals, families, and the community about disabilities and appropriate programs.  Lastly, our services will be provided based on need, not on income.  Any person or family needing our services will receive them, regardless of ability to pay, race, sex, or religious affiliation.
Background Statement

The Clark County Association for Handicapped Citizens, Inc. was organized in 1965 by parents and concerned citizens to develop programs and promote the general welfare of children with mental retardation and physical handicaps and to provide information and support to their families. The first program started in 1966 as a day training program for school age children, who did not have a place in public education because of their handicaps. Laws changed, mandating public education for all handicapped children from six until they graduated or reached their twenty-second birthday. The Association through the years has adapted its programs to serve preschool children and adults who did not have the benefit of mandated services. In May of 2017 we changed our name to Stride, Inc. so that our name would not reflect outdate language such as "Handicapped".  The Clark County Association for Handicapped Citizens has created a legacy of serving amazing individuals and their families.  We proudly continue this legacy under the name of Stride, Inc.    

Impact Statement
The STRIDE Program strives to promote the general welfare of individuals with disabilities to foster the development of programs on their behalf. We offer programs, therapy, and one on one skills training to any individual who would benefit from our services, regardless of his/her ability to pay. Scholarships are given to participants ensure that every individual has a chance to reach his/her potential.
Needs Statement

Offer additional therapy scholarships – Many of the children we see need multiple modes of therapy and in some cases more than once a week for each discipline. Unfortunately the with budget crunches at the state and federal level, many families are left to choose which therapy they deem more important. We feel that if the participant’s doctor deems that all the therapy prescribed is what will give the child the best chance at a better quality of life, then they should access to them all. We offer scholarships to those families who cannot afford the additional cost for their child’s therapy. Last year we gave out almost $16,000 in free therapy.

Create a Gymnastics and Music & Movement Class - Music & movement & gymnastics are great ways to get the little ones as well as our growing athletes involved. This type of a class also allows for parents to be involved and learn new techniques to encourage strength and flexibility. The gymnastics will be taught along with the music in some sessions as well as have stand-alone sessions where we will do a lot of our mat work and tumbling. Getting these kids excited about exercise at an early age will help keep their weight at a healthy level, which can be difficult for kids with certain disabilities.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Special Education
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Geographic Areas Served
We primarily serve children and adults in Clark County, but we also have participants from Fayette, Powell, and Madison County.   
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Our main goal is that our activities will enhance the quality of life for our participants. We help them develop independent living skills so that no matter their living situation, they will have the most opportunities available to them. We work on money math skills, cooking, laundry, hygiene, healthier eating, & physical fitness. We also focus on community involvement and socialization skills, to prepare them to use the resources around them, rather than live in isolation.

We strive to help teach financial stability. We help meet the participants’ basic needs. At our day program, they get a nutritious lunch that is prepared using the guidelines of the Federal Food Program. For our low income folks, this may be the only balanced meal they have all day. We work on budgeting and money math so that they can work on paying their bills. We have one participant who was getting eviction notices because she couldn’t budget enough money to pay the rent. She now has better spending habits so that she can keep her apartment. We meet the critical needs of those we serve & their families. Through services offered and referrals to other agencies, we are improving their lives at

