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Gabriel Group Begins Compliance Process To Achieve SOC 2 Type 2, HITRUST-CSF Certification

Gabriel Group is proud to announce that it has officially began conducting a substantial audit that will measure the company’s print and delivery management systems relevant to security, availability, confidentiality and processing integrity. Upon completion, scheduled for September 2017, Gabriel Group will be SOC 2 Certified, aligned to the Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance Common Security Framework (CSF).

The HITRUST CSF is a comprehensive and certifiable security framework used by healthcare organizations and their business associates to efficiently approach regulatory compliance and risk management. The purpose of this process is to create a common security baseline of validated security controls that encompass many well-known standards, including HIPAA, ISO, COBIT, PCI and NIST. Gabriel Group will be one of the first marketing companies in the country to have attained SOC 2 Type 2, aligned to HITRUST when the audit is completed later this year.

“We are very excited to begin our journey towards SOC 2 Type 2, HITRUST-CSF certification,” says CEO, Dave Hawkins. “This progression is not only huge for us as a company, but will be extremely beneficial to our clients – especially in the healthcare and financial services industries. First-rate data security is our top priority when it comes to every single organization that we work with, and having this industry-recognized accreditation to add to our arsenal will be a big step towards achieving our goals.”

“Gabriel Group is proud of our commitment of complying with the most highly renowned controls and standards in the business in order to assist our clients in the best way possible. The future looks bright for us as we continue our mission towards attaining our certification.”

Missouri Veterans Endeavor Chosen as Gabriel Group’s 2017 Pay-It-Forward Recipient

Gabriel Group is honored to name our next Pay-It-Forward recipient as Missouri Veterans Endeavor (MOVE-STL).

Missouri Veterans Endeavor is a nonprofit organization that provides long-term supportive housing and comprehensive services to veterans and their family members. MOVE-STL was established in 2012 and currently houses 30 veterans, 16 dependents and 9 children while providing a wide range of services including case management, employment assistance, job training, sobriety support and permanent housing.

Since 2013, Gabriel Group has chosen a St. Louis-area charity for our Pay-It-Forward efforts in order to make a bigger impact within our immediate community. Associates participate in many different fundraising opportunities each month with a goal of raising a total of $10,000 for our nominated group by the end of the calendar year. At the beginning of the following year, we then present a check to our partner organization in honor of our clients in lieu of a traditional Christmas gift. 2017 will kick off with a bang as associates get ready to vie for a festive Mardi Gras raffle basket and an upcoming opportunity to participate in Bring Your Dog to Work Week.

Over the past 10 years, Gabriel Group has funded a spring water aqueduct in the Dominican Republic to help provide children with safe drinking water; built four double-family homes for families in earthquake-ravaged Haiti; funded a new classroom at an early childhood education center in Zambia; provided food and clothing to an orphanage in Mozambique; supported relief efforts following the tornado in Joplin; helped local St. Louis children suffering from abuse or neglect; partnered with an organization close to associates’ hearts after losing one of our own to ovarian cancer; and fought homelessness and hunger in the St. Louis area.

As our charitable giving efforts have continued to grow tremendously over the years, we are happy to report that our associates are refreshed, motivated and ready to make 2017 our biggest year yet with MOVE-STL as we focus on our latest mission to support local veterans. To keep tabs on everything we’re doing to assist this inspiring charity, follow us on Facebook as we inch closer and closer to our goal every day!

Gabriel Group Associates Pay-It-Forward by Honoring Clients with Charitable Giving

Pictured above: Melanie Ortmeyer and Dave Hawkins of Gabriel Group; Darie Gordy, Shelter Case Manager, and Jacki MacIntosh, Executive Director, of Loaves and Fishes for St. Louis; and Arthur Kerckhoff of Gabriel Group

For the ninth year in a row, Gabriel Group has chosen to donate funds to a charity in lieu of giving a traditional Christmas gift to clients. In 2016, associates selected the group Loaves and Fishes for St. Louis as the recipient of our Pay-It-Forward initiative. Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit organization who serves those who have been struck by economic hardships, providing them with food, shelter and support to help them realize self-sufficiency.

Fundraising occurs throughout the year and is supported by a variety of events and activities. Ideas for 2016 included Paint and Sip nights; washers, pool and table tennis tournaments; and multiple potluck luncheons. Through the hard work of our Pay-It-Forward Committee and the generosity of the entire Gabriel Group family, we were proud to present a check for $15,000 to our friends at Loaves and Fishes on January 23, 2017 – beating our goal of $10,000 by 50%.

To date, Gabriel Group has funded a spring water aqueduct in the Dominican Republic to help provide children with safe drinking water; built four double-family homes for families in earthquake-ravaged Haiti; funded a new classroom at an early childhood education center in Zambia; provided food and clothing to an orphanage in Mozambique; supported relief efforts following the tornado in Joplin; helped local St. Louis children suffering from abuse or neglect and partnered with an organization close to associates’ hearts after losing one of our own to ovarian cancer.

We look forward to continuing on our journey to help those in need as we shift our focus in 2017. Make sure to stay posted via our Facebook page to be the first to know what cause we choose next!