Farnam Neighborhood House
162 Fillmore St
New Haven CT 06513
Contact Information
Address 162 Fillmore St
New Haven, CT 06513-
Telephone (203) 562-9194 x
Fax 203-562-2812
E-mail farnamhouse@earthlink.net
Web and Social Media
Mission
Farnam Neighborhood House is a "home away from home" providing a continuum of safe, affordable, enriching family-focused programs, services, and activities for low income children (ages 3 - 18) and their families to nurture and educate young children, promote positive youth development, and strengthen families and the community.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1952
Former Names
Neighborhood House
Lowell House
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Gambardella
Board Chair Cama Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation LifePlan Wealth Management Group, President
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $717,500.00
Projected Expenses $717,500.00
Statements
Mission
Farnam Neighborhood House is a "home away from home" providing a continuum of safe, affordable, enriching family-focused programs, services, and activities for low income children (ages 3 - 18) and their families to nurture and educate young children, promote positive youth development, and strengthen families and the community.
Background
Farnam Neighborhood House is New Haven's oldest neighborhood center,. Tracing its roots to the settlement movement of the 1900's, the organization has evolved into a thriving multi-service neighborhood center which provides a continuum of services for people of all ages.  Programs reflect the diversity of those served.  Farnam has continued to dedicate itself to the ideal of helping the neighborhood to help itself by developing in all people the capacity to carry responsibility thorough sharing and planning.
Impact
With roots in the "Settlement Movement," Farnam supports a philosophy that affirms the right for all youth to be surrounded by support and services that promote their healthy development and well-being, as well as the right of youth to contribute to society and have a voice in decisions that affect them.
 
Individual testimonies from parents state, "Farnam saved my kid's life."
 
Annually 3,000 unduplicated children are served at Farnam House via Farnam's NAEYC Pre-School, day, evening, and weekend programs, and Camp Farnam.
 
Accomplishments from the past year: 
* Rejuvenate Board of Directors via new slate of officers and expanded membership by reaching out to more diverse sections of community and Farnam alumni
* Expanded social media presence 
* Revamped website
* Completion of major facility renovations
* New full-time preschool teacher (retired New Haven Public Schools teacher) certified in Early Childhood Education to meet new state requirements
* Pre-School program maintained state and national certifications (NAEYC);
Needs
The greatest challenge of this organization has been the reduction in traditional stable sources of funding. Five full time employees and 25 part time employees have ensured the provision of all services seven days a week, year round. 
 
The addition of a development officer is always a need.  This resource could not only promote direct fund raising, it could also develop other avenues like an alumni association to serve as a funding source.
 
Review and revise by-laws.
 
We also need to:
  • Improve our technology capacity, knowledge and skill
  • Develop a succession plan
  • Better engage with, and tap the expertise of, Farnam House alum
CEO Statement
Farnam is unique in its holistic approach and accessibility.  It is indeed a "home away from home."
 
One of our strengths is in the many collaborations we have formed over the years. There is never a missed opportunity to collaborate for the benefit of our children and their families.
 
Farnam offers a welcoming atmosphere.  With the trust it has established in the community, it offers a safe place and honest voice for those who are vulnerable to our fast-growing societal moods.
 
