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
West Haven Community House
Mission

Mission Statement
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. 

Vision Statement
The West Haven Community House will be a premiere social service agency valued for our professional services, our leadership, and our positive impact in the community.

Background
For more than seven decades, 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.

The West Haven Community House has become a leader in identifying, collaborating and implementing services that meet the changing needs of the City of West Haven; its diverse families, educational structure and socio-economic challenges.

We were responsible for establishing West Haven’s:

  • first and only Head Start program
  • first licensed before and after school child care center
  • first residential living and vocational training facilities for adults with intellectual disabilities.

 
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.

The Community House has come a long way since its founding in 1941. We are working harder than ever to focus on and enhance what we do best – provide care, protection and enrichment to children, families and adults with intellectual disabilities – and how to do it most effectively and efficiently. 

In today’s political and social climate, along with severe reductions in government and corporate funding, we find it more and more challenging to continue to provide the level of service that so many working families depend on each day.

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 our friends, board members and community partners to connect with the greater West Haven community.

A Night At The Races (NAR) - May 24, 2019
This entertaining evening of video horse racing, raffles, silent auction, door prizes and much more. Tickets are $40 per person, and includes beer, wine, soda and coffee. Cash bar is available for mixed drinks. Guests bring their own snack, and there are many raffle and silent auction items. Sponsorship opportunities include ads for the program book.

Rock & Stroll - September 21, 2019
This family-friendly, action-packed event features a 2-mile walk along the historic Savin Rock boardwalk followed by a music festival featuring up to 8 bands, food and raffles. Walker fee is $25 and all walkers are encouraged to raise funds for their team. Sponsorship opportunities include signage and vendor tables.

Corporate Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Our sponsorship package offers an 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 compassionate community leader, and,
  • build brand awareness and show your company's philanthropic support

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 Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo displayed at the NAR

Company-provided banner at both events
Center fold ad in the NAR program book
Verbal recognition at both events
A table at the NAR event
Complimentary 10-member Fun Walk Team including t-shirts

 
Gold Sponsor - $2,000
Gold Sponsor listing:

  • on our website
  • in our Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo displayed at the NAR 

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

 
Silver Sponsor - $1,500

Silver Sponsor listing:

  • on our website
  • in our Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo displayed on slide show at the NAR

 

Company-provided banner at both events
Half page ad in the NAR program book
Verbal recognition at both events
2 tickets to the NAR event
Complimentary 4-member Fun Walk Team including t-shirts

 
Bronze Sponsor - $1,000
Bronze Sponsor listing:

  • on our website
  • in our Annual Report
  • on materials and ads for both events
  • with logo displayed on slide show at the NAR

 

Company-provided banner at both events
Half page ad in the 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 Dec 31 2019
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1941
Former Names
Group Work Council of West Haven
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 Ms. Patricia Stevens
Board Chair William Heffernan Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation West Haven Fire Dept.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Mission Statement
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. 

Vision Statement
The West Haven Community House will be a premiere social service agency valued for our professional services, our leadership, and our positive impact in the community.

Background
For more than seven decades, 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.

The West Haven Community House has become a leader in identifying, collaborating and implementing services that meet the changing needs of the City of West Haven; its diverse families, educational structure and socio-economic challenges.

We were responsible for establishing West Haven’s:

  • first and only Head Start program
  • first licensed before and after school child care center
  • first residential living and vocational training facilities for adults with intellectual disabilities.

 
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 more than seven decades later, tens of thousands of West Haven children and families, as well as adults with intellectual 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 78 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.


 
Impact

HEAD START celebrated 40 years of service to West Haven’s preschool children and their families. We provided school readiness services to more than 150 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. We successfully transitioned 100 four year olds into kindergarten. Our playgrounds were upgraded and improved through the generosity of the Lowe’s Hero’s project and the Alexion employees Day of Caring.

CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVICES served over 200 children in our before and after school child care program. We were grateful to be the recipient of a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Education to expand our afterschool programming to include STEAM activities. The grant also provided 15 scholarships to children in need of extra tutoring, providing them with a 5 day a week after school program packed with new opportunities in science, technology, education, the arts and math.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS has seen considerable growth in the last few years. Our Residential program now serves 22 individuals, 18 with continuous residential services and 4 with individual home supports. Our Day service served 90 individuals with intellectual abilities with opportunities for skill building, community exposure, career exploration and other daily living activities. Our transitional academy, “The Avenues” ended our second year providing services to 6 students, 18 to 21 years old, in partnership with the public schools where we focused on career exploration and independent living skills. A highlight of the summer was the Day of Caring produced by Alexion volunteers who worked alongside of our clients creating crafts, taking photos in a photo booth and while enjoying many other entertaining events.