We want to improve their education skills.  Our participants develop skills they can use in employment. We have a cash register to work on making change and their service skills. We created “STRIDE Store” to work on ringing up items, giving correct change, and bagging groceries. Skills they would use at Kroger & Wal-Mart. We also purchased trays and liners so that they could practice clearing off the tables and cleaning them - skills used at any local fast food restaurant in town.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Our strategies for making our programs a success are very simple.  Start with the core base that you have and then gradually expand the programs you offer according to the needs of the group, rather than the funding source.  Too often agencies try to find money, then make the participants fit into what they have.  Because we fundraise and write grants, we are able to meet the need, regardless of financial situation.  Our Polliwogs and Champions League are perfect examples of this.  We met the need and then because of its success, the donations and grants followed.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? We have an executive director with 20 years experience in the field and an assistant director with 18 years of experience.  We have a certified therapeutic recreation specialist as our STRIDE Director.  We have OT, PT, & speech therapists who have been in their fields for decades.  Our overall knowledge of the field, the connections within our community, and the ability to get our message out to our supporters make us a success.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Our daily progress notes show the impact all of our services are having on the individuals we serve.  These notes are review annually during an audit, as well as twice a year by own internal review.  The notes contain specific goals and objectives that we are working on for each individual as well as if they have progressed, regressed, or stayed the same in terms of each goal.  The data is able to be analyzed over time since notebooks are kept on each participant and we can change goals when they are met or amend them if they are not appropriate.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?  One of our main goals was getting our building debt more manageable.  We achieved this through the bond issue.  It has helped to solidify our footing as an organization.  We wanted to increase our efficiency with Medicaid and insurance billing.  We have hire a full time coordinator for this role and it has helped us tremendously.  The increased output has paid for the position and increased our revenue.  The creation of our sports leagues for those participants who fell outside the realm for Special Olympics has been a dream for years and it finally came to fruition. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Paul McNeill
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2004 to June 2017
Board Members
Mrs. Nancy Beck Martin Law OfficeVoting
Mr. Tony Fritz ArbysVoting
Mr. Charles Lykins State GovernmentVoting
Mr. Paul McNeill Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Shawnee Schoon noneVoting
Mr. Jeff Sullivan Kentucky River FoothillsVoting
Ms. Becky Taulbee Mary T. Yeiser LawVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 15%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments Sadly, we lost Mrs Collins.  She left a legacy of caring for those who needed our help the most.  She joined our board in the late 60's and her passion never faded. We are very thankful for her service.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Darren Scott Diguette
Term Start Aug 2000
I have worked for the organization since 2000.  I was first hired to create the STRIDE Program and then a year later was asked to become the Executive Director.  Since that time we completed a $2,000,000 building renovation, created two new programs, and have provided services to an average of 120 families per year.
I have a bachelor's degree from UT in Human Ecology with a concentration in therapeutic recreation.  I am a certified therapeutic recreation specialist.
Full Time Staff 22
Part Time Staff 19
Volunteers 14
Contractors 11
Retention Rate 77%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 50
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 41
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Montessori Director
Master's Degree, American Montessori Institute certified, certified to teach K-3, and 17 years teaching experience.
Title Early Learning Center Director
Bachelor's Degree from UT with major in therapeutic recreation, minor in deaf education.  Certified as a Developmental Interventionist, and certified as a daycare director.  Eight year's experience as a therapist.
Title STRIDE Director
Bachelor's Degree from EKU.  Three years experience working with adults with disabilities.  Special Olympics area coordinator. Is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist.
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
Our Center has many programs under one roof.  We are a play based therapy center with a focus on the needs of children with disabilities as well as children who are at risk, as well as their families.   Our program includes day care for children 6 weeks - 6 years, a First Steps program for children with special needs birth  to 3 years of age, a Montessori program for children 3 years old - Kindergarden and we are begining a summer program for school aged children up to second grade.  We give quality care in our small Center working on cognitive development, OT, PT and speech therapy, as well as family involvement.  Throughout all our programs we have "typical children" working along side our children with special needs and our at risk children. 
Budget 460230
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short Term Success
Our progam strives for the children to work on their congitive development while with us and give them opportunties they may not have anywhere else.  One family with an at risk child is doing just that.  We have had one child since she was a year old and is now in our Monetssori program with help from one of our scholarship programs.  She is growing every day and has been given an opportunity she would not have been given if not for our program.  Another achievement can be seen in our First Steps therapy program.  A child and her family is learning to live with downs syndrome and has been through every therapist.  She has been with us since she was 9 months old and is now 3 1/2.  Her parents asked "can you just help her become independant?" when they first came to our Center.  Today they love and hate that she is walking and climbing everywhere, telling them  "no mom!" and putting every thing into containers.  They are also in the public school system and are doing well. 
Program Long term Success
Our long term sucess deals with each child meeting their cogitive developmental goal before leaving our Center and therefore going into teh public school system ready for anything.  We are hoping that 80 % of the children with special needs and/or at risk will go into the public school system with positive outlook on their future.   Our typical children will also have a positive outlook twards education.  The families in our program will feel prepared for their children's imediate future and always feel like ELC is there to fall back on if needed.
Program Success Monitored By
Through parent survey's and involvement in our program we are able to follow the child's progress.  The HELP assessments, as well as Sensory Profiles and Individual child's progress notes the teacher keeps on each child also help our programs follow the children's progress.

We run a community-based program for kids & adults with disabilities.  We provide therapetuic reacreational programming that focuses on developing social, physical, congnitive, and self help skills.  We offer a day training program for the adults that operates Monday through Friday, from 11:00-3:00.  We offer one on one skills training, called community living supports (CLS).  We provide occupational, speech, & physical therapy for kids & adults both at our Center and in their homes. 

Through participation in Special Olympics, cooking classes, hygiene classes, and many overnight and weekend trips, we work to enhance the quality of life for the particpant.  We offer programming at least five days a week and our programs average at least six hours.  The participants are challenged to develop new skills and cultivate friendships through their participation.  Over 60% of the participants require financial assistance.  We provide the programming to anyone who qualifies regardless of their financial situtation.