What sets us apart is the dedication and conviction in the importance of advocating for the under served offering a safe heaven with seamless age appropriate activities that contribute to the growth and well being of children and families. This is evidenced when you meet people who proudly announce, "I was a Farnam Kid." Farnam has effected the lives of many!
Board Chair Statement
Embarking on a new year of business for Farnam Neighborhood House, I believe there are two issues that are extremely crucial to the vitality of the Board of Directors and the community we serve; active involvement by all our Board members in the essential committees that are contained in our bi-laws, and necessary to move the Agency forward, and reaching out to the children and families we serve, community and business leaders and their families to inspire their participation with the Farnam Neighborhood House.  By embracing these issues, we can raise the bar to the next level and succeed in demonstrating to our community we care about their interests and are committed to provide love and guidance to their children.  As we move forward this year, the compassion and talent of the Farnam Board and Staff will bear out this commitment.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Areas Served
Branford
East Haven
Hamden
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
In addition to serving the Greater New Haven area, the Middlefield and Durham townships are served by Camp Farnam.  Farnam also hosts the High School Pre Season Basketball League at Farnam House in New Haven.
Programs
Description
Full day pre-school  state licensed and NAEYC accredited program serving
children ages 3 - 5 years and their parents.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / At-Risk Populations /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The Farnam Pre-School is designed to be a place for children to experience the world as a place of wonder and learning.  This learning takes place through play, exploration, and discovery provided by a rich variety of experiences and materials which help to develop the total child in the areas of  social and emotional competence, physical development, cognitive development, language and literacy development. Children gain a sense of confidence and self esteem and build positive relationships with caring adults and peers.  Parents and families are partners in this process.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Farnam Pre-School Program is licensed by the State of Connecticut and has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children ( NAEYC) since 2000.  The program provides open access to a quality program that promotes the social/emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development of young children preparing them for formal schooling.  The program also engages and strengthens the family through encouragement of parental involvement in the child's development and education.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The Pre-School program is accredited by NAEYC which is a commitment to engaging in continuous improvement to provide high quality care and education for the children and families we serve. The program has an ongoing monitoring system to ensure that all program goals and requirements are met.  The annual evaluation process includes gathering evidence on all areas of program functioning and using this information to plan professional development and program quality improvement activities as well as to improve operations and policies.  This report is shared with families, staff and our Board of Directors.  Farnam is also a member of the New Haven School Readiness Provider Council which conducts annual program reviews and site visits.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. "My parents made the right decision by sending me to Farnam Nursery School. I know I refined my ability to cooperate with others and respect elders. During playtime, I used to play 'house' with my friend Joy. Sometimes we would incorporate conflicts between mom and the child. Depite the fact it was only a children's game, it was a character-building activity. Practicing how to solve problems prepares a child for many tribulations ahead. Because I had to obey and respect my teachers, my manners and listening skills were also polished," wrote Eva Hughes in her college entrance essay.
Description
The After School Program, for children 5 - 12 years is designed to promote personal growth through an array of social, educational and recreational programming. The program operates from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8:30 - 5:30 on holidays and school vacations.  Transportation is provided from 27 schools throughout the city.  Help with Homework, arts and crafts, dance, drama, gymnasium sports and game room are offered on a daily basis. Farnam's community collaborations enable children to attend curriculum based educational programs at the Eli Whitney Museum, Architectural Resource Center, Creative Arts Workshop and the Neighborhood Music School.  Curriculum based sports programs include; Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis and Swimming.  Fitness and nutrition have been a program focus over the past 4 years, and "Nutrition Detectives" is used to promote healthy eating habits.  "Little Scientists" is a participatory program in which children experience the excitement of scientific discovery.  Farnam also partners with the Columbus Family Academy to provide afterschool services for 5 and 6 year-old at Farnam, and E.S.L instruction for parents at Columbus School on Saturday mornings.  Classes are taught by a certified bi-lingual teacher.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Youth improve their social skills, learn to budget their time, solve problems without violence, communicate effectively, and take responsibility for their actions. Parents receive support and guidance in their parenting role. Youth are involved in a variety of physical activities like sports, fitness and dance that are designed to meet the recommended weekly levels of exercise. as well as nutrition education.  These outcomes are measured using surveys, pre/post tests, and staff reports.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Farnam House is a Positive Youth Development Program and has its' origins in the field of prevention.  This is an approach that seeks to help youth overcome or deal with negative things in their environment. P.Y.D. complements efforts to prevent risky behavior and attitudes in youth.  It is a philosophy that affirms the right of all youth to be surrounded by relationships, environments, supports nad services that promote their healthy development and well-being, as well as the right of youth to contribute to society and have a voice in the decisions that affect them. P.Y.D. factors include family support, caring adults, positive peer groups, strong sense of self and self esteem, and engagement in school and community activities.  Strategies include giving youth access to experiences that build leadership, boost self-awareness and connect youth to caring adults while providing opportunities for skill development and integration of family school and community efforts.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Children complete the Wisconsin After School Survey, a pre-survey and post-survey at the beginning and end of the school program year.  This survey includes a narrative and verbal portion completed by the participant and program staff.  Youth learning and changed behaviors are accessed using the Common Outcomes Survey.  Almost all youth reported having been successfully taught about alcohol, drugs, and other risky behaviors.  71% reported being more aware of community resources and 71% reported being better able to talk with parents. The children reported particularly high rates of learning conflict resolution, self regulation and communication.  The annual survey of parents indicates that families feel supported in their role by the program and improved family functioning as a result of better communication.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"....What would I do without Farnam? I lived there, it was like a second home, and being the basketball player I am today, where would I have played if there wasn't a Farnam House to go to".
 
"Being a kid was fun for me, I would attend Farnam House everyday after school, two times a week practice (basketball), and summer camp experience made me the person I am today. Being the best I could be at all times, showing leadership, having a caring heart, and being a student first and athlete later. As I mature I understand my role in this world, and where I come from".
 
