Hope After Loss (Formerly known as Hygeia Foundation)
PO Box 3943
Woodbridge CT 06525
Contact Information
Address PO Box 3943
Woodbridge, CT 06525-
Telephone (203) 389-7399 x
Fax 203-389-7399
E-mail info@hopeafterloss.org
Web and Social Media
Footprints on Our Hearts Walk
Mission
Hope After Loss is a community of women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Through peer support, burial assistance, education, and awareness initiatives, we provide connections, comfort, and care to those who have experienced the loss of a baby.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1997
Former Names
Hygeia Foundation
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 Melissa Kish
Board Chair Helen L. Bartek
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Department of Transportation
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $88,600.00
Statements
Mission Hope After Loss is a community of women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Through peer support, burial assistance, education, and awareness initiatives, we provide connections, comfort, and care to those who have experienced the loss of a baby.
Background
Each year, approximately 3,000 women and men in the greater New Haven area experience the loss of a pregnancy or infant. These women and men feel some mixture of shock, sadness, confusion, and anger following their losses; in other words, they grieve.
 
Sadly, speaking openly about pregnancy and infant loss is still a deep taboo in our society, and family and friends may minimize the grief felt by the bereaved. Grieving women and men far too often hear, "There must have been something wrong with the baby," "It's for the best," or "You'll be happy as soon as you're pregnant again." When faced with this lack of understanding and support, bereaved parents often retreat into isolation. This isolation can have serious consequences: many studies have shown that those who make their way through the grief process alone, without enough social support, are much more likely to cope with their grief in unhealthy - even destructive - ways.
 
This is where Hope After Loss comes in. We are a community of women and men who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, and we are committed to helping others who have lost a baby. We walk with the bereaved, holding them up when they need someone to lean on. We work with medical professionals to ensure that they are able to provide necessary and appropriate support to bereaved families. And we provide burial assistance to low-income families in our community, to ensure that every baby who has passed away is laid to rest with dignity and respect.
 
Hope After Loss was founded in 1995 (as the Hygeia Foundation) by Michael R. Berman, M.D. For several years, we offered our services primarily online through message boards and other resources available on our website. In 2007, a group of parents who had suffered the loss of a baby joined our organization to formalize our support services and move them offline. We introduced a peer-led support group in New Haven and began providing one-on-one support via phone and e-mail. We have grown significantly since then. We now offer three programs: Bereavement Support of parents who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant; Burial Assistance, provided to low-income parents who have lost a baby but cannot afford the cost of a burial or cremation; and Outreach and Educational Programs for Professionals, to raise awareness of the effects of pregnancy and infant loss on families.
Impact
Hope After Loss provides free peer-to-peer bereavement support to women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant, helps to educate professionals about the effects of pregnancy and infant loss on families, and provides burial assistance to those in the greater New Haven area who have lost a baby but cannot afford the cost of a burial or cremation. We are the sole provider of these comprehensive services in southern Connecticut.
 
In 2014, we changed our name from the Hygeia Foundation to Hope After Loss. We feel our new name does a better job of capturing and conveying our purpose, and we are proud to move forward under our new name. 
 
Our organization is in a sustained period of growth. To ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our community as we grow, and to ensure that we move forward in a deliberate and thoughtful fashion, we embarked on a strategic planning process in 2013. The process involved all of our stakeholders - from bereaved women and men to medical providers, from volunteers to board and staff members, from collaborators to donors - and we developed a plan to guide our work from 2014 through 2016. 
 
Our main goal for the next year is to continue to implement our strategic plan, which focuses on five strategic priorities:
 
1) Program Development and Expansion: Expand the depth and breadth of programming for women and men in Connecticut who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant.
 
2) Public Awareness: Improve the community's awareness of our programs and of the impact of pregnancy and infant loss on families.
 
3) Volunteer Development: Strengthen our volunteer corps through recruitment, training, team-building, and recognition.
 
4) Board Development: Ensure high-quality governance throughout our future.
 
