Next Move Program
11597 Kings Pond Drive
Providence Forge VA 23140
Mission Statement The Next Move Program provides work and educational experiences to young adults with disabilities as they transition out of high school into the world of work.
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Just Believe in Yourself
CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Howley
Board Chair Rohana Meade
Board Chair Company Affiliation Synergy Technical
Contact Information
Address 11597 Kings Pond Drive
Providence Forge, VA 23140
Telephone 804 239-5792
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $80,000.00
Mission The Next Move Program provides work and educational experiences to young adults with disabilities as they transition out of high school into the world of work.
Accomplishments this past year:
  • 80% of our graduates have gained employment in the community or acceptance to post-secondary education (the state baseline is only 30% for this population).
  • We have successfully returned to both prior pilot sites from 2016, the YMCA of Greater Richmond and The University of Richmond, and completed programming in 2017. 
  • We have successfully launched pilots this year with Wells Fargo (at the corporate level), Quirk Hotel, Ledbury, The Central VA Legal Aid Society, The Va Rep Theater, and The Renaissance.
  • We hope to continue to plan effective programming with our current partnerships that results in similar student gains and outcomes.
  • We hope to secure funding to allow our program to run more than one site at a time, allowing for a bigger impact.
  • We hope to expand host organization partnerships, allowing for a bigger impact. 
  • We aim to build a bakery for our tablespoons program that can serve as a training and employment site.
Our current greatest need is funding. We have more interested students than can participate and more hosting organizations that want to host our student interns than what we can support. In order to meet the demand, we will need additional funding in order to add to our team. 

The cost of programming per student is $6,500. The cost to fund one full 12-week session at our current scale (i.e. one site with two teachers) is $39,000.


The Next Move Program first started in 2010 at large biotech company in downtown Richmond. An executive at the company had a child with special needs. From his personal experience and his family’s struggles, he knew that this population – and his son – had limited access to vocational training. A partnership was formed with Henrico County Public Schools. In the fall of that year, the first group of students participated in a supported internship program.

Prior to the arrival of these interns, the same tasks that they took on were previously completed by temporary workers. With temps, the business experienced frequent and expensive high turnover rates and high error rates; all of these issues were eliminated once the interns began work. The company was also surprised by the interns' positive impact on its culture. The interns were motivated and always smiling, which inspired the best work from the employees.

In 2012, job offers were given to 12 of the most productive workers. The internship program was disbanded, as the training positions were all filled. By demand of the staff, the leadership agreed to bring the program back, hiring two special educators to coordinate the internship.

In 2013, Elizabeth Howley and Mary Townley, special educators hired from a local school system, were brought in to run programming and provide ongoing supports to the former interns who were hired. Elizabeth and Mary opened participation to all of the major school systems in the Greater Richmond Area. They expanded the program to include additional teams, so that interns could be placed individually into departments and have the best opportunity to gain independence. Elizabeth and Mary also added a curriculum component. They knew that vocational training would help their students gain employment, but education would help them keep employment. Students participated in daily instruction in work safety, work preparation, social skills, and life skills.

In the Spring of 2015, the biotech company was sold and operations were relocated to another state. Elizabeth and Mary spun programming off as a separate non-profit; The Next Move Program became a 501 (c)(3) organization in the fall of 2015.

CEO Statement

The Next Move Program is a non-profit that partners with businesses, organizations, and school systems to create guided internship experiences for young adults with special needs.

The need for work preparation and training is tremendous for young adults with special needs. The majority of this population graduate from high school and have little to no work experience, as well as little to no work readiness education. Almost 22,000 high school students graduate each year in our state from this population. When the Department of Education surveys this group one year out from graduation, as many as 70% are doing nothing. They are sitting at home.

What we know to be true is that work is more than just having a place to clock in and out from 9 to 5 each day. Work gives us confidence, independence, and makes us feel needed – as a contributing part of a team. When these young people do not have this opportunity, they become disconnected, depressed, isolated and withdrawn. Their families feel overburdened both emotionally and financially. There is a very real sense of fear. What happen to my child when I pass away? Will my child be okay when I am gone?

