Sunnybrook Childrens Home Inc

aka Sunnybrook   |   Ridgeland, MS   |


Sunnybrook is a Christian-based, professional family and childcare organization dedicated to providing programs and services designed to support the total development of children and youth while assisting them in realizing their God-given potential.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Dr. Myrle Grate

Main address

222 Sunnybrook Road

Ridgeland, MS 39157 USA

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NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Foster Care (P32)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When identified, childhood abuse and neglect result in children and youth being abruptly removed from their homes and placed into the custody of the state. This is a reality for 4,256 young people who were in the custody of the state of Mississippi as of January 2020. With some of the highest rates of poverty, child abuse, and neglect in the country, Mississippi has challenges which have proven to be more than statistics for youth who are trying to survive without family or financial support. Young men and women who "age out" of state custody from ages 18-21 are faced with a wide range of obstacles, regardless of their drive or dreams: nationally, 25% of foster youth will not graduate from high school, 97% will not earn a college degree, 50% will be unemployed by age 24, 70% of females will become pregnant before the age of 21, 64% of males will be incarcerated, and 25% will experience homelessness.

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?

Transitional Living

Program Mission: Receive transitional-age youth, initiate and strengthen their overall personal and professional development while at Sunnybrook, support them as they create and execute a personal plan toward their next step of independence.

Program Vision: To see life-change that breaks generational cycles and has an eternal impact on the lives of Sunnybrook residents.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

We provide respite, training, and resources to foster and adoptive families.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Coalition of Residential Excellence 2022

Mississippi Association of Child Care Agenciess 2022

Network 1:27 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Transitional Living

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

As a percentage of residents exiting the program who have completed work readiness course and financial literacy course, obtained driver's license, and maintained employment for more than 6 months.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Sunnybrook seeks to improve the typical outcome for many youth exiting the foster care system. Completion of our program occurs when residents successfully set, navigate, and achieve the mission and goals for their lives. Mission and goals must include the areas of Education, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Financial Competency.

Desired outcomes will include youth graduating program with sustainable housing (when not returning to family), drivers license, a reliable means of transportation, a monthly minimum of savings based on financial goals, college certificates or degrees when applicable, and full-time employment that is retainable. Residents who do not achieve graduation status in the optimal timeline are nevertheless empowered to achieve vocational endeavors through invested time with Vocational Trainers, internships, as well as receiving work skills and hands-on life-skills training.

The majority of residential referrals will come from Child Protection Services or private placements. Upon entrance to the program each youth receives an assessment and individualized treatment plan. Each specialized plan includes the areas of Personal, Educational, and Professional Development, as well as Financial Competency.

Participants live in a shared home setting full time, receiving housing, meals, individual, group and career counseling, personal development classes/coaching, individual education tutors, financial competency classes/coaching, and spiritual support. Houses are located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, overseen in the evenings by live-in houseparents.

Program Components:
• Living in Community – Residents live in a stable home community alongside other residents with the guidance of houseparents.
• Personal Development - Residents participate in a variety of sessions that are focused on their mental, emotional, financial and spiritual frameworks, so that they better understand who they are and how to make the best decisions for themselves.
• Educational Advancement – Residents pursue completing their GED/HS Diploma or furthering their education with post-secondary school or career training.
• Professional Development – Prior to obtaining off campus employment residents are a part of Sunnybrook’s internal and external internship programs.
• Case Management and Counseling – Residents participate in their own case management by attending scheduled appointments, counseling sessions, group counseling, and family team meetings.
• Independent Living Skills Training – Residents learn skills in both living independently in a home and also how to live interdependently while caring for others.
• Personal Care – Residents are guided in learning how to care for themselves through their Case Management, Personal Development Sessions and Living in Community.

Sunnybrook is not new to caring for at-risk children and youth; for over 60 years we have provided homes for the children of Mississippi. Because of our work, tens of thousands of children were provided with a loving Christian family and given hope for their future. The staff at Sunnybrook have decades of experience working with disadvantaged youth and children and display a lifelong commitment to serving these populations. In addition to real world experience, our direct care staff are required to complete a minimum standard for continuing education annually, which always includes Trauma Informed Care certification.
With this combined experience and training, Sunnybrook has designed a program that is focused on results and growth, moving youth through incremental phases of development. After an evaluation and goal setting period, youth are given specific processes, training, and experiences to move them through the program, which result in their living independently. Sunnybrook uses the Work Life Training and the Faith and Finance curriculum produced by the Chalmers Center, which is taught by certified instructors. We partner with First Place for Youth, Child Protection Services, Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, Think of Us, the Mississippi Association of Child Care Agencies, dozens of churches, and private businesses to provide complete care for every youth and after-care for our graduated young adults. Our unique partnerships and contiguous location to Holmes Community College make pursuing a college degree easy for a population that often has no reliable form of transportation.

Live-in houseparents provide evening and weekend support, life skills training, mentoring, and a sense of family to every resident. Our spacious and well-equipped homes provide the correct balance of support and privacy that are required for youth transitioning into adulthood. Houses are located in the heart of Ridgeland, MS, conveniently located to the capital city of Jackson, job opportunities, schools, and our local business partners.

The landscape and guidelines for our referring partners will change over the next several years. Our priority is to continue to adjust the specifics of our programming in order to meet the most pressing needs of our residents, and their referring agencies. While our desired outcomes will change very little, we will see a greater percentage of residents meeting their goals. Upon graduation they will continue to meet these goals for longer periods of time.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Sunnybrook Childrens Home Inc

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Sunnybrook Childrens Home Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dwayne Blaylock

Board co-chair

Charles Bearman

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/14/2022

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  • 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 have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.