Uncertain Times Call
for an Extraordinary Response

Our founders saw an urgent need in the community when a devastating pandemic struck. We find ourselves once again being called to provide vital help during a time of similar crisis, and 100 years of experience and dedication makes us uniquely qualified to do so. We are excited to share with you the positive impact we are having during this challenging time.


Every month, we serve 2,300 breakfasts, 3,000 milks, 2,260 lunches, 3,200 snacks, 2,400 dinners. We are also providing food to families in need during this crisis. Healthy meals are more important than ever.


While our school building is closed due to COVID-19, our teachers are staying busy using technology to deliver individualized lessons for our 34 students.


Our staff is dedicated to caring for children around the clock. To keep the programs fully staffed this quarter, our team members have worked over 5,200 hours of overtime.


Since the beginning of the year, we have made arrangements for 20 children in our residential programs to be reunited with their families.


We have a team of in-home therapists who visit children and families in their homes or schools. We have made over 2,500 visits since January. These professionals continue to work during the COVID-19 crisis, helping families to manage stress, resolve conflicts, and decrease concerning behavior.


We’ve had over 2,300 visits to our outpatient clinic in 2020. We have a 24/7 on-call system to serve our patients who are in our care. Tending to mental health is particularly important during a global pandemic.

COVID-19 News & Resources

The 5 Most Important Lessons We’ve Learned From A Year of COVID

By Alan Jacobson | February 17, 2021

As we hit the one year mark since COVID-19 abruptly changed the world as we knew it, we reflect on what we’ve learned, how far we’ve come, and how much work is left to be done to help our community through this pandemic. At the Italian Home for Children, the kids and families we serve, along with our dedicated staff, have handled unprecedented challenges and heartbreak with incredible resilience.

Italian Home Statement on Social Justice

By Alan Jacobson | June 5, 2020

Dear Italian Home Family, Times like this stand as a reminder of who we are, why we are here, and what we stand for.  In this case we are specifically reminded of how hard we need to work to do everything we can to be sensitive, proactive, and responsive regarding social injustice.  Personal and institutional…

Young Professionals: Keep Moving Forward!

By Griffin Thomas | April 29, 2020

Our Young Professional supporters have been very loyal and productive for a number of years. In the midst of planning their 3rd Annual Spring Soiree, the COVID-19 crisis struck. They quickly shifted gears and started planning a Do-It-Yourself virtual road race called Keep Moving Forward. This is a project that ANYONE can do ANYWHERE.  Learn more…

Thank You to our staff serving during the COVID-19 crisis

By Griffin Thomas | April 24, 2020

Last week, Italian Home’s executive team came together to thank staff and residents for their hard work, dedication, patience, and cooperation during the COVID-19 crisis. CEO Alan Jacobson, COO Susan Keays, VP of Talent Kristen Demopoulos, VP of Agency Advancement Joe McLean, and VP of Finance Adam Griffin made large THANK YOU banners so that…

How the CARES Act Impacts Charitable Giving for 2020

By Griffin Thomas | April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Stimulus Package / CARES Act On Friday, March 27, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package legislated to provide immediate relief for nonprofits. Italian Home for Children has experienced unexpected costs and decreased revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Message to IHC School Students

By Griffin Thomas | April 13, 2020

Italian Home’s Pallotta School building is closed, but we are moving forward with learning. Our students are learning remotely at home and all staff is working from home. The school staff came together (virtually) to send a message to all of our students! We are all looking forward to the day when our students and…

Uncertain Times Call for an Extraordinary Response: Italian Home Responds to COVID-19

By Alan Jacobson | March 23, 2020

Dear Italian Home Community, As you may know, this agency was founded during the Spanish Flu Pandemic when people banded together to help children and families who had been affected by that devastating health crisis. Suddenly, a century later, we find ourselves called to once again help those who are experiencing trauma, isolation, fear, and…

How COVID-19 Impacts Special Education Students

By Griffin Thomas | March 18, 2020

This is a resource created by Giuliana Pantone, MS, CCC-SLP a Speech-Language Pathologist at Italian Home for Children.   While schools throughout Massachusetts are closed, the Italian Home for Children’s Pallotta Educational Center has been working tirelessly to ensure the best outcomes for our students. Our team of teachers and specialists are creating weekly packets…