Dominican Sisters of Peace (Springs Learning Center)
Sr. Maryann Lawlor, OP
115 Blatchley Ave
New Haven CT 06513
Contact Information
Address Sr. Maryann Lawlor, OP
115 Blatchley Ave
New Haven, CT 06513-
Telephone (203) 787-1025 x
Fax 614-416-1027
E-mail giving@oppeace.org
Web and Social Media

Mission
The Springs Learning Center is an educational ministry established and supported by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  We seek to provide a holistic literacy program for under-served adult learners, with a special emphasis on English as a Second Language (ESL).
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.
Annual International Peace Supper (Spring 2017) to mark progress of learners and express gratitude to volunteer tutors. - $500
 
Purchase a new computer for student and staff use -  $1,500
 
A Great Opportunity Ending Date June 30 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2009
Former Names
Congregation of St Rose of Lima (Oxford, MI)
Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St Mary (New Orleans, LA)
Dominican Sisters, St Mary of the Springs (Columbus, OH)
Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, Kansas (Great Bend, KS)
Dominicans of St Catharine (St Catharine, KY)
Eucharistic Missionaries of St Dominic (New Orleans, LA)
Sisters of St Dominic of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Akron, OH)
Domincan Sisters of St Catherine de' Ricci
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sister Maryann Lawlor OP
Board Chair Mrs. Christine Paglia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Director Hartford Archdiocesan Family Life Center
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $78,472.00
Projected Expenses $122,170.00
Statements
Mission The Springs Learning Center is an educational ministry established and supported by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  We seek to provide a holistic literacy program for under-served adult learners, with a special emphasis on English as a Second Language (ESL).
Background The Springs Learning Center opened in the Fair Haven area in 2002. The Center works predominately with the city's Latino population but also teaches adults from native homelands as varied as China, India, Korea, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, and some African countries.  The Center offers a volunteer based program which provides a systematic one-to-one method of learning the oral, written and reading of English.  In New Haven, Connecticut, about one-quarter of the population lives in poverty, and the minority population totals 65%. Finding and securing adequate employment continues to become more difficult making basic literacy skills even more critical.   The need for adult literacy education with emphasis on English as a Second Language (ESL) continues to rise exponentially.
Impact Volunteers now have a better grasp of our commitments to serve the marginalized and relieve people from oppressed systems through a greater understanding of immigration issues. Our end of year event has been named the Annual International Supper of Peace. This reflects the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the intercultural aspect of the center’s daily ministry,  and the intercultural relationships formed between learners with learners and between learners with tutors.
Outreach efforts were extended this year through involvement with more libraries where learner/tutor pairs can meet for class; advertising used in more area event booklets, and hosting a table at various area events. These efforts provided more exposure of the Center’s services.
Work continues on accomplishing the tasks of the strategic plan especially recruiting new volunteers, funding, community outreach and social media, keeping in mind the specific intentions of our religious congregation’s commitment to working with the poor and marginalized.
Needs 1. Consumable Adult Literacy Materials for Learner/Tutor Pairs estimated at $85 per pair.  SLC serves over 100 learners per year so the need is at least $10,000 annually to cover these materials.

2. Support for Tutor Training including materials and administration as well as appreciation event. Funding needs for this tutor training varies by the number of new tutors SLC has in a given year.  Costs vary between $1,000-$3,000 and includes an annual volunteer appreciation event where learner progress is celebrated.

3. Operational support for Center including staff, rent, copier, phones etc.  Estimated at $100,000 per year.

4. $5,000 to help with marketing/advertising materials including ads to solicit volunteer tutors, brochures and donor attraction events.

5. Learner progress incentives.
CEO Statement All around the Springs Learning Center, persons new to the United States are facing many issues including language, housing, employment, and discrimination. The Center provides space and a section of time out of their day where they can experience validation of their existence as important individuals who deserve just treatment and inclusion in our society. This ministry is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace who have been professional educators for over 175 years. We are dedicated as a community to carrying our God's word through our words and actions as we help improve the lives of adult immigrants.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the Dominican Sisters to carry out their personal vocation of reaching out to others in need. The Springs Learning Center provides a welcoming space where volunteers are trained as tutors in the English Language, and in sharing with marginalized immigrants the customs of living in the United States with their learners. As this service is held within the premises of the local immigrant parish, immigrants in the program are treated with a sense of dignity and esteem, and can attend in a safe and wholesome environment. 
Board Chair Statement The Springs Learning Center is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace founded in 2002 to provide one-to-one tutoring to adult immigrants in speaking, reading and writing English well enough to find, keep, or advance in employment. These services enable our learners to assist their children with school work, enter higher education, and obtain licenses to practice the professions in which they had been engaged in their native countries: e.g. medical, educational, business, etc. They have also been enabled to obtain the “Drive Only” licenses offered in Connecticut.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Areas Served
Local
New Haven
East Haven
Hamden
North Haven
West Haven
Greater New Haven Area
Programs
Description
The Center provides instruction to those whose native language is not English. One-to-one tutoring, group tutoring and conversation classes are offered.
 
Population Served 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 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.
Referral service data will be collected on each student (approx 100 per academic year) at intake
A record will be kept on individual achievement attributable to program participation
Students will work one hour with a tutor weekly
Skills tests are given a the completion of each level
Tutors submit recommendations for advancing  through learning levels
Tutors submit annual reports on each student's progress
While success is based on each learner's goals, the Center works to advance its learners at least one to two levels in reading, writing and grammar in 10 months and if students provide positive feedback on their experience. 
 
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.
Advance The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Immigrant Integration goals.
 
