The Home For Little Wanderers

Better, Brighter Futures for Kids

aka The Home   |   Boston, MA   |
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The Home For Little Wanderers

EIN: 04-2104764


The Home's mission is to help vulnerable children and their families build permanent, positive change

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President & CEO

Ms. Lesli Suggs

Main address

10 Guest Street

Boston, MA 02135 USA

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Formerly known as

New England Home for Little Wanderers

Boston Children's Services

Parents' and Children's Services



Subject area info

Mental health counseling

Child welfare

Youth services

Youth organizing

Shelter and residential care

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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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?

Community Based (i.e., non-Residential) Behavioral Health Care Services

A variety of programs that provide trauma-informed behavioral health services to children at risk and their families in settings that include the child’s school, the family’s home, and our Child and Family Counseling Center.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children
At-risk youth

Several programs for young adults ages 18-26 who have aged out of the foster care system or who would otherwise be homeless. Each of these programs provides transitional housing and supportive services intended to help these youth obtain the life skills they need in order to live independently and achieve their housing, employment and educational goals.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Homeless people

Group homes for children and youth 8 to 18 who are in the custody of the foster care system, including one for LGBTQ youth.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
LGBTQ people

Three private, state-approved, year-round special education schools for academically and emotionally challenged youth. The schools offer highly structured therapeutic behavior support systems, have small class sizes, a high staff-to-student ratio and support that is tailored to each student's needs and treatment plan

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

Adoption, intensive foster care and consulting services aimed at connecting children and youth with caring responsible adults who will be a permanent presence in the child’s or youth’s life.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
At-risk youth
At-risk youth
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive children

Where we work


Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

4,213 students received school-based mental health counseling

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Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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The Home is committed to creating access to services to ensure at-risk children and families sustain positive mental and physical health while living safely and stably within their community. The Home aims to prepare youth to have the skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood which includes educational and vocational preparedness. We work to ensure every child has a caring adult present to provide lifelong support.


The Home For Little Wanderers
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 The Home for Little Wanderers 2021 A-133 Single Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.85 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 The Home For Little Wanderers’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 -$1,203,103 -$3,583,302 -$1,261,711 $8,507,631 -$11,347,956
As % of expenses -2.2% -7.2% -2.3% 13.0% -15.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$3,046,761 -$5,656,385 -$3,388,185 $6,051,991 -$13,634,349
As % of expenses -5.4% -10.8% -6.0% 8.9% -18.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $54,754,622 $46,790,746 $50,883,486 $68,977,834 $66,911,196
Total revenue, % change over prior year 3.8% -14.5% 8.7% 35.6% -3.0%
Program services revenue 72.7% 73.1% 78.1% 76.2% 77.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 6.8% 7.0% 4.9% 5.1% 5.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.2%
All other grants and contributions 16.0% 14.2% 13.4% 13.3% 11.7%
Other revenue 4.5% 5.7% 3.6% 4.6% 4.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $54,870,618 $50,075,637 $54,684,070 $65,312,020 $73,421,995
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.5% -8.7% 9.2% 19.4% 12.4%
Personnel 76.2% 75.7% 75.3% 77.1% 69.6%
Professional fees 4.3% 6.0% 5.5% 5.1% 5.3%
Occupancy 4.8% 4.7% 4.6% 4.5% 4.5%
Interest 1.0% 1.6% 1.4% 1.2% 1.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 13.8% 12.0% 13.2% 12.1% 19.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $56,714,276 $52,148,720 $56,810,544 $67,767,660 $75,708,388
One month of savings $4,572,552 $4,172,970 $4,557,006 $5,442,668 $6,118,500
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $122,273 $0
Fixed asset additions $6,576,306 $2,748,849 $10,316,818 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $67,863,134 $59,070,539 $71,684,368 $73,332,601 $81,826,888

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.2
Months of cash and investments 19.7 20.1 15.8 14.9 10.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.7 10.9 7.9 8.0 5.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $372,289 $257,178 $966,463 $1,873,700 $1,399,725
Investments $89,607,842 $83,703,069 $70,994,656 $78,967,704 $64,827,604
Receivables $3,689,344 $3,569,835 $6,901,399 $10,205,837 $10,532,170
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $49,539,202 $51,986,835 $62,288,698 $63,155,965 $64,021,145
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 35.3% 37.0% 34.3% 37.8% 40.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 19.5% 21.2% 24.7% 22.3% 27.9%
Unrestricted net assets $60,943,101 $55,286,716 $51,898,531 $57,950,522 $44,316,173
Temporarily restricted net assets $27,314,268 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $25,011,282 $51,383,308 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $52,325,550 $51,383,308 $49,160,017 $57,332,314 $49,079,573
Total net assets $113,268,651 $106,670,024 $101,058,548 $115,282,836 $93,395,746

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Ms. Lesli Suggs

With a background in social work and over two decades of experience in child welfare and behavioral health, Lesli understands the specific needs of the children served by The Home for Little Wanderers and how best to meet them. Throughout her career, Lesli has worked with vulnerable children and families in a variety of different roles and settings, including residential & special education, adoption & foster care, community mental health, sexual abuse and trauma. Her passion, dedication, direct service expertise and extensive knowledge of the field of child welfare place her in a unique position to lead The Home. Lesli joined The Home in January 2011 as Senior Director of Community Based and Behavioral Health Programs and then became the Vice President for Program Operations. In January 2018, she was named President and CEO, becoming the first social worker in a generation to head the agency. Overseeing more than 750 employees, Lesli is charged with ensuring that every one of The Home’s 25 programs are succeeding in making a positive impact on the lives of some of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable children and families. Lesli holds an M.S. in Social Work from Simmons College. She received her B.A. in Social Work from Texas Christian University. Before joining The Home, Lesli served as Vice President of Program for Communities for People in Boston and Assistant Vice President at Health and Education Services on the North Shore. Lesli’s leadership in the field of child welfare is also apparent through her membership on a variety of boards of directors. She serves on the Executive Committee at the Children’s League of Massachusetts and co-chairs the taskforce on transitional age youth. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Providers’ Council, as well as the Association for Behavioral Healthcare. Furthermore, she is also an active member of the Mayor’s Coalition to End Youth Homelessness. In addition to her many leadership roles, Lesli also dedicates a portion of her time to teaching the next generation of child welfare enthusiast. In the past, she has taught at Salem State University, and is currently a part time faculty at Boston University.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 07/13/2023
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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/16/2022

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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