Human Services

CHESAPEAKE MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER INC

Empowering People from Different Cultures to Become Successful and Engaged Members of Our Community

Easton, MD   |  www.chesmrc.org

Mission

The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) empowers people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Matthew Peters

Assistant Director

Estela Vianey Ramirez

Main address

331 E. Dover Street PO Box 1990

Easton, MD 21601 USA

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EIN

46-0893377

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since its inception in September 2012, ChesMRC has provided services to more than 3,500 immigrants from approximately 50 countries in Talbot and surrounding counties. These immigrants now call the Eastern Shore of Maryland “home”. Each immigrant has a special story that has led him or her to this new place. ChesMRC is here to listen to and advance each new story. Whether immigrants are looking to improve education, advance their career, reunite with family, or find safety and stability, ChesMRC provides guidance and resources for the fulfillment of their dreams and the greater good of the community.

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?

Afterschool Program Grades 1-5

ChesMRC and Talbot County Public Schools partnered to implement and provide a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Afterschool Program to students Grades 1-5 who reside in Talbot County. The funds for this grant ended in 2018 and ChesMRC, through private funding and funding provided by Talbot Family Network (Healthy Habits Program) has been able to continue the program for up to 90 students annually. The ChesMRC Afterschool program is an enrichment program for students of Talbot County in Grades 1-5. The program focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to help students with their reading and math skills as well as FSNE (Food Supplement Nutrition Education) curriculum to ensure students are educated on the importance of eating and living healthy. The goal of the afterschool program is to increase students’ Math, Reading and Science assessment scores and skills, as well as to provide adult educational programming such as English as a Second Language (ESL), Parenting Skills, and healthy family nights to parents of students participating in the program. ChesMRC also through volunteers and private donations implements Middle and High School afterschool programs which tutors students and provides assistance with college mentoring and navigating applying and attending college.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Minorities
Budget
$118,949

The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 9am - 6pm. We are located at 331 E. Dover Street in Easton, Maryland. You can contact us at any time at 443-786-1120, or write info@chesmrc.org. We provide information, referrals and/or direct services for: -legal services -immigration services -health services -enrollment/ renewal of Medicaid and/or health insurance --plans -education -employment -counseling -interpretation and translation services -recreation -English classes -family support -taxes -driver’s license -trainings for organizations, including Cultural Competence

Population(s) Served
Immigrants, newcomers, refugees
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$147,562

The Cultural Competency and Interpreter program was created to ensure that the non-English Speaking (NES) community of Talbot County has access to trusted, professional interpreters and culturally competent services across all agencies of Talbot County. The program provides cultural competence training to service providers throughout the Mid-Shore and has established a training program for local interpreters while developing a self-sustaining service in the community.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$25,024

Where we work

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 participants with improved knowledge about smoking and how to reduce it

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

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Afterschool Program Grades 1-5

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Through the afterschool program and funding from the Cigarette Restiution, ChesMRC educates youth and their families about the dangers of tobacco use.

Number of families who have to have health insurance for their children

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

Families

Related Program

Resource Center & Immigration Clinic

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through grants with Maryland Health Connection, SEEDCO and Eastern Shore AHEC, ChesMRC enrolls families into Medicaid or Qualified Health Plans

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) empowers people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community through the provision of direct services, as well as educational and informational programs. While the organization serves anyone who requests assistance, our primary focus is to help the Limited English Proficient (LEP) population to successfully integrate into the community. One of ChesMRC’s key objectives is to connect this vulnerable population to the existing network of public and private service providers (also referred as partners). In addition, we support the outreach efforts of our partners and respond to their requests to intervene in specific cases. ChesMRC became a Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited organization in 2016 and can directly assist, without the need for a lawyer, immigration cases. ChesMRC also became a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Organization and can directly enroll or renew families into Medicaid and health insurance plans. OUR GENERAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES • Legal Residency & Citizenship Services: Offer legal pathways to residency and citizenship to eligible immigrants by improving and expanding direct services in those areas • Youth Development: Empower young minds by providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring and mentoring, maintain partnerships with key youth development organizations • Resource Center: Promote dignity, safety and stability by providing referral services such as Health, Legal, Labor, Social Service, Safety and Housing for immigrants • Language and Cultural Competency: Promote excellence in bilingual service provision by expanding language interpretation resources and cultural competence training programs • Community Stature and Collaboration: Foster community collaborations and engagement by increasing community awareness about ChesMRC’s work

