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TABITHA HOUSE MINISTRIES, INC. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/30/2014: TABITHA HOUSE MINISTRIES, INC.

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Bakersfield, CA
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TABITHA HOUSE MINISTRIES, INC. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/30/2014: TABITHA HOUSE MINISTRIES, INC.

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Physical Address: Bakersfield, CA 93307 
EIN: 77-0533771
Web URL: tabithahouseministries.org 
NTEE Category: F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F50 Addictive Disorders N.E.C.
L Housing, Shelter
L41 Temporary Shelter For the Homeless
P Human Services
P40 Family Services
Ruling Year: 2000 


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Mission Statement

The mission of Tabitha House is to gather the hurting multitudes suffering from poor decisions, and show them there is another way to live life to the fullest.To provide a safe haven reflecting a loving and caring Christian environment for individuals and families needing shelter, food, clothing, substance abuse counseling, parenting skills, employment assistance, and other assistance leading to self-sufficiency.To focus on parents in families in order to break the generational cycle of substance abuse and immoral behavior.To teach families and individuals to become productive parts of the community and to give back.

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Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

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Leadership

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Mrs. Bennie R Jacobs

Term:

Since Jan 1986

Profile:

Mrs. Bennie R. Jacobs is the founder of the nonprofit organization known as Tabitha House Ministries, Inc. She began the organization while in her fifties and she is now 78 years of age and going strong. Her vision of helping pregnant mothers has been realized. The organization under her leadership has grown into an iconic place known throughout Kern County. Under her direction the organization has served over 10,000 individuals needing assistance. She has over 20 years of nonprofit experience. She has received an honorary doctoral degree for her ground breaking work with changing the lives of the homeless, destitute, criminal minded, substance abusers, mentally ill, and economically disenfranchised individuals.

Leadership Statement:

There are more facilities in our state and nation that care for animals than facilities that care for families in crisis. The number of families needing immediate crisis assistance is growing out of proportion with the current supply of available help. In Kern County alone there is only one facility that can house and provide intervention residential services to families. The single residential facility is known as Tabitha House. Crisis intervention is critical for families before they become a major financial burden to tax payers. Each year in Kern County there are over 5,000 calls to 911 for families crying out for help. Currently, it is estimated that a family in crisis can cost taxpayers up to $5,000 per month. Tax payers pay for public services used by families in crisis; ambulance, CPS, police intervention, medical injury, court costs, and various types of public assistance (cash aid, food stamps, medi-cal, etc.). Tabitha House is the only full service residential service provider and without these services families would not get the help they need. The social cost and value of these families is too great, just to do nothing! Tabitha's House has reached out to families and individuals by establishing a one-of-kind comprehensive program that addresses the complex needs of families and individuals suffering from substance abuse and/or housing displacement. Tabitha's House has always concentrated its efforts on serving residents living in the Kern County area, but because of the scarcity of residential family service providers, the organization receives referrals from families in distress from across the United States. This is why Tabitha House is so unique in that it is the only family service provider established in Kern County to meet the current high demand for distressed families; including large and whole families. Tabitha House falls in the category of only a handful of agencies in California and across the United States that are willing to accommodate these two types of families. In this time of great need, the lack of jobs and sluggish economy which has negatively impacted families and placed a great challenge on the numbers to be served by Tabitha House.

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Programs

Program: Goals for Life Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$150,000
Category:
Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served:
Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

Tabitha House has established the ""Goals for Life Program"" for meeting the self-sufficiency needs of individuals. This program focuses on the hardest to serve individuals and includes an array of in-house services along with the assistance of outside service providers. The purpose of the Goals for Life Program is to teach individuals how to live productive and healthy life styles. The program teaches clients how to remove common barriers to obtaining self-sufficiency goals. These may be barriers to finding employment, housing, completing education, overcoming drug addiction, and family reunification. Entry into the program begins with an eligibility interview. Priorities are given to families and women with children, then single individuals. Individuals will be required to fill out an application for admission. Individuals will undergo an interview. After the interview the individual may be admitted into the program or placed on a waiting list depending on availability.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program success is measured after one year of individual class completion and 6 months of continuous sobriety. Individuals must complete a minimum of 100% of coursework with 80% of class attendance to receive a program completion certificate. The ultimate goal is obtaining 100% sobriety following the first 90 days of the program. Sobriety is measured by routine monthly drug testing.

Program Short-Term Success:

Sobriety drug free success is measured after 90 days, when clients have tested drug free. The objective is to obtain 100% sobriety for all clients after 90 days of program service. Success is determined by negative drug tests.

Program Success Monitored by:

All client measures are tracked by the assigned Case Manager as documented in the client record. The client record holds copies of all drug tests and client coursework class completion forms. The drug tests and coursework sheets are used to document client success towards sobriety and program completion. The Program Manager along with the Case Manager monitor client progress and determine client program completion.

Program Success Examples:

My name is Susana. I was kicked out of my house at 14 because my Dad didn't want any daughters. I slept behind a dumpster. I had nowhere to go. There have been many horrible things that have happened to me. Because of this, I have done drugs almost all my life. I've beat people up. I have stolen, cheated, lied, and shot several times. I almost killed someone with my bare hands. I was mean, very mean. But, God bless the day that I walked into Tabitha House on my own and met Mrs. Bennie. My life has completely changed. I have my children, a job and a wonderful life. I could not have done it without Tabitha House.

Program: Transitional Housing Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$25,000
Category:
Housing, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Homeless

Program Description:

The Transitional Housing Program targets individuals and families who need temporary housing, until suitable housing can be found. This program assists the homeless, displaced individuals, and families referred from other housing agencies. Many of the families and individuals are referred from the local homeless housing assistance providers, hospitals, and government agencies. The program is designed to transition participants within six months into permanent housing. The program includes assistance with employment, furniture, rental assistance, and supportive services as needed.

Program Long-Term Success:

The program serves to allow individuals and families to transition themselves into permanent housing. The goal is to place 100% of displaced families back into permanent housing. Success is measured by client acquisition of housing within the first 12 months of the program. Families helped in securing first months rent, deposit, furniture and households items, rental agreements and transported to their new dwelling.

Program Short-Term Success:

The program has had great success in preventing individuals from becoming homeless. Each individual and family does not leave the program until they have sustainable housing. This translates into build in program success. In 2010 the program served over 50 individuals and families that were transferred into sustainable housing. Tabitha House client success into transitional housing is at 92%.

Program Success Monitored by:

Program success is measured by case notes in the client record. The case notes document client housing at exit interview from program. The Case Manager is responsible for recording client successful transition into housing.

Program Success Examples:

We are the Sandoval Family we came to Tabitha House looking for shelter. My husband lost his job and we were about to be homeless with a three-month old baby girl. We prayed for a good Godly environment and he brought us here. We have grown up so much within the past year and our marriage. Mrs. Bennie and the Lord has allowed me to bring my 14 year old daughter back home and my husband's 18 year old daughter to come live with us. I have seen so many people who need help. We now have our own apartment and my husband a great job as a cook. I just thank God and Tabitha's House for helping us to get our lives together

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Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Employment, General/Other
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Other Named Groups
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

The Work Experience Program component is designed to help individuals who have numerous barriers to employment to develop positive job skills, and gain valuable work experience leading towards full-time employment. This is accomplished through real world job employment while placed at private, public, or nonprofit worksites. Tabitha House works with all Participants to establish a job placement in the industry that best fits their education, work history or previous training. Tabitha House Work Experience Program Staff along with Worksite Management provide the needed support required to build the necessary work skills to be successful with any employer. The weekly Participant evaluations and routine WEP staff instructional workshops aid in the employment growth process. The program is supplemented by Work Readiness development.

Program Long-Term Success:

The ultimate change is the completion of client work experience hours and the successful completion of18.5 hours of employment readiness.Work experience component is geared to provide on-hands employment experience with a local employer. This provides participants with real life employment skills and learning. Work readiness is designed to help participants develop positive job attitudes leading towards an excellent work values and ethics, while avoiding employment pitfalls and focusing on positive employment growth. Participants receive a minimum of 18.5 hours of classroom instruction and receive a completion certificate.The Job Search Program component is designed to help Participants enter into full-time employment. Job Search is the final component culminating all the hard effort received from hands-on Work Experience and Work Readiness Program instruction. Participants are resume ready and interview primed to secure employment.

Program Short-Term Success:

The program allows for 17 youth ages 18 to 25 years of age to earn paid work experience. The last program year allowed Tabitha House to enroll 21 youth, both males and females. These youth were placed in their choice of employment; included construction, office clerical, or retail management. The program was able to serve 21 youth, with 20 of the 21 youths (95%) successfully earning their program completion certificates.

Program Success Monitored by:

The program success is measured by the Course Work Completion Certification and time sheets for completion of work experience. In addition, the class completion form represents the class courses and time earned by each participant. The Case Manager monitors and collects each form. The Program Manager monitors work experience time sheets, monitors all participant progress and validates completion.

Program Success Examples:

This program serves high risk youth who have poor work ethics. The program administers an employment survey to each youth. The survey allows the program to target weak areas in employment. This could be attitudes about dress, attendance, time sheet recording, team work, etc. All participants were again tested on the employment survey before completing the program to measure any change in their work ethic. All participants who completed the program (95%) had a positive change and were very thankful for the opportunity to earn a paycheck.

