Our Chapter History
Our Chapter History
The New Haven Chapter was established in 1955 by a small group of twenty-five charter members who were led by Agnes Timpson as the organizer. Nellie Roulhac was the Regional Director. The chapter came into existence at the Colonial House in Hamden, CT.
The women were encouraged by the Bridgeport Chapter who became the sponsor along with the National Organization. The numbers grew and mothers continued to meet into the spring and summer of 1956. The fulfilled all of the requirements for becoming an accredited chapter and were officially installed in the second week of October 1956 by Regional Director Nellie Roulhac at the Colonial House in Hamden, Connecticut
For its first year the New Haven Chapter had 30 members and fifity-five children. Since its early beginnings, the chapter aimed to implement the positive national goals of the organization, which emphasized creating medium of contact for the children which would stimulate growth and development as well as providing for children a constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social program.
The history of the chapter has been rich for fifty-seven years. Each year parents, children, and youth have grown through the experiences provided by the organization. For its work, the chapter has received local, regional, and national attention and accolades. At the 2006 National Convention the chapter received four national awards for its legislative activity, community service activities, children’s activities, and overall chapter programs.
Annually, the chapter sponsors a local fundraising event to support local community organizations. The proceeds from annual events have gone to organizations such as Dixwell Q” House, Hannah Gray Home, United Negro College Fund, The Arts Program, Columbus House, Christian Community Action Agency, Connecticut Afro American Historical
Society, Juvenile Diabetes, Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, St. Lukes’s Services, The March of Dimes and many more agencies in New Haven county. Our local fundraising efforts allow the New Haven Chapter to contribute annually to National Foundation of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Most notably, the mothers of the New Haven chapter held a community dialogue on the dismantling of the “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” which is a jack and Jill of America, Inc. and The Children’s Defense Fund initiative. The chapter members successfully help launch multiple pathways for young minority men to have a “Cradle to Success” plan and goals. The mothers of the New Haven Chapter received National recognition for Outstanding Chapter Programming in the area of Health, Legislative, Heritage and Community Service. The mothers of the New Haven Chapter received national recognition when selected out of 220 chapters nationwide to pilot the JMB Teen leadership Modules. The chapter prepared and delivered leadership training to over 100 high school students within the Greater New Haven area.
The children of the New Haven Chapter continue the movement of its founding mothers. Our members support the local NAACP serving as officers (both teens and moms) and participating in annual walk a thons. Recently, the teen group sponsored a team to support the local chapter of Sickle Cell Foundation. Annually the chapter supports the New York chapter’s “Copa Dance.” This year, the chapter supports a local soup kitchen serving dinner and providing extra hands in the community.