Home for Little Wanderers merges with another Boston nonprofit – Boston Business Journal

Written by Gintautas Dumcius

The Home for Little Wanderers, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, is merging with another Boston-based nonprofit.

Based in Brighton, Home for Little Wanderers plans to merge with 86-year-old Wediko Children’s Services, which has a summer camp in New Hampshire and an administrative office building in Boston’s South End. Wediko’s 300 employees will add to the 700 now at Little Wanderers.

Lesli Suggs, president and CEO of Home for Little Wanderers, said in a statement that both organizations “share a mutual passion for and rich history of serving youth and families.”

Wediko partners with schools and families on mental health and educational programs for children. The organization is expected to retain its name as an extension of the Home for Little Wanderers.

Little Wanderers offers a network of services, ranging from behavioral health, special education, adoption and foster care.

Suggs will remain president and CEO of the Home for Little Wanderers, a spokeswoman said.

“Wediko’s extensive programming in New Hampshire and New York complement the Home’s holistic approach to serving vulnerable youth in Massachusetts,” Suggs said in a statement. “Their joint expertise in working with youth who have experienced trauma or other obstacles will allow the two organizations to expand needed services to vulnerable youth throughout the northeast.”

“Merging with Wediko will allow us to use our joint resources more effectively to expand and deepen the services we provide to the youth and families,” Chris Egan, chair of the board of directors for Little Wanderers and a founding member of Carruth Capital LLC, said in a statement. “Together, we can help our families thrive. I look forward to this next chapter in our history.”

The New Hampshire summer camp is located in Windsor. Wediko owns the majority of 72-74 East Dedham St., a building in the South End. Wediko also has a New York office, located in Chelsea.

“We are happy to be joining The Home for Little Wanderers family,” Jeff Keffer, Wediko’s board chair, said. “Wediko and The Home share a common mission. Working as one, we will have more impact in our communities supporting and promoting mental health for kids.”

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