Break The Barriers, Inc. (Fresno, CA)


  • Name:Deby Hergenrader
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Break The Barriers, Inc.
  • Address:8555 N. Cedar
    Fresno, CA 93720
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:559-432-6292
  • Main fax:559-432-5995

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  • Mission:
  • Break the Barriers is aspires to enhance and provide the gifts and abilities of all people by providing and promoting inclusive aquatics, athletics, health & fitness, and performing arts curriculum for diverse populations with various abilities insuring exceptional education, awareness and outreach.

  • Overview:
  • BTB provides targeted outreach and training to Inner-city children and youth by hosting children from low-performing neighborhoods and schools. Special Ed and General Ed Students are bussed to the Ability Center to “Buddy and learn” dance, martial arts, gymnastics and any number of other talents of their choice. This program helps to forge new friendships that prove important to children when back in their school campus. These friendships allow special needs children to widen their boundaries of friendships and places around school to play that would not otherwise feel safe. The lasting impact is that students learn to see their peers as important, enjoyable, and with problems different than their own. Last year we served 1221 children, free of charge, through this program from southeast and southwest impoverished areas. In general, we serve P to 12th grade in schools and in neighborhood programs. All ethnicities are served and we do not discriminate by socioeconomic status; however, paying clients come to us for high level training and we target outreach to those who cannot afford it providing the same caliber of services while integrating all kids together to build well rounded exposure and to build cross cultural friendships. Special Needs children are found in any socio economic status but it is far more difficult for poverty level families to understand and avail of services for their child. In general, the median household income is $14,212. For residents over age 25, over 66% have not graduated from high school – 41% quit before 9th grade, and only 5% have a college degree. Only 18% own their own home. 74% identify as Latino, 10% Asian, 9% Anglo and 5% Black. 69% speak a language other than English at home. Over 55% rely on walking or the bus. We Bridge Barriers for those families.
    BTB works in partnership with Cornerstone Care and Mary Ella Brown Center on a long term goal of sustaining mentoring relationships for disadvantaged children who live in Central, Southeast and Southwest Fresno. This program serves about 30 at-risk youth in the afterschool hours per day, per site. Youth mentors build self-esteem, teach life skills, and provide homework and reading help while developing strong and trusted relationships with children and families. Children participate in athletic activities at the Ability Center after homework tutoring. BTB provides transportation for Cornerstone Care to bring kids to the center for programs and for sustenance. Without transportation these experiences would not be possible. BTB fundraises for and provides training to community based organizations, such as Cornerstone Care to equip caring people to build relationships that will count. 660 youth were served through this program last year.
    Ability, Awareness, Outreach and Education teams train at local schools, county, state, national and international governments about how to include people of various abilities in the classroom, in sports, in the workplace and in any social environment. BTB reaches out to policymakers advocating for policies that will grow and sustain future opportunities for those with special needs. It is common to put special needs students off in remote portable classrooms rather than including all students in core learning experiences. AAOE teams, students of all ages and walks of life, perform and train through assemblies about the reasons for inclusion. Last year over 16,000 children and youth were educated through this program.

  • History:
  • BTB began in the backyard of Steve and Deby Hergenrader in 1984 with a mission of providing inclusive athletics & programs to enhance the potential of individuals physically, mentally, educationally and socially. BTB has moved twice and in 2004 a 39,000 sq.ft. Ability Center was built and had an enrollment over 2000. Now over 3000 clients in house a week with during and after school programs on 145 campuses in 32 school districts, year-round mentoring programs for inner city youth, provides training, health & fitness in aquatics, shot put, power lifting and table tennis training for Disabled American Veterans. BTB provides workshops and curriculum for universities and colleges in the central valley, partners with and plays a significant role as a keynote speaker for the U.S. department of Education changing the mindsets of school district across the nation.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:15
  • Staff size:36


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:77-0106437

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770106437
  • Organization Name:BREAK THE BARRIERS INC
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:8555 N CEDAR AVE
  • Organization City:FRESNO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:93720-4832
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1987
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):317
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other sports or athletic activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:P80Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,741,921
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,720,709
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,614,876
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:27:38 pm

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