Program: Tabitha's Treasurers Thrift Store Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$5,000
Category:
Employment, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

The Tabitha's Treasures Program is designed to assist needy individuals and the low income community with retail merchandise. Tabitha's Treasures serves a dual purpose as a local community based thrift store. First, the store provides inexpensive clothing, furniture, appliances and many other items to individuals and families who do not have the money to buy new. Tabitha's Treasures provides all items at low cost or no cost based on the need. The store helps support many single parent families in the community. Second, the store serves as a work training facility for individuals needing work experience and individuals requiring community service hours.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Tabitha's Treasurers Program serves approximately 75 individuals and families weekly. The success of the program is meeting the needs of families who come to Tabitha House seeking assistance and are referred to the thrift store for meeting their needs for clothing, furniture, bedding, etc. The program measures success by the number of completed requests provided by Tabitha House. Each request is recorded on a voucher form which outlines the need request by an individual or family.

Program Short-Term Success:

Tabitha House is able to honor the majority of needy individual requests. At lease 85% of requests are fulfilled and the 15% unfulfilled these individuals or families are referred to other agencies. Case Manager or Program Manager provides the follow-up or referral for all requests. This ensures client satisfaction.

Program Success Monitored by:

The tool for monitoring success is the Client Voucher Form which is used to record the client need and how the need was fully met. The Case Manager or Program Manager monitor the complete satisfaction of the request by the individual or family member.

Program Success Examples:

Tabitha House had a request by a family with 9 members. The family included the mother with 3 children and her daughter with 5 children. The family apartment had caught fire and the majority of their possessions were ruined by the fire or the process of putting out the fire. The family needed everything, but they came to Tabitha House specifically for clothing. Tabitha House was able to supply all their clothing needs.

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Budget:
$5,000
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Tabitha House offers to public and private educational institutions an Internship Program for college students needing hands-on experience. Tabitha House serves as a training facility for new students entering into the fields of Criminal Justice, Psychology, CADAC (Drug and Alcohol Certification). The students receive invaluable hands-on experience while serving a variety of clients. Students learn Case Management, drug testing, drug education, client intake, client assessments (including Alcohol & Substance Index 2 hour evaluation), client referrals, handling conflict and many more valuable tasks. During internship and upon completion students are evaluated and a written report is provided to their educational institution.

Program Long-Term Success:

The ultimate success is the student completion of their internship hours. The program seeks 100% success and serves approximately 25 students per year.

Program Short-Term Success:

The program has enrolled over 15 students in the program this year, with all 12 students completing thus far and 3 students near completion. By the end of the student internship all students will have received valuable training in 12 key areas. This training prepares the student interns to be able to handle any situation that they may encounter.

Program Success Monitored by:

The program has a 92% student completion success rate. This measured by the student time sheet for hours required for completion.

Program Success Examples:

Intern students come to Tabitha House with little or no hands on experience in dealing with the hardest to serve populations. The program has helped students to effectively deal with abnormal human behaviors. The feedback given to staff from interns is that "They are so grateful for all that they have learned." The internship has prepared them with life long learning and for their future growth in the field of Social Sciences. They are often grateful for the human tools that have been given to them. They complete their program knowing how to resolve human conflict, evaluate and assess human needs against wants, effectively drug test, administer professional discipline, work with diverse groups, take control of volatile and hostile individuals, counsel individuals, construct meaningful lesson plans, and educate others. At the end an evaluation determines how well they have learned. The majority (92%) score above average on their program exit evaluation.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

1. The major accomplishment over the past year for Tabitha House was upgrading to a facility of the highest quality. Tabitha House moved the entire operation out of the old 1920s Metropole Hotel facility and into a modern 2008 built facility that has all the comforts for serving the needs of families and children residing at Tabitha House. 2. The second major accomplishment was securing the necessary down payment of $65,000 required for initiating the purchase agreement for the 404 So. Williams property and having 5-years to pay off the remaining balance. 3. The third major accomplishment was the negotiated purchase price of $545,000 for the current housing facility at 404 So. Williams Street in Bakersfield, California. The down payment leaves a property balance of $480,000. This property will create a lasting Tabitha House facility for generations to come and allow Tabitha House to begin building capital equity. 4. The fourth major accomplishment was securing a donor who is willing to match up to 50% or $240,000 of the 404 So. Williams balance of $480,000. 5. The fifth accomplishment was the launching of a new Administration and Training facility for the Goals for Life Program. The new facility has three private offices, copy room, computer room and large classroom for 25 students. The facility will allow Tabitha House to begin educational services with Cal State University Bakersfield and the UC Extension to better serve clients and the local community in a professional environment.
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