Yoga4Change
415 Brooksvale Ave
Hamden CT 06518
Contact Information
Address 415 Brooksvale Ave
Hamden, CT 06518-
Telephone (203) 415-3271 x
Fax 203-415-3271
E-mail Chaucey@yoga4change.org
Web and Social Media
Y4C Senior Yogis of the New Haven Yoga Community
Mindful Outdoor Experiences - learn and connect
Community Yoga for 12 Step Recovery meetings and Yoga4Recovery in the Clinical Setting
Mission

Our Mission:     Cultivating resilience and life success through the health and wellness benefits of mindfulness and yoga.

Our Core Beliefs:

• Health and well‐being are the cornerstones of empowered living and the effective pursuit of happiness.

• Mind/body practices promote health and well-being and prevent practitioners from being trapped behind barriers such as toxic stress, disabilities, the challenges of aging, and traumatic experiences.

• Individual well-being is the building block of healthy, vibrant families and communities.

• Empowerment requires direct transmission of knowledge and practices, providing the opportunity for self‐selection and ownership of the tools best suited to each individual.

Our Vision:  Increasing health and wellness in all communities by:

• Expanding access to high‐quality, mindfulness‐based yoga instruction.

• Expanding awareness of the benefits and value of mindfulness‐based yoga practices.

• Creating a diverse and highly‐qualified yoga teacher pool to provide yoga instruction that is specialized, accessible and culturally relevant to ALL.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2014
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
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Chaucey Perreault MS, RYT500, C-IAYT, RSS
Board Chair Mr. David Radcliffe MPA
Board Chair Company Affiliation Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Our Mission:     Cultivating resilience and life success through the health and wellness benefits of mindfulness and yoga.

Our Core Beliefs:

• Health and well‐being are the cornerstones of empowered living and the effective pursuit of happiness.

• Mind/body practices promote health and well-being and prevent practitioners from being trapped behind barriers such as toxic stress, disabilities, the challenges of aging, and traumatic experiences.

• Individual well-being is the building block of healthy, vibrant families and communities.

• Empowerment requires direct transmission of knowledge and practices, providing the opportunity for self‐selection and ownership of the tools best suited to each individual.

Our Vision:  Increasing health and wellness in all communities by:

• Expanding access to high‐quality, mindfulness‐based yoga instruction.

• Expanding awareness of the benefits and value of mindfulness‐based yoga practices.

• Creating a diverse and highly‐qualified yoga teacher pool to provide yoga instruction that is specialized, accessible and culturally relevant to ALL.

Background

Yoga4Change was founded in 2014 by Connecticut native, Chaucey Perreault, MS Ed, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500), Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and Recovery Support Specialist (RSS).   After years of personal struggles with ADHD and addiction, Chaucey built a life as a successful classroom teacher in a mindfulness-based special education environment serving students that learn differently.  She served her students for a decade, before a series of unrelated life events trigged unresolved symptoms of post traumatic stress (PTSD).  She hung up her chalk, got help, and got serious about the yoga practice she credits for her healing.  In the years since, she's completed yoga teacher training, studied trauma's effects on individuals and communities, become a certified Recovery Support Specialist, and became a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).  She credits her unique combination of personal and professional experiences with helping bring Yoga4Change to life, and good fortune with connecting her with the team that fuels our mission today.

During its first two years, Yoga4Change (Y4C) operated under the fiscal umbrella of Meriden’s Women and Families Center (WFC), allowing the organization to focus attention on the development of our programs mission, vision and core beliefs. Y4C also benefited from the WFC’s fiscal expertise, learning valuable lessons in nonprofit management and fiscal responsibility that have been incorporated into program operations. In July of 2016, Yoga4Change received its 501c3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service and transitioned to independent operation. 
 
In the years since, we have grown and evolved.  We've learned to listen to our partners and participants for guidance on where and how we serve best.  We've brought culturally relevant, mindfulness-based programs to thousands of yogis in central Connecticut, and we've learned alongside every one of them. 
 
In 2020, we will continued to learn, serve, and thrive as a team of yogis that are dedicated to making yoga accessible, impactful and from the heart. 
 
Impact

Service Impacts:  During our most recent fiscal year, Y4C served over 1,225 students in Central CT.   

  • Y4C adult yogis experienced gains in resilience.   Our students averaged gains of 23 percentage points on the Measure of Current Status Scale (MOCS).  This research-validated tools measures resilience by measuring gains in self awareness, the ability to relax, and coping confidence.
  • Y4C Senior Yogis also experienced gains in mobility.   Y4C Senior Yogis averaged gains of 19% on the Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale.  This research-validated tool assesses balance and mobility confidence on daily tasks.
 
