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Brookhouse Home for Aged Women in Salem

 180 Derby Street
 Salem, MA 01970
[P] (978) 740-2493
[F] (978) 744-1516
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EIN 04-2104318

LAST UPDATED: 09/21/2017
Organization DBA Brookhouse Home for Women
Former Names Home for Aged and Destitute Women (1935)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Established in 1861, the Brookhouse Home for Aged Women is a non-profit corporation serving as a Level IV Department of Public Health licensed rest home residence for up to 36 women with a minimum age of 55 years. Its mission is to provide an affordable familiar home setting that enables residents to maintain their independence, their privacy and their exercise of personal choices while receiving supports from responsible staff.

Mission Statement

Established in 1861, the Brookhouse Home for Aged Women is a non-profit corporation serving as a Level IV Department of Public Health licensed rest home residence for up to 36 women with a minimum age of 55 years. Its mission is to provide an affordable familiar home setting that enables residents to maintain their independence, their privacy and their exercise of personal choices while receiving supports from responsible staff.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $1,175,845.00
Projected Expense $1,173,022.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Activities At Brookhouse Home

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Mission Statement

Established in 1861, the Brookhouse Home for Aged Women is a non-profit corporation serving as a Level IV Department of Public Health licensed rest home residence for up to 36 women with a minimum age of 55 years. Its mission is to provide an affordable familiar home setting that enables residents to maintain their independence, their privacy and their exercise of personal choices while receiving supports from responsible staff.

Background Statement

Brookhouse Home was established by Captain Robert Brookhouse in the late 1800's. Captain Brookhouse amassed his fortune in the West African cowhide trade. Once his fortune had been made, Brookhouse, like many of Salem's wealthy inhabitants during that time, began to use his money for philanthropic efforts.
Built in 1810 for Benjamin Crowninshield, a prominent Salem merchant, the mansion displays the handcrafted designs of Salem's premier architect, Samuel McIntire. Captain Brookhouse purchased the property in 1854. After his death, the home was gifted to the Association for the Relief of Aged Women funded by Brookhouse's son's wife in 1861. Following the establishment of a board of trustees, it opened in October of 1861.
In 1906 enlargements to the rear of the building were made with endowment funds to accommodate the on-going needs of more women. By 1910 the building had installed steam heat, modern plumbing, electricity and an elevator. The Home retains many of its early features such as splayed and reeded window lintels, a central Doric Revival Porch and interior carved woodwork attritbuted to Samual McIntire. A structure adjacent to the Home has been demolished and is now the site of beautiful gardens created and tended by the Salem Garden Club.
Today the Brookhouse Home continues to honor its mission of serving the needs of aged women. As many as 36 women ages 55 years or older enjoy private rooms in a supportive setting that provides home cooked meals, laundry and medication management services as well as social activities and prescribed outpatient physical, occupational and mental health therapies. A clinical director, two physicians that make house calls and local visiting nurse associations provide on-site medical services.
The Association operates as a non-profit corporation in the tradition of the original charter with income derived from various sources including conventional direct bequests. The care of many residents is subsidized by MassHealth and Social Security coverage. Overseeing the operations is a Board of Directors consisting of local professionals. Brookhouse Home operates under Department of Public Health guidelines and proudly presents a "deficiency free" survey.
Brookhouse Home welcomes senior women of all races, creeds or national origins. Each lady enjoys the privacy of her own room decorated with her own belongings. We also offer respite services for women who may require supervised supports for shorter periods of time.

Impact Statement

1. Deficiency-free Dept of Public Health Survey
2. Celebrated 150 consecutive years of service
3. Renovation of 8 bathrooms in 2012/2013 
1. Continue deficiency-free surveys via Dept of Public Health
2. Continue to operate according to mission statement
3. Renovation of 8 bathrooms in home
4. Renovation of only elevator installed in early 1900's

