Christopher Small '67

For the past 44 years, Christopher Small ’67 has been an advocate for troubled children and their families. In his current role as Executive Director of the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, he serves children from all nationalities and backgrounds.
For the past 44 years, Christopher Small ’67 has been an advocate for troubled children and their families. In his current role as Executive Director of the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, he serves children from all nationalities and backgrounds.

The Italian Home for Children treats young children with emotional and behavioral problems who are often victims of trauma. 

During his leadership at the Italian Home for Children, Chris implemented a religious education program.  Chris and his staff believe strongly that the spiritual component in its milieu helps the children in their therapeutic process. As part of this program, with parental or guardian permission, children can attend various services offered on a rotating weekly basis: Catholic Mass, Baptist and Non-Denominational services that are provided by Catholic priests, Blue Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Jubilee Christian Community, Morning Star Baptist Church, and St. John Missionary Baptist Church.  Children can also receive Catholic Sacraments: Baptism, First Penance, and First Communion. Bible study classes are held four times a week.  Should a child come into the Home who requires a special spiritual plan, the staff locates the appropriate place of worship and attends service with the child. Italian Home is the only child welfare organization in the region to have a spiritual program with so much prominence in its organization.
 
Chris’ principal objective has always been to serve the best interests of the children served by Italian Home.
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