Human Services

LINKS OF HOPE INC

Building Strong Families

Cocoa, FL

Mission

"Our mission is to build strong families, in the context of Christian faith, by providing family management services to prevent child abuse, bring hope to families and help reduce incarceration rates."

Our goal is to address issues that contribute to child abuse such as violence and the high rate of recidivism among inmates who are parents. We strive to achieve improved parenting skills, to teach methods to redirect anger in positive and safe ways, and to enhance economic potential by increasing clients' literacy skills enabling some to earn a GED.

Links of Hope is a faith based social service agency in its 16th year, having served over 26,000 individuals. We are committed to serving all who need our services. We are changing lives, not just imparting information.

Ruling Year

2002

Executive Director

Rev. Joseph McDowell

Assistant Director

Ms. Cynthia McDowell

Main Address

3735 N. Indian River Drive

Cocoa, FL 32926 USA

Keywords

Family management services to prevent child abuse

EIN

01-0553077

 Number

1400194601

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

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

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Parent Education

Anger Management

G.E.D General Education Preparation

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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.

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Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

2017 grants: Brevard County Sheriff, United Way, Community Foundation For Brevard, Brevard CBO and 2 individual foundations.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Volunteer tasks include fundraising events, office work, etc. There were 22 volunteers in 2016.

Number of multi-year grants received

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Consecutive Individual or Foundation grants received from 2002 - 2017: 5 for 15 years, 1 for 14 years and 1 for 8 years. These donors show commitment to the goals of Links of Hope.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Based on Anger Management and Parenting pre and post tests, this metric shows the total number of graduates who achieved over-all improvement of 92% in 2014, 97% in 2015 and 97% in 2016.

Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

These are unduplicated student counts for Anger Management, Parenting and GED classes offered at all sites.

Number of Units of Service to Central Florida Reception Center

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This reflects the number of of classes attended by students of Anger Management and Parenting classes, for 1.5 hours each, at Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando. These students are all male.

Number of Units of Service offered at Brevard County sites

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This reflects the number of classes attended by students of Anger Management, GED Prep and Parenting Education classes, for 1.5 hours each, at all sites in Brevard County.

Number of men and women taking classes in Brevard County

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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2017: 989 men and 684 women took Links of Hope classes in Brevard County. 2016: 1128 men and 643 women took Links of Hope classes in Brevard County.

Charting Impact

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

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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 and haven't they accomplished so far?

We seek to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and reduce the rate of incarceration. If any of our clients are currently in prison, we seek to reduce the percentage of recidivism. We believe that offering parenting, anger management and GED classes to adults in the community, or in prison, strengthens the family unit thereby decreasing the risk of child abuse.

We offer Parent Education classes which, if completed, result in clients no longer being at risk for child abuse. Our Anger Management classes help to reduce conflict, as well as the potential for violence, especially within the family. We provide pre and post class evaluation measures for class participants.

Our GED preparation classes result in improved literacy for some clients and an earned GED for others. The results are greater employability and confidence for the successful clients as well as greater stability for their families.

We have excellent teachers who enable our organization to accomplish our goals.

We have "Memorandums of Understanding" with the Brevard County Jail and the Florida Department of Corrections to provide our classes.

We are also currently providing classes for the Department of Corrections at the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando and at Kissimmee Work Release.

We have recently begun Parent Education Classes at the Indian River County Jail at their invitation.

We also have classes open to the public at three local churches.

We are only limited by the funding available to pay for these classes and any future programs

97% of our Parenting and 98.7% of our Anger Management graduates show improvement based on entrance and exit tests. Approximately 236 students have earned their GED.

These statistics alone show our progress through the years.

In addition, the drop in recidivism at our Brevard County Detention Center is a source of pride for the Sheriff's office, the jail staff, our teachers and the inmates.

We know we are making progress if the outcomes of our classes remain strong.

We have served over 30,000 individuals during our 16 years as an agency.

The rate of recidivism at the Brevard County Jail has declined from 80%, when we started classes there in 2006, to 44% currently.

We haven't yet secured desired funding support for the 10 weekly classes we provide at Central Florida Reception Center located in Orange County. However,
we have been very successful acquiring grants and contributions in Brevard County.

Our progress, however, is best measured by the success of individual clients such as a former inmate who earned his GED and spoke at one of our annual banquets. He was excited about the options now available to him and his family. His daughter brought tears to many eyes as she looked at him and told those in attendance how proud she was of her dad!

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Financials

LINKS OF HOPE INC

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & 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