"Farnam  has made me a well-rounded person who people 'love to hang with', a person who you can rely on, and a person who cares for others as I care and love myself", Raymond Melvin is a 2011 Bruce Kline scholarship recipient. He is a freshman at Eastern CT State University and starting guard on their basketball team.
 
 
Description
This program provides basic skills for life, exposure to social, educational recreational and cultural opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, form positive relationships with peers and adults, develop leadership skills and foster a sense of community and volunteerism.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / At-Risk Populations / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Community centers play a critical role in providing important resources and services to youth and their families that are accessible, neighborhood based and offered during out of school times, evenings, week-ends and during school holidays.  Young people need exposure to and opportunities that enhance their healthy development as well as safe outlets - places where they are encouraged to learn new skills, practice those skills, develop healthy relationships with caring adults,and realize their full potential.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Farnam's Evening Teen Program operates Monday - Friday 6;00 - 9:00 p.m., and provides a safe, caring environment with opportunities to belong, make friends, and learn new skills.  Teens ages 13 - 19 plan and implement special events, community service projects, group and peer discussions and educational activities, basketball teams and leagues, game room and photography.  Youth have a safe haven in which they are engaged in activities that are of interest, feel supported by staff and volunteers, and have a clear set of rules and expectations to guide them.  The Youth Leadership Group is designed to develop the leadership skills of young teens ages 13-15 and prepare them for jobs and careers.  In partnership with the Youth@Work Program, Farnam serves as a worksite for teens ages 14 -17 who work in the AfterSchool Program and Camp Farnam.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Teens are evaluated based upon attendance, attitude, involvement and participation in community service projects, self evaluations and staff reports.  Basketball players are evaluated by coaches, and their progress is monitored throughout the program year.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. "If you build a house on a strong foundation, its going to stand straight and upright for a long time. The Farnam Neighborhood House is my foundation", Jesse Pittman,III 2008 Bruce Kline Family Scholarship Awardee. Jesse will be receiving his college degree in 2012.
Description
Instructional in house basketball league for boys and girls ages 5 - 14. More than 40 volunteer coaches provide instruction, guidance, and role modeling for over 400 children who participate annually. The program operates on Saturdays from October - April. 
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Adults / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Children continue in team sports in the Farnam AfterSchool Program and their school activities with good sportsmanship conduct.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Volunteer coaches, staff and families provide feedback and instruction to youth.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
    "More than 30 years ago, I participated in Farnam Biddy Basketball and AfterSchool program. I dedicated myself to improving and studying because those volunteers told me it was my choice to change my life circumstances".
   "Years later I received college scholarship offers. My experience at Farnam gave me an opportunity at a professional basketball career overseas. With a degree in hand, I later progressed to my next phase in life".
   "Many years later, I have returned to where it all began, with my picture still hanging on the wall. I have returned to ensure that the students that walk through the doors at Farnam are informed they have choices. I would like to make certain that Farnam continues to have the resources to empower, encourage and help support the students and the community with its school-related programs", Geraldine Artis was elected to the Farnam Board of Directors.
Description A fully functional state licensed day camp facility on 72 acres of idyllic wooded country in Durham, CT, affording 300 children the opportunity to leave the city and become totally immersed in a new, healthy out-door environment during July and August.  Camp activities include Red Cross swimming instruction, arts and crafts, hiking, environmental studies, sports, drama, nutrition education, cook-outs, and more.  Camp Farnam also serves as a work site for teens, ages 14 - 17 who are employed by the Youth@Work Program- City of New Haven.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / K-12 (5-19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Camp Farnam introduces the great outdoors to New Haven children.  Camp graduates often become Camp Counselors and instructors in their later teens.  The program emphasizes the group experience while developing a love of nature and the environment.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Staff provide immediate feedback to children in a supportive environment.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"Camp Farnam does so much for children that attend. From helping express themselves artistically through crafts, to learning about teamwork through sports, to enhancing self-confidence from learning how to swim. All of this while introducing kids to the wonder of the outdoor and nature studies. Camp Farnam inspires leadership and confidence through outdoor adventure and activity. It creates everlasting memories and truly helped shape me into the person I am today", Brian Tornberg, former camper and VP Wells Fargo Bank.
 
