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Susie Q's Kids Inc

Provides Comfort bags to kids in need

aka Susie Q's Kids   |   Warren, MI   |  https://susieqskids.org/

Mission

Susie Q's Kids was started in honor of Susie McBride. With her illness, she knew the value of a teddy bear, blanket, and coloring book. Our bags provide comfort to kids in hospitals, shelters, foster care, autism centers, advocacy centers, schools, and those grieving the loss of loved ones. The bags are tailored to the needs of the kids some contain hygiene kits, grief material, or sensory items. As the AFSP Community Partner of the Year, we understand the mental health of our kids is important Our mission is to: Further the missions of the nonprofits who distribute our comfort bags to kids in need in their programs Engage "Kids in Helping Kids" through philanthropy, fundraising, and creating and distributing our comfort bags Comfort kids in need in our community, one bag at a time

Notes from the nonprofit

We are open to partnering with organizations to collect in-kind or discounted products to support our bags, financial contributions, volunteer support, and ongoing sponsorships. It is noteworthy to state that we support nonprofits that cater to children and young adults in our target population (hospitals/health/hospice situations, shelters, foster care, and those grieving the loss of loved ones). Thus your donations and support benefit the children, these other dedicated non-profits, and Susie Q's Kids. We are committed to the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of those we serve in the community. Thank you!

Ruling year info

2019

President, Co-founder

Dr. Mary E Welsh

Main address

13116 Iowa Drive

Warren, MI 48088 USA

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EIN

83-2545476

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Susie McBride-Welsh was in-out of the hospital most of her adult life, she understood intimately the value of comfort items when sick or hospitalized. She had empathy for those needing help, she raised funds, collected clothes, and participated in bake sales to support a local shelter. She had a childhood friend who was in the foster system moved from home to home, Susie felt overly grateful for her family and felt more should be done for kids in foster care. Our world was overturned with the loss of Susie; therefore, we strive to help others on their grief journey. We want to comfort:  Deserving children and young adults impacted by COVID, and the following areas  Sick kids in hospitals, health situations, and during hospice situations  Kids involved in domestic violence situations, economic hardship, and homelessness living in shelters  Children removed from their home situations and placed in foster care  Grieving children impacted by COVID19 or other loss of a loved ones

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?

Comfort Bags

Comfort Bags are provided to other non-profits for distribution to children and young adults in hospital/health/hospice situations, shelters, foster care, and to those grieving the loss of loved ones.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups
Health

Where we work

Awards

Community Partner of the Year 2021

American Foundation Suicide Prevention

Board Member and Facilitator 2021

Bereaved Parents of USA (BPUSA)

Speaker-Facilitator 2022

National Alliance of Mental Illness

President and Cause Activator/Collaborator 2022

Sterling Heights Lions Club

President and Cause Activator/Collaborator 2023

Sterling Heights Lions Club

Board Member and Facilitator 2022

Bereaved Parent of USA (BPUSA)

Board Member and Facilitator 2023

Bereaved Parents of USA

Member 2023

Clinton Valley Kiwanis

Member 2023

Sterling Heights Rotary

Affiliations & memberships

Community Partner of the Year American Foundation of Suicide Prevention 2021

Great Nonprofits - Top-rated 2021

Alignable- Biz Person of the Year 2022

Alignable - Highly Recommended Nonprofit 2022

Great Nonprofits - Top-rated 2022

Sterling Heights Lions Club - Joe Sandomierski Humanitarian Award 2022

Sterling Heights Lions Charity of the Year 2021

Mompreneur of the Year 2022

Joe Sandomierski Humanitarian Award Lions Club 2022

President's Award - Sterling Heights Lions Club 2023

Great Nonprofits - Top Rated 2023

Corp Magazine 2023 Best of MichBusiness Non-profit Beacon 2023

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 agencies serving displaced families

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

Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Related Program

Comfort Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of agencies providing grief services for children

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

Health, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Related Program

Comfort Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of facilities providing children health services

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

Health, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Related Program

Comfort Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID restriction precluded bag distributions in 2020-2021

Number of children in hospitals receiving comfort bags and items

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

Health, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Comfort Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children in shelters, foster care, and experiencing grief receiving comfort bags and items

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Ethnic and racial groups, Health

Related Program

Comfort Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

50 bags given in 2018 prior to creation of 501c3.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Comfort Bags

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Susie Q’s Kids, Inc. is committed to brightening and inspiring the lives of children and young adults.

All kids need comfort. Imagine the smile as the kids we help them find comfort in the contents of our comfort bags:

• Foster kids adapt to their new life
• Sick kids battle illness with a smile
• Kids in shelters and safety and consistency
• Grieving kids cope with loss and grief
• Trafficked and bullied kids and allies
• Suicidal kids and hope to continue on

Your business can help children through the distribution of our life-impacting comfort bags provided to the cause of your choice.

Dr. Mary has committed to building relationships to further the mission of Susie Q's Kids, these connections will enable her to build her reach and grow her support for helping deserving kids and young adults in the Southeast Michigan communities.

