The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc.
227 Elm St
West Haven CT 06516-4635
Contact Information
Address 227 Elm St
West Haven, CT 06516-4635
Telephone (203) 934-5221 x
Fax 203-937-9052
E-mail info@whcommunityhouse.org
Web and Social Media
The main administative building including Head Start pre-school classrooms.
Mission

The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc. exists to facilitate healthy, productive, independent and meaningful lives for individuals with disabilities, and children, adolescents, and families. 

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

For 75 years, the Community House has served as THE cornerstone social service agency in West Haven providing programs and services that inspire and promote healthy, productive, independent and meaningful living for children and families, as well as adults with intellectual disabilities including:

 

Head Start – A comprehensive school readiness program for children from low-income families.

 

Children & Youth Services - Before and after school program for school-aged children.

 

Community Connections - Residential and Day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Avenues   - a transitional program for special education students, 18-21 years old who have completed their academic credentials.
 

We have come a long way since 1941, but we still need your support. State-wide budget cuts have made it more difficult for us to continue to provide the level of service that so many families rely on each day. Securing corporate sponsors is especially important this year, as we face the daunting challenges of this economic crisis.

 

 
Corporate Sponsorship Request:
More and more working families rely on our much-needed programs for children and adults in our community including our Head Start preschool for low-income families, our in-school childcare program giving parents peace of mind and children a safe place to be before and after school, or our residential and day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. With state and federal budget cuts looming, we find ourselves seeking financial support to continue to provide the level of service that so many families have come to depend on each day.

 

Our sponsorship package offers you the opportunity to partner with the cornerstone social service organization in West Haven, as well as:
  • advertise your business to hundreds of people in our area

  • reinforce your reputation as a compassionate community leader, and,

  • build brand awareness and show your company's philanthropic support

 

We hold two annual fundraising events. Each event reaches a different key audience of up to 300 people and provides a fun, entertaining and engaging way for you to connect with the greater West Haven community.
A Night At The Races (NAR) - May 18, 2018
Family Fun Walk & Wellness Fair - September 23, 2018
 
 
 
Choose a sponsorship level that fits your budget. We offer a variety of levels that will highlight your business and brand while reinforcing your reputation as a leader in our community.
 
Platinum Sponsor - $2,500
Platinum Sponsor listing:
  • media releases and editorial mention
  • with logo on monthly e-newsletters
  • with logo and link on our website
  • with logo in our 2017 Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo on display at our Night at the Races (NAR)

Company-provided banner at both events
Centerfold ad in NAR program book
Verbal recognition at both events
A table at our NAR event
10-member Fun Walk Team including t-shirts
Vendor table at Fun Walk

 
Gold Sponsor - $2,000
Gold Sponsor listing
  • on website
  • with in our 2017 Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo on display at Night at the Races (NAR)

Company-provided banner at both events
Full page ad in NAR program book
Verbal recognition at both events
4 tickets to our NAR event
5-member Fun Walk Team including t-shirts
Vendor table at Fun Walk

 

Silver Sponsor - $1,500

Silver Sponsor listing:
  • on website
  • in our 2017 Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo on display at Night at the Races (NAR)
Company-provided banner at both events
  • Half page ad in NAR program book
  • Verbal recognition at both events
  • 2 tickets to NAR event
  • 4-member Fun Walk Team including t-shirts
Vendor table at Fun Walk 
 

Bronze Sponsor - $1,000

Bronze Sponsor listing:
  • on our website
  • in our 2017 Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo on display at Night at the Races (NAR)

Company-provided banner at both events
Half page ad in NAR program book
Verbal recognition at both events

 
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Hart-Jones, Director of Marketing & Special Events at (203) 934-5221, ext. 131 or via email at kathyhartjones@whcommunityhouse.org
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Sept 23 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1941
Former Names
Group Work Council of West Haven
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Patricia Stevens
Board Chair Kenneth S. Prisco
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired - EMT - West Haven Fire Dept.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc. exists to facilitate healthy, productive, independent and meaningful lives for individuals with disabilities, and children, adolescents, and families. 

Background In 1941 a group of community minded individuals, led by Social Worker Pauline Lang saw a need for a community center in West Haven to facilitate positive activities for the city’s children and enhance the quality of life for all citizens. In 1941, The Group Work Council of West Haven incorporated and named Mrs. Lang its first board president after incorporation. The next year, in early 1942 after the start of World War II, the agency received its first funding from the Community Chest of West Haven, today known as the United Way of Greater New Haven. Its first programs for youth began in 1942 and by 1943 the group began to meet at a vacated residential home at 227 Elm St., which it purchased after a capital campaign in 1943. In 1948, the agency formally changed its name to The West Haven Community House Association, Inc., and seven decades later, tens of thousands of West Haven children and families, as well as adult with developmental disabilities have benefited from the valuable services the Community House provides. Our focus areas include: Early Childhood Education and Family Support; Positive Youth Development, Child Care and Enrichment for Elementary School Children; and, Residential and Day Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.

While our mix of programs and services has grown and changed over the past 75 years, our commitment has remained the same: to help individuals and families achieve success in their lives and realize bright futures. We pursue our mission by offering high-quality social service programs that respond to the changing need of our community; encourage individual development and positive group relationships; promote inclusion, and advocate for positive social change.
 
Currently, we have established a board subcommittee to update our Strategic Plan. We also celebrated our 75th anniversary in 2016 with a variety of community activities that not only celebrated our history and service to the community but also reconnected with many old friends and brought in many new constituents.
 Among the major issues we are addressing in the Strategic Plan update: viability of existing services; viability of existing funding sources; structural and capital needs of the agency; community assessment of its needs going forward; our endowment; our board structure; our agency management structure and succession planning; staffing needs, among others.
 
Impact

Accomplishments FY 2016-2017, ended June 30, 2017

HEAD START  -- in spite of significant revenue loss as a result of the suspension of the state supplement, Care4Kids, the Head Start program provided services to 144 children and families. We had 85% daily attendance and our individual child assessments showed significant growth in all areas of academic and development expectations for their age.
 
CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVICES served over 200 children in our before and after school child care program. We undertook a Youth Needs Assessment for West Haven and will be utilizing the results in programming expansion in the upcoming year.  We will be taking the lead in a community readiness committee to further explore and develop community learning opportunities for children, youth and families
 
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS has seen considerable growth in the last few years. Our Residential program now serves 22 individuals, 18 in group home (continuous residential services) settings and 4 with individual home supports.  Our Day service now serves over 100 individuals with intellectual abilities with opportunities for skill building, community exposure, career exploration and other daily living activities.  Our newest component is called the "Avenues" and is partnership with the public schools to provide a transitional academy for 18 to 21 year old students who have completed their academic studies and are focusing on career exploration and independent living skills
 
Needs
The ever changing financial climate and the increasing diversity of our community has resulted in a need for our board of directors to be proactive in strategic thinking and planning for continued sustainability. With a long and strong history in our community, it is important that the agency has a current and solid infrastructure that accommodates a changing demographic, an increased need for programming that can be offered at no or low cost in more parts of the City and an endowment that provides a supplement to all other funding sources.  Towards that end, the board of directors is aware that a succession plan be developed for leadership staff and the financial development and management plan be reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the agency. 
 
Increased Fund Development is key; the agency needs new donor resources since the competition for funding is great and the available potential donor pool in our community is small with the business community comprised mostly of small businesses and working class families struggling to keep afloat. We also have had limited success from appeals to corporations, foundations and others outside of our general service area which is primarily the Greater West Haven area.
 
CEO Statement

With more than 75 years of experience, The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc., has evolved to become a leader in identifying, collaborating and implementing services that meet the changing needs of the City of West Haven: its families, educational structure and socio-economic challenges.  

The Community House has been at the forefront of meeting local needs through direct service provision and collaboration. We were responsible for West Haven’s first group licensed child care, the city’s first and only Head Start program, and the first residential living and vocational training facilities for adults with developmental disabilities. 

The regional Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce were launched by the Community House and we were instrumental in the creation of the West Haven Interagency Network for Children, the West Haven Family Resource Center, and West Haven Early Childhood Council.

We were at the forefront of a collaboration with local providers and the Graustein Foundation’s Discovery program to improve the delivery of services to young children and their families in West Haven, and in April and May 2012 we worked with local providers, local businessman Andy Eder, and Diane Frankenstein, author of “Reading Together,” to bring Ms. Frankenstein to the region.

We continue our leadership in these areas today, including our Read Aloud program, our memberships on school readiness, policy and government boards and agencies, all with an eye on best practices and effective outcomes, and our role in the public schools before and after school.
 
Several years ago we began major capital improvements to all our sites, including the replacement of old heating systems, notably a $81,000 project in our main building at 227 Elm St. that replaced two old boilers and replaced them with one new high efficiency condensate boiler that not only saves energy, but is also safer, as we replaced 18 old steam radiators with modern, individually adjustable hot water radiators.
 
We also added backup generators to two group homes, renovated our staff kitchen in the main building at 227 Elm, and hired a new maintenance supervisor in 2016.

We are proud of our accomplishments, of our dedicated staff, and most of all, of the children and families, and adults with disabilities, who have moved forward with our assistance. 

We will always strive to be the premier social service agency that our residents can rely on to provide leadership, innovation and assistance for the betterment of our entire community.

Patricia Stevens
Executive Director

Board Chair Statement

With the onset of 2016, it is an opportune time to look back on the events of the past at the West Haven Community House and report to our constituents on our progress and accomplishments, as well as our challenges.

In January 2013, the federal government announced its sequestration budget cuts that resulted in cutbacks to our Head Start pre‐school program resulting in a reduction of pre‐school openings from 163 to 144 children. The good news remains, however, that in June, we successfully “graduated” 100 children into Kindergarten with a real “head start” in life.

Our before and after school Child Care program continued to help working parents meet the challenges of arranging for care for their children before and/or after school hours. We served more than 300 children in this program. The afternoon hours between school closing and a parent returning home from work are especially critical, with many studies confirming what common sense already tells us – that unsupervised children home alone after school face many health, safety and physical risks. This is why our School Age Child Care and our Positive Youth Development enrichment programs are so valuable. Both programs fill that void for families, offering the supervision of caring adults, as well as timely and important program opportunities that include homework help, social skills development, physical play and exposure to the arts.

Particularly sad for us, during the blizzard of 2013, the agency family lost one of its own with the passing of long‐time Disability Services client Nick Pergolotti – referred to by many in our community as the “mayor of West Haven.” Nick was our client since 1984, and his life and personal situation is an excellent example of how our continuum of programs for adults with developmental disabilities has helped these individuals age in place. As a result of advances in medicine, individuals like Nick are living longer lives, many into their 70s. We have been fortunate to be able to adjust living quarters within our residential program to account for increased age and decreasing mobility – all to great success, as Nick’s many friends and family can attest. We have also been able to provide new services and programming to meet the needs of our clients, regardless of their individual circumstances, age or physical conditions. We currently serve more than 100 clients in our Disability Services component.

This is but a small sampling of the wonderful work that continues every day at the West Haven Community House. I know that you will agree with me that the West Haven Community House is dedicated to providing the citizens of West Haven with the best possible services.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, I ask you to please consider supporting us with a donation to ensure that we serve our community for many more years to come.  Thank you for your support.

Stacie Phan, President
Board of Directors
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Areas Served
West Haven
Greater West Haven, CT 06516
 
Our Community Connections Day Service program also is open to adults with disabilities outside of West Haven, including New Haven, Hamden, Milford, Orange, Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, North Haven, Branford and Wallingford. Head Start and School age Child Care serves West Haven residents only.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
From Executive Director Patricia Stevens:
The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc. is often mistakenly perceived as an official department or agency within the City of West Haven, and we are frequently referred to as the Community Center. While we are a private, IRS approved 501(c)3 not-for-profit agency and not legally affiliated with the city of West Haven, we do maintain a strong supportive partnership with the City and its leadership, including the West Haven Board of Education - as they remain our partners in our school-based services in West Haven.
 
We are very proud to have served the Greater West Haven area for over 75 years and have been a vital part of growing up and living in our community for a very long time. Our programs for children and youth have provided the foundation for many to go on to a rewarding and successful school life. Our services encourage individual development and healthy group relationships, promote inclusion in our community, and advocate for positive social change. Our youngest component, Community Connections, provides adults with intellectual disabilities wonderful opportunities to be a part of a community, living as independently as possible enjoying everyday life with the ability to age in place with others who have become a large, extended family.
 
 
 
For more information, please visit our website: www.whcommunityhouse.org. Check us out on Facebook and sign up for our e-newsletters that present the many wonderful activities our participants enjoy.
Programs
Description

Our Children & Youth Services (CYS) program provides high-quality, affordable before and after school care for working families in West Haven. The program is open to children enrolled in the West Haven public elementary and intermediate schools. Care is provided from 7am to school start, and from school dismissal until 6pm during school days and certain school holidays, and is available in seven elementary schools in West Haven with bus transportation provided between sites.

The CYS program provides a safe, constructive place for children while their parents work or attend school, and is designed to accommodate the different stages of development. The CYS program provides a variety of experiences to promote physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth, as well as independence that aids in the development of solid decision-making skills.

A mix of individual and group activities foster the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the children. Activities include homework help, computer use, arts & crafts; science; cultural explorations; free play with age-appropriate games and toys; gym and outdoor play; language, drama, music, service learning, and leadership development. Children receive a healthy breakfast and snack.

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals 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.

Same as the long-term program success: We provide parents/guardians a safe environment for their child both before and after school so that the parent/guardian can focus on their own job or schooling. Our program curriculum is geared toward having productive and educational activities that complement the school experience.

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.
Long-term program success: We provide parents/guardians a safe environment for their child both before and after school so that the parent/guardian can focus on their own job or schooling. Our program curriculum is geared toward having productive and educational activities that complement the school experience.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Our outcomes measurement focused on three major areas: Socialization, Cognitive and Physical abilities. In the “Socialization” subheading, children were scored on a scale of “Improved,” “Same” or “Negative Improvement” on the following criteria: “Overall” interaction with other children versus not participating; “Initiation” of positive age-appropriate social interaction; “Ability to comfort others” who are sad or afraid; “Encouragement” of others; “Willingness” to continue to work on a skill or something that is difficult; “Ability” to teach others a new skill; “Cooperation” with others in the selection of activities; “Conflict resolution” skills, and, “Sportsmanship” in a competitive situation. In the “Cognitive” sub-heading, children were scored on the following criteria: Ability to follow three-step directions; Ability to communicate clearly in sentences; Listening skills; Ability to complete tasks begun; Ability to work alone; Use of board games, strategy games and puzzles; Follow and devise rules; Ability to relate events/stories in logical manner; Ability to predict what happens next in stories; Make age-appropriate choices in social and recreational situations; Ability to adapt to a change of plans, and, Ability to handle disappointment. In the third category, “Physical,” children were scored on the following criteria: Age appropriate agility; age appropriate balance; age appropriate eye-hand coordination; ability to build and dismantle Legos, Mobilos, Construx, etc.; use of scissors; use of thread beads; use of a variety of drawing instruments and writing skills; use of large outdoor play structures; play in team ball games; participation in organized games, such as relay races and capture the flag. We also utilize both child and parent surveys to complement the outcome topics above. Daily interaction with parents and teachers are also important indicators.

 

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Our collaboration with the West Haven Health Dept. on a number of topics including health and wellness and prevention of childhood obesity were particularly successful this past year (2010-2011). We have also expanded our efforts to attract and utilize volunteer interns, and have partnerships with the University of New Haven, Quinnipiac and Southern CT State University. We have found that the college interns are age-appropriate engaged to the needs of our children.

The introduction of the Zumba exercise program has also been particularly successful and well received by both the children but also the parents.
An area that we have identified through our parent surveys is for more time to be spent on homework help. As alluded to above, as we discover that working parents generally need child care help from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., a corollary to this is that there is less time available for parents to adequately oversee homework completion in the remaining evening time. We have also identified financial stress and the difficulty of some families to afford our program as a barrier for some. Also, in analyzing our youth performance measures, one survey result particularly stands out: the number of youth who answered that there is NO adult at home "who cares about them." Nearly 11% of the youth surveyed responded this way, which we believe is reflective of both the challenging economic times and the fact that so many adults are working longer hours away from the home. In an effort to address this, we believe that the increased utilization of college interns and other volunteers can increase the overall pool of “mentors” and “friends” that the youth can relate to and confide in.
Description
Assists income eligible families with pre-school-aged children. The focus is on the social, cognitive, physical and psychological development of children so that they enter kindergarten prepared to learn. Development of parents' capacity to serve as their child's first teacher is also emphasized. Full-day, full-year and part-day, part-year classes are offered.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals 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.
After being enrolled in our program, children have the skills needed to be successful in Kindergarten.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The Progress and Outcomes Report that details each Head Start students’ progress is generated through application of the Creative Curriculum Assessment Tool. The tool addresses the following areas: Social / Emotional Development, Physical Development, Cognitive Development, Language Development and Emergent Literacy. Our assessment tool is directly aligned with Connecticut’s Preschool Curriculum Framework, and the Head Start Child Development & Early Learning Framework. The step levels are identified, as follows, with the initial assessment of each student made each Fall, with progress assessments all completed in the following Spring.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In June 2017, a total of 80 children were successfully prepared and transitioned to Kindergarten. Assessment Tool statistics show that steady progress was made in all areas of development and that Head Start children were being well prepared for entry into Kindergarten based on individualized plans prepared for each child. For a full report of outcomes, please contact us.

 

Description
Community Connections, a division of The West Haven Community House, provides individualized and meaningful enrichment opportunities that increase independence, enhance community integration, and improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. There are four components to our Community Connections Program;
 
1. Day Service Program provides adults with intellectual disabilities opportunities that promote independence, community inclusion and improve the quality of their lives.
 
2.  The Avenues Program is a transitional program for 18-21-year-old students with disabilities who have completed their academic credits and are now working on life skills and vocational exploration. This program, which is funded through the West Haven Board of Education, started in the Fall of 2016.
 
3.  SMILES (Seniors Maintaining and Independent Lifestyle Everyday) is intended for retired or slower-paced individuals who are age 50+. People with intellectual disabilities are aging at unprecedented rates and have unique health and service needs. As health and medical advancements have helped these adults live longer, the focus and scope of our services have evolved to meet the various needs of these aging adults.
 

4. Residential Services Program provides supportive housing, community integration and personal support for adults with intellectual disabilities. Enables developmentally disabled adults to experience independent living within a safe, structured environment appropriate to their needs and desires. We operate several state-licensed group homes and supported living apartments in West Haven.

