Leader in Social Justice

Needham, MA   |
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EIN: 04-2526357


Justice Resource Institute pursues the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence.

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Principal Officer

Andy Pond

Main address

160 Gould St Suite 300

Needham, MA 02494 USA

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Subject area info

Special needs education

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


LGBTQ people



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NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Founded in 1973, Justice Resource Institute, Inc. (JRI) is a leader in social justice and trauma-informed care with over 100 diverse programs – including over 30 programs serving children 0-5 who have experienced trauma – meeting the needs of underserved individuals, families and communities across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. JRI’s mission is to work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and government to pursue the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence. Services include behavioral health outpatient clinics; secure treatment centers; HIV/AIDS services; LGBTQ+ youth services; residential services for adolescents and teen mothers; special needs educational services; foster care; and services for adults with medical and developmental needs. With over 3000 employees, we are committed to excellence, delivering targeted services that support the dignity of each person.

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Founded in 1994, STRIVE Boston's mission is to help chronically unemployed people realize their potential to find and keep jobs that promise sustainable livelihoods and personal growth. We accomplish this by changing attitudes, building skills, working with employers, and creating powerful partnerships. Since 1994, STRIVE Boston has graduated 5000+ individuals from training and placed nearly as many in full-time jobs. STRIVE’s partnerships result in access to jobs with sustainable wages, opportunities for career advancement, and the ability to grow wealth and assets. Approximately 80% of all STRIVE participants identify as Black and 13% as Latina/o/x. All program activities aim to improve their quality of life leading to the success of future generations.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

My Life My Choice provides survivor led solutions to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Our holistic, battle-tested approach is grounded in the experiences of cisgender girls and boys, as well as trans- and non-binary youth who have survived the ugly realities of sexual exploitation. Their resilience inspires the voices of many who stand tall and rebuild their lives. Our mentors, survivors themselves, provide stability, community and hope to exploited children. Our partners and allies stand with us, shoulder to shoulder, in the fight for change and social justice. Our vision for change centers around three strategic endeavors: survivor empowerment, prevention, and training and advocacy.

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The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, a division of JRI, has helped over 4,000 children and intellectually disabled adults since 2007 who have been victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or witness to violence. Working closely with a multi-disciplinary team, the agency provides direct services to children and families from any of the 20 cities and towns in Bristol County. The program is the only one of its kind in Bristol County and places a very high priority on evidence-based practice for services provided, based upon a national model of child abuse investigation and healing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with intellectual disabilities

The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is a world leader in body-first models of care for survivors of complex trauma. We recognize that complex trauma is both interpersonal and systemic and that quality care models require attention to both dynamics. In the course of developing our programs, we commit to a continuous process of learning through actively engaging in relationships with survivors of complex trauma, practitioners and community leaders from wide-ranging perspectives in order to inform our work and our growth as an organization. Our three programs are Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY); Trauma Informed Weight Lifting (TIWL); and ReScripted, a theater-based model for youth.

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Our mission at First Connections is to equip parents with tools, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey.

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YouthHarbors services are designed to assist unaccompanied homeless youth. The goal of the program is to help them locate a safe home base that allows them to stay enrolled in high school and continue working with us to learn the necessary life skills to achieve their full potential and become productive, participating members of adult society. YouthHarbors' youth are ambitious, hard-working students who are determined to complete their high school education and become productive members of society, but who have trouble achieving this goal because they often do not know on any given day where they will spend the night. YouthHarbors works to ensure that these youth have all the tools and skills they need to be able to focus on their future and achieve success.

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JRI provides an array of innovative and evidence-based outpatient mental health services throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. All of JRI’s Behavioral Health Centers and Trauma Services use intervention methods aimed to meet the unique needs of children, adults, and families dealing with a range of emotional, psychological, and behavioral health challenges. Therapeutic services are individually tailored to meet the goals of each person served. A variety of both traditional and non-traditional services is offered throughout our Behavioral Health Clinics including Trauma- Informed Individual, Group and Family therapy, Evidence-based practice, School-based services, Yoga and Expressive Art therapies, Sand Tray therapy, and NeuroFeedback and Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART).

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JRI Developing Abilities is a resource for community supports for adults with developmental needs. We offer a range of residential, employment and day services in Metro West and Metro Boston communities. Our services are licensed and certified by the Mass. DDS and nationally by CARF. Our services include Spanish language services; supports for people with Autism; expertise in chronic health and physical conditions, including visual impairment and experience with transition age adults.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with other disabilities

For over thirty years, JRI has opened doors to educational opportunity for youth in our local communities. Within our specialized schools, JRI has created academic and therapeutic programming that fosters healthy growth, learning, and fun. We have both residential and day school services designed for adolescents coping with academic struggles, social struggles, complex trauma, mental illness, and emotional challenges. Intensive individualized treatment interventions and our strong academic focus feature an array of services designed to support each student along their academic path.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

JRI provides intensive foster care services, adoption supports, after-school supports, and early-childhood training and consultation for families seeking supports around safety, healthy development, and long-term success for their child. Our programs provide youth and families with environments of safety and care that aim to enhance stability and long-term success, through both foster care, adoption supports, and training opportunities. Our after-school programs provide children with safe, therapeutic environments to practice social skills and learn skills for long-term emotional success. In addition, we provide training and consultation opportunities for childcare providers.

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JRI provides a wide variety of specialized in-home and community-based services throughout Massachusetts. Our services include intensive care coordination, in-home and outpatient therapies, mentoring services, in-home behavioral support, parent/caregiver support and education, mentoring support for Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered youth, and for commercially sexually exploited youth, as well as mental health evaluation and consultation services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. All of our community-based programs are established in a trauma-informed framework and use evidence-based practices as a foundation of services.

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JRI Health and Housing works with individuals living with and at risk for HIV and HCV to help provide them with the treatment, housing, and justice we all deserve. We offer case management, rental subsidies, legal, and treatment resources to underserved individuals.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Hope for all Seasons is a volunteer program coordinated by JRI staff. Our team is comprised of JRI employees, JRI volunteers and individuals from the greater community. Working together, we plan events, raise money, and create awareness in the community. All money raised for Hope for all Seasons goes to children and families in the community.

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Goals & Strategy

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JRI has a proven track record of providing outcome based, trauma-informed, empirically sound therapeutic interventions for the complexly traumatized children. Clinical/therapeutic approaches we currently utilize include the following:

ARC: The approach utilized to develop trauma informed programming in JRI clinical/therapeutic programs is based on the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) framework for intervention with youth exposed to complex trauma. It identifies three core domains frequently impacted among traumatized youth and relevant to future resiliency, including: Attachment, with the goal of building a safe caregiving system that can support youth development; Regulation, which fosters ability to safely regulate and tolerate experience; and Competency, which provides support in the mastery of an array of developmental tasks crucial to resilient outcome. ARC is designed for youth from early childhood to young adulthood, and their caregivers and caregiving systems. JRI’s continuous quality improvement system, which is used to systematically track symptom change as a result of our trauma informed services, has indicated that within 3-6 months of receiving comprehensive treatment in our community based programs, children exhibit clinically relevant and statistically significant decreases in trauma-related behavioral and mental health symptoms, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, aggression, defiance, attention problems and difficulties with executive functioning.

SMART is an innovative mental health therapy for complexly traumatized children and adolescents for whom regulation of emotional, behavioral and interpersonal life is a primary problem. The goal of this therapy is to expand the repertoire of regulating experiences for children and their caregivers and facilitate integrated trauma processing with the aim of nurturing healing and growth. Programs utilize “SMART rooms” which include an array of sensory motor strategies to facilitate improved regulation.

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY): TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. TCTSY is utilized with children, youth, and adults around the world, and has been recognized by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice.

Programs incorporate trauma informed care. They support youth, adults and families to navigate challenges and meaningfully contribute to society. Services assist those affected by homelessness and health disparities, and those at risk through substance abuse, mental or physical health concerns, violence, and sexual exploitation.

The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework is a core-components treatment model, developed to provide a guiding framework for thoughtful clinical intervention with complexly traumatized youth and their care giving systems. Drawing from the fields of trauma, attachment, and child development, the framework recognizes the importance of working with the child-in-context, of acknowledging the role of historical experiences and adaptive responses in current presentation, and of intervening with the surrounding environment – whether primary caregivers or treatment system – to support and facilitate the child’s healthy growth and development.

BCC curriculum was developed by experts in the fields of mental health, education, trauma treatment, and residential and community based care. It is being utilized in programs spanning many levels of care, from sub-acute facilities to outpatient treatment. BCC is uniquely designed to provide a clear, systems-based approach to therapeutic work and crisis intervention, while still allowing for a great deal of individualization on the program and client levels.

Families and lifelong connections are often the most important social network in a person's life and can have an enormous impact on the effectiveness on the services, treatment, education, permanency and supports a person receive.Permanency a first and foremost goal throughout an individuals’ stay in our care. Family is broadly defined by each person served to acknowledge and include who the person self identifies as family and permanent connection. Permanency is defined as a safe committed, supportive and caring relationship that is intended to be life-long between a young person and adult.

EFT-CT is a trauma informed ARC-based intervention that can be used alone or in conjunction with more traditional forms of psychotherapy. Consistent with the ARC framework, EFT-CT incorporates 3 core components of intervention that target areas impacted by exposure to trauma including: 1)safety, 2) attachment, and 3) regulation. In addition, routines and rituals (i.e., treatment techniques that create an environment reflective of safety, predictability, and consistency) are woven throughout the model.

JRI invests in ongoing development, and regularly acquires unique organizations to enhance its service continuum. These programs provide best of breed qualities that get strengthened and incorporated as specialized agency resources. This strategy fills service gaps, while increasing operational efficiencies and economies of scale. It supports community need, reduces overhead and administration costs, and ensures JRI’s capacity to retain a skilled workforce.

