St Catherine Center for Special Needs Inc

Respecting the dignity and diversity of each person

aka Saint Catherine Academy   |   FAIRFIELD, CT   |  www.stcatherinecenter.org

Mission

Rooted in values that affirm the dignity The Center for Special Needs oversees a unified pastoral and educational support for individuals with disabilities while serving as a centralized resource for the community. The Center strives to foster the educational, spiritual and social well being of people with disabilities. It is our mission to support specific program initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities and further engaging them in the life of their community. We are seeking to create an environment that supports the mission for individuals with disabilities to participate in community life, to make personal choices about their own future; to develop and maintain relationships with family and peers and to be treated and treat others with dignity and respect.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Mrs. Helen C Burland

Main address

760 TAHMORE DR

FAIRFIELD, CT 06825 USA

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EIN

47-2207552

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our programs provide services to children and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We offer both a state-approved special education program for children ages 5-21 and a post-secondary education program that is approved by the CT Department of Developmental Services.

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?

Saint Catherine Academy

Since its founding in 1999, Saint Catherine Academy has grown from a small enterprise in two rooms at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport to an intentionally built facility in Fairfield supporting a state-approved education program for students ages 5 to 22 who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. Small class sizes allow for integrated learning with a focus on academics, the development of life skills, health and wellness, and vocational experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Recognizing the need for continuing support for individuals with disabilities, the Center’s Adult Services Program was opened in 2015 for adults ages 21 and above. In a supportive environment, life and independent living skills are reinforced and integrated with activities in the community to foster a sense of belonging and purpose in participants. The day program has grown from 2 adults to 26 now served. At this time, there is a waiting list for this program.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2017)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

It is our goal to offer high quality programming for children and young people who benefit from structured individualized programs. The outcome is to guide these individuals toward whatever level of independence that is achievable.

The programs are intentionally designed to begin where the individual is and build on each strength. Careful goal setting, monitoring, feedback and adjustments; effective communication with families; highly trained, caring staff all contribute to success.

Our programs are strategic in design; our size (small in comparison to like organizations) allow us to be responsive; our commitment to staff provides a stable and highly effective workforce.

We continue to grow in the number of individuals we serve. Feedback from families is overwhelmingly positive.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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St Catherine Center for Special Needs Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Chiusano

Michael Labella

TDBank

Anthony Minopoli

Knights of Columbus

Stephen Donahue

attorney

Robert Weiss

St. Rose of Lima

Edward Lenard

pediatrician

Jerry Hemenway

pediatrician

Michelle Rivelli

pediatrician

Kelleen Weldon

DIocese of Bridgeport

Sara Zagrodzky

Diane Auray

Town of Fairfield

Thomas Vita

Knights of Columbus

Steven Cheeseman

Diocese of Bridgeport

Joseph Sindelar

Crossbay Capital

Kathy Olsen

Green Brick Partners

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.