Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Mission To El Salvador

Freedom to Grow / Libertad para Crecer

WEXFORD, PA

Mission

We exist to empower Salvadorans to find freedom to realize their dreams and pursue their futures.

Ruling Year

2015

Principal Officer

Jonathan Snyder

Main Address

171 BERRY FIELD CT

WEXFORD, PA 15090 USA

Keywords

community development, recovery, after-care

EIN

27-1127691

 Number

4949143733

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Urban, Community (S31)

Employment Training (J22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

El Salvador is a beautiful country, but it has suffered as a result of a brutal 12 year civil war that left scars of violence, trauma, and poverty. We take a holistic approach to creating sustainable projects which address the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental needs of those most vulnerable to the defeating consequences of poverty, addiction, and exploitation in El Salvador. Vulnerable members of our community include survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation, individuals facing homelessness and extreme poverty, individuals who have recently returned from the U.S., and adults and children who are on a journey toward addiction recovery. Instead of giving hand-outs and creating dependency, we work to give a hand up as we identify assets and potential in those we serve. We are working to empower these members of our community toward new opportunities, dignifying work, and a chance to dream about and work toward a new future where they truly can find freedom to grow.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

New Dawn Residential Treatment Program

Lighthouse Resource Center

Free The Girls: Fight Human Trafficking

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of youth between the ages of 10-17 receiving addiction treatment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

New Dawn Residential Treatment Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our residential treatment program houses up to 12 youth at a time, with an average of 3-6 at a time since we started. We continue to serve youth through follow-up care.

Number of trafficking survivors receiving psychological care and job training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Free The Girls: Fight Human Trafficking

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers describe survivors of trafficking and exploitation who are currently receiving psychological care and who are also participating in our labor reintegration program.

Number of homeless population receiving mental health services as well as addiction treatment services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Lighthouse Resource Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of vulnerable community members with access to resources and services including meals, shower, job training, therapy, recreation, social support, etc.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Lighthouse Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We are on a mission to empower vulnerable Salvadorans to find freedom to realize their dreams and pursue their futures. We aim to accomplish this by addressing issues of urban poverty at the core by offering residential substance abuse treatment for youth, comprehensive after-care for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation, and offering dignifying work opportunities for those who are struggling with homelessness and/or extreme poverty. Our goals are to see our clients move away from the barriers that hold them back from reintegrating in a healthy way into society, and we aim to empower them to contribute to their families and communities.

Our strategies are to address the problems at the core in the following ways: - We are located in a high-risk community in San Salvador. El Salvador, and particularly this community, has one of the highest rates of alcohol related deaths in the world. Our strategy to confront this issue is through early intervention in our youth residential program, through prevention in Salvadoran schools, and by offering addiction treatment and rehab referral for adults in our community. -Our strategy for addressing the issues of trafficking and exploitation in our community are to identify victims in our community, and to offer job training, psychological treatment, and social support to help survivors reintegrate into their communities. -Our strategy for addresses issues of homelessness and extreme poverty in our community is to offer a "hand-up" instead of a "hand-out" through community resources at our resource center. These resources include showers, daily meals, and recreation in addition to psychological treatment, addiction treatment, life skills training, job training, and opportunities for dignified work.

We have trained professionals on our staff included personnel certified in addiction treatment, anti-trafficking work, social work, psychological treatment, administration, and project management. Our multi-disciplinary team works to address the problems in our community in a holistic way to offer our clients the very best chance of success. Our residential treatment program is the only one residential care facility for youth in El Salvador so we are positioned to intervene early to help youth who are struggling with substance abuse issues. We also work closely with government organizations to help survivors of trafficking make a healthy transition through our social and labor reintegration programs and to avoid the risk of re-trafficking. Finally, our resource center is ideally located to reach those who are on the streets or in dire poverty so that we are easily accessible to those most in need in our community.

We measure progress in the following areas: -The New Dawn Residential Treatment Program measures progress by number of graduates, and long-term success of those graduates through follow-up care and check-ins for each graduate. -The Lighthouse Resources Center tracks progress through our "level" system. As each client progresses through the system, they must meet certain therapeutic markers and complete various workshops and counseling sessions as they progress toward social and labor reintegration. We also measure their economic progression by using the "Progress Out of Poverty Index" as they advance through the level system.

Since Mission To El Salvador was founded in 2009, we have seen much growth and development. We began as a small outreach to the homeless community of San Salvador and have since grown to include a residential rehab program for youth and a community resource center which serves hundreds each week. We have also developed partnerships with NGOs, churches, and government agencies in the U.S., Canada, and El Salvador and we have developed an internships and short-term service program for volunteers.

How We Listen

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

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, community meetings/town halls.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time.
What significant change resulted from feedback
As a result of our client feedback, we added additional services to our resource center to better serve the needs of the populations that we are serving.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & 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?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable