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Cornerstone Community Housing, Inc.

Hope Help Home

aka Earl's Place   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.cchbaltimore.org

Mission

Cornerstone Community Housing has a twofold mission. We are dedicated to helping men experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives and to changing attitudes toward homelessness through outreach and education.

Notes from the nonprofit

United Ministries received the Standards for Excellence Certification through Maryland Nonprofits in 2013. The Standards for Excellence program works to strengthen nonprofits and improve the public's trust of nonprofit organizations. Providing the best possible resources to help build the capacity of nonprofits to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their communities.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Sheila Helgerson

Main address

1400 E Lombard Street Office

Baltimore, MD 21231 USA

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Formerly known as

United Ministries, Inc.

EIN

52-1857927

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to make homelessness rare and brief. We provide housing and support services to men who are experiencing homeless and substance use disorders.

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?

Earl's Place Transitional Housing Program

The program capacity is 17 and the men may remain in the program for up to two years. Earl’s Place assists the men in a move toward economic independence, reconnecting with their families, obtaining permanent housing and rejoining society as positive, productive citizens. Each man works with the case manager to determine both short and long-term goals and to locate community services, such as health care, education and job training.  Random drug screens are administered, all residents adhere to a curfew and maintain the house through chore assignments.  The program consists of three levels.  During Level I the men are required to attend daily Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous(NA/AA) meetings, attend a weekly step meeting based on the NA and AA steps and meet with the case manager weekly. The men move to Level II if they have met the requirements of Level I;  Level IIallows for a later curfew and weekend passes.  Level III is independent living; the men have successfully completed the program and moved into their own housing. To help ensure continued success, one year of formal follow-up is provided when a resident moves to permanent housing; however, we are available for support as long as they desire assistance. 
We feel that our program design is crucial to our success in assisting residents in obtaining permanent housing.   The culture of our program is one of inclusiveness and supportiveness. Our program continues to evolve as we strive to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible in working to make homeless rare and brief.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adults

Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations


Since 2006

Awards

James E. Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award 2010

Howard University School of Divinity and United Church of Christ

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2005

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2007

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 homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Men and boys

Related Program

Earl's Place Transitional Housing Program

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

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

Men and boys

Related Program

Earl's Place Transitional Housing Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We are working to end homelessness one person at a time.

We believe that every person is an individual with hopes and dreams that should be nurtured. We work with each person to assist them in locating resources to help ensure success.

Cornerstone Community Housing has provided housing and support services to men experiencing homelessness for over 20 years. Capabilities include an experienced staff that is committed to working with the men we serve to help change their lives and a dedicated Board that assists in helping the program succeed.

We have opened a second project, Prospect Place, that provides permanent housing and support to chronically homeless men. We have assisted more than 350 men and more than 50% and moved to permanent housing.

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 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 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cornerstone Community Housing, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Bartell

Retired

Term: 2022 - 2025

Erika McClammy

McClammy & Associates, LLC

Tony Parrott

GWL& M, LLP

Thomas Bond, III

Summit Community Health

Reginald Benbow

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Charles Brown

MorganStanley

John Powers

Mercy Health Services

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 9/11/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.