Financial Accomplishments:
  • We enter 2020 with a diversified funding stream that includes grants, fee-for-service contracts (60% of our budget), and fundraising revenue through service ventures that will help balance our budget into the future.  
  • Fundraising ventures include our new Karma Collection (new in 2019), which partners with local yoga studios to recycle gently used clothing and yoga gear for consignment.  This venture is part fundraiser, part outreach to like-minded yogis, and part give back - allowing us to donate yoga clothing to community yogis that lack access to functional yoga attire.
  • We have entered Phase I of an evidence-based curriculum design study that will allow us to better serve community seniors AND develop an earned income stream through yoga teacher trainings.  This long-term plan has great promise for earning revenue to support our senior yoga programs.
 
Curriculum Development Study
  • Through a generous grant from the Tuft's Healthplan Foundation, Yoga4Change has begun a 2020 Phase I study to develop an evidence-based senior yoga curriculum that will incorporate more of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness so vital to health and wellness.  
 
Peer2Peer Yoga Teacher Trainings
In January of 2020,  Yoga4Change convened our first Peer2Peer Yoga Teacher Training. Long term, our P2P program will:
  • Provide meaningful, student-centered learning opportunities on varied topics relevant to yogis teaching in our communities.  Our first offering focused on making Yoga accessible and impactful in a Recovery setting.  Other planned topics will include: chair yoga for seniors, diversity and cultural appropriation in yoga, legal topics, and others.
  • Help develop a highly-qualified yoga teacher pool in accordance with our mission and vision.
  • Provide training opportunities outside the power dynamics of traditional yoga teacher trainings to ensure a truly dynamic experience where all feel heard, seen, and part of the dialogue.
 
Needs
What was once an experiment has become a unique and valuable program.  As we enter 2020, it is clear that program will benefit from full time staff to guide further growth and development.  We are half way to funding a modest, full-time salary for our Executive Director.  We currently fund this position at $24,000 annually (including billed instructional hours each week).  We recognize that we need to double that salary in the coming years if we wish to shepherd the organization forward with an executive with our ED's unique qualifications.  Donors, entrepreneurs, and investors - we're looking for you.
 
We also need energy.  We believe strongly that everyone involved in our program - from students to strategic planners - should gain from their time with us.  We seek to serve and learn together, and we value partnerships with any individual and/or organization that values that energetic exchange.  If that's you - whether you have time, materials or ideas...please reach out to us at Connect@yoga4change.org
CEO Statement

One of the things I love most about our organization is that we take learning just as seriously as serving. With each year of operation, we’ve learned and grown from our experience in the community. The knowledge gained from our work with participants, partners, and supporters informs our direction, even as our core beliefs keep us true to our values.

In 2020, we’ve got a great team of professionals dedicated to making yoga accessible, impactful and from the heart.

We’ve learned that accessibility is about more than props and chairs, that it also involves removing the real, but often invisible barriers to belonging. Our programs are provided free to every participant and delivered at partner agencies providing safe spaces in the community. Y4C yogis are encouraged to “come as you are” and “give what you’re able” – whether that’s a dollar or an encouraging message dropped in the donation jar. And our instructional language and content are designed to be culturally relevant to all participants, so that the phrase “all are welcome here” can be both heard and felt.

We’ve also learned that impactful instruction requires that we truly see our students and meet them where they’re at. We employ best practices in the field, focusing instruction on yogic themes and practices relevant to the group in front of us, so that impact extends beyond the yoga mat into daily life.

And we’ve learned that all of this only works if we operate from the heart. Our instructors are professionals – each with their own unique voice, doing their best to live yogic values and approach every interaction as peers, learning together – whether they’re working with the leadership team, fellow instructors, partner agency staff, or students. We recognize that every one of us brings something of value, from their heart, to the group and to our world, and we strive to honor each unique contribution.

So whoever you are, wherever you’re reading this, thank you for your time.  We bow to you from our collective 'heart'...  Namaste.

Board Chair Statement

In our noisy world, it can sometimes be difficult to remain kind and caring – not just with others, but with ourselves. It can be challenging to tap the breaks in our busy lives to have this perspective. It’s this sort of compassion that is embedded in the values and practice of Yoga4 Change.

As Mr. Rogers once said (if he wasn’t a yogi, he sure acted like one!):

"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has--or ever will have--something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."

