Educational Institutions

The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc.

  • West Haven, CT
  • www.whcommunityhouse.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Children & Youth Services (CYS)
  2. Head Start
  3. Community Connections Day Services
  4. Community Connections Residential Services
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Greater West Haven, CT 06516 Our Community Connections Day Service program also is open to adults with disabilities outside of West Haven, including New Haven, Hamden, Milford, Orange, Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, North Haven, Branford and Wallingford. All other programs serve West Haven only.

ruling year

1957

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Ms. Patricia Stevens

Keywords

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west haven community center, whch, Community House, pre-school, before-school, pre-K, youth, head start, child care, adults with disabilities, after-school

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Also Known As

West Haven Community House

EIN

06-0646957

 Number

6557994767

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS - FY 2013-2014, which ended June 30, 2014:** HEAD START (HS): Successfully reconfigured our Head Start program per the federal sequestration budget cuts for school year 2013-14. The program served 163 children in FY 13-14.** SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS (SAP): We continued to refine and integrate program componants as we adjusted to slightly reconfigured spaces in the public schools where our programs are located. The PYD-KIN enrichment program for at-risk youth continued to serve our economically poorer neighborhood schools that also have the lowest overall standardized test scores. Meanwhile, our KinderKlub half-day Kindergarten program grew smaller as the public school district continues to phase-in full-day public school kindergarten.** DISABILITY SERVICES: We continued to expand and improve our Community Connections "Day" program for adults with disabilities. Our client census has risen to nearly 100 per day and we have a thriving SMILE day program for adults over age 50 where specific age appropriate activities & skills training are offered to this older population living longer lives due to advances in medicine. In January 2015, SMILE moved to its new home at 840 Boston Post Rd., West Haven.** RESIDENTIAL: Important capital improvements were made to our group homes including new heating systems, windows and two emergency electric generators. In FY 2014-15, we have replaced the heating system at 228 Elm St. and at 40-42 Wood St. we installed a new handicapped ramp, repaved our driveway and installed a walk-in shower. At Savin Avenue we remodeled our 3rd floor residence in the summer of 2014.GOALS FOR FY 2014-2015 ending June 30, 2015:** SAP: Continue to explore program space options and adjust to effectively end our half-day kindergarten program in June 2015.** Achieve greater levels of parent engagement - SAP and HS.** DS: increase recreational and community integration opportunities.** Strengthen our Board and update our Strategic Plan.

Programs

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Program 1

Children & Youth Services (CYS)

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 theWest Havenpublic elementary schools. Care is provided from 7 a.m. to school start, and from school dismissal until 6 p.m. The KinderKlub component for half-day kindergarten students operates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Care is also provided during school recesses and most holidays. Sites operate in six elementary schools. The program provides a safe, constructive place for children while their parents work or attend school. A mix of individual and group activities foster cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the children. 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.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$826,345.00

Program 2

Head Start

Assists income eligible families with pre-school-aged children. 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.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,943,000.00

Program 3

Community Connections Day Services

Community Connections is a Day service program that operates out of our facility at 622 Campbell, Ave., West Haven, which enables adults with developmental disabilities to participate in social and adult learning activities that increase their independence and community integration success. The SMILE day program component offers activities for adults with disabilities age 50 and older, and operates at a facility located at 849 Boston Post Rd., West Haven.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$1,861,696.00

Program 4

Community Connections Residential Services

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.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$1,767,383.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Greater West Haven, CT 06516 Our Community Connections Day Service program also is open to adults with disabilities outside of West Haven, including New Haven, Hamden, Milford, Orange, Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, North Haven, Branford and Wallingford. All other programs serve West Haven only.

Funding Needs

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS - Fiscal Year 2015-2016 HEAD START (HS): In the summer of 2015, the Head Start program was awarded a new, five year grant to continue as West Haven's Head Start program provider. In all, more than 4,000 West Haven youngsters have attended the Community House Head Start school readiness program since its inception in the city in 1978, according to Head Start Director Abel Padro. In that first year, 11 children were served in the school year program. Today, Padro said, there are part-day, full-day, full school year and 12-month-a-year school readiness classrooms at the agency's main campus, which features eight classrooms, three playgrounds and other facilities. Of the 175 West Haven Community House employees, 45 staff members work in the Head Start program. Executive Director Patty Stevens noted that West Haven Community House Head Start program is licensed by the state of Connecticut and that today's Head Start program very much exemplifies the spirit and intention of the Community House's founders in the 1940s. CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVICES (CYS): To reflect the diversity of its programs and clients, for fiscal year 2015-16 the program formerly known as School Age Programs (SAP) officially changed its name to Children & Youth Services. Children and Youth Services is a before and after school program for school age children that includes fun individual and group activities, free time, and meaningful learning experiences in a safe and creative atmosphere encouraging personal growth and social interaction. This fiscal year saw several major CYS program changes. First, the city of West Haven this school year for the first time ever implemented a full-year kindergarten program for all students and schools. As a result, we closed our half-day morning and afternoon KinderKlub program. Second, due to state funding cuts, we said goodbye to our Kids in the Neighborhood after school program serving students from economically disadvantaged families. We continue to serve more than 400 children in our before and after school, and summer programs in West Haven. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS (CC): Our Community Connections programs for adults with developmental disabilities also had a program name change implemented in 2015. Formerly known as Disability Services (DS), Community Connections more aptly describes our two main program service areas: 1) Our residential program for adults with developmental disabilities, and, 2) our Day Program, where our client census has risen to nearly 100 per day including a thriving SMILE day program for adults over age 50 where specific age appropriate activities & skills training are offered. January 2015, SMILE moved to its new home at 840 Boston Post Rd., West Haven, whereas the Day program for clients under age 50 is still held at our main Community Connections site at 622 Campbell Ave., West Haven.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits

Connecticut Council on Philanthropy

United Way of Greater New Haven

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THE WEST HAVEN COMMUNITY HOUSE ASSOCIATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The West Haven Community House Assoc. Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Patricia Stevens

BIO

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 1984Blood 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

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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 developmental disabilities. The regional Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce 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, and in April and May 2012 we worked with local providers, local businessman Andy Eder, and Diane Frankenstein, author of ""Reading Together,"" to bring Ms. Frankenstein to the region.We continue our leadership in these areas today, including our Read Aloud program, our memberships on school readiness, policy and government boards and agencies, all with an eye on best practices and effective outcomes, and our role in the public schools before and after school. Several years ago we began major capital improvements to all our sites, including the replacement of old heating systems, notably a $81,000 project in our main building at 227 Elm St. that replaced two old boilers and replaced them with one new high efficiency condensate boiler that not only saves energy, but is also safer, as we replaced 18 old steam radiators with modern, individually adjustable hot water radiators. We also added backup generators to two group homes, renovated our staff kitchen in the main building at 227 Elm, and hired a new maintenance supervisor in 2016. 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 StevensExecutive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kenneth Prisco

Retired - EMT - West Haven Fire Dept.

Term: July 2016 - June 2019

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