5) Fundraising: Support our programs through long-term financial planning. 
Needs
We are experiencing a sustained increase in the number of grieving women and men who are coming to us for help, and we are working hard to keep up with demand. To that end, we are focused on the following:
 
1. New support group meetings in new locations. As our operating budget is small, we rely on other organizations to donate space to us so we may provide our support groups. We are in need of additional donated spaces. We also always welcome additional peer volunteers to facilitate support group meetings, as the more peer facilitators we have, the more meetings we can hold.
 
2. Additional outreach efforts. Several of our services are relatively new, so many in the greater New Haven area are still unaware that our programs exist. Thus, sadly, many women and men who have lost a baby do not find us when they are most in need of our services. Increased community outreach will allow us to help many more grieving families. One of our goals for 2015 is to hire an Outreach Director to oversee these efforts.
 
3. Partnerships with other local organizations. There are several other organizations in Connecticut that do work related to ours. While we already work informally with many of them, formal partnerships will allow all of us to leverage our resources and help more people in need. 
CEO Statement
The mission of Hope After Loss is close to my heart: my first pregnancy ended when my daughter died during birth and my second ended when I miscarried another baby girl. Every year in the greater New Haven area, thousands of parents like me suffer the loss of a pregnancy or infant. As I know all too well, losing a baby can be tremendously isolating, and the burden of grieving while feeling alone can be too much to bear. The key to healthy grieving is support. Though making one's way through the grief process is difficult, with enough support, it is possible.
 
With this in mind, we at Hope After Loss work to ensure that no parents who have lost a baby feel that they must cope with their grief alone. Our peer bereavement support providers are here for bereaved women and men during one of the most difficult periods of their lives: to listen when they want to talk, to share our own experiences when they are feeling lost, and to hold them up when they feel they are about to fall. And because we have all mourned, we are unflinching in the face of grief. While others may shy away, we extend a hand.
 
We are heartened to see the positive impact of our peer bereavement support every day: when newly bereaved parents feel the relief of having found a safe space to talk about their emotions, when a mother and father who have become estranged since their loss find a way to talk to each other about their feelings, and when frightened - but hopeful - parents decide they feel ready to try to become pregnant again. We are honored to walk with so many women and men during their journeys through grief.
 
While we wish that none of us had a reason to be a member of the Hope After Loss community, we know that we, as bereaved women and men, have the power to help many other bereaved parents. We also believe in our power to impact society: together, we can raise awareness of the effects of pregnancy and infant loss on families. By doing so, we can improve the support bereaved families receive from everyone in their lives. And through our program of Burial Assistance, we can ensure that all families are able to say goodbye to their babies with dignity and respect.
 
We dream of the day when our organization becomes obsolete - when there are no more pregnancy or infant losses. Until that day, we are here to provide comfort and support to all women and men who, like us, grieve the loss of a baby.
Board Chair Statement
Hope After Loss, then the Hygeia Foundation, was founded in 1995 by Michael R. Berman, M.D., who, as an obstetrician, identified the need to support and console his patients at a most tragic and vulnerable time upon the death of their babies during pregnancy or in the neonatal period. Hope After Loss provides support services to men and women who are grieving the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Through peer-led bereavement support, burial assistance, education, and awareness initiatives, we provide connections, comfort, and care to those who have experienced the loss of a baby.
 
The origin and home of Hope After Loss is in the greater New Haven region, though services are now provided throughout southern Connecticut, including bereavement support groups in New Haven, Woodbridge, Guilford, and New Canaan. As the only organization in the area that provides peer-led bereavement support to those who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant, Hope After Loss is one-of-a-kind and uniquely well-positioned to exponentially impact those in our communities who have experienced such losses.
 
The Board of Directors of Hope After Loss, along with its founder and President Emeritus Dr. Berman, staff consisting of an Executive Director and a Program Director, and a dedicated team of volunteers, are working to expand our reach throughout Connecticut to assure our future as a mission-driven organization helping a population of families heretofore minimally recognized and supported.
 
