SARAH Foundation
246 Goose Lane, Suite 104
Guilford CT 06437-2186
Contact Information
Address 246 Goose Lane, Suite 104
Guilford, CT 06437-2186
Telephone (203) 453-6531 x
Fax 203-453-4526
E-mail denise@sarahfoundation.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

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.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
SARAH Endowment Foundation
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type III Supporting Organization-nonfunctionally integrated
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Denise Rose
Board Chair Connor Dolan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Guilford Savings Bank
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $600,000.00
Projected Expenses $300,000.00
Statements
Mission

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.

Background Founded in 1957 in Guilford, the SARAH family of agencies is dedicated to assisting children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities in their determination to achieve success as individuals, employees, and citizens. In its tradition of highly personalized services, the SARAH family of agencies shares a commitment to empower people with disabilities to: make life choices based upon their own interest and aspirations; achieve their personal best with dignity and respect; continue close relationships with family and friends and to share in the wholeness of community life.  Today, the SARAH Family of Agencies supports over 650 individuals and their families throughout Connecticut.
Impact
The SARAH Foundation raises funds on behalf of our three service agencies, SARAH Inc., SARAH Tuxis, and SARAH SENECA to enrich and enhance their programs for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities.  These programs provide opportunities for socialization and recreation for the individuals that we support including monthly social dances, Special Olympics participation, clubs, self-advocacy groups, family respite, camp experiences, sports, and music and arts programs along with family support. Unfortunately, no governmental agency (state or federal) provides ongoing funding for this type of programming.
The SARAH Foundation also provides long-range financial stability and support for the SARAH agency programs through the growth of the SARAH Endowment Fund.  The SARAH Endowment began in 1984 with an endowment gift made in memory of a long time volunteer, Ginger Calhoun.  Today, the SARAH Endowment provides annual distributions to SARAH Inc., SARAH SENECA, and SARAH Tuxis providing funds to support their programs and services.
Needs
SARAH needs funds to support programs and services that are not funded by the State of Connecticut.  These programs include recreation, social and leisure activities.
SARAH KIDSTEPS programs need funds to support family support and workshops for families with school-age children with intellectual and other disabilities.  These programs are not state-funded.
CEO Statement
It is the overwhelming generosity of our donors that is vital to the quality of life enjoyed by SARAH participants in every program and service.  We are so grateful to so many caring individuals and organizations.  You have made independence possible.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Residential Care & Adult Day Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services /
Areas Served
Shoreline
Branford
East Haven
Guilford
Madison
North Haven
Wallingford
Hamden
The SARAH Family of Agencies provide programs and services for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities throughout Greater New Haven and Southeastern Connecticut.
Programs
Description
KIDSTEPS is the Infant and Children’s division of SARAH, Inc. KIDSTEPS offers professional services to infants, toddlers and their families to help them reach their full potential. KIDSTEPS is comprised of two distinct programs: Birth to Three and the Family and Children’s Center.

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.

Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities / Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Children and Youth (0 - 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.

The mission of KIDSTEPS and Early Childhood Intervention
services 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. 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Individuals and families in programs are surveyed for
quality 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.

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

What Families Are Saying: 

“Not only did both of these women professionally help our
son, they became involved personally in his life. He loved them and they
nurtured him emotionally and developmentally. Thank you x 1,000,000!!!!” –
Susan, Madison

“Excellent services and the best therapist. The best – Thank
you!” – Kerriann, Madison

“Our therapist was very nice, reliable, and professional.
Both my son and I enjoyed her very much!” – Coleen, North Branford

Description SARAH Inc.'s Employment Services provides supports that empower individuals to enhance the quality of their lives through job experiences. Some people may need SARAH’s help in finding and keeping a job while others work together as team with the assistance of a job coach.  SARAH supported workers are employed in retail, manufacturing and service jobs throughout the community. Employers realize that hiring people with disabilities through SARAH, Inc.’s Employment Services is a profitable solution and a winning proposition for all – employers obtain a reliable work force while supported workers earn an income and build self-esteem.

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.

