Our historic Jamaica Plain Campus is the home-base for Italian Home for Children. Services include: administrative offices, residential services, academic services, clinical services, and spiritual enrichment services.
Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center
The Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center, located on our Jamaica Plain Campus, is a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved K-8 program for children ages 4-13 with special education needs including; emotional and/or behavioral difficulties, learning disabilities, language disorders, mental illness, high functioning autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. The school serves both day and residential children who are at risk of failure in a less restrictive learning environment. Italian Home for Children works to instill in the children, the value of education, and the importance of academic achievement and motivation.
Our special education program consists of six classrooms with eight to ten students. Each classroom is run by a certified Special Education Teacher, Assistant Teacher and Child Care Worker. In addition, we offer a Therapeutic After-School Program and a Therapeutic Summer Camp/School Vacation Week Program.
Community-Based Acute Treatment Program (CBAT)
Our Community-Based Acute Treatment program (CBAT) provides stabilization and comprehensive assessment services for 30 children. Each child participates in an intensive short-term program of individual, family, group and milieu therapy as well as daily educational tutoring. Imbedded in the CBAT are Transitional Care Unit (TCU) beds for children who no longer meet hospital level of care but whose disposition plan is not yet finalized.
Empowering People in Communities (EPIC)
EPIC provides services in home and communities to families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs. Therapeutic Mentors work one-on-one with children who require significant support and coaching to learn social skills. In-Home Therapy takes place in the home of the child and is provided by a licensed clinician and a para-professional working as a team to provide intensive family therapy to help the family support the child in the home.
Residential Treatment Programs
These programs provide residential treatment services of varying durations for up to 20 children. Services offered include milieu treatment, individual therapy, focused group treatment, spiritual enrichment, intensive family treatment, and family preservation services. Children attend local public schools or the special education program on the Jamaica Plain Campus at the Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center. Follow along services are offered to provide assistance to families as children transition back to their homes and communities.
Spiritual Enrichment Program
Religious education has been an important part of Italian Home’s history since we opened our doors to children in 1919. This program had been under the leadership of Sister Margaret Yennock, MFIC, since the 1960's until her retirement in the spring of 2016.
Today, every child in the care of Italian Home for Children is offered the opportunity to participate in the Spiritual Enrichment Program, with parental or guardian permission. Because Italian Home for Children is no longer affiliated with a specific religion, the program offers a rotation of various religions and churches to hold visiting services for the children. Also included in the program are bible study classes once a week, altar servers are trained, and children can participate in a choir.
Outreach: Italian Home for Children receives a large volume of donations of material goods, some of which we are unable to use. These items are redistributed to other needy organizations such as Pine Street Inn and Rosie's Place, which is led by donors, volunteers, and friends of Italian Home for Children.
Requests From Former Residents: Former residents often request records and information from their time at Italian Home for Children. This program also tracks and can distribute this data to former residents which was collected during their stay. This includes photo archives and all record maintenance for children who lived at the Home from 1919 to the present time.
For more information on The Spiritual Enrichment and Historical Inquiries Program, please send an email to email@example.com or call 617-524-3116.