The impact of pregnancy and infant loss is great, affecting women and men as parents, siblings, grandparents, extended families, and friends. Talking to one's health care provider and accessing the full range of physical and psycho-social support required is often a challenge. Although bereavement support is and has been available through branches of national organizations, the support is fractured and difficult to access. Families reaching out for support, or experiencing a recent loss, require support that is immediately accessible to them when they need it. Connecting with and receiving the support from peers, who have themselves experienced such a loss first-hand, is a crucial element to coping and healing.
 
Grief felt after pregnancy and infant loss is intense and complex, and adversely impacts physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and medical issues affecting the bereaved family. This powerful impact on so many lives has not been appropriately appreciated and recognized, perhaps because of the difficulty society as a whole has in discussing the issue of death - particularly when death so closely touches birth. Thus, it is a primary focus of Hope After Loss to improve the awareness of the impact of perinatal, neonatal, and infant loss on families, community, and society, and to provide comfort and support to those who have experienced these losses. We believe all individuals searching for solace should have access to these resources.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Support NEC
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
International
Our programs are focused on southern Connecticut, but bereaved parents from all areas of Connecticut attend our support groups and make use of our other services. In addition, women and men around the country and the world access our online support and resources.
Programs
Description Our Bereavement Support program provides free peer-to-peer bereavement support to women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Those served primarily live in southern Connecticut, though individuals travel to our support groups from across the state, and women and men worldwide access our online support and resources. Services provided include: five monthly peer-led bereavement support groups, one-on-one bereavement support, online support and resources (website, Facebook, Twitter), a bereavement resource lending library, an annual remembrance walk (Footprints on Our Hearts Walk), community events (including art projects, candle lighting remembrance ceremonies, and social gatherings), a quarterly newsletter, remembrance cards sent on the anniversaries of our families' losses, and baby blankets given to babies born following a loss.
Population Served Adults / /
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.
95% of those who access our bereavement support services report that they have found constructive ways to cope with their grief.
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.
Women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant are able to cope with their grief in constructive, rather than destructive, ways.
 
Studies have shown that those who receive peer support following the loss of a pregnancy or infant are much more likely to move through the grief process in a healthy way, without experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or drug and alcohol abuse, among other mental health problems that can be caused or exacerbated by grief. Thus, we are striving to ensure that all who grieve the loss of a baby receive the support they need to cope with their grief in a healthy way.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We evaluate the effectiveness of our Bereavement Support program through both quantitative and qualitative means. We track how many people make use of our various services and for how long, comparing numbers from quarter to quarter and year to year. Qualitative evaluation comes through both surveys and ongoing, one-on-one conversations with those who make use of our services. We seek to evaluate usefulness and effectiveness, and our staff, volunteers, and Board carefully consider all feedback we receive. We ask each individual who has made use of our services to evaluate how important our services have been in helping her/him navigate the grief process in a healthy way, and we ask open-ended questions about areas where we can improve. We also regularly ask our volunteer support providers to evaluate our services and to suggest improvements: as both bereaved parents and volunteers, our support providers have advocated for the inclusion of many of the services we offer today.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Based on the evaluations we have received, we are succeeding in helping the bereaved move through their grief in constructive ways. In our most recent surveys of those we serve, 100% of the respondents reported that our services have played an important role in helping them cope with their grief in a healthy way. They also all reported that they feel better equipped to cope with their grief because of our services.
 
Over the past few years, we have provided support to a couple who lost their son during the second trimester of pregnancy. They have reported that our meetings helped them to process their feelings and communicate with each other. They have also noted that meeting other couples who have lost babies helped them realize that their feelings of grief are normal. Now that they have found ways to effectively cope with their grief, they have gone through our training to become support providers themselves, so they may help others as they have been helped.
Description
To raise awareness of the impact pregnancy and infant loss can have on individuals and families, we provide outreach and educational programming to medical and other professionals who work with people who have experienced these types of losses. By fostering discussion between bereaved patients/clients and professionals - including dialogue about what grieving parents want and expect from their caregivers, and how professionals can best support their grieving patients/clients - we help professionals gain insight into the experiences of those who have lost a baby. With insight comes understanding, which improves the quality of support provided to bereaved patient/clients. Our programming is flexible: we provide everything from lectures to workshops, and we also consult and advise on questions relating to the patients' perspectives of pregnancy and infant loss.
Population Served Adults / /
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.
95% of professionals who participate in our educational programs report that they have gained insight into the effects of pregnancy and infant loss on women, men, and families, and they feel better prepared to help those who have experienced the loss of a baby.
 