Needs

The ever changing financial climate and the increasing diversity of our community has resulted in a need for WHCH Board of Directors (BOD) to be proactive in strategic 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. Towards that end, the BOD is reviewing a succession plan for leadership staff and the financial development and management plan 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've had limited success from appeals to corporations, foundations and others outside of our general service area.

For long term stability, we are also endeavoring to build our Endowment Fund (EF) which provides long-term financial security. It consists of charitable contributions made to the EF, as well as funds designated by our BOD. 

The Endowment principal can never be touched, ensuring that it will support our activities for generations to come. The EF is professionally managed by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and is reported back to the Endowment Committee appointed by the WHCH BOD. Named funds can be established with a minimum contribution/pledge of $5,000. Gifts may also be made, or a named fund established, through one’s will. Contributions can be made in honor of a loved one’s birthday, anniversary or passing, etc. using our gift acknowledgement cards.

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 intellectual disabilities.

The regional Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce (WHEAT) 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, as well as, instrumental with local school readiness providers, local businessman Andy Eder, and Diane Frankenstein, author of “Reading Together,” to bring Ms. Frankenstein to the region to provide valuable insight to educators and parents.

We continue our leadership in these areas today, we have partnered with Teach Kids Music (TKM), a local nonprofit, to bring music education to more children and young adults through basic rhythm and music classes for our Head Start program; ukulele lessons for children in our afterschool programs and Open Mics for middle school and high school aspiring musicians. We collaborated with TKM and Rock House Music to produce our first “Rock & Stroll” fun walk and music festival, showcasing local talent and helping to raise funds to support our joint programs.

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 2020, 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.


Our Head Start program has been a strong provider of comprehensive school readiness services for 40 years. We serve more than 144 three and four year old children and their families each year, sending anywhere from 75 to 100 children into the public school setting prepared and ready to learn. Over our long history we have helped more than 5,000 preschoolers have a head start on a successful school experience.

Our before and after school Child Care program continues to help working parents meet the challenges of arranging for care for their children before and/or after school hours. We serve 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.

Our Community Connections component, serving adults with intellectual disabilities in residential and day programs is an excellent example of how our continuum of programs for adults with intellectual disabilities has helped individuals become valued members of the community as they age in place. 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. 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.

Bill Heffernan, 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 intellectual 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 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, affordable, constructive place for children while their parents work or attend school, and is designed to accommodate the different stages of development. We offer 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.

We collaborate with the West Haven public schools and consult with classroom teachers on a regular basis. A mix of individual and group activities foster the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the children. We provide a variety of interactive activities including Literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) projects that support the school's curriculum. We offer fun, hands-on experimental learning activities that focus on the development of the whole child including social emotional, physical and intellectual development.

Other 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.

CYS Summer Learning Program:

The Summer Program offers a 7 week journey of discovery, fun learning experiences and friendship for children in grades K through 6. Four days a week the children are provided the opportunity to explore a rich variety of nature, cultural, historic, engineering, technological and scientific venues based on weekly themes. The other day, the children are engaged in themed appropriate arts and craft projects, science experiments, sports activities and other activities reflecting on what they learned that week on their field trips.

 

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.

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.


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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.

In partnership with local universities through their President’s Public Service Fellowship Program, we utilize highly qualified college interns including students from Southern CT State University, the University of New Haven, and Quinnipiac University who work alongside our teachers in our after school program. We have found that the college interns are age-appropriate engaged to the needs of our children.

The introduction of ukulele lessons, in collaboration with Rock House School of Music, has been particularly successful and well received by both the children and 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 7am to 6pm, 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

Head Start program facilitates school readiness for 144 preschool children ages 3 to 5 from income eligible families. 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.

Head Start supports children's growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services including:

Early Learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.

Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.

Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development. Head Start programming is responsive to the ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage of each child and family.

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 2018, 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 program 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 five components to our Community Connections Program;

1. Day Service Option (DSO) for adults ages 21 and above. Provides positive social interaction and enrichment for adults who do not participate in employment programs.

2. Individualized Day (ID) for adults ages 21 and above. This program provides services that are tailored for adults who do not attend a day program, but would like a program built to their personal needs that achieve community inclusion, recreational enjoyment and skill building. Services are provided in the individual’s home, nursing facility or out in the community.

3. The Avenues Program is a transitional program for 18-21-year-old students with intellectual disabilities who have completed their academic credits and are now working on life skills. This program, which is funded through the West Haven Board of Education, started in the Fall of 2016.

