THE SMALL THINGS

Empowering children, families, and communities

Branford, CT   |  www.thesmallthings.org

Mission

We envision a world where every child has a loving family and a safe home. The Small Things strives to empower communities in order keep vulnerable and orphaned children in their families. Through community services, comprehensive family preservation, and loving, family-style homes - we can ensure every child is healthy, safe, loved and cared for.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Rebecca Ross Russell

Managing Director

Rehema Mussa Palangyo

Main address

14D Stonegate Circle

Branford, CT 06405 USA

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EIN

45-2466306

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

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Our programs

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

Happy Family Children's Village

We provide family-style, community-based residential care at Happy Family Children’s Village as a last resort. In honor of Amir Visram and in partnership with Happy Family Organics, we run a home that serves 40 children. These attachment-focused homes offer stability and a happy environment for children, surrounded by love and given the opportunity for a brighter future. The homes have less than 12 children in each in order to ensure that children are raised as closely as possible to living in a family-environment. Most of these children travel home on breaks/ long weekends to spend time with relatives who might not be ready to take them full time again. This serves as a way for the social work team to plan for successful reunification, and for the children to stay connected to their communities and relatives. At this point in time, we expect over 85% of our children to be reunified with their families by the time they start secondary school. We currently have a reunification rate of over 50% and are researching and exploring ways to engage and encourage community members to foster and adopt, by partnering with social welfare.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Our outreach program aims to keep children in families or reunite them with relatives whenever possible. Over time this will comprise a day care center, preschool, income-generating projects, and in-home support. We currently support several outreach families through our program, and in extenuating circumstances, provide outreach services to young adults in need.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The community daycare and preschools was established in response to a community needs assessment. There was overwhelming data from vulnerable families and community members alike for an affordable English-medium daycare. The daycare serves children aged 2-7 and serves as a space for children to have access to high quality education who might not otherwise be able to. It also aims to alleviate the burden for low-income families for childcare, by providing them with a place to send their children, while they work. The daycare and preschool serves 45 children, based on a sliding payment scale for families.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

In order to assist disadvantaged youth within the community, TST established the Social Enterprise Studio to provide these youth with opportunities to express their creativity and further their education. They are provided with English courses, business courses, and jewelry and sewing classes.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

Every Saturday TST's library opens its many doors to hundreds of children from the surrounding villages to get a little extra help in academic work, practice their English, and socialize. They also have the opportunity to take out books from the library.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Where we work

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Financials

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THE SMALL THINGS

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kristina Alexander


Board co-chair

Jason Smith

Bekka Ross Russell

Amy Fontaine

Bethan Crisp

David Ross Russell

Dorothy Goldberg

Emelie Elmhorn

Emma Shaw

Marie Korfits

Megan Williams

Patty Harris

Kathy Frisch

Jason Smith

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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 09/25/2020

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