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. Professionals who provide services to women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant are knowledgeable about the effects of pregnancy and infant loss on families and are equipped to assist and support those who are grieving. Women and men who grieve the loss of a baby feel that they are helpfully supported by those who provide care to them.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We monitor the usefulness of our various educational programs through surveys and follow-up conversations with the professionals who participate in our programs. We ask participants to rate the usefulness of the information provided to them, especially with regard to improving their understanding of how pregnancy and infant loss can impact women, men, and families. We also ask them to note the degree to which our programs have changed the way they plan on interacting with those who have suffered the loss of a baby. Finally, we track the number of distinct educational programs/services we provide each year and the number of professionals who participate in each of these programs.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
According to the feedback we have received, our programs are helping professionals understand pregnancy and infant loss from the perspective of patients/clients. The evaluations of our programming throughout the past year have been uniformly positive, with 100% of the respondents reporting that they would recommend our programming to their colleagues.
 
After one such program, a participant thanked us for our "beautiful presentation" and reported that she was eager to incorporate our suggestions into her practice. After another program - a roundtable discussion with several researchers - we received a letter which read, in part: "We all appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from someone with personal experience and broad understanding of families' responses to perinatal loss. I think everyone who attended the meeting feels better prepared to communicate with grieving families." 
Description
Our Burial Assistance program assists low-income women and men in Connecticut who cannot afford a burial or cremation following the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Bereaved parents are referred to us by social workers at local hospitals, though the majority of our referrals come through Yale-New Haven Hospital. We send our financial assistance directly to the funeral homes; it is immediately applied to the cost of the burial or cremation. 
 
Rituals such as cremations, burials, and funerals are an important part of the grieving process. Without these rituals, negative grief reactions can be significantly exacerbated. Unfortunately, for many low-income families in our region, the cost of a cremation, burial, and/or funeral is prohibitive: the average burial or cremation in the state of Connecticut costs $1,400-$1,600, while the average funeral costs nearly $7,000.
Population Served Adults / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent /
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.
At least twenty bereaved families per year in our region are able to have a cremation, burial, and/or funeral that they might not otherwise be able to have due to cost.
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. Parents who suffer the loss of a pregnancy or infant are able to bury or cremate the remains of their baby or babies - and hold a funeral service, if desired - without regard for their own ability to pay for these services.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Yearly success is measured by the number of women and men to whom we are able to provide financial assistance each year. Employees of several local funeral homes, as well as social workers at local hospitals, also provide feedback as to the impact of the amount of financial assistance we are able to provide to each family.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
For the past three years, we are proud to say that we have been able to provide burial assistance to all low-income bereaved parents in the greater New Haven area who have requested our assistance.
 
After assisting one bereaved mother, we received a moving letter from the director of the funeral home she had chosen, describing how the mother and her boyfriend were "encouraged and uplifted" by our help. Without our assistance, the funeral this couple desired to have to honor their son might never have happened.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
In 2013, we were able to bring on board a Program Director to work with our Executive Director. The hiring of our Program Director is in line with our goal of sustaining and expanding all of our programming over the next few years, with a special focus on the under-served populations in New Haven and the surrounding communities. While pregnancy loss and infant death are tragedies that affect all segments of society, we feel strongly that we need to make a concerted effort to reach out to those who are disproportionately affected by these types of losses, which includes historically under-served populations. Bringing our services to new populations will involve all of our programs, from starting support groups in new locations to providing burial assistance to more families, to partnering with health care providers, social workers, the clergy, and community organizations. We know - through conversations with various organizations, professionals, and bereaved parents - that our services are wanted across our region, and now that we have a Program Director to oversee our efforts, we are working to expand our services to all locations where they are desired.
 