Relationships Dr. Mary is in the process of cultivating or has cultivated include:

 Community Liaison/Partner for the Discovery Center of Macomb County (new children's Science center opening 2021)
 Community Partner with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention High School Walk April, 2021 (in negotiation with the Discovery Center of Macomb to sponsor)
o Prevention High School Walk April, 2021
 Community Sponsor and Partner with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention - We will run the children's tent (COVID restrictions permitted) interacting with family members and children impacted by suicide (multiple year sponsor)
o Lansing Out of the Darkness Sept, 2021
o Ferndale Out of the Darkness Oct, 2021
 Community Advocate/Partner for the Pinpoints of Healing Conference (virtual) addressing domestic violence and healing April, 2021
 Community Partner for Purpose Point Summit Macomb County April, 2021
 New Hope Center for Grief - negotiations in process
 University of Detroit Mercy participant in the Boost Non-profit collaborative
o presenting Susie Q's Kids Mar, 2021
 Advocate/Speaker Compassionate Friends and Bereaved Parents of USA
o Bereaved Parents of Macomb County, Committee Member
o Conducted workshops at National Conference summer. 2021
 TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors-Veterans) Peer Mentor
 Lions Club of Sterling Heights, Member
 More on the radar for cultivation

We will continue to support shelters, family support groups, foster care agencies and grief centers such as:

 William Beaumont Hospital,
 Children’s Hospital,
 Turning Point,
 Common Ground,
 Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries,
 COTS, Covenant,
 Grace Centers of Hope,
 Haven House,
 Care House of Oakland County,
 Care House of Macomb County,
 CARE of Southeast Michigan,
 Angel House,
 Big Family of Michigan,
 Love for a Child,
 Wolverine Human Services,
 Judson Center,
 Ennis Center for Children,
 Gilda's Club,
 Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan,
 Bereaved Parents of USA,
 Compassionate Friends, and
 New Hope Center for Grief.

Additionally, we have a targeted list and plan to further engage with other grief groups, mental health awareness groups, hospice, and hospital systems to expand our program.

Through these relationships, partnerships, and community activist alliances, we hope to expand our services within the Southeast Michigan communities and utilize our success with program to gain corporate and individual sponsorships and donations to expand to the neighboring communities.

When addressing the health, homelessness, foster care, and grief of children and young adults, we recognize that it impacts all levels of society, economic situations, along with the diversity and inclusion challenges they address.

Susie Q's Kids strives to brighten and inspire the lives of all children and young adults faced with challenges, we rely on the organizations and non-profits we affiliate with to distribute our comfort bags without prejudice or discrimination.

Strategies include:

 Gala Meetings and Events – have a table with information of Susie Q’s Kids and support of their selected non-profit serving children and young adults. Gain support for sponsorship of comfort bags for their programs. Susie Q’s Kids has their own tent for events.
 Collection Boxes placed at events, place of business or meetings to collect crayons, colored pencils, coloring books, puzzle books, UNO card games, Matchbox cars, etc. These could be promoted at events, noted in their newsletters, etc.
 Team Collaboration Events (COVID pending) where the employees collect items and create the bags to give to their selected non-profit.
 Individual Campaigns to support those grieving a loved one on their birthday or angel day thus brightening and inspiring the lives of other children

We plan to further our relationship building and place a focus on grant writing, sponsorship development, corporate involvement in team events, corporate in-kind donation and discount development, and individual donations to help support our mission.

Dr. Mary Welsh as an author and speaker is spreading the word through her networking about the Susie Q's Kids mission and program, along with book sales profits to support the Susie Q's Kids mission.

We have nurtured relationships with the following non-profits and supported them with comfort bags and items.
We will continue to support shelters, family support groups, foster care agencies and grief centers such as:

 William Beaumont Hospital,
 Children’s Hospital,
 Turning Point,
 Common Ground,
 Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries,
 COTS, Covenant,
 Grace Centers of Hope,
 Haven House,
 Care House of Oakland County,
 Care House of Macomb County,
 CARE of Southeast Michigan,
 Angel House,
 Big Family of Michigan,
 Love for a Child,
 Wolverine Human Services,
 Judson Center,
 Ennis Center for Children,
 Gilda's Club,
 Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan,
 Bereaved Parents of USA,
 Compassionate Friends, and
 New Hope Center for Grief.

Additionally, we have a targeted list and plan to further engage with other grief groups, mental health awareness groups, hospice, and hospital systems to expand our program.

Through these relationships, partnerships, and community alliances, we hope to expand our services within the Southeast Michigan communities and utilize our success with our program to gain corporate and individual sponsorships and donations to expand to the neighboring communities.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, our recipients are deserving children, we rely on the feedback of the nonprofit org who get our bags

Financials

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Operations

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Susie Q's Kids Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Mary Welsh

Susie Q's Kids. Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2022

Dr Mary E Welsh

Susie Q's Kids, Inc.

Joseph P Welsh

Susie Q's Kids, Inc.

Ashley M Welsh

Susie Q's Kids, Inc.

James D McBride

Susie Q's Kids, Inc.

Jaye Scuilio

Susan G Komen Foundation

Angela M McBride

Sysue Q'sKids, Inc.

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/8/2023

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

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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/08/2023

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.