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St. Marys Center for Women and Children

 90 Cushing Avenue
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (617) 436-8600
[F] (617) 288-8961
www.stmaryscenterma.org
contact@stmaryscenterma.org
Susan Keliher
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INCORPORATED: 1993
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3201844

LAST UPDATED: 06/19/2016
Organization DBA St. Mary's Center for Women and Children
Former Names St. Mary's Women and Children's Center (2011)
St. Mary's Women and Infant's Center (1993)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional well-being, educational achievements, and economic independence. Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, St. Mary's Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and search for affordable permanent housing.

Mission Statement

St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional well-being, educational achievements, and economic independence. Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, St. Mary's Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and search for affordable permanent housing.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2015 to Sept 30, 2016
Projected Income $6,314,209.00
Projected Expense $6,314,209.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • St. Mary's Center's Eight Residential, Educational and Employment Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional well-being, educational achievements, and economic independence. Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, St. Mary's Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and search for affordable permanent housing.


Background Statement

Located in Dorchester, one of the most economically deprived and ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Boston, St. Mary's successfully serves families confronting society's most persistent problems, including family homelessness, poverty, teen pregnancy, abuse, neglect, substance use disorders, educational deficits, and unemployment and underemployment.
 
The organization's mission and programs have expanded greatly since our establishment in 1993. Currently, the agency has five residential programs, Bridge Home, for young children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect, St. Mary's Home, for pregnant and parenting teens and their children, Margaret's House, for 36 families at any one time, a new supportive housing program for 12 families, and a residential program in East Boston, called Crossroads Family Shelter. We also have an education program, Women's Learning Center, and an employment program, Women @ Work Plus, as well as the afterschool employment and mentoring program named GRLZ Radio. Today St. Mary's Center is recognized as a pioneer in creating services that support women and children in crises, equipping them with not just shelter and sanctuary but also the education, skills, and emotional stability needed to realize their full potential and future success.

Impact Statement

St. Mary's Center has eight innovative programs.  In 2016, the organization launched its eighth program, a supportive housing program for 12 families made possible by private and public funding. In addition, the agency received a second year of support from the AGC (Associated General Contractors) through a day of service transforming the Dorchester campus. The project is valued at $250,000 worth of pro bono support and included the building of a sensory room for occupational therapy for children living in the Bridge Home Program, and renovated bedrooms for families and new play spaces, etc.  The agency is working to build an indoor recreation space for all children living at St. Mary's Center as well as participants in both residential and community programs. St. Mary's Center was awarded a $100k for 100 grant via the Cummings Foundation toward building a new recreation room.  Securing the remaining funding for the project is a top priority for the agency.  Goals for the agency also include completing our three-year strategic plan, deepening programs and services for survivors of domestic violence and substance use disorders, and providing more trainings and growth opportunities for our 24/7/365 residential and program staff.
 

Needs Statement

Like many human services agencies, St. Mary's Center needs private revenue to support our eight programs which receive public support but are not entirely funded. Each year, St. Mary's Center needs to raise $1.2 million in private support. The agency's Bridge Home residential program, which serves more than 100 children each year who have been removed from their home due to abuse, trauma, or neglect, requires $250,000-$400,000 in private support annually.  GRLZ Radio, an afterschool and employment program which serves 75-90 teen girls each year, has an annual budget of $300,000 and is almost entirely dependent on private funding. In addition, St. Mary's Center is an aging facility, located on the former St. Margaret's Hospital campus in Uphams Corner Dorchester, and it requires significant capital investment and repair. Currently, the agency's parking garage is in need of refurbishment and there is a need for an efficient HVAC system. A garage would cost several hundred thousand dollars. The agency's employment program, Women @ Work Plus, is seeking employer partners to offer paid, three-month internships to trainees in the program. St. Mary's Center also relies on volunteers and donors for in-kind donations of new bedding, new and small housewares, and gift cards for families in need. 
 