Note: as we do not budget by program, we have left the above budget fields blank.
CEO/Executive Director
Melissa Kish
Term Start Nov 2014
Email melissak@hopeafterloss.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 43
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
We work with all of the hospitals in the region, though we work especially closely with Yale-New Haven Hospital. We are in close contact with the Coordinators of the Perinatal Bereavement Programs of the Labor and Birth Units on both of the hospital's campuses. These Coordinators oversee the care provided to women who lose a baby before, during, or just after birth. We also work with the Bereavement Coordinators of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), who oversee the Premature Life Transitions Program. This program focuses on the end-of-life care provided to families whose infants die in the NICU. The Yale Maternal-Fetal Medicine practice, which works with women experiencing high-risk pregnancies, and many other local OB/GYN practices also regularly refer their patients to us.
 
In addition, we collaborate with the Women and Family Life Center (WFLC) in Guilford. We hold a monthly Pregnancy and Infant Loss support group meeting at the WFLC, and we work together to promote awareness of our cause and our services along the Shoreline.
Comments
CEO Comments
At the beginning of 2014, we adopted a strategic plan to guide our growth through the end of 2016. Our five strategic priorities, as outlined in our plan, are:
 
1) Program Development and Expansion: Expand the depth and breadth of our programming for women and men in Connecticut who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant. 
 
2) Public Awareness: Improve the community's awareness of our programs and of the impact of pregnancy and infant loss on families.
 
3) Volunteer Development: Strengthen our volunteer corps through recruitment, training, team-building, and recognition.
 
4) Board Development: Ensure high-quality governance throughout our future.
 
5) Fundraising: Support our programs through long-term financial planning. 
 
We are proud to report that all of our stakeholder groups participated in the development of our strategic plan, and we have already begun to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. We all believe that the implementation of our strategic plan will bring us closer to achieving our overarching goal of ensuring that no one who has lost a baby must grieve alone.
Board Chair
Helen L. Bartek
Company Affiliation Connecticut Department of Transportation
Term May 2014 to May 2015
Email helenbartek@att.net
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Keri Arpino Wildtree
Kathleen Brady RNYale-New Haven Hospital
Stephanie Byrd North Branford High School
Claudia Esposito Cool-ology
Gillian Eversman Hygeia Foundation
Myisha Giddings WESCO
Brooke Hopkins MSWNorthern Middlesex YMCA
Steven Jacob DOMHealth Options, Center for Wellness
Emma Ludwin KNB Communications
Christina Martin RNInovalon
Angela M. Montgomery MDYale-New Haven Hospital
Kimberly Nelly Monroe Public Schools
Brittany Soderholm UCONN Health
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Finance
Personnel
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $88,600.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$31,417$17,501$43,238
Administration Expense$34,958$19,195$5,120
Fundraising Expense--$3,262$3,987
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.261.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses47%44%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%6%4%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$73,858$53,452$43,167
Current Assets$69,488$47,702$43,167
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$73,858$53,452$43,167
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $10,000CIGNA Foundation $400The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $35,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGreenskies Renewable Energy $2,500Guilford Savings Bank $250 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - CCAT $1,500Pfizer Foundation $125 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
We have changed our fiscal year from November 1 - October 31 to July 1 - June 30. To make this change possible, we recently completed a short fiscal year that was only eight months long: from November 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Our expenses for the short fiscal year were higher than our income because this eight-month period did not include our largest annual fundraiser - our Footprints on Our Hearts Walk - which occurs in October every year. Fortunately, we ended the 2012-2013 fiscal year with a surplus large enough to cover the deficit for the short fiscal year, so the deficit has had no ill effects on our fiscal health. We will upload our 990-EZ for the short fiscal year once it is completed.
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 PO Box 3943
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Primary Phone 203 389-7399
Contact Email info@hopeafterloss.org
CEO/Executive Director Melissa Kish
Board Chair Helen L. Bartek
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connecticut Department of Transportation

 

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