Sarah Reed Children's Center


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sarah reed logoNow more than ever, stronger nonprofits mean stronger communities.

Children are especially vulnerable these days, as are the non-profit organizations that serve them. So when Jim Mando, President and CEO of the Sarah Reed Children’s Center, came to Decision Associates with an especially perplexing dilemma, we were determined to help him find a solution.

Jim explained that even the most successful, well-established social service agencies are finding it increasingly difficult to fulfill their missions. Faced with government belt-tightening, a growing number of referrals, employee burnout, and aging facilities, many organizations are being forced to eliminate services, or worse yet, shut their doors.

Not so at Sarah Reed. For more than 100 years, the center has cared for traumatized children, and they are not about to give up now.

Nothing a little creative problem solving can’t fix, we thought, as we introduced the organization to our strategic planning process.

Working with these dedicated professionals, graduate students and volunteers has been a transformational experience – both for them and for Decision Associates. Now, after months of examining every aspect of their services and operations, the Sarah Reed Children’s Center has a comprehensive, long-range plan. This plan will strengthen its core services, establish a master facilities plan, reduce Sarah Reed’s reliance on government funding, strengthen employee hiring and retention practices, and improve management of its facilities. It’s not going to be easy, but with a new plan in place, the center will be better able to carry out its mission.

With their permission, we’d like to share their mission and vision statements here.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Sarah Reed Children’s Center is to improve the quality of life for children with personal, social, and emotional problems. Through teamwork, we provide a broad range of high quality, innovative and effective mental health services, to help children realize their potential, and experience success in their families, schools, and communities.


Sarah Reed Children’s Center strives to be nationally recognized for quality, integrity, progressive leadership and standards of excellence in the field of children’s mental health.

"My Decision Associates Peer Group was critical to my development as a leader. Within that environment of trust and confidentiality, I found solutions to issues and challenges that I would not have been able to resolve on my own. I think everyone in the room felt the same way; we all learned we have similar issues regardless of the business we are in. I believe the peer group to be one of the most impactful programs that I have attended throughout my career. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to really challenge themselves to be better every day."

~ Mike Chesley, President

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