City Kids Donates to Italian Home for Children

Stephen Whalen (l) and Italian Home for Children CEO, Susan Keays

Boston – City Kids, a youth education nonprofit created by City Realty Group Managing Partners Fred Starikov and Stephen Whalen, donated $7,500 to the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain to help obtain STEM equipment for its new NeuroDevelopment Unit (NDU).

The Italian Home for Children has been operating since 1918 and its mission is to provide an integrated network of powerful and effective programs to help children and families with emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges thrive in their communities. The organization held an open house to showcase its new NDU, Massachusetts’ first Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) designed for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities who are also facing mental health crisis.

Along with representatives from Italian Home for Children, participants in the ceremony included Whalen, Senator Mike Rush, Senator John Keenan, Representative Rob Consalvo, Representative Edward “Ted” Philips, Representative Paul Donato, and Representative Paul McMurtry.

The open house also featured other programs in the residential building such as the Partial Hospital, Intensive Treatment Residence, and Youth Community Crisis Stabilization units. Whalen presented the donation on behalf of the City Kids team to the Italian Home for Children after touring the facility.