CEO Statement

It takes a village to help our women and families break free from the bonds of revolving poverty, abuse, and homelessness. It takes a village to help them stand on their own, and to provide - long-term - for themselves and their children. That is our mission in a nutshell. I am deeply grateful for the “villagers” that make our work possible.

 

Our incredible, dedicated staff also makes it possible. They are exceptional and, in fulfilling our mission, use research-based and trauma-informed programming.

 

Our women and families are simply amazing! They’re fighters, they’re courageous, they stumble and they get back up. We show them the way, we give them the tools, but they go the distance! 

 

Here are some of the highlights of our program.

 

  • 100% of the teen girls in our GRLZRadio program - our DJs - have graduated from high school and have gone on to college! (often 1st in their families)

  • Our families’ stabilization rate is equally impressive thanks to partnering with - and following - families to ensure that once they leave our residential programs, they still have support to help them succeed.

  • During the last five years, out of more than 250 families who have left Margaret’s House, our largest residential programs-- only one family -- has lost their housing, due to domestic violence and substance abuse. That’s a 99.9% success rate!

  • Through our Bridge Home program, St Mary’s serves close to 100 children each year – unfortunately - with similar tragic stories as Jeremiah Oliver and little Bella Bond - or Baby Doe - as she was known for several months. The main difference for the children at Bridge is that someone in their lives intervened-- made the right call to the Dept. of Children & Families (DCF), and they received the help they so desperately needed.

  • Seeing these children would break your heart. And the work at Bridge Home is very difficult work but immensely rewarding.

 

We were able to do all of this with the help of many caring individuals, foundations, and corporations who give financially, volunteer and offer pro bono support.

 

The need for our services only grows. St. Mary’s is a solid investment. Our women, children and families are worthy of your investment! I promise you your money will not be wasted, and your ROI is incalculable and infinite because if you change one family you change the generations to come- as you now know “Change does come from the center.”


 

Board Chair Statement



Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roxbury
The majority or program participants in our residential and community programs are from Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. We also serve individuals from Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Chelsea as well as other cities. Our residential programs also serve individuals who come from other states and other countries.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Housing, Shelter - Homeless Shelters
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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

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Programs

St. Mary's Center's Eight Residential, Educational and Employment Programs


St. Mary's provides eight programs: St. Mary's Home, a residential program for 17 pregnant and parenting teens and their children. Margaret's House serves 36 homeless women and their children. Bridge Home is a 12-bed emergency residential program for children, newborn to 12 years old, removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. Women @ Work is a 22-week job skills training program and for homeless and low-income women. The Women's Learning Center provides students with tools and education to obtain their high school equivalency. GRLZ Radio is an innovative after-school program that gives teenage girls technical and leadership skills. The new supportive housing program provides 12 families their own apartments and support on their road to self-sufficiency.


Budget  $6,314,204.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success    Highlights of program successes include:
  • 100% of children in Bridge Home remain in schools from their community of origin so they may maintain important relationships with their friends and teachers.  

  • 100% of girls in the GRLZradio.org program graduate from high school.  

  • 99% of families have successfully transitioned from Margaret’s House to affordable housing where they maintain stable lives in their new homes.  

  • 70% of Women@Work Plus employment training graduates are in permanent jobs.  

Program Long-Term Success  We work with women, teens and children grappling with the most persistent social problems of our time including family homelessness, child abuse and neglect, teenage pregnancy and parenting, partner and community violence, mental illness, addiction, and poverty. Our ultimate change is to stabilize women and children and improve their emotional well-being, education and economic opportunities one family at a time, and for generations to come.
Program Success Monitored By   

Residential programs’ outcomes are reported via public contract requirements and systems.  Clinicians working in Bridge Home and St. Mary's Home also assess progress and milestones met by women and children weekly. For the employment and education programs, success is measured by participants' ability to achieve their high school equivalency and secure employment. GRLZ Radio works to ensure girls achieve broadcast knowledge and graduate high school. St. Mary's Center recently received a capacity building grant to develop an agency-wide database, so we may measure outcomes more effectively and across our eight varied and collaborative programs.  Each program also provides monthly reports to capture who we are serving, their challenges, successes, emerging trends among who we serve, and how ongoing as well as new initiatives address the needs of clients.