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro attended Camp Farnam and credits the experience "for strengthening values and fostering a love of nature that helps shape her decisions in Congress today."
CEO/Executive Director
Elizabeth Gambardella
Term Start Oct 1989
Email farnamhouse@earthlink.net
Experience Liz grew up in Fair Haven attending the After School Program and Camp Farnam. She received her BA in Social Work at SCSU. Miss Liz knows each child attending the Farnam House for more than 25 years.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 25
Number of Volunteers 130
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Operations Director
Title Pre-School Director
Title After School Program Director
Collaborations

Farnam has forged many alliances within the community that have grown over the years and are built upon an exchange of ideas and information. These opportunities provide positive experiences for youth and community members, as Farnam is an essential resource within Fair Haven and throughout Greater New Haven. Some of our collaborations include:

Inner City Outings- Farnam youth are provided outdoor education, adventure and conservation learning opportunities through monthly adventure trips with trained adult volunteers.

UConn Extension Service Master Gardeners Program - an annual gardening project at Farnam involving youth and neighbors.

Community Greenspace - Farnam Playground is a designated Community Greenspace site, and every summer Farnam staff, youth and neighbors work together to plant trees and plants through the "adopt a curbstrip" initiative. We have "branched out" from Farnam in both directions to transformFillmore Street's look and feel.

Yale Athletic Dept. - Youth Days, Men's and Womens' Sports Clinics, and opportunities to attend Ivy League Sports events occur year-round for children and youth involved in AfterSchool, Evening and Weekend Programs. For the past 10+ years, Yale Athletics has hosted our annual Biddy Basketball Awards Banquet at the Payne Whitney Gym.

Comments
CEO Comments One of the hallmarks of Farnam House are the longevity of staff providing stability to the organization and most importantly for the children and families attending Farnam House. This is just one of the aspects that makes Farnam House a "Home Away from Home" for our youth. Farnam House is a positive link completing the social network circle of family, school, Farnam.
Board Chair
Cama Thomas
Company Affiliation LifePlan Wealth Management Group, President
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Email tcama@lifeplanwmg.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Richard Abbatiello Retired
Fred Acquavita St Thamos
Davaul Amin
Geraldine Artis State of CT Family Support Services
Norman Bender
Thomas Brockett Knights of Columbus, New Haven
Thomas Cama Cama Financial Advisors, LLC
Michael Doyle Metro North
Marcellus Edwards Metro North
William Flint retired
Thomas Gaudioso
Joseph Giaccone
Angela Grasso community volunteer
Bernadette Holodak community volunteer
Tamiko McArthur Jackson
Robert Lane retired
Douglas MacDonald Knights of Columbus, New Haven
Keith Macdowall
Vincent Mauro Jr.
Mina Minelli Webster Bank
Eduardo Perez Jr
Louis Perno Sterling House
Richard Raffone Harty Integrated Solutions
Eugene Raffone IIIretired
Ovidio Raffone
Queen Edwards Smith Yale Athletics
Brian Tornberg Wells Fargo bank
Dr. Semeon Tsalbins
George Waldron JDretired (workman's Compensation Commissioner
Glen Worthy
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 24
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Finance
Nominating
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Executive
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $717,500.00
Projected Expenses $717,500.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$197,220$258,734$165,427
Government Contributions$670,371$520,653$324,195
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$670,371$520,653$324,195
Individual Contributions------
------
$79,802$105,039$87,360
Investment Income, Net of Losses$25,558$14,978$15,609
Membership Dues$29,040$24,968$25,974
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$12,675$31,718$38,865
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$616,848$624,292$570,618
Administration Expense$100,797$98,537$120,618
Fundraising Expense$23,122$26,020$22,514
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.371.280.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%3%5%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,699,997$1,413,283$1,227,912
Current Assets$216,436$226,389$30,073
Long-Term Liabilities$25,000$25,877$32,248
Current Liabilities$20,804$15,568$13,071
Total Net Assets$1,654,193$1,371,838$1,182,593
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountState of CT Bonding $369,077State of CT - Bonding $204,267 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDCF $142,810DCF $140,440 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBoard of Ed - School Readiness $82,069Board of Ed. - School Readiness $83,460 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.4014.542.30
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%3%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
The challenges faced by Farnam Neighborhood House, Inc includes current grant funding being cut back significantly that has required the organization to restructure itself over the last year in order to continue its programs it offers. Farnam has been working diligently with a grant writer to explore new grant opportunities in order to replace those grants not offered anymore.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 162 Fillmore St
New Haven, CT 06513
Primary Phone 203 562-9194
CEO/Executive Director Elizabeth Gambardella
Board Chair Cama Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation LifePlan Wealth Management Group, President

 

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