Sisters Journey
PO Box 6267
Hamden CT 06517
Contact Information
Address PO Box 6267
Hamden, CT 06517-
Telephone (203) 288-3556 x
Web and Social Media
Celebrating Survivorship
Sisters’ Journey will use our collective energies and join forces with others to heal women physically and spiritually.  Advocating early detection and good treatment of breast cancer is our key focus.
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Sisters' Journey will celebrate it's 20th Anniversary in 2019. We will honor all the breast cancer survivors who have been featured in our calendars for the past 20 years by publishing a commemorative 20th Anniversary book. It will include the pictures and courageous cancer Journeys of over 200 women, in hopes of inspiring and encouraging women to take advantage of life saving early detection screenings. The cost of a project like this including the printing could be well over $10K. The impact of such a publication would be priceless. Statistically, African American women die from breast cancer at a greater rate then any other ethnic group. This group of women very often are diagnosed younger, at later stages and with more aggressive forms of cancer which are more difficult to treat. This book will educate, empower and encourage women to be advocates of their own bodies.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date 27 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Dawn White-Bracey
Board Chair Mrs. Dawn White-Bracey
Board Chair Company Affiliation volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission Sisters’ Journey will use our collective energies and join forces with others to heal women physically and spiritually.  Advocating early detection and good treatment of breast cancer is our key focus.
Background Since its inception in 1999, the Sisters’ Journey organization has given support to hundreds of women and their families during and through the trials and tribulations of breast cancer and the devastation it can cause. Sisters’ Journey has been a strong and active voice promoting and educating the community about the importance of early detection, being proactive about treatment, new information, and services available.
Impact In the past year, we were granted the opportunity in an interview to share our message on a New York TV News program which broadcasts to over 200,000 viewers in the tristate area. We also reached out to the listeners of a local radio station highlighting the Survivor of the Month and extended an opportunity for listening survivors to be featured in a future calendar and receive the services we provide through our support group. We again hosted the annual Pink Tea to 500+ guests.
Breast Cancer survivors shared their stories of hope, at a women's shelter.
This year we are looking to expand and create a greater presence in other cities and towns throughout Connecticut. The Annual Pink Tea will be at a larger venue. We want to update the information on the past two-hundred plus survivors who have appeared in our Calendars in preparation for a 20th Anniversary Commemorative book.
Needs 1. In need of  courageous breast cancer survivors to share their stories of hope, in future calendars.
2.We are in need of funding for 20th anniversary commemorative Sisters' Journey's breast cancer survivors book.
3.We are in need of funding for part time staff.
4. Need a system developed to keep in touch with past calendar participates.
5. Need outreach opportunities to create awareness in the community of the health disparities that exist and to promote early detection e.g. beauty shops, churches, schools, health fairs, and social organizations.
Board Chair Statement Recently the US Preventative Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommended that women wait until the age of 45-50 to get their first mammogram. These recommendations do not work for women at higher than average risk for breast cancer. In spite of what has been recommended, I would hope that we, as a community will continue to move forward with our early detection practices which best work for us as individuals. However, I should mention that these recommendations will make our advocacy work even more crucial.
·       Statistically African American woman are more likely to die from breast cancer, than women of other ethnic groups.
·       African American woman under the age of 40 have twice the rate of being diagnosed with the triple negative form of breast cancer than other ethnic groups.  Triple negative is a very aggressive type and difficult to treat.
·        African American woman currently have a 35% higher incidence of breast cancer before the age of 50 than the general population.
It is from these troubling statistics that the creation of our calendar is so critical in telling individual stories of hope by survivors of breast cancer. The survivors in Sisters’ Journey remind us that no two journeys are ever the same, and that whenever we get comfortable with which symptoms to look for in identifying a possible symptom of breast cancer, we can’t get complacent.  Simply put, we as women should feel empowered to be “advocates of our own bodies."
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Areas Served
State wide
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
We meet every third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm at St. Luke’s Church in New Haven. And we have women of color, breast cancer survivors featured from throughout Connecticut, many parts of the USA and other countries.
Description The Pink Tea is the organization's signature event.  It is held annually in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This year will be the 19th Pink Tea and we are expecting over 650 attendees consisting of survivors, relatives and friends.  It is a time of community support for survivors, recognition support for survivors, awareness, and education about early detection and prevention of breast cancer.  Each year the organization produces a calendar which is unveiled during the Pink Tea. The Calendar features a different survivor each month with a personal account of her journey with breast cancer.
Population Served Blacks, African Heritage / Females / Minorities
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
1. During one of our Family and Friends health events, one of the attendees mentioned that she had come because she had turned 40 and she knew she should have a mammogram but she was scared.  After a lengthy discussion with her, she finally said ok, "I'm going to make an appointment to have it done."  We checked on her periodically to see how it turned out only to hear she had put it off yet again.  Finally, two years later she came running up to me and said, "I did it!  I went for my first mammogram, and it wasn't bad at all.  Thank you for your encouragement and not giving up on me."
2. We recently initiated a radio spot that announced "The Survivor of the Month" featured in our Calendar.  We include a breast health tip, announce our next event and encouraged listeners to call if they have questions about breast cancer or if they are a survivor who would like to be in a future calendar.  When we received a call from a survivor because she had heard it on the radio, we knew then, that initiative was working. 
Description The Mother Daughter Scholarship Brunch is our event where families are encouraged to share their health history amongst the generations as well as promote self-advocacy to women under 40, the age, which is recommended for your baseline mammograms
Population Served Females / Blacks, African Heritage / Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Description One of the organization’s greatest contributions in the support of women with breast cancer is the Sisters’ Journey Annual Calendar. This is a twelve month calendar that highlights the faces and stories of struggles to triumphs of breast cancer survivors. The calendar proves to be a tangible means of encouragement, support and vision to all that might be facing the challenge of the fight against breast cancer. Each page of the calendar is graced with women that are winners and warriors in their personal journey with cancer.
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Dawn White-Bracey
Term Start Aug 2008
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Board Chair
Mrs. Dawn White-Bracey
Company Affiliation volunteer
Term Jan 2008 to Jan 2020
Board of Directors
Mrs. Darlene Castillio Community Volunteer - Board Secretary
Ms. Eileen Esdaile Community Volunteer
Ms. Dimitria Ford Community Volunteer - Media Coordinator
Ms. Tracey Ganues Community Volunteer
Ms. Linda MacLaughlin Community Volunteer - Board Treasurer
Ms. Kathy Matthews-Barbour Community Volunteer
Ms Barbara Nelson Community Volunteer
Ms. Jacqueline Randolph Community Volunteer - Calendar Coordinator
Ms. Melodie Thigpen Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
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
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $23,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
IRS Letter of Exemption
Determination letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$35,256$29,028$31,572
Current Assets$26,234$20,006$31,752
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$7$447
Total Net Assets$35,256$29,021$31,125
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 6267
Hamden, CT 06517
Primary Phone 203 288-3556
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Dawn White-Bracey
Board Chair Mrs. Dawn White-Bracey
Board Chair Company Affiliation volunteer


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