Examples of Program Success  Testimonials: 

"A young mother, I bounced from shelter to shelter until I was placed in St. Mary’s Home where I finally experienced—stability and support. My experience in St. Mary’s Home was life changing, it gave me and my daughter a safe home. The staff helped me become more responsible which gave me ambition to never give up on my goals. I have passed my MCAS, and I am in the Women @ Work Plus program, and working toward living independently, so that I can provide for my daughter. St. Mary’s Center has become a home for me and my daughter because people trust me and want the best for me."

 

"I adopted my son when he was 7....after suffering a horrible history of neglect, abuse, trauma, violence, food deprivation…He was four when he was sent him to Bridge Home. The reports by the kind and nurturing staff were unique in how caring and understanding they were......his behaviors were quite severe but they also noticed and encouraged his interest in reading, how much he wanted to love, be loved, and learn, and how he responded to their efforts to help and soothe him....Years later I was amazed when he started talking spontaneously about Bridge Home…he talked about how nice they were there and how much he liked it."


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deirdre Houtmeyers
CEO Term Start Sept 2013
CEO Email dhoutmeyers@stmaryscenterma.org
CEO Experience

Deirdre Houtmeyers, St. Mary’s President, oversees all aspects of the organization’s eight programs that serve more than 600 low-income women and children annually. She began her role in 2013 and within her first year, she secured significant private and public funding for a new supportive housing program for 12 young families.

The former executive director and patient care director of the Comprehensive Addictions Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Ms. Houtmeyers was appointed President of St. Mary’s in September 2013. With a bachelor of science in nursing and master’s of science from Boston College, Ms. Houtmeyers is an accomplished senior leader with a proven record of success in developing behavioral health care management systems and creating services and operations responsive to people dealing with substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence issues. She has extensive experience in risk management, program development, quality improvement, and contract and fiscal management. A lifelong advocate for Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood, Ms. Houtmeyers is a member of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives and the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions, the Allston/Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force (Co-Founder and Co-Chair), the State Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Board, and numerous domestic violence, health, and supportive initiatives for vulnerable populations.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Judith Beckler Jan 1996 Aug 2013
Ms. Joyce Murphy Dec 1993 Jan 1996

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Joanne Hull V.P. of Finance and Administration Joanne Hull serves as the agency’s Vice President of Administration and Finance as she joined St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in January 2014. Ms. Hull has nearly 25 years of experience in finance administration, bookkeeping, and administration management. She began her tenure as a contracted independent financial advisor through Vaugh & Associates, P.C. where she was CFO, Controller, and Senior Advisor. She earned her bachelors of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as various certifications from Northeastern University.
Susan Keliher V.P. of Development Susan Keliher joined St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in early 2014 as the Director of Development and Communications, and in late 2014 she was promoted to Vice President of Development and Communications. She brings more than 25 years of experience in fundraising and a passion for serving individuals, families and at-risk youth, who have experienced abuse, trauma and homelessness. She and her team raise $1.2 million in private revenue annually. She also supports the President’s efforts in securing and renewing government contracts towards the agency’s $6.3 million annual budget. Susan’s experience includes soliciting and growing annual fund support and planning special events. Also, she has managed corporate and foundation relations and created and implemented development and communication strategies. Susan has raised critical funds for The Second Step, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass. Bay, Brookline High School’s 12st Century Fund, Casa Myrna and RESPOND. Susan earned a bachelor of arts from Colby College.
Michelle Novelle PhD V.P. of Program Operations As the Vice President of Programs and Operations, Dr. Novelle oversees St. Mary’s Center’s eight residential, educational, training, and clinical programs. Prior to joining St. Mary’s Center, Dr. Novelle was an adjunct professor at both her alma mater, B.U., and Boston College’s Schools of Social Work. She brings more than 20 years of experience teaching, research, social policy, and creating systems that provide trauma-informed care for at risk populations and families. Dr. Novelle received a master’s of social work and interdisciplinary doctorate of philosophy in sociology and social work from Boston University. She received a bachelor’s of art from Union College.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Radio Drama and Best Station ID Intercollegiate Broadcast System 2016
Young Parent Champion Award Brigham and Women's Hospital/Health Equity 2014
Be the Change MA Conference for Women 2011
Best Practice Award Sylvia Simmons 2011
Inspiring Leadership Homes for Families 2011

