The Family Pantry-Damiens Place Corp

No One Should Go Hungry

East Wareham, MA   |  https://damiensfoodpantry.org/

Mission

Our mission is to help end hunger in the greater Wareham/New Bedford area by giving food to the people in need, promoting education and hunger awareness in the community, and providing information to our clients regarding other community resources. We welcome people of every age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, or any status, including the homeless, without discrimination. We collaborate with other organizations that share the mission to alleviate hunger in the area.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Jacqueline Arsenault

Main address

PO Box 730

East Wareham, MA 02538 USA

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EIN

22-3278832

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Our programs

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

Food Delivery to Alleviate Food Insecurity

Damien's Place distributes food to individuals and families on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM through 11:30. Since our inception in 1992, we have striven to close the Food Insecurity and Dietary insufficiencies endemic within the populations of the Greater New Bedford and Greater Wareham areas- populations that are historically among the more impoverished communities. Our services are available to everyone without distinction as to race, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, or any status, including the homeless.

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Age groups
Health
Sexual identity
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Where we work

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our mission is to help end hunger in the greater Wareham/New Bedford area by: giving food to the needy, promoting education and hunger awareness in the community, and providing information to our clients regarding other community resources. We welcome people of every age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, or any status, including the homeless, without discrimination. We collaborate with other organizations who share the mission to alleviate hunger in the area.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently were told by 94% of the client's polled that they enjoy the carriages being made up first by volunteers and then brought outside to them. We choose to continue this practice rather than bring the clients back inside to shop for themselves.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, The Greater Boston Food Bank,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    With feedback from the clients, we are truly able to put ourselves in their shoes and see things from their perspective. We see areas that need change that we thought were fine. We see little details that we didn't think meant much be a big deal to people. We benefit from the positive comments and share them with the volunteers for encouragement and take the negative comments and use them as objectives we need to change or do something about. It's an excellent resource for finding out what is working and what is not working for us.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    language barriers can pose a problem,

Financials

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The Family Pantry-Damiens Place Corp

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nicholas Decas

Decas Cranberry Co.

Term: 2021 - 2020

Pauline Lally

Piping Systems Inc.

Cynthia Thomas

Steven Reale

Kristian Stoltenberg

Rosanne Crowley

James Ayers

J and J Technologies, Inc.

Allen Days

Independent Electrician

Father Columban Crotty

Spiritual Advisor

Anita Smith

Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/17/2021

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Data
  • 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 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.