Budget 293800
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Examples of Program Success

One of our clients, we'll call him "Ted", joined our program this past summer. He lives in a group home setting in  Winchester but social and recreational opportunities were lacking in his lfe. Ted joined our Special Olympics bowling  team in the Fall and became a regular at our daily outings. He seemed to truly enjoy making new friends and being a part

of a group tailored to meet his needs.

Unfortunately, Ted also suffers from depression. Sadly, he had attempted suicide a few times before. While he was enjoying the comraddeire witht he other participants, he still battled his depression. We were in the middle of Special Olympics basketball season this past January and Ted tried to kill himself again. His staff felt it was more of a cry for help than a genuine attempt to end his life, but nevertheless we were all concerned.

Typically int he past, he would make suicide attempts one right after the other and this was cause for great concern by all involved. This time, however, his staff was able to use a resource that they did not have in the past - our program. They talked to Ted, as did our staff, about his importance to the team. We discussed with him how valuable he was and that his friends in the program would miss him being involved. I am proud to report that Ted was able to be pulled out of his bout and turned his attention to the positive experiences he was having with our program.

Now please do not misunderstand this story. I am not claiming that our program cures depression. However, I do feel like our program can play a huge role in the lives of adults with disabilities and in the case provided Ted with a new opportunity in his life, one of which he could feel a sense of belonging. Our program is an outlet for change for these

special adults and their families.

Program Comments
CEO Comments

 This was an excellent year for our program. Our day program continues to grow and has become a vital resources for the families it serves. On a daily basis these individuals have a place they can go and develop new skills.  They continue to increase their abilities that can serve them in seeking employment. In our CLS program, one of our participants was able to gain employment at McDonalds. He now works 3 days a week and it has given him a purpose and also shown other businesses that this is a population that can be of real value to a business. This breakthrough was possible because he was paired with an individual who worked with him for months prior to his being hired on several skills, including hygiene, appropriate social skills, and following 3 step directions. This job has been a life changer for him in terms of his confidence and has purpose. He now gets up and gets ready the same as you or I do for work. It has made such a difference in his life.

Lastly, our Champions League. For years Stride has participated in Special Olympics. It has been a great resource for us. Special Olympics does have a few drawbacks however. Many of our "lower skilled" athletes were not able to compete in Special Olympics because they did not have the ability to participate within the rules of the game. What they needed was more one on one instruction and assistance. Also, many of our younger athletes didn't participate because the majority of Special Olympics athletes in other programs were just adults and therefore they just couldn't safely compete on the field. Champions League was started to give these individuals a chance to thrive through sports. We have a Buddy team that pairs the athlete with a non-disabled peer/coach who is on the field/court with them, teaching them the sports and encouraging their progress.  This fall we had 6 soccer teams and had 7 basketball teams this winter. We have seen such gains in these athletes ability in soccer and basketball. This summer we will try softball. This league ensures that whether through traditional Special Olympics or as a part of our Champions League teams, that EVERY athlete in our community can shine!
We continue to see such growth in our programs. This summer, we will have over 60 participants attend the Special Olympics State Games. Our previous high was 41. On a daily basis we are making a difference in the lives of these amazing individuals and their families. We have gone from becoming a good resource to being an integral part of their life.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $841,429.00
Projected Expenses $763,528.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$30,347$34,314$36,551
Individual Contributions$108,182$138,608$128,010
Investment Income, Net of Losses$97$114$12
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$22,417$6,975$31,556
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$878,601$816,990$697,630
Administration Expense$132,031$118,355$101,716
Fundraising Expense----$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.021.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,837,319$1,889,197$1,884,841
Current Assets$93,636$112,347$69,092
Long-Term Liabilities$556,866$574,995$591,954
Current Liabilities$16,007$9,110$9,623
Total Net Assets$1,264,446$1,305,092$1,283,264
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose N/A
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
Our Medicaid billing has gone up again this year.  We have continued to expand our participant roles, and hope to see our billing increase through the years.  Our success in the Good Giving Challenge last year was a huge financial boost for us.  Also, we have managed to increase our financial bottom line by performing units audits to maximize staff time spent for which services.  Lastly, we have become certified providers for Supported employment so we look for this new service to increase our financial stability.  This service won't begin until after our new fiscal year begins, so the gains will be seen in 2017-2018. 
Address PO Box 643
Winchester, KY 40392
Primary Phone 859 744-3183
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Darren Scott Diguette
Board Chair Mr. Paul McNeill
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer