SARAH is a family of agencies, SARAH Inc., SARAH SENECA, and SARAH Tuxis, that provide programs and services for people with intellectual and other disabilities who live in Connecticut. The SARAH Foundation, Inc. is responsible for raising funds, managing the investments and coordinating all donations in accordance with the wishes of the Donors and the mission of the SARAH agencies.
The SARAH Foundation raises funds on behalf of the SARAH service agencies, SARAH Inc., SARAH Tuxis, and SARAH SENECA. Although the SARAH agencies receive operational funding from the government, additional funds are needed to enrich and enhance our programs and services.
A few examples of how your gifts help SARAH participants include providing school readiness for our youngest participants, updates to program sites and group homes along with funding recreation activities.
The SARAH Foundation also provides long-range financial stability and support for the SARAH agencies through the growth of the SARAH Endowment Fund. The SARAH Endowment began in 1984 with an endowment gift made in memory of a longtime volunteer, Ginger Calhoun. Today, the SARAH Endowment provides annual distributions to SARAH Inc., SARAH SENECA, and SARAH Tuxis to help our participants to realize full and productive lives.
The currents needs for the SARAH agencies include funding for sensory stimulation items for our program sites. These items improve the sensory needs of so many of our participants who have difficulty with over stimulation. We also require significant gifts for updates to our residences such as bathroom remodels and new driveways. Recreation and social activities receive no funding from the government and the SARAH Foundation must raise these funds each year for these activities.
Birth to Three Early Intervention is a State of Connecticut approved early intervention program providing services for children less than three years of age whose evaluation demonstrates a significant delay in development or a diagnosed medical condition such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or autism.
The Family and Children’s Center provides learning experiences for children of all abilities aged birth to twelve and their families. Their mission is to meet the needs of families who are concerned about their child’s social, emotional, and physical development as well as their educational success. The Center provides parent support groups, individual consultation, children social skills groups, and school transition information and support. Trained professionals conduct educational workshops. Family enrichment activities involve music, play, and art. The Family and Children Center is supported solely by grants, workshop fees and donations.
The mission of KIDSTEPS and Early Childhood Interventionservices is to assure that families who have children ages birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's development while respecting the diversity of families and communities. Every child is unique- growing and developing at his or her own rate. Most of the time differences between children of the same age are nothing to worry about. But for one child in 10, the differences can be related to a developmental delay. The sooner these delays are identified, the quicker children may be able to catch up to their peers.
Individuals and families in programs are surveyed forquality and effectiveness. As a nonprofit provider of state mandates services, KIDSTEPS is subject to the regulatory requirements and annual assessments of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
What Families Are Saying:
“Not only did both of these women professionally help ourson, they became involved personally in his life. He loved them and theynurtured him emotionally and developmentally. Thank you x 1,000,000!!!!” –Susan, Madison
“Excellent services and the best therapist. The best – Thankyou!” – Kerriann, Madison
“Our therapist was very nice, reliable, and professional.Both my son and I enjoyed her very much!” – Coleen, North Branford
SARAH in Action describes all our facility based programs. Located in clean, modern, state of the art buildings, SARAH in Action programs are blended to offer a menu of choices: A typical day at SARAH in Action may involve working at a packaging or assembly job for one of our business partners, learning computer skills, attending cooking classes or delivering Meals on Wheels and similar volunteer projects. SARAH in Action programs are ideal for those who cannot or choose not to work full time, but want a variety of options and opportunities to learn new skills and to remain active in the communities in which they live.
Individuals and families in programs are surveyed forquality and effectiveness. As a nonprofit provider of state mandates services, SARAH Inc. is subject to the regulatory requirements and annual assessments of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
Currently, SARAH Tuxis supports persons with a wide range of abilities living in group homes, apartments and family homes in the shoreline towns of Connecticut between Stratford and Old Lyme.
Their mission is to build creative supports which allow children and adults with disabilities to be fully included and valued members of their community.
Individuals and families in programs are surveyed for quality and effectiveness. As a nonprofit provider of state mandates services, SARAH is subject to the regulatory requirements and annual assessments of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
Self Advocacy, Christopher's Perspective"We talk about issues and problems that effectsourselves and others. I try to make people feel comfortable. Help people be more aware of others views. Brainstorm as a community about how to help people advocate for themselves. SARAH Tuxis assists me with things I can't completely do for myself." Christopher
SARAH SENECA Residential Services, Inc. provides and facilitates quality residential options for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Individuals served by SARAH SENECA receive staff support according totheir needs. Serving the towns of Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison and Clinton, SARAH SENECA supports approximately 80 participants, has 140 employees, and an operating budget of $6.1million.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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