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Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living Inc

 1301 Centre Street
 Newton Centre, MA 02459
[P] (617) 964-6860 x 17
[F] (617) 630-9132
Brenda Noel
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2512465

LAST UPDATED: 08/08/2018
Organization DBA NWW Committee
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

NWW’s mission is to offer a spectrum of local services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to offer support services to their families, and, to offer programs to increase community awareness and receptivity regarding persons with disabilities.

Mission Statement

NWW’s mission is to offer a spectrum of local services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to offer support services to their families, and, to offer programs to increase community awareness and receptivity regarding persons with disabilities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $4,200,000.00
Projected Expense $4,360,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • DROP-IN Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

NWW’s mission is to offer a spectrum of local services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to offer support services to their families, and, to offer programs to increase community awareness and receptivity regarding persons with disabilities.

Background Statement

Founded by concerned parents and professionals, the Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living, Inc. (NWW) has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families since 1972. At that time, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities were being returned from state institutions to community settings where few services existed and options were limited.

To respond to these changing needs, NWW was founded and adheres to specific guiding principles that are reflected throughout our work. These principles include: respecting the dignity and protecting the rights of all individuals; promoting community participation by providing a range of opportunities; encouraging relationships among families, friends, neighbors and co-workers; and supporting the free expression of choice and decision-making.

NWW’s mission statement reflects this commitment. NWW’s mission is to offer a spectrum of local services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to offer support services to their families, and, to offer programs to increase community awareness and receptivity regarding persons with disabilities.

Over its 45 years of operation, NWW has earned a reputation for treating each individual and family with respect and for providing services and programs that embody best practices that are individualized to each person’s needs. Recent accomplishments include: Earning the prestigious two-year Certification with Distinction category from Licensing and Certification of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for outstanding services, staff and housing; Carol and Richard Beard, NWW Board members and longtime advocates, were honored by DDS with the Gunnar Dybwad Leadership Award that recognized their lifetime work and commitment to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Impact Statement

NWW has provided housing and comprehensive residential support services to 40 individuals in the past year. As our residents age, and their medical needs become more complex, we have been able to provide extra supports to keep individuals in their homes with a fulfilling quality of life. This has involved hiring a clinical team consisting of a Program Director, Staff Nurse and a Clinical Social Workers who take a multi-disciplinary team approach when working with residents.

NWW adheres to a positive behavior supports intervention model. Positive behavioral supports are a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual with developmental or intellectual disabilities’ challenging behavior. Individual's inappropriate behaviors are difficult to change because they are functional; they serve a purpose for them. These behaviors are supported by reinforcement in the environment. By changing stimulus and reinforcement in the environment and teaching the individual to strengthen deficit skill areas the person's behavior changes in ways that allow him/her to be included in the community setting.

Through the financial support of an outside foundation, NWW has been able to ensure residents are active in the community they live in and take full advantage of all the city of Boston has to offer. Each of the residents at our 5 group homes participates in outings including but not limited to; theater, musical performances, sporting events, local festivals, and cultural events.

Marketing/Development accomplishments include having 2 runners successfully fundraise and complete the Boston Marathon, increasing private donations through our Annual Appeal and Autumn Auction, and launching a planned giving program.

In FY2017 NWW completed a strategic planning process, recommendations included increasing fundraising strategies and implementing a leadership succession planning strategy. Our leadership transition took place in January 2018, and in the first six months of our new leadership we have set goals both with our programming and fundraising to increase our financial stability and sustainability.

Needs Statement

Like all non-profits, NWW continues to implement a robust and inclusive fundraising program in an effort to augment our state funding. Our most pressing needs include funding to implement the succession plan developed during our recently completed strategic plan.  In addition, securing funding to ensure our clients get the comprehensive care they need remains critical to support our mission. NWW is committed to providing compassionate care and prioritizing our clients. As our client’s needs become more complex, the need for additional funding sources to secure quality staff is our highest organizational priority.

CEO Statement

At NWW, we believe that each individual deserves to live with dignity and to be afforded opportunities to embrace the world around them. To hang out in the library with their favorite book; to enjoy an afternoon with friends; or feel exhilarated during a daily walk to the center of town. They deserve to belong to something larger than themselves, their families and their homes. They deserve to feel like they belong to a community.