The goals of all programs are 1) excellence of service and 2) the advancement of the field, through knowledge sharing, research, and development of new models of care.

JRI gets high ratings in trauma-informed care. The TICOMETER, created by the Center for Social Innovation, is the first validated instrument to measure the level of trauma-informed care at an organizational level.

JRI focuses deeply on promoting safety and understanding complex needs related to trauma, intellectual challenges, mental illness, substance abuse, socioeconomic adversity, and the effects of violence and victimization. Clients come from diverse communities marginalized by socioeconomic plight, disability, mental and physical health issues, educational disadvantage and other challenges augmented by racial and ethnic disparity. CATS allows JRI to assess the impact of our services and, subsequently, advance quality at JRI and across the field and close the outcome gap for minority students.

We are currently utilizing the CATS measures and assessments for youth being served in programs throughout JRI. We ran a pilot program for the post-discharge (LTF) project in 2017 and we are in the process of rolling this out to the entire agency. In LTF we are conducting the same measures as well as the functional assessment (RCIL) which includes educational indicators. Utilizing these existing systems, the proposed evaluation will focus on an assessment of racial and ethnic disparities in a small grouping of JRI programs and assessing efforts to retool interventions to close this gap.

JRI has 6 core values incorporated in our strategic plan. They include:
□ Staff Diversity, Retention, and Workforce Development
□ Resource Development
□ Growth
□ Pursuit of Social Justice
□ Information Technology
□ Expertise-Sharing, Growing, Creating
□ Organizational Culture

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 1.14 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 1.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 32% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $13,579,188 -$321,987 -$8,540,744 $24,500,742 -$6,193,272
As % of expenses 8.0% -0.2% -4.2% 12.1% -2.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $9,322,985 -$321,987 -$8,540,744 $24,500,742 -$6,193,272
As % of expenses 5.3% -0.2% -4.2% 12.1% -2.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $183,250,382 $193,733,686 $213,383,277 $221,099,283 $231,934,019
Total revenue, % change over prior year 9.4% 5.7% 10.1% 3.6% 4.9%
Program services revenue 1.3% 0.6% 11.3% 9.7% 8.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Government grants 95.3% 96.0% 84.0% 86.0% 88.3%
All other grants and contributions 3.1% 2.6% 4.2% 3.5% 2.4%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.4% 0.1% 0.5% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $170,650,807 $183,408,504 $202,221,706 $202,663,128 $217,545,086
Total expenses, % change over prior year 10.3% 7.5% 10.3% 0.2% 7.3%
Personnel 77.9% 76.6% 78.2% 78.0% 78.6%
Professional fees 3.5% 3.4% 2.9% 2.9% 2.8%
Occupancy 7.3% 9.7% 8.8% 8.7% 8.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
All other expenses 11.3% 10.3% 10.1% 10.3% 10.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $174,907,010 $183,408,504 $202,221,706 $202,663,128 $217,545,086
One month of savings $14,220,901 $15,284,042 $16,851,809 $16,888,594 $18,128,757
Debt principal payment $660,729 $1,265,103 $2,720,430 $4,745,574 $1,100,329
Fixed asset additions $0 $2,939,155 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $189,788,640 $202,896,804 $221,793,945 $224,297,296 $236,774,172

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.6 1.7 2.1 2.1 2.6
Months of cash and investments 2.7 2.7 3.0 3.3 3.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.9 3.3 2.4 3.6 3.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $23,003,884 $26,277,479 $34,759,481 $35,389,518 $46,843,911
Investments $15,180,565 $15,580,580 $15,868,234 $19,982,897 $17,652,067
Receivables $22,867,037 $24,911,016 $26,971,065 $33,477,145 $32,428,268
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $87,225,468 $93,919,486 $97,027,799 $100,641,325 $101,935,785
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 42.5% 43.5% 46.3% 48.8% 52.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 32.4% 37.1% 46.7% 33.8% 41.0%
Unrestricted net assets $87,474,137 $87,152,150 $78,611,406 $103,112,148 $96,918,876
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,815,036 $2,242,051 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $342,193 $342,193 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $3,157,229 $2,584,244 $5,482,100 $8,838,538 $9,738,299
Total net assets $90,631,366 $89,736,394 $84,093,506 $111,950,686 $106,657,175

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Principal Officer

Andy Pond

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Board of directors
as of 03/09/2023
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Board chair

Ms. Andrea Nix

Phillips Academy

Judith Tsipis

Brandeis University

Mark Cuddy

Richardson-Cuddy Insurance Agency

Robert Guttentag


Andrea Nix

Phillips Academy

Dawna Paton


Andy Pond

Justice Resource Institute

Stephen Porter

Massachusetts Medical Society

Valerie Samuels

Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, LLP

Audrey Shelto

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Monalisa Smith

Mothers for Justice & Equality

Jim Cunha

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Linda Rosenberg

Northshore Education Consortium

Linda Turner

Joel Kershner

Honorary Board Member

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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/28/2019

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Heterosexual or Straight

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