CLASS, Inc. (Lawrence, MA)


  • Name:Robin Ellington
  • Title:Director of Development & Marketing

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CLASS, Inc.
  • Address:One Parker Street
    Lawrence, MA 01843-1540
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:978-975-8587
  • Main fax:978-975-0498

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of CLASS is to support, promote and facilitate the inherent rights of individuals with disabilities to experience a life of opportunity for personal growth and active, meaningful engagement in their community.

  • Overview:
  • Since 1976, CLASS, Inc., headquartered in Lawrence, Mass., and with offices in North Reading and North Andover, has supported families whose children with disabilities are the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. CLASS provides supports, services and employment for individuals on the autism spectrum and/or with developmental and intellectual disabilities, ages 12 through elder years. We create community inclusion opportunities with community partners for people to promote learning, skills and body movement improvement, and social opportunities for continuing life enrichment. By promoting people’s abilities, CLASS helps individuals with disabilities move forward, build confidence and continue learning.

    CLASS employment programs and job training promote independence, community inclusion, and relationships and social skills development. A proactive CLASS employment staff identifies jobs suited to individuals’ interests, attitudes and aptitudes, then trains and matches them to competitive employment in their communities. Over the last two years CLASS has placed 45 individuals in competitive employment.

    CLASS programs and services include:
    Day Habilitation Services — meaningful program and community-based services designed to increase independent living and social and communication skills for 198 participants with disabilities.
    Health and Clinical Services — health screenings, one-to-one therapy, and medication management and administration.
    Employment - Career Services — job training, matching and placement at the employer site for 72 individuals learning independence and self sufficiency, participating in Day Hab programs and in the community at customer work sites with competitive employment and a paycheck.
    Employment - Center-Based Services — job training and contract work for Merrimack Valley businesses for in-house production.
    Community Based Day Services — an interactive and meaningful day program for 30 individuals with community volunteering; art, technology and music study; job research and prep; skills development; and resume review.
    Transportation — from home to CLASS and/or work and home again for 161 individuals.

    CLASS’s professional, dedicated employment and job coaching staff trains people for production, mailings, kitting, mailroom services, kitchen and maintenance, janitorial, and landscaping jobs, and reinforces individualized job training with on-the-job supports. Dedicated job coaches work side by side with individuals to encourage mastery of tasks that leads to independence on the job. CLASS is committed to finding community employment for everyone who has the capability, aptitude and attitude to work.

    An advocacy and referral agency for families, we offer inclusion activities such as outdoor day trips; dances; menu planning, food shopping and cooking classes; art and movement classes; and structured physical activities at the Y and through horse riding therapy at a community partner's stables.

    As a chapter of The Arc of the United States and The Arc of Massachusetts, CLASS Arc of Greater Lawrence supports middle-school- and high-school-aged children with developmental and intellectual disabilities by making available a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational, social, leisure activities to be enjoyed with their peers. Bonds of friendship form among kids with and without disabilities during activities, such as dances or basketball, gym and pool time at the YMCA of Lawrence; and community outings and camp days for exercise and social skills development.

    In 2013, more than 300 people were served by CLASS programs in 48 cities and towns.

  • History:
  • CLASS has been providing services to individuals with disabilities for more than 38 years.

    In the mid-1970s, a group of families in the Merrimack Valley began to talk about opportunities for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Historically, options for families were limited to placing children in institutions or keeping them at home. This group of families had a vision that their children may one day live in a more homelike setting, be provided the opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, work and have rights like any other person. By 1976, those family members, along with community supporters, established the Citizen's League for Adult Special Services – now known as CLASS. Its original enrollment was six individuals.

    Over the years, the agency grew and diversified. We now serve more than 400 individuals and families throughout northeastern Massachusetts. Programs and services have been added to meet the needs of the growing number of individuals who are supported by CLASS each year. In addition to providing services to the individuals who attend CLASS programs, we also provide support services to families of individuals with disabilities in the Greater Lawrence community. The Arc of Greater Lawrence (ArcGL) is the family support division of CLASS with a mission of ensuring people with developmental disabilities and their families receive culturally competent services, and learn new leadership skills that will strengthen their ability to direct their own lives.

  • Year established:1976
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:144


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:04-2621546

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:042621546
  • Organization Name:C L A S S INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% TAMMY PELLETIER
  • Organization Address:1 PARKER STREET
  • Organization City:LAWRENCE
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:01843-1540
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1976
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):031, 568, 160
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc, Vocational counseling, Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P820
  • Asset Amount:$8,176,269
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$11,250,517
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$11,141,616
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 4:04:05 am

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