Rick's Place, Inc.

Providing support to grieving children and families.

aka Rick's Place, Inc.   |   Wilbraham, MA   |  www.ricksplacema.org

Mission

Rick's Place compassionately supports grieving children, teens and their families through facilitated peer activities, school-based programs and community outreach. Our goal is to provide a trusting environment in which participants who are grieving the death of a loved one can share their experiences, receive support and find comfort.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are making a concerted effort to serve more grieving children and families during this continuing pandemic. With 1 in 14 children in Massachusetts experiencing the death of a parent/caregiver or sibling by the age of 18, we know our grief support programming is more important now than ever.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms Therese Ross

Main address

85 Post Office Park Ste 8521

Wilbraham, MA 01095 USA

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EIN

26-2817386

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rick's Place is working to make certain that our children and families who are grieving continue to receive the highest quality support during the current pandemic. We have moved all of our free peer support programming to a virtual platform. We have maintained weekly contact with child bereavement specialists from all over the U.S. to be informed of best practices. We look forward to an end of the pandemic and the return of our grieving children to in person services at our center.

Our programs

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

Bereavement Support

Peer support groups for children, teens and their adult caregivers.

School-based bereavement support groups for students 5-18 years.

Community outreach and support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rick's Place goal is to offer free, compassionate grief support to every child and family in need of our services throughout Western MA and Northern Connecticut.

Our team strives to make the availability of our free support services known to all communities served. Press releases, mailings to school counselors and funeral directors have made our program widely known. Throughout the history of this program a child or family has never been turned away due to lack of space. Our directors utilize great flexibility and creativity in making certain that all who need grief support are welcomed at Rick's Place.

Rick's Place Board of Directors is committed to working as a team with staff and volunteers to make our programs accessible to all who need it. Thanks to great generosity from our community, Rick's Place moved to a new family-friendly bereavement center in 2018. We are currently offering our services for children and families via a virtual platform. Our staff continues to deliver training programs to educators, counselors, etc. School grief groups will be provided in area schools. Rick's Place Board of Directors is always willing to make additional funding available whenever a need for programmatic growth is evident. All of our programs have been modified, during COVID-19, to best meet the needs of grieving families during theses challenging times. We look forward to providing in person grief support as soon as it is safe to do so.

Rick's Place has grown from a pilot program with six children in 2007 to a vibrant child bereavement center in 2021. Area school districts frequently reach out to our staff to offer trainings for faculty and staff or for support following the death of a member of their school community. Families that had participated in our programs at our site have transitioned to virtual programming when necessary. It is inspiring to see children and teens offer each other compassion and care as they make their way on their grief journeys. As we prepare for the start of the 2022 Winter/Spring Session, we have found an increase in the number of families in need of free support and requests from schools for in-school groups. Rick's Place Board of Directors, staff and volunteers remain prepared to make certain that every family receives the support they need.

Financials

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Rick's Place, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Scatolini

Scatolini Insurance

Term: 2009 - 2022

Ken Furst

Momentum Group

Cheryl Malandrinos

Real Living Realty

Spence Haller

Physician Trinity Health

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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