We are deeply committed to developing programs to ensure individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities live to their fullest potential. Each day brings us great joy to see that our work pays off in a smile, a small triumph and the developing relationships that abound within our walls. We strive to ensure our residents feel like they are not only a significant member of their families and homes, but part of something much larger than that; an integral part of their

neighborhood. We know each community has so much to offer our families, but more importantly, we know our families have so much to offer our communities.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

We receive client referrals from the State Department of Developmental Services, the referrals come from throughout the Commonwealth with an effort made to locate individuals close to their families.  NWW's 5 residential homes are all located in Newton, with one independent living program in Wellesley.  In addition, NWW provides independent living support to individuals in private apartments in Newton.  Open to all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the area, NWW runs a monthly drop-in group in Newton which is also open to all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Boston Metrowest area.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Housing, Shelter - Independent Housing for People With Disabilities
  3. -

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

Under Development


DROP-IN Program

Wednesday Night Drop-In is a leisure/recreational/social program occurring eight times annually and attended by over 45 individuals each session, serving approximately 110 unique individuals each year. It is an integral part of NWW’s service delivery. For over 40 years Drop-In has offered adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (age 16 and over) from Newton and surrounding communities a central, accessible place to socialize with others in the community and enjoy activities such as exercise, dancing, art, movies, holiday celebrations, and the Annual Dog Show, in a relaxing, enjoyable and supportive environment.

Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term success is measured by monthly attendance and anecdotal feedback at each drop-in session.
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term success is measured by client satisfaction surveys, clients returning each month and program longevity.  The Drop-in program has been running for over 40 years and is attended by 30-40 individuals each month.
Program Success Monitored By  Success is monitored by client and family satisfaction surveys and anecdotal responses from the folks in attendance.
Examples of Program Success  Each Drop-In program meeting is full of examples of successes.  To see a participants face as they connect with an old friend, or to watch them light up as they take on a new activity/experience they have never tried before all serve as an example of program success.


Since it’s beginning, NWW has been at the forefront of agencies providing quality housing and support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

NWW opened its first group home in 1974. We currently operate five group homes in Newton and one independent living home in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Four to seven residents live in each home, which are staffed 24-hours-a-day.

NWW collaborates with various community action groups, including the Citizens for Affordable Housing, Inc. (CAN-DO). Together we established our group home in West Newton, where currently 6 individuals reside.

In addition, NWW operates an Independent Living Program for those individuals able to live on their own, but who require support services. Each person in the program can receive up to 15 hours of support services each week. These services include money management; help with daily living skills, critical medical case management, in-home personal care, and assistance with transportation, housecleaning, food shopping, and instruction in emergency notification procedures.

For all of our residents staff provide assistance getting to medical appointments and enjoying social/recreational activities in their community. Each resident participates in either a day program, works in a supported setting or competitive job or enjoys retirement activities.

Budget  $3,900,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success  When our clients move into an NWW home, they typically remain in the home and become part of the fabric of the community until circumstances, (usually medical concerns resulting from aging) require them to live in amore supported environment.  As a result, the majority of our evaluation measures look at long-term impact and results.  Short term success is usually evaluated more informally by staff at the end of each day while connecting with clients at dinner or during the night-time routine to see how each individuals day was, and address any concerns or needs that went unmet.  Staff thoroughly document each clients experience to be reviewed with their supervisor each week and in a monthly program staff meeting.
Program Long-Term Success  NWW measures success long-term success by our yearly client satisfaction surveys, measuring client satisfaction, specifically activities of daily living as well as long-term psychosocial and emotional satisfaction.  We use internal mechanisms to measure client satisfaction and participate in an annual evaluation process with the Department of Developmental Disabilities (QUEST)
Program Success Monitored By  NWW's Program Director, Pat Hamilton supervises the Program Managers who oversee the the day-to-day operations of our homes.  Pat is responsible for reviewing the client satisfaction surveys and working with DDS on the annual QUEST evaluation.  Pat reports directly to Nancy Slamin, agency executive director who also reviews outcomes and works with Pat and staff on implementing any program changes.
Examples of Program Success  NWW has the good fortune to experience program success on a regular basis through positive feedback from the clients and the families of the clients we serve.  Success is measured by quality of life outcomes of those we serve, and the community connections that are available to the individuals we serve.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The effects of intellectual and developmental disabilities vary considerably among people who have them, just as the range of abilities varies among all people. People with developmental disabilities have problems with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living. As adults, many will be able to lead independent lives in the community without paid supports, while many others will need significant support throughout their lives.
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at greater risk for preventable health problems, which include: gastro-intestinal problems, fatigue, accidental injuries, undiagnosed mental health issues, weight and obesity issues and pressure sores or ulcers. Equally important, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at a much higher risk for social isolation, resulting in anxiety and depression.
As the board chair, I am proud to be part of such a committed and compassionate organization. NWW prioritizes the individuals they serve and treating the whole person, ensuring they are getting the health care they need and caring for their social and emotional needs as well through community activities, robust programming and a monthly Drop-In program.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brenda Noel
CEO Term Start Jan 2018
CEO Email
CEO Experience Brenda Noel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an MSW degree from Boston University.  She has an extensive background in community building, leadership, and fundraising work. She is deeply committed to the clients served by the NWW Committee and has deep ties to the Newton community, having been a resident for nearly a decade and now serving as a City Counselor.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Nancy Slamin June 1979 Jan 2018
Mr. Thomas McLaughlin June 1976 May 1979

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Alice Clifford Director of Health Services In her role as Director of Health Services, Alice appreciates the truly personalized care she is able to provide to our clients, working with our Program Managers, direct care staff, and residents to create comprehensive health plans for those struggling with health issues, serve as an advocate and support in medical emergencies, and work to create support for comprehensive health education and care. Alice has worked as a registered nurse in the field of developmental disabilities for 18 years and brings care and expertise to her position.
Ms. Keavy Smith Program Director Keavy is a Licensed Social worker who brings a wealth of knowledge in residential services having worked for both state agencies and non-profits before joining the NWW Committee staff in 2016. In her role as Program Director she has grown our capacity for providing one on one and group supports for residents, and expanded our support for the staff in our homes. She is dedicated to investing deeply in supporting and training staff, and ensuring our clients are leading fulfilling, high quality lives.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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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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NWW works closely with the Newton Affordable Housing Organization CAN-DO.  Our Webster Street home is a true collaboration between the two organizations, where CAN-DO developed the home, and manages it, and NWW provides the client care. We also have a long standing relationship with the Grace Episcopal Church in Newton who has generously hosted our Drop In Program for several decades. Our work is supported every day by our partnerships with local colleges, including Boston College, whose students serve as interns, providing clinical, direct care, and administrative support for our organizations. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 42
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 90%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 28
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 26
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 39
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
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 Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Carol Ann Z Shea
Board Chair Company Affiliation realtor
Board Chair Term May 2017 - May 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Melissa Allen Community Volunteer Voting
Carol Beard parent/community member Voting
Jeff Behrens Community Volunteer Voting
Margie Birnbaum Community Volunteer Exofficio
Joyce Caplan consumer Voting
James Dana PhD Northeastern University Voting
Jeff Dias Special Education Teacher Voting
Thomas Evans Mechanical Engineer Voting
Barbara Jackins Disability Lawyer, private practice Voting
Trix Oakley Community Volunteer Voting
Barbara Pemberton Community Member Voting
Wendy Schreider Executive concierge Voting
Dee Spiro City of Newton Voting
Madelyn Gonnerman Torchin retired teacher 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: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $4,200,000.00
Projected Expense $4,360,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $3,914,718 $3,705,650 $3,638,666
Total Expenses $3,992,364 $3,775,105 $3,643,779

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $3,287,820 $3,154,920 $3,037,976
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $3,287,820 $3,154,920 $3,037,976
Individual Contributions $125,599 $94,872 $118,693
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $226,689 $217,597 $225,960
Investment Income, Net of Losses $34,124 $12,804 $27,700
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $44,932 $37,399 $46,122
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $195,554 $188,058 $182,215

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $3,577,063 $3,416,202 $3,304,652
Administration Expense $334,575 $275,350 $273,976
Fundraising Expense $80,726 $83,553 $65,151
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 0.98 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 90% 91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 3% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,841,397 $1,866,757 $1,932,783
Current Assets $675,080 $725,734 $682,618
Long-Term Liabilities $591,852 $494,813 $432,307
Current Liabilities $237,788 $268,832 $347,753
Total Net Assets $1,011,757 $1,103,112 $1,152,723

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $750,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.00

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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.84 2.70 1.96

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 32% 27% 22%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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