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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 offers compassionate grief support to 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 children and families who are grieving during this continuing pandemic. With the projected rate of 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

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rick's Place provides free peer support programs for children, teens and their caregivers, dealing with the emotional process of grief after the death of a family member or close friend from any cause. Grief, the emotional response to loss, is a universal but uniquely personal journey. We do not try to make grief go away, but rather, children and families support one another on the path to integration during one of lifes most difficult experiences. Together, families learn to live on while living without. We offer our programs at our locations serving both Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. We also serve students, elementary through high school, through grief groups we facilitate in area schools. We train school personnel, social service agency staff, and other providers about the impact of grief on youth. We also provide support to an increasing number of grandparents who are raising grandchildren after the death of a parent/caregiver.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Awards

Certified Service Enterprise 2022

Points of Light

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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 Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. We are here to help children, teens, and their caregivers navigate grief by offering guidance, resources, and a supportive community.

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. Our staff 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 them. Thanks to great generosity from our community, Rick's Place moved to a new family-friendly bereavement center in 2018. Our staff continues to deliver training programs to educators, counselors, etc. School grief groups are 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.

Rick's Place has grown from a pilot program with six children in 2007 to a vibrant child bereavement center in 2024. 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. It is inspiring to see children and teens offer each other compassion and care as they make their way on their grief journeys. We have found an increase in the number of families in need of free grief support and the requests from schools for in-school groups is on the rise. Rick's Place Board of Directors, staff and volunteers remain prepared to make certain that every family receives the grief support they need.

Financials

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Operations

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Rick's Place, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Scatolini

Scatolini Insurance

Term: 2009 -

Ken Furst

Momentum Group

Cheryl Malandrinos

Real Living Realty

Spence Haller

Physician Baystate Health

Christina Bracci

Judy Steng

Country Memorials

Kaaren O'Neil

Mike Tangney

Gina Kahn

Steve Nagle

David Babine

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 4/26/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data