Affiliations

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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Collaborations

Key collaborators and partners of St. Mary's Center include:

Boston Health Care for the Homeless
Boston Public Schools 
Bunker Hill Community College
Healthworks Community Fitness 
Horizons for Homeless Children 
Italian Home for Children/Community Solutions 
Phoenix Families 
Project Hope 
Roxbury Community College 
Uphams Corner Residential 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 90
Number of Part Time Staff 15
Number of Volunteers 81
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 55%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 56
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 25
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 85
Male: 20
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Katherine Hesse Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Murphy, Toomey, Hesse, Lehane, LLP
Board Chair Term Mar 2013 - Mar 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
James Baker JPA Management --
Melvin Benson Brockton Neighborhood Health Center --
Tony Centrella Blue Cross Blue Shield --
John Connors Boathouse, Inc. --
Gayle Corcoran Lattanzio Landscapes --
Jane Fay M.D. Emerson Hospital --
Sharon Donovan Hart State Street Corporation --
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir Archdiocese of Boston --
Katherine Hesse Esq. Murphy, Toomey, Hesse, Lehane, LLP --
Deirdre Houtmeyers St. Mary's Center --
Mary Lou Jackson Ph.D Educational Consultant --
Bert James HLJ Hotel Assest Management --
Rev. Robert Kickham Archdiocese of Boston --
Kathleen Maple Strategic Technology Services --
Hilary McCarthy Hilary McCarthy Strategic Commuications --
Peter Meade Pemberton Square Group NonVoting
Claudina C. Quinn Community Volunteer NonVoting
Brenda Rosario Blue Cross Blue Shield --
W. Paul White The Karol Group --

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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 9
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 84%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

St. Mary's Center's Board of Trustees and executive leadership are in the midst of a three-year strategic planning process. Once completed, the agency's next endeavor is to enhance the agency's Board Governance policies and procedures as well as undertake succession planning for the Board of Trustees' executive committee.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2015 to Sept 30, 2016
Projected Income $6,314,209.00
Projected Expense $6,314,209.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $8,231,424 $8,128,686 $6,976,128
Total Expenses $8,546,715 $8,093,374 $7,356,227

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,315,237 $1,801,935 $1,416,718
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $6,312,324 $6,291,339 $5,456,165
Investment Income, Net of Losses $10,530 $12,882 $9,140
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $577,798 -- --
Other $15,535 $22,530 $88,605

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $6,688,078 $6,648,815 $5,874,936
Administration Expense $1,560,908 $1,089,397 $1,063,958
Fundraising Expense $297,729 $355,162 $417,333
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 1.00 0.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 82% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 23% 20% 29%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $8,083,930 $8,357,706 $8,246,774
Current Assets $2,258,630 $2,422,662 $2,001,338
Long-Term Liabilities $64,815 $25,174 $41,155
Current Liabilities $848,353 $846,479 $754,878
Total Net Assets $7,170,762 $7,486,053 $7,450,741

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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 --
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
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 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.66 2.86 2.65

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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