Population Served Adults / Elderly and/or Disabled / People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals 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.
Successful participation in such activities as individual and group activities that achieve community inclusion, enjoyment and skill building. Typical activities include: bowling, arts & crafts, baking, yoga, movement & exercise, gardening, picnics at the beach, field trips and more. The program also helps participants build skills in socialization and skills of daily living.
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.
Long-term success is measured by those individuals who continue to progress in their ability to function in and to positively adjust to situations of being in the community.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Regular family and client case monitoring.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

People with disabilities – despite their challenges – have a lot to offer. During the 2010-2011 agency fiscal year, there were 77 clients served by the West Haven Community House’s “Community Connections” day program and they proved it in more ways than one. “Giving Back to the Community” was a major theme of the past year, and remains a strong emphasis for the program going forward, as it is valuable for everyone to understand that all people, including those with disabilities, are capable of helping others, even if it is in small ways. Indeed, clients put their good intentions into action with several major projects in West Haven in the past year.

 
This included raising funds for the Community House's annual Family Fun Walk as well as for an annual Wheelathon to benefit Center for Disability Rights (CDR).
 
The program also helps participants build socialization and daily living skills, and along those lines, other activities include: bowling, arts & crafts, baking, yoga, movement & exercise, gardening, picnics at the beach, field trips and more.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
We do ask all that have interest in what we do to especially remember our programs when considering a donation. You would be very grateful for donations of any amount to The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc or to our Endowment. You may donate securely on our website: www.whcomunityhouse.org    Please mark "donation" or "endowment"  in the notes section. Also we would welcome you at our 2 major "fun" raisers -- The Night at the Races and The Family Fun Walk and Wellness Fair.  Information is always available on our website.  Thank you for your support!
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Patricia Stevens
Term Start July 2005
Email pattystevens@whcommunityhouse.org
Experience EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR      July 2005 To Present
Provides leadership and direction to not-for-profit multi-service agency with a budget of $7+ million and a staff of 180. 
 
Associate Executive Director, 1984 to 2005   
Responsible for the administration of the daily operations of the agency, primarily in the areas of human resources, program development and management, facilities management, transportation and support services.               
 
The American Red Cross      1973 to 1984
Blood Service Specialist, Connecticut Region, Farmington, CT (1980-84
)
 
Blood Services Director, Waterbury Chapter (1978-80); Southeastern Fairfield County Chapter (1977-78) Southeastern Fairfield County Chapter (1973-77)
Assistant Executive Director
 
EDUCATION:  University of New Haven   M.A. Community Psychology   1986
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE COLLEGE, New Haven, CT           B.A. Social Welfare   1972       
 MANAGEMENT TRAINING INSTITUTE   Yale University Class of 2001

                       

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 108
Number of Part Time Staff 51
Number of Volunteers 65
Staff Retention Rate 65%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 74
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 64
Hispanic/Latino 20
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 35
Female 124
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Peter Schwartz Jan 1970 - June 2005
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Executive Director Finance
Title Director, Human Resources
Title Director of Marketing & Special Events
Title Directof of Head Start
Title Director of Disability Services
Title Director of School Age Programs
Title Assistant Executive Director, Programs
Experience/Biography -=
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Collaborations
West Haven Board of Education
West Haven Family Resource Center
University of New Haven
Yale University 
Southern CT State University
Quinnipiac University 
City of West Haven Health Department
Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
United Way of Greater New Haven 
CT Department of Children & Families
CT Department of Social Services
CT Department of Development Services
US Dept. of Health & Human Services
CT Department of Education
US Dept. of Agriculture
West Haven School Readiness Council
West Haven Early Childhood Council 
West Haven Interagency Network for Children
West Haven Chamber of Commerce
West Haven Rotary Club
Access HealthCare 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance2000
Connecticut Council on Philanthropy2011
United Way of Greater New Haven1990
Comments
CEO Comments
Separate and apart from the program space and funding issues discussed in other areas of our profile, there are several other challenges and opportunities facing The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc.
 
One issue is staff pay, benefits and retention. The city of West Haven is consistently listed among the 30 or so poorest cities in the state of Connecticut as measure by per capita income of its residents. Our relative municipal tax rate is high while our business tax base that supports the city budget and related services is relatively low. As a result, the relative pay and benefits of our staff remains significantly lower than the state and other more affluent providers can afford. This has a negative effect on staff retention, as staff here who learn and excel while being employed at the Community House often find other employment with higher pay and then leave us. For instance, due to the difficult nature of the job, our staff positions working with adults with disabilities has a higher turnover rate than our two other major program areas. That said, we have a dedicated and solid core of medium- to long-term employees who continue to do their utmost in providing the best possible services for all our clients. However, the trend remains that our various government funders are under increasing economic pressure to cut back on their respective budgets, which does affect our ability to deliver quality and affordable services.
 
Another area of concern is the increasing cost of supporting and maintaining our physical plant, including buildings, grounds, vehicles, energy and other capital related costs. Program fees can only be raised so high before clients in need are forced out. While we do provide a sliding scale fee structure in several programs based on family income, it nevertheless remains a challenge to stay on top of necessary capital repairs and improvements. A series of severe winters including the blizzards of February 2013 and February 2014 and multiple heavy snow and ice events in the winters of 2014 and 2015 damaged our facilities and grounds, which siphoned funds that otherwise could have been put to other uses.
 
It is on that note that we thank all our donors and supporters who provide us with valuable donation dollars. All our donors can rest assured that we put their donation dollars to work on behalf of our clients and their families that we serve.
Board Chair
Kenneth S. Prisco
Company Affiliation Retired - EMT - West Haven Fire Dept.
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Paul Bauer Retired
Jay Brennan community volunteer
Richard Bruno Retired consultant
Heatherly Carlson Yale University
Barry L Cohen Enthone Inc.
Katie Farrell State of CT Public Defender Services
Mark A. Healey Attorney at Law
William Heffernan IIIWest Haven Fire Dept.
Grace Hendricks Retired
Audrey L Jefferson West Haven Police Department
Annette Knobloch
Dennis E. Kopec Owner, Sea Bluff Accounting LLC
William C. Lang
Chet Latin
Thomas McCarthy Community Volunteer
Brian McLaughlin Quinnipiac University
Tomas Miranda
Mary Jane Morrissey Joseph F. Kelly Co.
Peter . O'Neill K-Force, Inc.
John F Onofrio Kircaldie, Randall & McNab, LLC
Carole Porto retired
Ronald Quagliani University of New Haven
Steven B. Rasile Attorney at Law
Nancy Rossi Whitten, Horton, $ Gibney LLP
Gene Sullivan Leslie's Jewelers
Gayle S Tagliatela Chief of Staff, University of New Haven
Michael T. Taylor
James F Turcio West Haven Board of Education
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 11
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Boiler and Machinery
Day Care Center/Nursery School
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Board Co-Chair
William Heffernan III
Company Affiliation Lieutenant - West Haven Fire Department
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Email billheff3@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Building
Finance
Personnel
Endowment
Nominating
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Executive
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments

To all our Friends in the Greater West Haven Community:

Although we have been a fixture in West Haven for more than 75 years, I am often asked, “What exactly is The West Haven Community House?” It is a question with many answers.

If you ask the parent of a pre-school child in our Head Start program, they might say that we carefully guided their child’s first steps into the wonderful and exciting world of education.

For parents whose children are enrolled in our Children & Youth Services programs, they might say that we gave them “peace of mind” in knowing that we provided a safe and healthy environment where their child was enriched while having fun.

For the relatives of adult clients with intellectual disabilities, we might be described as a “trusted family partner,” ensuring that their loved one was safe, happy and able to build upon their independent living skills, as well as experience the community at-large around them.

So I can say that the Community House is all of the above, and I ask as we face the challenges ahead that people support our programs with a donation. Please see our web site at: www.whcommunityhouse.org for more donation information.

I would like to share two stories from our thousands of examples of service to children and families in West Haven. Jackie Cruz’s story with the Community House goes back to when she was 4-years-old more than 20 years ago. As a young child coming from a Spanish-only speaking family, Jackie was enrolled in our Head Start program and it’s been a very happy story all around since then, as Jackie had her first learning experiences including working with numbers, reading and speaking English as a second language with us. For many years, Jackie was our front desk receptionist and also assisted in our then-named School Age Child Care program, and our Spanish translator, so important in this day and age when so many families and children come to us with limited English speaking skills.

Another story I would like to relate: A family with two children in our School Age Program suffered a family setback including a very emotional departure of the father from the household due to personal issues. Yet, the Community House staff was there for this family, ensuring that the children continued to receive our services on a scholarship basis, as well as ongoing emotional support, and receiving emotional and financial support that helped ensure a happy holiday for all.

I hope you agree with me that The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc. is dedicated to providing the citizens of West Haven – from preschool  and school-aged children – to adults in our residential and day programs – with the best possible services.

On behalf of the Board, staff and clients we serve, I thank you for your consideration of a donation, and wish you a prosperity and good health.

Sincerely,

Ken Prisco
Board President

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $6,887,224.00
Projected Expenses $6,857,771.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
2016 Annual Report2016View
2015 Annual Report2015View
Stay Connected - Summer 20142014View
Head Start Happenings - June 20142014View
Around the House - Staff Newsletter Aug. 20142014View
2014 Annual Report2014View
2013 Annual Report2013View
2012 Annual Report2012View
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$83,238$107,716$116,368
Government Contributions$5,367,843$5,295,193$5,180,832
Federal$1,301,273$1,294,605$1,223,849
State$3,851,623$3,612,374$3,572,214
Local------
Unspecified$214,947$388,214$384,769
Individual Contributions$12,120$31,849$32,930
------
$1,057,021$1,051,196$1,141,922
Investment Income, Net of Losses$36,968$65,062$75,627
Membership Dues------
Special Events$24,963$22,446$28,715
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$72,560$96,818$82,600
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$5,914,522$5,955,350$5,891,825
Administration Expense$656,468$622,700$645,729
Fundraising Expense$76,764$78,631$69,725
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,292,457$334,463$3,431,014
Current Assets$481,786$530,786$659,250
Long-Term Liabilities$875,284$935,449$980,263
Current Liabilities$430,682$391,745$467,749
Total Net Assets$1,986,491$2,007,269$1,983,002
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Dept. of Dev. Services $3,440,519CT Dept. of Dev. Services $3,273,476CT Dept. of Dev. Services $3,240,227
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUS Health & Human Services $1,301,273US Health & Human Services $1,294,605US Health & Human Services $1,223,849
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT State Dept. of Ed. $411,104CT State Dept. of Ed. $338,898CT State Dept. of Ed. $331,987
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.121.351.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets27%280%29%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Our new fiscal year 2017-2018 began on July 1, 2017, and we continue to provide our three core program areas: 1) our Head Start preschool, 2) our Children & Youth Services programs, and, 3) our Community Connections disability services programs, Day and Residential. At its May 2017 meeting, our Board of Directors  approved our 2017-2018 full agency budget projecting full year income of $7.5 million, versus projected expenses  of $7.5 million. We continue to manage our programs, adjust our overall management and governance structures and monitor costs on a continuous basis as slow-to-no-growth in state and federal funding continues to pinch our programs.
 
 For the 2017-18 fiscal year, we are cautiously monitoring all of our program/department budgets, as significant funding cuts in state contracts and programs such as Care4Kids has impacted our financial situation during the last fiscal year and continues to be of concern as we entered this fiscal year with no state budget and threats of cuts looming.
 
 We are doubling our efforts to find new revenue sources while attempting to provide the same level of quality services with much less resources and staff.
 

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 227 Elm St
West Haven, CT 065164635
Primary Phone 203 934-5221
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Patricia Stevens
Board Chair Kenneth S. Prisco
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired - EMT - West Haven Fire Dept.

 

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