For the many fellow humans supported through Yoga4Change offerings, these self-discoveries are abundant. And for our own well-being and that of the world, essential.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Personal Social Services
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Areas Served
State wide
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
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
We offer programming State-wide, with focus Central Connecticut.  In 2020, our programs are operating in:
  • New Haven
  • West Haven
  • North Haven
  • Hamden
  • Meriden
  • Middletown
  • Wallingford
  • Waterbury
  • Wolcott
  • Glastonbury
  • Durham
  • Hartford
Programs
Description
Y4C senior yogis participate in weekly chair yoga classes.  Instruction is driven by the evidence-based Silver Age Yoga curriculum, and incorporates additional mindfulness elements geared towards impacting multiple dimensions of wellness.  We love our senior yogis!
 
Population Served At-Risk Populations / Elderly and/or Disabled / Adults
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.
Programs produce gains in:
 
Resilience: and coping confidence for each participant, measured using the research-validated Measure of Current Status Scale (body awareness, ability to relax, and coping confidence)
 
Mobility: measured using the research-validated Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale (confidence in a variety of daily mobility tasks).
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.

Our Yoga4Seniors programs seek to help participants maintain independent living and boost quality of life.  Focusing on physical mobility, emotional resilience, and a sense of belonging in our group, our classes seek to both educate seniors on health and wellness AND provide facilitated awareness of their individual strengths through practice.

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

We utilize research-validated assessment tools as noted above:

In addition, these tools are implemented using a retrospective post-then-pre model. This research-validated method asks participants to assess their progress at the close of programming, comparing their abilities on key measures post program with their abilities at outset. This method ensures participants have gained the requisite knowledge and vocabulary base to answer questions accurately (avoiding potential response shift bias).

Description
Working from best practices in the fields of addiction, trauma, and recovery from chronic mental health challenges, our Yoga4Recovery programs are delivered in the community and through partnerships with clinical groups.  
 
Our community programs follow the international Yoga for 12 Step Recovery curriculum, combining the sharing and connecting benefits of the 12 Step meeting with the emotional, physiological, and healing benefits of mind/body practices.  Classes meet weekly, with 45 minutes of sharing followed by 45 minutes of group practice.
 
Our clinical programs serve adults and adolescents engaged in in-patient and out-patient recovery counseling.  Meeting regularly, we introduce priority themes relevant to the recovery process and guide mind/body practices to facilitate an experience of that theme.  Each class is designed around that central concept, allowing participants to take their learning off the mat and into the real world. 
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers / Adults / Adolescents Only (13-19 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.
Participants show gains in:
  • The ability to recognize triggers and cravings as they arise
  • The ability to relax the mind/body in response to triggers and cravings
  • Their overall sense of coping confidence 
 
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. Our Yoga4Recovery programming seeks to meet clients where they're at in their recovery process with a peer-oriented approach that is also student centered and strengths-based.  Program content is designed to leave participants with a sense of awareness of the physiological stress response and the affects of the brain's reward system in the addiction cycle, along with strategies they can employ in their daily lives to navigate the struggles of change and recovery.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program impact is measured using the research-validated Measure of Current Status Scale (MOCS Scale).  This tool measures self awareness, the ability to relax the mind/body, and coping confidence in the face of stress and change.
  
Description

At Y4C, we use the Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Experience (MOE) to boost resilience by reconnecting participants with their natural world.  MOEs facilitate a sense of connection and appreciation for the environment, help mitigate the effects of toxic stress, and provide a unique group bonding experience.

MOEs combine nature meditation, forest bathing & inquiry based learning, and they can be tailored to suit groups of all ages.

Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
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.
As the program develops, we expect to find impact on:
  • Resilience, with measurable improvements in self/body awareness, relaxation, and coping confidence
  • Sense of social connection
  • And other yet-to-be determined dimensions of wellness 
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.
As a newly piloted program in 2019, our hope is to use this unique mindfulness practice to boost resilience for all participants, particularly those that find the traditional yoga classroom uncomfortable.  We believe that the opportunity to reconnect with the 'more than human world' can also provide a sense of social/spiritual connection lacking for at-risk groups and those struggling with the challenges of aging, trauma, and addiction.   We also hope that the education and reconnection to the natural world will benefit the planet, and all humans, in the generations to come.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
To date, participant feedback has been gathered through group sharing during the closing 'Council' share.
Future outcomes will be measured using a combination of the research-validated Measure of Current Status Scale and participant survey feedback.
CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Chaucey Perreault MS, RYT500, C-IAYT, RSS
Term Start Jan 2014
Email Chaucey@yoga4change.org
Experience
Founder, Executive Director and humble servant to Yoga4Change, Inc.  You can find Chaucey alternating between strategic planning and cleaning yoga mats.  Her experience includes:
  • Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) providing 1:1 yoga therapy in the Recovery setting.
  • Recovery Support Services to inpatient and intensive outpatient groups and individuals.
  • RYT500 - teaching classes to seniors, youth, and individuals struggling with addiction and chronic mental health issues.
  • Master's Degree - Secondary Education - with 10+ years of experience in a mindfulness-based special education classroom serving bright students with identified learning disabilities.
  • CT TEAM / Department of Education Mentor for new classroom teachers and their provisional portfolio development.
  • 10+ years of experience in grant writing and program administration  in the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on planning and development.
  • Student of yoga, mother of 3, and lover of 3 crazy dogs. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 Indian
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 11
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
Collaborations
All Yoga4Change programs are delivered using a collaborative, partnership model.  This model allows us to maximize program quality and impact by creating multiple points of contact for each student served.  Our 2020 partners include: 
 
Breathing Room Yoga Center, New Haven
RISE Yoga, Wallingford 
Berger Senior Living, New Haven
Park Ridge Senior Living, New Haven
Casa Otonal Senior Living, New Haven
West Haven Senior Center, West Haven
Waterbury Senior Center, Waterbury
Wolcott Senior Center, Wolcott
Willow Plaza Senior Center, Waterbury
Grace Baptist Community Center, Waterbury
Abbot Terrace Senior Housing, Waterbury
Hartford Health Care Corporation
Rushford Center, Meriden
Rushford Center, Glastonbury 
Rushford Stonegate Academy Durham
Institute of Living Young Adult Services, Hartford
Institute of Living MATCH Program, Hartford
Meriden Senior Center 
Waterbury BRASS - Senior Services 
Mt. Olive Senior Center, Waterbury
ACORD Adult Day Center, Wallingford
Goodwill Services of New England, North Haven 
City of Hamden, Summer Youth Camp 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Presidential Fitness AwardPresident's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition2016
Board Chair
Mr. David Radcliffe MPA
Company Affiliation Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Term Dec 2019 to Dec 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Emilie Held LCSWRoot Center
Ms. Amy Loree PsyD, RYT200Yale University
Ms. Gabriella Micelli MS, RYTUniversity of New Haven
Mrs. Alex Murray RNHartford Healthcare
Mrs. Haley Proto RYT200Breathing Room Yoga
Ms. Megan Robbins BCHEPratt & Whitney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Executive
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Anne Alleva BS Ed, RYTWindsor Public Schools
Dr. Emily Guedes DPT, RYT500
Dr. Amy Loree PhD, RYTHenry Ford Health Systems
Mrs. Suzanne Serviss LCSW
CEO Comments

Our Board of Directors is made up of 7 volunteers that guide implementation of our Mission and Vision. The volunteer expertise on our Board includes: Psychology, Research, Public Administration, Nonprofit development, Physical Therapy, Social Work, and of course, yoga.

Our Core Beliefs and Vision guide all decision-making, from forming strategic partnerships to selecting the standards included in program delivery.  We are a tight knit bunch, but remain open to new members and new ideas, as part of our responsibility to live the principles we teach.  We are always looking for new volunteers to make work light and steer our course.  Contact us if our mission speaks to you at Connect@yoga4change.org
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $83,000.00
Projected Expenses $83,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Yoga4Change Annual Budget FY20202020View
Yoga4Change Annual Budget FY20182018View
Yoga Revives City Seniors - NH Independent2017View
Yoga4Change Annual Report2016View
Yoga4Change - Kripalu Alum Creates Transformation2016View
Serving Yogis Age 3 - 1032016View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$19,677$10,511--
Current Assets$10,270$1,076--
Long-Term Liabilities$10,421$5,891--
Current Liabilities$2,628----
Total Net Assets$6,628$4,620--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Meriden Foundation $5,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $7,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $4,911MW United Way $6,100
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CT Community Foundation $4,773SCCT Area Agency on Aging $4,850
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

During its first 2 years of operation, Yoga4Change operated under the fiscal umbrella of its sponsor the Women and Families Center.  All audits and tax filings were conducted by the Women and Families Center.  Yoga 4Change transitioned to independent 501c3 status in June of 2016.  Our 990 tax filings reflect this.  Our income does not yet reach the threshold for conducting an independent audit.  However, we anticipate conducting our first audit by June 30, 2021.

Since transitioning to independent operations, Yoga4Change has utilized professionals to aid in all aspects of accounting. These professionals serve as a check for all financial operations including: receipts, payments, deposits to the agency’s accounts, and monthly reconciliation of bank statements. Through their guidance, we are able to follow generally accepted accounting practices.
  
 
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 415 Brooksvale Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Primary Phone 203 415-3271
Contact Email Chaucey@yoga4change.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Chaucey Perreault MS, RYT500, C-IAYT, RSS
Board Chair Mr. David Radcliffe MPA
Board Chair Company Affiliation Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

 

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