Adam Wysota Foundation
241 Coram Ave.
Shelton CT 06484
Contact Information
Address 241 Coram Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484-
Telephone (203) 513-2808 x
Fax 203-513-2808
E-mail adamshousect@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
Adam's House (The Adam Wysota Foundation) supports children and families coping with the death of a loved one. Our mission is to provide grief education and peer support to all bereaved children at no-cost to families.  Adam's House is a free-standing, nonprofit center in Shelton, CT that offers an 8-week theme-based program that normalizes the grief journey for children.  Our goal is to provide the tools to help empower and strengthen grieving families in Connecticut as they cope with their loss. Adam's House believes no family should suffer in silence and no child should ever grieve alone. We are dedicated to becoming a valuable community resource for grief and loss education. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2013
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 Ms. Allison Anne Wysota
Board Chair Laura Schlossberg
Board Chair Company Affiliation Program Coordinator
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Statements
Mission Adam's House (The Adam Wysota Foundation) supports children and families coping with the death of a loved one. Our mission is to provide grief education and peer support to all bereaved children at no-cost to families.  Adam's House is a free-standing, nonprofit center in Shelton, CT that offers an 8-week theme-based program that normalizes the grief journey for children.  Our goal is to provide the tools to help empower and strengthen grieving families in Connecticut as they cope with their loss. Adam's House believes no family should suffer in silence and no child should ever grieve alone. We are dedicated to becoming a valuable community resource for grief and loss education. 
Background
Adam's House, a healing place in Shelton, CT provides programs to families looking for empathy, guidance and support. Since many children often feel alone in their grief, Adam's House was established as a special place for these families to come together, so that no child grieves alone. The Foundation was established in 2012 to honor the legacy and memory of a very special man: Adam Wysota. He was beloved as husband, father of three sons, Little League coach and active volunteer in his Weston, CT community. Before his death on May 6, 2012, Adam held several prestigious positions on Wall Street, including posts at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp, Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. Adam's family and wide circle of friends established this foundation to celebrate Adam's big-hearted spirit by championing the needs of grieving families. Today, Adam's wife, Allison Wysota is the Founder and President and she works regularly with a 14-member Board of Directors that reviews and consults with her on decisions concerning program development, community outreach and fundraising, volunteer recruitment and training and further improvement of the Adam's House building and surrounding grounds. The Board meets six times annually, but Allison Wysota consults with board members individually and in committees to work on special projects for Adam's House. 
 
 
 
Impact
Adam's House's very successful past year includes these major accomplishments: 
1) We acquired a home at 241 Coram Ave. in Shelton, CT for Adam's House. On the first floor, there is a large meeting room that opens to a welcoming kitchen area and a lending library. Adam's House is modeled on a program called Olivia's House in York, PA. At Adam's House, grieving families and children ages 3-18 will discover a place where they can meet with other families and find comfort, solace and empowerment. Six to eight families will take part in peer-support programs where they can talk about important issues facing their families after their devastating loss. The children will meet upstairs in age-defined rooms that enable them to explore their feelings.
2) We recruited a Board of professionals from various backgrounds. Our Board meets every other month to make decisions, development of client programs and services; volunteer recruitment, training and education; fundraising and community outreach. We successfully introduced Adam's House to the community on Dec. 3, 2015. Our  celebration attracted Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and many other residents from the Shelton area.  Adam's House attracted major publicity for the Open House, including a front-page article in the Connecticut Post. Adam's House was also featured with John Voket on 99.1. WPLR gave listeners an on-air tour of Adam's House.
3) We have begun educating our first class of volunteers.  Olivia's House led by Founder Leslie Delp and her staff members came in February for a 3-day training session. By sharing their insights, wisdom and experiences, the staff members contributed greatly toward our volunteer development. Our volunteers will help assist program leaders as they take families through an 8-week program.
 
