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Inspirica, Inc.

From homeless to home

Stamford, CT   |  www.inspiricact.org

Mission

Inspirica strives to end homelessness and housing insecurity by helping individuals and families achieve independence through support services and affordable housing.

Ruling year info

1987

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Denise Durham Williams

Main address

141 Franklin Street

Stamford, CT 06901 USA

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Formerly known as

St. Luke's Lifeworks

EIN

06-1172535

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to a 2018 report, ​Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Stamford-Norwalk metropolitan area is the 5th most expensive housing jurisdiction in the nation. While most daily expenses here track a few percentage points above national norms, housing costs are an outlier – they are more than double the national average. ​In order to afford a two-bedroom apartment in the Stamford-Norwalk metropolitan area, individuals must make an hourly wage of $38.19. ​This has resulted in a different kind of homelessness: economic homelessness. The rising cost of living coupled with wage stagnation is leading to increasing rates of homelessness, principally among families. Compounding this harsh reality is the fact that nearly 8 years since the end of the Great Recession, Connecticut has recovered only 76% of the jobs it lost during the downturn, making it one of only 10 states in the nation that has not yet recovered to pre-recession levels.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Housing

We provide clients with safety and stability when they need it most. We have two programs dedicated to providing emergency housing:

Family Housing - Our Family Emergency Shelter is the only one of its kind in the area. It provides critical housing to 42-45 participants for up to two months. Our approach to addressing the growing housing needs of homeless families is not just to provide housing, but also the tools they need to break the cycle of homelessness.

We support adults with respect to both the physical aspect of their homelessness (residential services) and all the underlying reasons that caused them to become homeless (support services). Our comprehensive support services include vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, counseling, case management, and much more. Access to medical care, dental care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, etc. are provided through a network of formal partnerships.

Women's Housing - Constructed in the late 1800s and listed on the National Historic Registry, 8 Woodland Place is the home of Inspirica’s emergency shelter for women - the only one of its kind in the area. The shelter provides emergency housing and support services for 25 single women for up to two months.

Participants live in a boarding house structure with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, and a common TV/computer room. Participants receive breakfast and dinner through our Meal Program, often courtesy of our volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Be Homeful Award 2022

CCEH

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Inspirica aims to fundamentally break the cycle of homelessness through serving our area's most vulnerable. We are one of only a handful of organizations in the nation that is able to address the physical aspect of homelessness (residential services) and its underlying causes (support services) on a single, comprehensive, end-to-end platform.

Inspirica is unique in its ability to address the needs of our clients holistically and comprehensively through a continuum of integrated services, all of which leverage each other. We are one of only a few organizations nationally that combines residential and support services under one roof in a one-stop-shop setting. Our ability to address both the physical aspects of homelessness and its underlying root causes on a single, end-to-end platform eliminates gaps in services, allows programs to leverage each other, and exponentially increases our success rate.

Our approach is unique in four important ways:

• Scope of Housing: As noted above, Inspirica owns and operates emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and deeply affordable housing. We also facilitate rapid rehousing. Our ability to work across the spectrum of housing enables us to help break the cycle of homelessness rather than provide only a temporary fix.

• Scope of People Served: Inspirica serves people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including single men, single women, families, people with mental illness, and people living with HIVIAIDS. Our ability to serve diverse populations enables us to work across the spectrum of those who are homeless rather than with just one segment.

• Scope of Services: Inspirica addresses not just the physical part of homelessness, but all of the underlying reasons a person becomes homeless, exponentially improving our success rate. We are one of only a few organizations nationally that have combined residential services with extensive support services on a single, end-to-end, comprehensive platform. This platform and our ability to integrate services are key elements of our success.

• Focus on Results: Inspirica is considered a leader in the field of metrics. We are intensely focused on outcomes that matter. We measure success not by how many people we serve, but the ultimate goal: how many of them achieve - and maintain - permanent housing and stability in their lives.

In this past year, we have opened our 12th facility, a new development of Deeply Affordable Housing, Franklin Apartments. Franklin Apartments is located in the heart of downtown Stamford. The building is made up of 53 deeply affordable apartments, including 26 studios for individuals, 17 two-bedroom units for families and 10 three-bedroom units for families, approximately serving 125 people total. In partnership with Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC), it also includes an Early Childhood Education Center (ECE) with six classrooms that provides 48 infant/toddlers ages 0-3 with critical Early Head Start Education.

Over the past 10 years, we have placed 1,598 men, women, and children into permanent housing, and have made 1,787 job placements. Inspirica continues to be as committed as ever to serving the most vulnerable in our area and, through our full-spectrum of services and housing, fundamentally break the cycle of homelessness in our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Inspirica, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bruce Heller

CFC Capital

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Robert DeVellis

Blair & Potts

Term: 2021 - 2022

James Besaw

GenTrust

Jane Carlin

Professor

Christine Chivily

Bankwell

Valerie Cooper

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Scott Davis

PricewaterhouseCoopers

George Donaldson, Jr.

Marks Paneth LLP

Marianne Drost

Retired

Anthony Gaglio, Jr.

Viking Construction

Benjamin Geiger

Freeman Spogli & Co

Jason Klein

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP

Wendy Lewis

Freepoint Commodities

John McKee

GreyLion Capital LP

Pat Mendelsohn

Community Volunteer

Marcy Minnick

Excello Tool

Randy Skigen

Attorney

Reda Supe

Synchrony

Susan Mirza

Community Volunteer

Katie Bruce

Bridgewater Associates

Emily Tang

Charter Communications

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/09/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.