Population Served Adults / People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities / 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.
SARAH Inc continues to provide programs and services to enhance and enrich the lives of our participants.  We have recently opened additional sites to accommodate participants and families in other areas.
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.
SARAH adult participates will engage in day programs that enhance and enrich their lives including work, community involvement, volunteerism, recreation and leisure.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Individuals and families in programs are surveyed for
quality 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.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
SARAH Recycling program has provided additional jobs for our participants while helping the environment.
Description SARAH Tuxis Residential Services is a local Arc and a chapter member in both the Arc CT. and the Arc US.  They provide support to individuals with disabilities and their families, including residential, family support, futures planning, school inclusion, and advocacy 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.

Population Served Adults / People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities / 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.
Individuals with intellectual and other disabilities will live independent lives and enjoy relationship with friends and family.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

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. 



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

Self Advocacy, Christopher's Perspective

"We talk about issues and problems that effects
ourselves 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



Description SARAH SENECA Residential Services provides and facilitates quality residential options for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities. Individuals receive staff support according to their needs. SARAH SENECA not only provides residential supports but also can provide opportunities for stimulating day time community involvement. Individuals served by SARAH SENECA reside in the towns of Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, and Clinton.
Population Served Adults / People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities / 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.
Individuals with intellectual and other disabilities will live independently in appropriate living arrangements and enjoy relationships with friends and family.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

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. 



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

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 to
their 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.



Description SARAH, Inc.’s Recreation and Leisure Connections provides social, leisure and athletic opportunities for people with varying abilities and needs. We help make connections with local community groups and plan activities so that people of all abilities can fully participate. These include: Special Olympics training and competition, art classes, movies, theater and more!
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities / Adults / 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.
Individuals with disabilities will develop social skills and healthy life styles by participating in recreational activities.
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.
Individuals with intellectual and other disabilities will participate in recreation and leisure activities with friends, family and in the community.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

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. 



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

The Clinton Country Club Head Golf Professional conducted a
two hour skills clinic for the SARAH, Inc. golf team at Clinton Country Club. This was the second annual SARAH Golf Clinic conducted at Clinton Country Club. There were 8 SARAH athletes who made up the SARAH Special Olympics golf team who participated. This was an exciting and unique experience for the SARAH Golfers. 



CEO/Executive Director
Denise Rose
Term Start Oct 2007
Email denise@sarahfoundation.org
Experience
10 years experience at the SARAH Foundation as Special Events Coordinator and Director of Development.  Member of AFP.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Nancy Devine Kyger Jan 2004 - Sept 2007
Gary Parrington Jan 1992 - Dec 2003
Senior Staff
Title SARAH's Cupboard Manager
Title Development Officer
Title Development Associate
Board Chair
Connor Dolan
Company Affiliation Guilford Savings Bank
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Claudia Buzzi Parent
Traci Canavan Branford Hills Health Care Center
CJ Griffith Sullivan & Griffith
Holly Haringa LifeTime Care At Home
Gretchen Holthausen Old Saybrook Public Schools
Timothy Jensen Hinckley, Allen, Snyder LLP
Brian McGlone Town of Guilford Economic Development
Lisa Miksis Shore Publishing
James Miller Marcum, LLP
Alison Sommers Sommers & Associates
George Sullivan Guilford Funeral Home
Brian Walls Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 9
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $600,000.00
Projected Expenses $300,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
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
$774,319$278,749$462,628
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$92,454$71,108$37,981
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$240,244$250,498$238,793
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$366,192$406,427$515,744
Administration Expense$98,559$107,754$90,151
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.381.171.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%79%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,607,161$1,904,534$1,717,260
Current Assets$384,576$123,485$197,939
Long-Term Liabilities$14,312$17,400$7,757
Current Liabilities$1,572$1,513$1,745
Total Net Assets$2,591,277$1,885,621$1,707,758
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSARAHS Cupboard Thrift Shop $37,030The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $27,000Maxwell Lide Stanbeck Foundation $67,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCrippled Children's Aid Society $27,000Gabelli & Company, Inc. $25,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $32,875
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGuilford Education Association $18,049Alcoa Foundation $15,000The Cripple Children's Aid Society $27,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities244.6481.62113.43
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
The SARAH Foundation is the fundraising arm of the SARAH Family of Agencies.  Net Income is distributed to support current programs and services of the SARAH agencies and to grow the SARAH Endowment for the long term needs.
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 246 Goose Lane, Suite 104
Guilford, CT 064372186
Primary Phone 203 453-6531
CEO/Executive Director Denise Rose
Board Chair Connor Dolan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Guilford Savings Bank

 

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