4. 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 the aging population.

5. Residential Services Program provides supportive housing, community integration and personal support for adults with intellectual disabilities who are 21 years old and above. This program 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. Support ranges from help with hygiene, nutrition and other tasks of daily living to assistance with more advanced skills, such as budgeting and social interaction.

Residents are encouraged to set individual goals and engage in recreational and social activities including trips and vacations. All of our residents attend a day service program or are employed in the community.

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 2017-18 agency fiscal year, there were 90 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 and remains, 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. We 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 Rock & Stroll. 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 92
Number of Part Time Staff 59
Number of Volunteers 125
Staff Retention Rate 65%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 64
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 56
Hispanic/Latino 24
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 35
Female 124
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Peter SchwartzJan 1970 - June 2005
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Executive Director Finance
Title Assistant Executive Director, Programs
Experience/Biography -=
Title Director of Marketing & Special Events
Title Directof of Head Start
Title Director of Disability Services
Title Director of School Age Programs
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

Access HealthCare
City of West Haven Health Department
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
CT After School Network
CT Dept. of Children & Families
CT Dept. of Development Services
CT Dept. of Education
CT Dept. of Social Services
CT Office of Early Childhood
Quinnipiac University
Rock House School of Music
Southern CT State University
United Way of Greater New Haven
University of New Haven
US Dept of Housing & Urban Development
US Dept. of Agriculture
US Dept. of Health & Human Services
West Haven Board of Education
West Haven Chamber of Commerce
West Haven Early Childhood Council
West Haven Family Resource Center
West Haven Interagency Network for Children
West Haven School Readiness Council

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. 
 
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
William Heffernan Jr.
Company Affiliation West Haven Fire Dept.
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Jay BrennanCommunity Volunteer
Richard BrunoRetired consultant
Heatherly CarlsonYale University
Barry L CohenLaunch Communications, LLC
Mark J. DeGennaroDonahue Votto & Degennaro PC
Katie FarrellState of CT Public Defender Services
Mark A. HealeyAttorney at Law
William Heffernan IIIWest Haven Fire Dept.
Grace HendricksRetired
Stacey HurleyAware Recovery Care
Audrey L JeffersonWest Haven Police Department
Elizabeth JohnstonCity of New Haven Board of Education
William C. LangRetired teacher
John LewisIndependent Consultant
Thomas McCarthyCity of West Haven Public Works Dept
Mary Jane MorrisseyRetired
Edward M. O'BrienUtility Communications
Pamela L. O'NeillNortheast Student Cunsulting
John F. OnofrioKircaldie, Randall & McNab, LLC
Carole PortoRetired from State of CT DCF
Kenneth PriscoRetired West Haven Fire Dept
Ronald M. QuaglianiUniversity of New Haven
Nancy RossiCity of West Haven Mayor
Gene SullivanLeslie's Jewelers
Gayle S TagliatelaUniversity of New Haven
Michael T. TaylorCT Department of Children & Families
James F TurcioCity of West Haven Board of Education
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 12
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
Directors and Officers Policy
Business Income
Board Co-Chair
Term July to June
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Endowment
Building
Nominating
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
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 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,

Bill Heffernan
Board President

 

 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30 2019
Projected Revenue $7,021,832.00
Projected Expenses $6,775,982.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
2017 Annual Report2017View
2016 Annual Report2016View
2015 Annual Report2015View
2014 Annual Report2014View
2013 Annual Report2013View
2012 Annual Report2012View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$3,316,218$3,292,457$334,463
Current Assets$526,741$481,786$530,786
Long-Term Liabilities$618,861$875,284$935,449
Current Liabilities$659,170$430,682$391,745
Total Net Assets$2,038,181$1,986,491$2,007,269
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CT Dept. of Dev. Services $3,440,519CT Dept. of Dev. Services $3,273,476
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --US Health & Human Services $1,301,273US Health & Human Services $1,294,605
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CT State Dept. of Ed. $411,104CT State Dept. of Ed. $338,898
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

Our fiscal year 2018-2019 began on July 1, 2018, 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 2018 meeting, our Board of Directors approved our 2018-2019 full agency budget projecting full year income of $7.755 million, versus projected expenses of $7.755 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 2018-19 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 and continues to be of concern as well as other potential new expenses for the agency and staff, i.e tolls and new taxes.

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. 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 227 Elm St
West Haven, CT 065164635
Primary Phone 203 934-5221
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Patricia Stevens
Board Chair William Heffernan Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation West Haven Fire Dept.

 

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