By partnering with businesses and schools, The Next Move Program can give these individuals hope. All young people, regardless of special needs, have value and can successfully contribute to the community if given the appropriate supports.

The result is a transformative experience for all. 80% of our graduates have gained employment or acceptance to post-secondary programming – a huge improvement over the baseline of 30%.

Further, the enthusiasm, work ethic, and joyful spirit that they bring to their internship transforms the hearts and minds of everyone that they meet. Truly inclusive communities are formed.

Your support is greatly appreciated. Together, we can give all young people—regardless of a disability—hope for the future.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Henrico County
Hanover County
Central Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair Rohana Meade
Company Affiliation Synergy Technical
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Justin Feaster Self Advocate & College Student
Amy Feaster Wells Fargo Advisors
Elizabeth R Howley Next Move Program Employee
Rohana Meade Synergy Technical
Mary Townley Next Move Program Employee
Eric Turner Keiter
Andy Webb South Carolina Supreme Court - Lawyer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 from LBGTQ Community
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Carly Alford Chesterfield County Public Schools
Judy Averill Virginia Commonwealth University
Van Baskins Hyman Auto
Kendra Belcher Chesterfield County Public Schools
Christopher Brennan Self Advocate & Graduate
Elisabeth Brennan Parent
Carol Coffin Next Move
Britt Falabella Lawyer
Natalie Foster Junior League of Richmond
Jaime Gambaccini The YMCA of Greater Richmond
Kelley Handshaw Capital One
Shelby Kingsley Booz Allen Hamilton
Shelley Lantz Self-Advocate & True Health Employee
Allie Ludeman Richmond Community Hospital, Child Savers
Cathy Redford Synergy Technical
Carol Schall VCU
Executive Director
Executive Director Elizabeth Howley

Co-CEO Mary Townley
Term Start Apr 2015
Full Time Staff 2
Volunteers 20
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
YMCA of Greater Richmond
University of Richmond
Central VA Legal Aid Society 
The Renaissance
Wells Fargo, Corporate
Independence Golf Club
Capital One 
Description We partner with businesses and school systems to create guided internship experiences for young adults (ages 18-25) with disabilities.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $120,000.00
Long Term Success Our students have an 80% better chance of gaining employment or acceptance to post-secondary vocational programs after graduating from Next Move.

tABLEspoons is a new program made possible through our partnerships with Britt Falabella, lead baker at Independence Golf Club and the owner of Sugar Britches Sweets and Treats, and GrowRVA, the organization behind The South of the James Farmer’s Market.

Our students learn to bake in a professional kitchen and then sell these goodies at the SOTJ Market in Forest Hill Park (at New Kent Ave. and W. 42nd St.) from 8:00 am-12:00 pm each Saturday.

Our goal is to empower our students, providing them with authentic training experiences in the culinary arts and in independent living skills, all while having fun and making new friends!

We have been selling out each week at market. We have also started receiving large corporate and event orders. We hope to build a brick and mortar location that can serve as a training and employment site. 
Baking works well for this population, as there is an aspect of the process that everyone can do and it reinforces so many work and independent living skills that we are already teaching. Further, the baking process is so joyful; who better to have involved than the most joyful people you can imagine meeting! 
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Budget $250,000.00
Short Term Success
  • Students learning to follow basic kitchen safety with 100% compliance.
  • Students learning to follow recipe instructions with 100% efficacy.
  • 1/3 of students have made notable progress in counting change and handling sales.
Long Term Success This program is still in pilot phase. However, selling out each week at the market and the number of corporate and private event orders (especially repeat ones) are a testament to early success.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $80,000.00
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$887----
Administration Expense$257----
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses6.01----
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$5,732----
Current Assets$5,732----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$5,732----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The purpose is to raise $250,000 to build out and furnish a bakery that can serve as a training and employment site.
Goal $250,000.00
Dates Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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