Advance individual learner's long term goals such as:  enroll in higher education courses, participate effectively in child's education, acquire ability to read in English, increase community participation, find a job or retain employment, learn technology, register to vote, gain independence by passing the driver's license test, etc. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Individual Volunteer Tutors
Center staff including Center Director Sister Maryann Lawlor, OP 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Stories from Center Learners:
Eduardo: I was reading the newspaper in Spanish.  I saw: Learn English at Springs Learning Center, New Haven. I called and talked to Sr. Maryann. Before classes, I did not speak English; now, I speak, write, and read a little of this language (English). My teacher, Sr. Maryann has an excellent system of teaching.  Thank you for everything.  Remember it is never too late to learn.
 
Description
The Center provides learning opportunities for immigrant and refuge learners interested in taking the U.S. citizenship test.  
 
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / At-Risk Populations /
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. Each learner who desires to study and pass the test is provided a learning opportunity at the Center that best meets his/her goals including learning style and schedule availability.
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.
Advance The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven's Immigrant Integration Goals.
 
Advance individual learner's goal to study and pass the US Citizenship Test 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Individual Volunteer Tutor
Center Staff including Center Director Sister Maryann Lawlor, OP 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Olivia:  I have been coming to the Center for the last 1.5 years. "I am very grateful for the help I have received at the center. My English has become more fluent each day.  My English has helped me to be able to talk to my children, their teachers and to the doctors.  While at the Center I have received my Citizenship for which I am very proud and grateful."
 
 
CEO/Executive Director
Sister Maryann Lawlor OP
Term Start Oct 2001
Email springslearning@oppeace.org
Experience Grew up on Exchange St. - St. Rose of Lima Parish in Fair Haven
Education: St. Rose of Lima Grammar School ‘58
                     St. Mary’s High School ‘62
                     BA – Elementary Education & Spanish - Ohio Dominican University ‘68
                     MA –Religious  Studies - University of Dayton ‘80
                     Certificate in Pastoral Studies Program - Ireland, 2001
Religious Profession – Dominican sisters of Peace 1965
Taught Elementary Schools and Religious Ed Programs- 17 years in Michigan, New York, Connecticut and Puerto Rico.
Director of Religious  Education 16 years – Ossining and Pearl River, New York 1984-2000.
Presenter at Religious Education Conferences  for the New York and Brooklyn Dioceses.
Opened Spring Learning Center at St. Rose of Lima Rectory – Director of Center since  2001.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 45
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 85%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
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 Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
ProLiteracy; Siena Learning Center, Dominican Learning Center, New Haven Public Library System, St. Rose of Lima Church
Board Chair
Mrs. Christine Paglia
Company Affiliation Retired Director Hartford Archdiocesan Family Life Center
Term Aug 2012 to Aug 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Sr. Marie Beesing O.P.Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sr. Maria Ciriello OPDominican Sisters of Peace
Mr. Justin Fappiano Immigration Law Attorney
Mr. Walter Gaffney Retired Dpt. Social Services, Hartford
Ms. Anne Krott Case Mgr. - Agency on Aging
Mrs Wanda Lary Human Resource Coordinator
Sr. Maryann Lawlor OPDirector - Springs Learning Center
Mrs Miriam Murphy Retired Social Worker
Mr. Joseph Riccio Retired Teacher
Mrs. Christina Docal Ryan Instructional Coach - English Learners Dept.
Ms. Kathleen Ryzewski
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Corporal Punishment Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Extra Expense Insurance
Fiduciary Liability
Fine Arts and Collectibles
Flood
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Internet Liability Insurance
Life Insurance
Professional Liability
Public Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Public Officials Liability
Renter's Insurance
Risk Management Provisions
See Management and Governance Comments
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
CEO Comments
Currently, there is no client representation on the SLC Advisory Council. In the recent past SLC had a very active client representative on their Advisory Council who made a significant contribution by creating a promotional video.  Most learners currently engaged with SLC have limited English proficiency making it difficult for them to participate on the Advisory Council.  Many who have the English skills work long hours at jobs.  SLC has several potential candidates among its learners that might be able to serve in the near future.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $78,472.00
Projected Expenses $122,170.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
501 (c)(3)
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$111,816$103,749$110,359
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Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.080.800.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
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Total Net Assets------
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDominican Sisters of Peace $72,404Dominican Sisters of Peace $60,814Dominican Sisters of Peace $64,882
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRaskob Foundation $8,100Conrad Hilton Fund for Sisters $10,000Peoples United Community Foundation $2,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Archdiocese of Hartford $2,000Raskob Foundation $8,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments The Springs Leaning Center is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and as such has no assets or liabilities.  The only income is contributed salaries and donations.  All the expenses are programming expenses as the administration and fundraising is covered separately by the congregation.  The Springs Learning Center aims to cover its programming costs locally but since the Dominican Sisters of Peace are committed to this ministry it covers any deficit as well as provides Sisters to serve as staff.  As such, the current, $43,698, difference between expenses and income will be covered by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Foundation Staff Comments

***The Dominican Sisters of Peace Springs Learning Center operates under the 501c3 of the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The financial statements and/or audits contained in this profile are those for the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The previous three years of financial information in the profile is specific to the Springs Learning Center.

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 Sr. Maryann Lawlor, OP
115 Blatchley Ave
New Haven, CT 06513
Primary Phone 203 787-1025
Contact Email giving@oppeace.org
CEO/Executive Director Sister Maryann Lawlor OP
Board Chair Mrs. Christine Paglia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Director Hartford Archdiocesan Family Life Center

 

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