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The CARE Center

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aka Community Assistance Resource Effort   |   New Hope, AL   |  www.thecare-center.org

Mission

Sharing the love and hope of Christ while empowering our neighbors in Southeastern Madison County through education, employment and crisis support.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Andrea Bridges

Main address

PO Box 51

New Hope, AL 35760 USA

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EIN

31-1745581

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Community Foundations (T31)

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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?

Food Pantry

Provides a 3-day supply of food for neighbors in crisis. May be used once every 30 days by qualifying neighbors.

Population(s) Served
Families
Widows and widowers
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities

The CARE Center’s Bags of Blessings is a weekend food security program that has partnered with New Hope Elementary and High School and Owens Cross Roads School to provide meal packs to school children who qualify for this programs. In many cases, the meals at school are the only healthy meals these children receive. The meal packs are distributed discreetly each Fridays and help supplement children through the weekend. Larger break bags are provided for Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break. By providing weekend food to children, school administrators have reported an increase in school day attendance, test scores, and a decrease in behavioral issues; ultimately allowing the children to take their focus off their hunger crisis and put it back on their school work and learning.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The CARE Center is a community collaborator with New Hope, Owens Cross Roads, Brownsboro and Gurley communities through Ignite Your Potential, a workforce development program for young adults ages 17-24. The objective of our program is to assist our clients with identifying and addressing personal barriers that may hinder success and provide career-training opportunities within the local community. We expect those who enter our program to grow within the areas of employability, college preparedness and self-sufficiency.
Additionally, we help our clients gain the social and emotional tools necessary to face everyday stressors in order to achieve goals and sustain success. This is accomplished by assessing and addressing the individual needs of our clients.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Single parents
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities

The CARE Center continues to serve families in southeast Madison County with after school hands-on learning programs and summer camps. These high-quality afterschool and summer camp programs serve as a safe haven for more than 250 students daily at four different sites: Madison County Elementary, New Hope Elementary and Owens Cross Roads Schools as well as New Hope High School. Students and their parents rely on the program to provide homework assistance, STEM activities, reading, art enrichment, physical activity, nutritious snacks, character education, and participation in service learning activities. Students who are enrolled in The CARE Center’s Community Learning Center programs have experienced drastic improvements in grades and character!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

The CARE Center is a community collaborator with New Hope Elementary and High School, Owens Cross Roads Elementary and Madison County Elementary and High School through the Fuel Their Hunger to Learn education initiative. Our objective is to provide students with access to enrichment opportunities, academic remediation and emergency services that previously were unavailable locally. We expect students in our program to grow academically, develop age appropriate social and emotional skills and for their family unit to be strengthened. This is accomplished by giving students access to weekly academic support, enrichment programs and emergency services that lead to student success, growth and development. We do this by providing school day volunteer tutors/mentors, high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs where we close the academic and opportunity gap, and also combat summer learning loss, in addition to CARE Packs (school supplies), Christmas assistance, scholarships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The CARE Center's newest program offering is the Come As You Are Recovery Support Group. This program was started in collaboration with Partnership For A Drug Free Community, and is now lead by our own certified Mental Health Specialist and Certified Peer Mentor.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

The CARE Center provides financial assistance for utilities to qualifying neighbors.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities
Widows and widowers
Families
Adults

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Financials

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The CARE Center

Board of directors
as of 08/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alan Baggett

Alan Baggett

Lee Holland

Rob Hallett

Ashlyn Partridge

Jason Vandiver

Samantha Baugher

Shane Debusk

Matt Clayton

Tae-Seung Lee

Stephen Cayson

Bernadette Berens

Grant Preston

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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Disability