Needs Statement

1.  Funds for renovation of elevator
3. Funds for activities department to allow larger-scale outings

CEO Statement

The Brookhouse Home for Aged Women is a unique organization in many ways. Firstly, the home was opened in 1861, a gift from Robert Brookhouse to what has then known as the Association for the Relief of Aged and Destitute Women of Salem. In 2011 the Brookhouse Home celebrated its 150th birthday in offering residential supports to senior women.
Initially the Brookhouse mansion was home to 12 women and now provides supports to 36 women. Brookhouse Home is licensed as a Rest Home by the MA Department of Public Health. The home is a not-for-profit organization and revenue is generated by residents' room and board and reimbursement from both Medicaid and Transitional Assistance. These supports are yet another unique character of the organization when compared to for-profit Assisted Living Programs that are only a viable option for those few who have the financial resources to pay privately for those services. Fortuantely because of these reimbursements, Brookhouse Home is a viable option regardless of limited or poor income conditions.
While the property itself is very large and old, being built in 1810, lending itself to the need for costly repairs and maintenance, we are very fortunate that because of its size and number of rooms, we can offer each resident her own private room. This has proved to be a major quality of life factor that allows residents not only their privacy, but a room that is both furnished and decorated with their personal belongings, making it feel like home. Another unique support avaialbe at Brookhouse is medication administration managed by trained staff. Often potential residents and their families report the problems associated with self medicating. Vision problems paired with memory impairment result in a resident not remembering to take her medications or at times multi-dosing, placing her at significant risk. At Brookhouse Home, the risk is eliminated in an environment that makes self-medicating is not necessary.
It is noteworthy to report that for many, if not most residents, without the option of residential support in a rest home facility like Brookhouse Home, residents who cannot live successfully on their own within the community would be forced to live in nursing homes for the supports and supervision necessary to maintain their safety. Brookhouse Home is unique in that it offers residents a community of women within itself, that not only results in socializing and interacting with others, but allows the women to develop friendships completely independently of family and staff.

Board Chair Statement

I am writing today as the Board President for the Brookhouse Home for Women in Salem, MA. Brookhouse is celebrating its 150th year of continued service to aged women who need assistance.
The Brookhouse is a 36-bed Medicaid-certified level IV facility. The home has individual private bedrooms where each lady enjoys the ability to decorate with her own belongings. There is also a large yard that is accessible for outdoor recreation as well as summer relaxation. The Salem Garden Club supplements care of the gardens.
Salem is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts with a population of 40,000. We are 16 miles northeast of Boston and 23 miles south of Rockport. Salem is also the home of Salem State University, The Peabody Essex Museum, North Shore Medical Center and Spaulding North, both Partners-operated  medical  facilities.
Today's healthcare environment presents many challenges. There are regulatory, financial and quality of life issues but ironically one of the biggest challenges for the Brookhouse is also the biggest asset: its magnificicent building.
Robert Brookhouse donated the building in the last 1800's. In 1861 the mission to care for elderly women began. In 1906 a significant addition was added. By 1910 the building had steam heat, modern plumbing, electricity and an elevator. We have recently replaced all of the 121 windows and purchased new dining room furniture. We are currently in the process to begin work on 8 resident bathrooms that need significant updating and modernization. The task of maintaining the building itself can at times be daunting, but as you might guess, very rewarding.
I am happy to provide any additional information you might require. Please feel free to contact me or Paul Murray, RN, the administrator, with any questions.

Geographic Area Served


Brookhouse Home serves the Northeast Region of MA but is not limited to accepting applications. Located in Salem, MA, the Home has served as a residence for many elderly women who have relocated from various states to live near their families in the Boston area.

Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Independent Housing for People With Disabilities
  2. Health Care - Public Health
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Activities At Brookhouse Home

Structured activities provided daily by an Activities Director that include but are not limited to: art and crafts, bingo, word games, movies, outings to community venues, ice cream socials and teas, music/dance/movements,  exercises and interaction with various community groups. Six large indoor public spaces as well as a patio and gardens support unscripted interaction among residents and offer a variety of books, games, puzzels and movies.
Budget  $45,812.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Public Health
Population Served Females Elderly and/or Disabled Homeless
Program Short-Term Success 
Shortterm benefits of activities involvement on  a daily basis include increased independence, happiness, involement with others and compliance with suggested medical treatments.
Program Long-Term Success 
Women participating in daily exercise and activities have enjoyed a better quality of life as indicated by increased independence, happiness, interaction with others and compliance with suggested medical treatments.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success on quality of life issues is monitored by but not limited to the following indicators:
1. Number of inpatient hospitalizations per person per year;
2. Number of refusals to accept suggested medical treatments;
3. Incidents of potential harm to self or others;
4. Continued level of functioning, both mentally and physically.
Examples of Program Success 
The average stay of a woman at Brookhouse Home is 8 years. Without Brookhouse supports, that woman would likely be in a nursing home or living precariously in an isolated community setting with an ever-shrinking availability of community supports.
As a resident wrote in 2008:
We were born in 1913 or 1955, or any of the years between. We are the women of Brookhouse. We are someone's daughter. We are somebody's sweetheart, with stars in our eyes and dreams in our hearts. We are sisters, aunts, mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-aunts. We have enriched the world as teachers, nurses, volunteers, dieticians, therapists, social workers, community activists an so much more. We will find great treasure here among us. Treasure in the hearts, minds, wisdom, history and experience we share. Here at Brookhouse. A  community of women. Women like us!