We plan to accomplish the following goals in the coming year:
1) Raising community awareness will be paramount for Adam's House continued growth. To accomplish this, we've already scheduled a series of public events, including a Coffee and Cookie Open House to coincide with The Great Give event, and a June 5th Healing Hearts Wiffle Ball Tournament. We successfully took part in the Fairfield County Giving Day on March 10. We are also partnering with Eileen Fisher for a Spring Sale on April 23rd.
In the coming year, we will also concentrate on forging additional ties with institutions and organizations that can send Adam's House referrals, such as funeral homes, hospitals and social service organizations. 
2) Our fund-raising goal is $100,000/year. We'll expand our network of Community Partners with local businesses to work with Adam's House.  We would like to be able to bring on a full-time Development Director to expand our fundraising campaigns.
3) We'll continue our recruitment campaigns, seeking to bring in at least 30 more volunteers. We are also exploring new partnerships.  We also plan to bring in college interns to help support our work.
4) Board development is always on our agenda. We currently have a board that advises us on activities and decisions. We would like to create an additional professional advisory board with a mission to create grief education community workshops and seminars.  Our vision includes becoming an important community resource for grief and loss education.   
 5) Developing the physical grounds of Adam's House must be a future goal. We are hoping to recruit local businesses to help us add new features to Adam's House. We would like renovate a recreational space for teens in the basement of Adam's House. We would like to develop the Memory Garden.  We would like to include a feature that Olivia's House has found effective--creating a "confessional" room where teens and adults can record messages to their loved ones.
 
We are looking forward to establishing Adam's House as a community of trust, healing and encouragement for everyone who passes through our red doors.  
 
Needs
We need to meet fundraising goals of $100,000 a year to keep our doors open at Adam's House and continue to add programs and services for clients. As noted, we would like to hire a full-time Development Director to cultivate new business partnership opportunities and to seek private and public grants to support our mission. We anticipate the salary for the fundraising position would run $35K-40K. 
We would like to supplement our extensive social media campaigns with occasional fundraising mailers, particularly during the holiday season.We estimate that would cost $5,000-$8,000 a year. In addition, we've found events such as our Paddle Tournaments to be effective ways to reach supporters and make new friends. Our first Healing Hearts Wiffle Ball Tournament was on June 5. Publicizing these events and running them also requires an outlay of funds, although we work diligently to try and obtain donations of refreshments and prizes to offset our costs. Still, we estimate running these events to cost about $3,000-5,000 annually. 
 
CEO Statement
What's unique about Adam's House is that unlike many grief centers, it's not a place for clinical grief counseling, but for professionally facilitated peer-to-peer discussions of the grieving process. Adam's House is here to support grieving families and children as they navigate their grief, to help them find strategies and wisdom that supports and comforts them. Unlike many grief centers, the program is closed-ended, meaning it's an 8-week program. Every week there will be a "lesson plan" outlining topics of discussion. Since grieving families often crave structure and consistency, Adam's House seeks to provide that by providing a detailed program that shows families what they can expect to learn each week. The educationally based program is themed around different ideas and issues that are often common to families facing a loss. Adam House Founder, Allison Wysota said that what helped her survive her loss was the empathy, kindness and encouragement from others who had dealt with a tragic loss. She believes that grieving families and children can gain great strength and support from one another. She plans for Adam's House to offer that same kind of caring support to families mourning the loss of a loved one. 
 
 
 
Board Chair Statement
There's a saying,'Grief forces you to see who matters, who never did, who won't anymore and who always will!" This resonates with me as Founder and President of Adam's House in Shelton, CT. In my life, children have mattered to me deeply. Yet as an educator, I would have to say that the most difficult task of my career was learning to navigate my grief, as well as my children's, after the sudden passing of my wonderful husband, Adam. I've been trained to champion for children, helping them express their thoughts, experiences and emotions. Yet all my skills and knowledge just weren't enough to know how to deal with the great pain my boys were enduring as they tried to cope with the loss of their beloved father. Just talking together was difficult. Eventually each of us found outlets for our grief through art, music and exercise. But I wasn't certain that was enough for my children to heal. Who would help them be "OK" after this devastating loss. I searched for a special place, where my children would feel safe to explore their pain and tap difficult emotions. I hoped they would be comforted and take home life skills to help them figure out how to actively engage in life again. In our journey, we were grateful to meet compassionate professionals with huge hearts, who provided some assistance to us but I did not discover the setting I had hoped for in my search. That's when the vision, the hope and dream of Adam's House was born. Today, just four years later, I am profoundly grateful that our ever-growing circle of friends and supporters has already embraced our dream. Thanks to our amazing contributors, more than $250,000 was raised through our golf, paddle tournaments and other fundraising events. That amount led us to be able to search for and find a special space that is now Adam's House at 241 Coram Ave. in Shelton, CT in the spring of 2015.
In the past year, we've been able to launch a very successful Grand Opening Celebration, meeting many new supporters and earning high-visibility publicity in the local media. In addition, we've recruited board members and volunteers who are contributing their time, expertise wisdom and big hearts to Adam's House. With their help and the support of our new community, I am confident that Adam's House's will become the healing place of hope, support and encouragement that I originally envisioned.
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
Local
Shelton
Ansonia
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
Seymour
Bethany
Cheshire
East Haven
Derby
Orange
We believe Adam's House, located in Shelton, CT will serve clients in Fairfield and New Haven counties, including the towns in the Valley and the cities of Fairfield and New Haven. Towns served include: Derby, Seymour, Ansonia, Bethany, Cheshire, East Haven and towns in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, including Oxford, Beacon Falls and Naugatuck. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments When the idea for Adam’s House was first expressed by Allison Wysota, Founder and Executive Director, there has been nothing but a steady and successful drive toward its creation and development - Wysota’s unwavering commitment and vision; unyielding community support; and the effort and dedication of its board members. Today there is not only the physical structure of Adam’s House, but also the continuing development of its comprehensive and client oriented program, providing the solid foundation for fulfillment of its mission. It is an honor and a privilege to serve on its Board.
 
Laura Schlossberg, M.S.W.


When Allison Wysota started her fundraising for Adam's House, many people thought it would take her many years to accomplish her goal of finding a permanent home base.  It's been impressive to me that in less than four years, she has mobilized a grassroots volunteer effort to create The Adam Wysota Foundation, and then hold several successful fundraisers to support her dream. The result: Adam's House has a beautiful new home in Shelton.   Allison has recruited a Board of Directors, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to give Adam's House a strong backbone of support as the organization grows. Allison has begun the recruiting and vetting of her first class of volunteers, giving them seminars and educating them about the mission and goals of Adam's House. Adam's House has made important strides toward establishing itself as a compassionate organization, ready to offer grieving families in Connecticut an oasis of empathy, guidance and educational support.   

Susan O'Reilly
Programs
Description

Adam’s House programs are designed to support a child, 3-18 years of age. At Adam’s House, they learn they will not have to do it alone. Peer support has been studied and considered an effective model of support for grief.

Adam’s House uses a closed-ended education model. A closed group means that once the group members have been interviewed by our staff and cleared by our specialist partners, they begin the program together and end the program together. Families are offered the option of entering a program, but must commit to attending each week’s meeting of the eight-week program.

A closed-ended model provides the group a sense of security so children feel safe enough to share their grief with their new friends. Parents meet as a group while the children are meeting. Parents will learn how to converse with them and to support them. They are instructed about developmental tasks of all ages and how to appropriately model grief for their children.
 
Littles:
Children (3-6 years of age) who have had a parent, sibling or other significant person die. They “explore” and share their feelings through play and art activities.

Middles:
Children (7 to 12 years of age) share feelings about the death of a loved one and feel supported by their peer group during their grief.

Teens:
Our 13-18 years old teens support each other as they share their experiences about the death of a parent, sibling, best friend or other significant person in their life.

Parent Group:
While each children’s group is meeting, their surviving parent(s) or caregivers will meet in a separate group with a trained facilitator. This is an opportunity to share the concerns and fears that the families and friends are facing at home, and to support one another.

Widows Group:
A widows group will meet for those adults who may have no children, older children or just want an "adults only" environment.
 
