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Cornerstone Community Development Corporation dba Building Futures with Women & Children

aka Building Futures with Women and Children   |   San Leandro, CA   |  www.BFWC.org

Mission

Building Futures' mission is to build communities with underserved individuals and families where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and family violence. All of Building Futures' programs and services are designed to help Alameda County residents live free from homelessness and domestic violence.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Liz Varela

Main address

1840 Fairway Drive

San Leandro, CA 94577 USA

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EIN

94-3100741

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Building Futures exists to serve Alameda County individuals and families of all ages who are building better futures after homelessness and domestic violence.

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?

San Leandro Shelter

Opened in 1986, the San Leandro Shelter is Building Futures’ oldest service site. Today, the San Leandro Shelter provides 30 beds to women with and without children. The San Leandro Shelter provides a warm and safe environment and support services designed to help residents address the obstacles they face to ending their homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Homeless people

Founded in 1989 by the Alameda Homeless Network and the City of Alameda, Midway provides 25 beds and services for homeless women and children. Building Futures was chosen to operate the shelter in 2001. The Midway Shelter provides a nurturing environment and tailored support services designed to help residents address the obstacles they face to ending their homelessness.The name “Midway” represents the shift in the lives of women and children served, where the cycle of homelessness and domestic violence falls away and a new future can be built.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

Sister Me Home provides confidential shelter and support services in an environment of safety, empowerment, and healing. Sister Me Home is open to all who flee domestic violence, regardless of gender identification.

The shelter provides twenty 20 beds with twenty-four-hour staffing and culturally appropriate support services, including case management, mental health counseling, domestic violence groups and one-on-one assistance, children's programming, and referrals to health, legal, housing, and other assistance.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

Bessie Coleman Court (BCC) is a 52-unit supportive permanent housing complex for women and men and children who have experienced chronic homelessness and domestic violence. Building Futures provides 24-hour awake staffing, case management, groups and other services with residents, many of whom have emotional and physical disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

Building Futures’ domestic violence outreach team provides advocacy, case management, navigation, and support to those affected by domestic violence who are not living in shelters. Clients may receive free one-on-one counseling sessions with a trained domestic violence counselor, free supportive court accompaniment for domestic violence-related court appearances, and referrals for related services. These services are also offered in Spanish.

Services also include outreach to educate the public and increase awareness of domestic violence. Topics include the dynamics of abusive relationships, how to recognize signs of abuse, and connecting survivors with support. Building Futures also provides a 40-hour training for service providers that meets State requirements for domestic violence counselors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Building Futures operates three Housing Resource Centers (HRCs): North County Family Front Door, San Leandro Housing Resource Center, and Alameda Housing Resource Center. Each one serves individuals and families as a one-stop hub that is part of the Alameda County Coordinated Entry System to assess and prioritize homeless or at-risk families for a range of shelter, housing and supportive services.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

Two warming shelters in churches in San Leandro and Alameda are open from November to April on nights when very cold weather or rain is forecast. Warming shelter guests receive overnight shelter; dinner and breakfast; voluntary referrals to the Alameda County Health Van or other health and behavioral health services, and linkage to the Alameda County Coordinated Entry System for housing services.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

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.

1. Progress Toward Greater Racial Equity: forge a housing philosophy which centers equity as we connect them with housing AND help maintain families housing and wellness. Re-envision programming, services, and staffing at Building Futures; In what ways are we, even as a POC-led agency with a high percentage of POC staff, upholding structural racism? How can we manifest greater equity in the way we serve clients and add/maintain/retain staff? 2. San Leandro Navigation Center. City of San Leandro in the process of buying Nimitz Motel with state Home Key funding for a navigation center and permanent supportive housing project. The City is moving forward with the purchase of the hotel. Building Futures is meeting weekly with the City of San Leandro and Eden Housing on a Home Key application to the state. Site will be a drop-in center and shelter for two to three years, then transition to a permanent supportive housing operated by Building Futures.
3. Fully integrating the agency’s Housing programs to better serve survivors of Gender-Based Violence: We have completed our goal of distributing all 10% (87) emergency housing vouchers for gender-based violence survivors in the county. We are continuing to review applications, so applicants can receive a voucher and eventually into housing. We are currently establishing a process for this next phase of the work. The next phase is launching the parallel Coordinated Entry hub which serves survivors of GBV and their families. The project is consistent with Building Futures’ mission and plans in that it exists to connect survivors of GBV to the County’s blueprint and system to end homelessness.

Building Futures' board and staff are progressing in the planning processes we have forged to achieve the three identified goals.

1. The agency is securing a consultant who will lead this process.

2. The City of San Leandro and Building Futures were not awarded this funding the second round; using the feedback we received in that cycle, we are developing our application for the third cycle of this state funding.

3. As of 10/15/22Building Futures' Director of Domestic Violence Services is completing the effort to launch the DV CES service model.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cornerstone Community Development Corporation dba Building Futures with Women & Children

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cristi Ritschel

Satellite Affordable Housing

Term: 2017 - 2026

Sandy Schnieder

Pacific Bell (retired)

Paul Carney

Merritt Community Capital

Carla Dartis

Movement Strategy Center

Jean Hom

Jean Hom Consulting

Cristi Ritschel

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

Liz Varela

Building Futures with Women and Children

Nicole Hankton

Visit Walnut Creek

Ellen Dektar

Unite Us

Ingrid Jonsson

Robert Half

Rob Rich

Cahill Contractors, LLC (Ret.)

Tyng Liu

Robert Half Associates

Carrie Lutjens

Satellite Affordable Housing

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2024

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/16/2022

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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 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 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.