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Activities for residents of Brookhouse include the following challenges:
1. Staff- new activities director recently hired, would like to expand by at least another half-time position;
2. Funding- although there is money allocated in budget, additional funding is always appreciated. Friends of Brookhouse, a volunteer fundraising group, often contributes money and in-kind services to residents via the activities department.
3. Volunteers- you can never have too many! Volunteers organized via the activities department.


CEO/Executive Director Mr Paul Murray RN
CEO Term Start Jan 2005
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Paul Murray, RN, comes to Brookhouse Home with 30 years experience as a nurse administrator of the MA Dept of Developmental Disabilities. As a licensed RN, he oversees the medical protocols and administration necessary for the safe operation of the facility under Dept of Public Health standards. Mr. Murray brings a wealth of experience including excellent business acumen.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms Susan Santos Assistant Administrator
Ms. Santos has been employed with Brookhouse for 16 years. Beginning her career in resident care, her skills are currently utilized in interfacing with Medicaid and Transitional Assistance on behalf of residents, managing individual resident accounts and medication administration.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Salem Historical Society 2011 PA Notification 2011


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 13
Number of Volunteers 19
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 89%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 19
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 15
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr George Barbuzzi
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lafayette Nursing Home
Board Chair Term Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
Board Co-Chair Attorney Kevin Daly
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Daly & Daly, Attorneys at Law
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. George Barbuzzi Lafayette Nursing Home Voting
Atty Kevin Daly president of the board attorney Voting
Ms. Donna Dunne Self-employed Voting
Ms. Patricia Fried Dept of Public Health Voting
Ms Lynn Frothingham retired Voting
Ms. Karen Jellison paralegal Voting
Mr. Peter LaChapelle National Park Service Voting
Ms. Rebecca Putnam consultant/fund raiser Voting
Ms. Eleanor Soucy past president Voting
Mr. Robert Spychalski vice president of the board Spychalski Funeral Services Voting
Ms. Carlotta Tyler consultant/coach Voting
Mr. Stanley Usovicz former Salem mayor Voting
Dr. Karen Vautour secretary of board Northeast Behavioral Health Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Building
  • By-laws
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Challenges faced by this board include but are not limited to:
1. Continuous funding stream- Medicaid, Transitional Assistance, private pay, active marketing for referrals
2. Maintenance of property- general operating expenses, grants for capital improvements
3. Staff retention- improvement of policies/procedures, salary adjustments/cost of living increases, competative benefits packages
4. Quality of Life of Residents- activities director with adequate budget, engaging community volunteers

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $1,175,845.00
Projected Expense $1,173,022.00
Form 990s

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2012 Audited financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $1,327,681 $1,368,252 $1,216,389
Total Expenses $1,082,322 $1,061,799 $1,028,585

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $925,642 $1,170,749 $1,099,395
    Federal -- -- --
    State $920,642 $1,165,749 $1,094,395
    Local $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $248,596 $151,444 $2,885
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $153,233 $44,694 $111,415
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $210 $1,365 $2,694

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $773,536 $628,284 $597,738
Administration Expense $303,786 $428,515 $425,847
Fundraising Expense $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.23 1.29 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 59% 58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $2,884,225 $2,546,432 $2,364,165
Current Assets $2,377,608 $2,124,595 $1,958,590
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $167,372 $125,328 $140,437
Total Net Assets $2,716,853 $2,421,104 $2,223,728

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $2,148,264.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 14.21 16.95 13.95

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  The breakout of government and individual revenue and expenses was provided per the organization to augment audited financial data.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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