MIDPENN LEGAL SERVICES

Critical Help for Critical Moments

HARRISBURG, PA   |  www.midpenn.org

Mission

MidPenn Legal Services is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to providing equal access to justice and high quality civil legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence in 18 counties in Central Pennsylvania.

Ruling year info

1971

Principal Officer

Rhodia D. Thomas Esq.

Main address

213-A NORTH FRONT STREET

HARRISBURG, PA 17101 USA

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EIN

23-7101191

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since its inception, MidPenn Legal Services (MidPenn) has provided equal access to justice and high quality legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in 18 counties in Central Pennsylvania. Since 1969, we have served nearly 1 million low-income people including survivors of domestic violence in need of protection, tenants facing wrongful evictions, homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure, children who need a stable home environment and the elderly and disabled needing essential services. MidPenn provides a community based response to the critical legal issues facing the most vulnerable members in our communities. By addressing basic survival needs, such as food, housing, safety and financial stability, we rebuild and improve the quality of life for the families and communities we serve.

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?

Critical Help for Critical Moments

MidPenn Legal Services is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides high quality free civil legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in 18 counties in Central Pennsylvania: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Schuylkill and York.

We use the civil justice system to improve the lives of our clients and communities through the provision of high quality impactful legal services.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

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Critical Help for Critical Moments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Critical Help for Critical Moments

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Critical Help for Critical Moments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of casework interviews performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Critical Help for Critical Moments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Help to prevent homelessness and improve housing conditions;
Create a stable family environment for parents and children;
Save families' incomes and preventing predatory lending abuses;
Assist low-income individuals in obtaining access to public benefit programs so that they can provide for themselves and their families; and
Protect victims of domestic violence and sexual violence or intimidation.

MidPenn Legal Services uses a comprehensive delivery system to meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations. In addition to legal advice and representation, we incorporate outreach efforts to connect families in crisis with services and programs in the community that would stabilize their situation. With this knowledge they can overcome crises and regain economic and family stability.

MidPenn collaborates with many statewide and local legal services and human services providers, including domestic violence and housing task forces. We collaborate to develop best practices, create new programs, make client referrals and share information to ensure that the needs of low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence are met.

MidPenn works with the local bar associations and law schools to coordinate and implement volunteer opportunities for the bar members and internships and clinic programs for law students. MidPenn also works with domestic violence shelters to provide holistic representation to domestic violence survivors. MidPenn collaborates with other human services agencies to provide a comprehensive network of support to the communities most vulnerable populations.

Since 1969, MidPenn has provided a community-based response to the critical issues facing the most vulnerable members of the community. We specializes in poverty-related issues. Our attorneys and advocates have developed expertise in housing law, homeless outreach, Social Security, public benefits, expungement, tax controversies, health, consumer, education, domestic violence, custody, divorce, elder law, and other poverty related issues.

In Fiscal Year 2017-2018, MidPenn handled 11,070 cases. We provided legal advice and representation that benefited 20,952 adults and children. An economic benefit of $4,476,455 was achieved for our clients and the communities in which they live.

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?

    MidPenn Legal Services provides legal services to individuals living at or below 125% of the poverty threshold. We serve survivors of domestic violence without regard to income.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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?

    MidPenn develops new programs based on the needs of the community. We have implemented programs to help low income taxpayers resolve tax controversies and to assist individuals involved in the criminal justice system obtain expungements.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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MIDPENN LEGAL SERVICES

Board of directors
as of 6/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Esq. Michael Pykosh

Debra Smith

Schuylkill County Bar Association

James DeAngelo

Dauphin County Bar Association

Lee Rager, Sr.

Chamber of Commerce

Adam Boyer

Adams County Bar Association

Justine Boatwright

York County Housing Authority

Joy Burton

No Affiliation

Ian Ehrgood

Lebanon County Bar Association

Jill Engle

Centre County Bar Association

Andrew Fick

Berks County Bar Association

Thomas O'Shea

York County Bar Association

Jerry Philpott

Perry County Bar Association

Sheila O'Rourke

Lancaster Bar Assocation

Michael Pykosh

Cumberland County Bar Association

Crystal Roan

No Affiliation

Kathleen Pratt-Swartz

No Affiliation

Suzanne Trinh

Franklin County Bar Association

Lurnetta Young

No Affiliation

Yaqinah Abdurrahman

No Affiliation

Susan Bardo

Centre County Bar Association

Raff Donelson

Penn State Dickinson Law

Michael Kipphan

Huntingdon County Bar Association

Amanda Sholtis

Widener University Commonwealth

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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/11/2021

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Data
  • 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 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.