ChesMRC has recently purchased a permanent home in to be the new Community Center to the immigrant community in the heart of the minority district in Easton, MD. Our community has benefited since the ChesMRC opened its doors in 2012 in the following ways: - More services: Over the last year, ChesMRC’s average yearly services increased from 1,500 to over 2,500 in 2018. - Resilient and engaged immigrant community: By assisting and empowering the immigrant community, all citizens of the Mid Shore Community will benefit by having a community that is more informed, educated, civically engaged, and economically active. - Increased cultural vibrancy: ChesMRC has proudly served immigrant clients from approximately 50 different countries and is continuing to expand the number of nationalities we serve. - Meaningful support for future generations: ChesMRC provides weekly after-school programming for over 90 elementary students in Talbot County. Currently the Easton Elementary student body identifies as 36 percent Hispanic, making these children the majority and no longer the minority. - Mentoring for future college students: ChesMRC provides mentoring and tutoring services to approximately 20 High School students. First generation students need abundant guidance, support and motivation in their journey to college. - Access to trusted legal services: ChesMRC holds quarterly immigration clinics with experienced immigration attorneys who provide free consultations and affordable legal services. Maintaining a fully functioning DOJ -Accredited legal clinic on the Eastern Shore results in an estimated $50,000 savings for the vulnerable immigration community. - Increased professionalism: Through our language access and cultural competence program, more than 50 bilingual individuals have become professionally trained interpreters and almost 1,000 service providers received training on cross-cultural dynamics. - More programs, outreach, and collaborations: Our new Community Center will allow us to increase our programmatic capacity and outreach efforts. The space will also be available to support initiatives from community partners. A higher level of community integration and inclusiveness will be possible.

With a more convenient and accessible location, our staff is now providing a myriad of services to immigrants throughout the Mid Shore. Services include, but are not limited to, youth development, legal immigration, cultural competence, and interpretive programs. ChesMRC has worked hard building partnerships with many organizations and service providers throughout the Eastern Shore and are able to quickly and efficiently resolve immediate problems for immigrant families in need. ChesMRC is now a known and trusted resource for on immigration for the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, funding from local governments and private funding, ChesMRC is able to provide weekly after school programs for at-risk youth students grades 1-12.

Quantitative data is tracked in our database (CAP60), which captures client and family information, and monitors direct and indirect services provided. In addition, we conduct follow up with clients to determine how these services have improved their standard of living. Our after school program is evaluated each year to identify how students attending the program are progressing. Surveys are administered for families to identify health and wellness trends after attending events through the after school nutrition program.

- Over the last year, ChesMRC’s average yearly services increased from 1,500 to over 2,500 in 2018. - Increased cultural vibrancy: ChesMRC has proudly served over 3500 immigrant clients from approximately 50 different countries and is continuing to expand the number of nationalities we serve. - ChesMRC provides weekly after-school programming for over 90 elementary students in Talbot County. Currently the Easton Elementary student body identifies as 36% Hispanic, making these children the majority and no longer the minority. - ChesMRC provides mentoring and tutoring services to approximately 20 High School students. First generation students need abundant guidance, support and motivation in their journey to college. - Access to trusted legal services: ChesMRC holds quarterly immigration clinics with experienced immigration attorneys who provide free consultations and affordable legal services. Maintaining a fully functioning DOJ -Accredited legal clinic on the Eastern Shore results in an estimated $50,000 savings for the vulnerable immigration community. - Increased professionalism: Through our language access and cultural competence program, more than 50 bilingual individuals have become professionally trained interpreters and almost 1,000 service providers received training on cross-cultural dynamics. The amount of work needed to maintain the Resource Center, Youth Programs and the Accredited Legal Clinic for the Eastern Shore is expanding, as we have a rapidly increasing population on the Shore that are in dire need of these services. Over the past year, ChesMRC’s average yearly services increased from 1,500 annually to over 2,500 in 2018. With a more convenient and accessible location, our staff is now providing a myriad of services to immigrants throughout the Mid Shore. Services include, but are not limited to, youth development, legal immigration, cultural competence, and interpretive programs. Our new Community Center will allow us to increase our programmatic capacity and outreach efforts. The space will also be available to support initiatives from community partners. A higher level of community integration and inclusiveness will be possible.

Financials

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CHESAPEAKE MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Ford

N/A

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Harvey Zendt

Chesapeake Maritime Museum

Term: 2019 - 2022

Larry Burrows

Ramon Gras

Constance Hope

Robert Kelly

John Miller

Rosalee Potter

Virginia Tiernan

Harvey Zendt

Karen Burke

John Ford

Harvey Zendt

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? 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 11/15/2019

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

Youth Development, Resource Center, Immigration Clinic