 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families / Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy No
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Program Comments
CEO Comments The main focus of the foundation for the last three years has been fundraising in order to open our program in a home-like setting. We have achieved our goal of acquiring space. The challenge is that our location is a new area and away from our steady supporters. We have to establish relationships with our new neighbors, new partners as well as make the people in the surrounding communities aware of our services.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Allison Anne Wysota
Term Start Oct 2015
Email allison@adamshousect.org
Experience Allison Wysota is a proud, dedicated mom to three sons, Andrew, Austin and Addison. Before taking time to raise her sons, Allison was a kindergarten teacher at the School for Language in Bellmore, NY. After she completed her Master's in Speech Pathology at Adelphi University, she opened a private practice, providing services to speech-impaired children in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, NY. After the unexpected passing of her husband, Adam Wysota, Allison found it challenging to find support for her family struggling to deal with their grief. Her search led her to decide to establish The Adam Wysota Foundation in 2012 to honor Adam's memory by creating a center, called Adam's House, to help other grieving families. Her vision is to offer grief education and peer support programs to children and their families in a comfortable home setting. Thanks to growing support, Adam's House now has a home in Shelton, Connecticut and is expected to open soon. Allison is also currently enrolled in a death studies masters program at Marian University.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 17
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 90%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Comments
CEO Comments
From the moment the idea for Adam’s House was first expressed by Allison Wysota, its Founder and Executive Director, there has been nothing short of a steady and successful drive toward its creation and development. With Wysota’s unwavering commitment and vision; unyielding community support; and the efforts and dedication of its board members, today there is not only the physical structure of Adam’s House, but also the continuing development of its comprehensive and client oriented program, both providing the solid foundation for fulfillment of its mission. It is an honor and a privilege to serve on its Board.
 
Laura Schlossberg, M.S.W.
 
 
When Allison started her fundraising for Adam's House, many people thought it would take her years to accomplish her goal of finding a permanent home base to launch her vision. It's been very impressive to me that in less than four years, she has mobilized a grassroots volunteer effort to create The Adam Wysota Foundation, and then held several successful fundraisers. The result:Adam's House has a beautiful new home in Shelton, thanks to about $250,000 raised from private donations. But that's not all Allison has been able to achieve. She has recruited a Board, from a diverse range of backgrounds, including business, social services, psychology, communications and accounting, to give Adam's House a strong backbone of support as the organization grows. In addition, she has begun the recruiting and vetting her first big-hearted class of volunteers, giving them seminars and educating them about the mission and goals of Adam's House. Adam's House has made important strides toward establishing itself as a compassionate organization, ready to offer grieving families in Connecticut an oasis of empathy, guidance and educational support.   
 
Susan O'Reilly
 
Board Chair
Laura Schlossberg
Company Affiliation Program Coordinator
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Marc Fontaine
Mrs. Karen Hagen
Mrs. Karyn Harwood
Mrs. Erin Kirk
Mr. Edward Nalbandian
Mrs. Randi Olin
Mrs. Susan O'Reilly
Mr. Andrew Possess
Mr. Paul Seiden
Mrs. Ellyn Weitzman
Ms. Allison Anne Wysota
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Co-Chair
Mrs. Karen Hagen
Company Affiliation Dir. of Community Outreach
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2017
Email hagen@optonline.net
CEO Comments
Currently, our Board is an all-volunteer board. Their work and expertise is what they bring to Adam's House therefore, we do not ask Board members to make monetary contributions. The challenge is to find volunteers willing to give their time without a monetary compensation. We accept the fact that we will soon have to offer paid positions.  We continue to search for a co-director/development director.
 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
IRS Letter of Exemption
Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$46,473$1,900$2,026
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense$8,634$45,445$33,115
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.783.064.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%4%6%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%31%23%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$193,794$206,067$108,425
Current Assets$172,170$183,002$108,425
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$193,794$206,067$108,425
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
We have just acquired a Blackbaud account manager software program to help manage our donors, donations, grants, funds and mail campaigns as well as registrations for future fundraising events. I believe this accounting system will highlight successes or failures so we can make better decisions when considering our expenses.
 
The previous surplus held by the organization was used for program costs to launch a new program as well as renovations.  
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 241 Coram Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484
Primary Phone 203 513-2808
Contact Email adamshousect@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Allison Anne Wysota
Board Chair Laura Schlossberg
Board Chair Company Affiliation Program Coordinator

 

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