Human Services

Woburn Council of Social Concern, Inc.

  • Woburn, MA
  • http://www.socialconcern.org

Mission Statement

A charitable, community-based agency, responding to the basic needs of people of all ages, providing early childhood education and care, helping individuals develop their potential, creating positive family and community relationships, and fostering respect for diversity.

Main Programs

  1. Children's Center
  2. Family Childcare System
  3. Food Pantry
  4. Parenting Education
  5. Supervised Visitation
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

All of our programs serve individuals and families from Woburn and Winchester Massachusetts. Some of our programs also serve residents of one or more other communities in Middlesex County.

ruling year

1972

Principal Officer since 1986

Self-reported

Mr. Dean Solomon

Keywords

Self-reported

Children, Families, Childcare, Education, Food, Parenting

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Also Known As

Council of Social Concern

EIN

04-2494773

 Number

5485470527

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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

Family Services (P40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Agency's top accomplishments for last year include: 1. Agency continues with the 3 year Strategic Plan to secure a stronger financial future for the agency. 2. Agency paid an additional $50,000 toward mortgage principal in an effort to accelerate debt reduction. 3. Provided services benefitting 33 parents and 49 children in the Family Skill Building programs. 3. Provided support services, early education and childcare to 123 children and 130 parents in the agency's childcare programs 4. Provided supplemental food assistance to 1,659 individuals to help alleviate hunger in the Woburn and Winchester community. Agency's top goals for current year: 1. Provide support to individuals, children and families through our agency programs to alleviate hunger, offer quality early childhood. education and care, parent education classes, supervised visitation, and information and referral to residents of Woburn, Winchester and other communities within Middlesex County. and 2. Continue to develop ways to reduce mortgage debt.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Children's Center

The Children's Center, an NAEYC accredited, center-based early education and care program, is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide full time, year-round childcare and preschool education for children, 4 weeks through 5 years. Subsidized tuition assistance is available on a sliding scale basis to low and moderate-income families. Social support services are also available to all parents and children, with a special focus on those families at high risk of child abuse and neglect.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$806,546.00

Program 2

Family Childcare System

The Family Childcare System places children, aged 2 months through 5 years in the homes of licensed family childcare educators. Our family-based childcare system has educator homes available for childcare in communities, extending from Woburn to Marlboro. Subsidized tuition assistance is available on a sliding scale basis to low and moderate-income families. Program staff visit each family childcare home twice per month and are available at other times for telephone consultation. Staff assess each child's developmental progress, and consult with providers on any significant issues. Social support services are also available to all parents and children, with a special focus on those families at high risk of child abuse and neglect.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$504,378.00

Program 3

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is located at 2 Merrimac Street in Woburn, Massachusetts. It provides food to individuals and families living in Woburn and Winchester Massachusetts who do not have adequate financial resources to meet basic needs. Recipients have reported that the quantity of food they receive generally lasts about 5 days. Use of the food pantry is limited to one time per month. The Food Pantry is open to all households, through pre-arranged appointments, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. The Food Pantry is also open to individuals who work or attend school during the day, through pre-arranged appointments, on Wednesday evening hours, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Information and referral assistance is also available to help clients to link-up with other community services. Before Thanksgiving the program coordinates the distribution of food baskets to hundreds of families. Before Christmas the program provides either supermarket gift card or holiday food boxes to hundreds of families.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$50,695.00

Program 4

Parenting Education

The Family Skill Building Program offers parenting education classes to help parents enhance their parenting skills and deal with significant parenting challenges. Using an Active Parenting Curriculum that integrates videos, activities and group discussion, the group leader will help participants learn important skills for parenting that will help them improve the quality of family life. Some of the topics discussed are discipline methods, routines, how to prevent tantrums, defusing power struggles and great ways to take care of yourself. This group is for parents of children up to the age of 12 years, who are actively parenting their children. It is suggested that members participate in the full 7 week session. Child care is available on-site during evening classes for no additional charge. All classes are held at our handicap accessible facility, located at 2 Merrimac Street, in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$7,842.00

Program 5

Supervised Visitation

The Supervised Visitation Program is dedicated to providing a safe neutral environment where parents and children can spend quality time together. Our goal is to facilitate the visitation process and help families get the most out of this special time together. There are child-friendly rooms equipped with age appropriate toys and games that allow for quality parent/child interaction. One of the rooms includes an audio and visual monitoring system. The facility is a safe secured building with handicap access. Interviews are required for all parents/caretakers (guardians/custodial/non-custodial). All interviews are scheduled separately. On-site supervised visits are provided every other Saturday, typically of 1.5 hours duration, plus child transfer times of 15 minutes before and after visitations. Visits during the weekday evenings may be offered upon request and staff availability. Educational supervision is offered upon request.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$24,401.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

All of our programs serve individuals and families from Woburn and Winchester Massachusetts. Some of our programs also serve residents of one or more other communities in Middlesex County.

Funding Needs

1. Need to accelerate paying down the mortgage debt while interest rates are low, so as to avoid significant financial problems when interest rates rise. To accomplish this agency is making additional mortgage principal payments that will equal $10,548 over FY2016 to accelerate reduction of mortgage debt, which was $1,033,904 on June 30, 2015. 2. We need to continue learning how to most effectively use the agency's new cloud based fundraising software. Training is included in our monthly software fee. 3. We are looking into improving the energy efficiency of our building and have just completed a free energy audit. Our electric company will cover 70% of the cost. It will cost our agency $14,564 to upgrade lighting with estimated annual energy savings of $6,454. We are awaiting word on the cost and energy savings from making our HVAC system more efficient.

Accreditations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation

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Financials

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WOBURN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL CONCERN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Woburn Council of Social Concern, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Dean Solomon

BIO

Dean A. Solomon began as Executive Director of the Council of Social Concern in 1986. He came with a goal of improving the quality of the agency's services and enhancing the communication between its programs. He has an MSW degree in Social Administration from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, a BS degree in Social Work from Cornell University, and an LICSW level social work license. Mr. Solomon has over 39 years of administrative and direct care social service experience.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Council of Social Concern has been providing quality, affordable, accessible services to residents of Woburn, Winchester and surrounding communities for 46 years. Among our accomplishments in FY2015 were: *The Children's Center provided 65 children with early education and care and 67 parents with social support services. The program conducted developmental assessments of its children and referred those children who needed extra help and support to appropriate services. The Children's Center was able to make childcare more affordable by providing tuition subsidies for 98% of those enrolled. The Children's Center is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited program; the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. *The Family Child Care System provided 58 children with early education and care and 63 parents with social support services. The Family Child Care System was able to make childcare more affordable by providing tuition subsidies for 98% of those enrolled. The program conducted developmental assessments and screenings of children and referred those who needed extra help and support to appropriate services. *The Food Pantry Program provided emergency and supplemental food assistance to approximately 736 Households during the year. The program distributed 421 food baskets for the Thanksgiving Holiday and was able to distribute supermarket gift card and extra food to 431 households during the Christmas holidays. Over the course of the year 1,659 individuals benefited from the Food Pantry. *Family Skill Building/Parenting Education Program engaged 19 parents that attended the Parenting Education sessions allowing 27 children to benefit from their parents improved parenting skills. *Family Skill Building/Supervised Visitation Program provided a safe neutral environment where parents and children were able to spend quality time together under the supervision of trained staff. 22 Children and 14 parents who were referred by the MA court system were able to experience quality visitation services through this program. There were 106 hours of supervised visits provided in FY2015."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Kerstin Lochrie

Extended Stay America

Term: July 2014 - June 2016

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