Dear staff, family, and friends,
Founded in 1957 by three Guilford families, SARAH was created to provide individuals living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with quality educational experiences and access to meaningful employment opportunities. As needs changed, SARAH pivoted to provide residential housing and support for independent living arrangements as well as transitional services and employment partnerships. In 1989, the SARAH Foundation was formed to serve as the fundraising arm to generate resources and increase awareness for the programs and services provided by SARAH. Board leadership decided in 1990 to reorganize SARAH from one agency into three separate and independent service agencies focused on specific elements of the existing programs and services offered.
In the decades since, the SARAH family of agencies – SARAH Inc., SARAH Tuxis, and SARAH SENECA – have been leaders in the human services field along the Connecticut shoreline, bringing invaluable, life-changing services to adults and children within our communities. These critical services have been supported by the fundraising efforts of the SARAH Foundation, for which all the SARAH agencies are grateful.
In recent years, SARAH Inc. has undergone significant expansion, both in terms of services and geographical reach. It now serves over fifty towns and five counties and has one of the largest Birth to Three programs in Connecticut. Additionally, SARAH Inc. continues to grow its Adult Services Employment and Enrichment Day Programs well beyond the shoreline.
The continued growth of its services, which differ programmatically from the residential, day supports, recreation, and respite services provided by SARAH Tuxis and SARAH SENECA, has led to the natural evolution of SARAH Inc. To maintain alignment with its ongoing goals and vision, SARAH Inc. has decided to establish itself as an independent organization separate from the SARAH family of agencies. This will include, among other exciting things, the adoption of a new name in the near future and the assumption of its own fundraising and development efforts. Moving forward, effective October 1, 2023, SARAH Inc. will no longer be a part of the SARAH Foundation’s fundraising efforts and programs.
Throughout this transition, each agency will remain committed to providing high-quality, robust programming to the individuals they serve. The SARAH Foundation will continue with its longstanding support of SARAH Tuxis and SARAH SENECA. The overall mission for each agency will remain the same; to positively impact the lives of individuals supported now and for years to come.
If you have any questions, please contact Denise Daviau, CEO, at email@example.com.