Mission To El Salvador

Freedom to Grow / Libertad para Crecer

WEXFORD, PA   |  www.missiontoelsalvador.com

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Jonathan Snyder

Main address

171 BERRY FIELD CT

WEXFORD, PA 15090 USA

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EIN

27-1127691

NTEE code info

Urban, Community (S31)

Employment Training (J22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

New Dawn Residential Treatment Program

New Dawn is a residential treatment program for minors who are struggling with substance abuse issues. Our program is holistic as we seek to address all components of addiction.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

The Lighthouse Resource Center exists to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals in our community. We are open 5 days a week and provide resources including shower facilities, meals, clothing, medicine, recreational facilities, support groups, Bible studies, therapy, job training, and micro-enterprise opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

One of the resources we offer at the Lighthouse Resource Center is a job training programmed designed to serve survivors of human trafficking. Combined with our other resources, we are able to offer long-term aftercare and job reintegration for survivors in El Salvador.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Sex workers

Where we work

Awards

Sello de Buenas Practicas 2020

Commisión Nacional Antidrogras de El Salvador

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 youth between the ages of 10-17 receiving addiction treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Lighthouse Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 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.

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

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We established a system in our resource center, and due to client feedback following the changes in our community from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working through a process of restructuring and adapting our programs to better meet the needs of our clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    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, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Mission To El Salvador

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jonathan Snyder

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 ? 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/11/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, 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: 02/11/2021

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 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.