Human Services

HOPE For All Inc.

Offering life's essential's today... to give HOPE for a self-sufficient tomorrow

aka He Opens Paths to Everyone Inc., HOPE For All, HOPE

Glen Burnie, MD

Mission

HOPE For All is a Christian ministry whose mission is to provide basic human necessities (i.e. furniture, housewares, clothing and personal items) to families and individuals without sufficient economic resources. We are a public 501 C3 who serves in Anne Arundel County, parts of Baltimore City and the Appalachian region. We seek to bolster the dignity of disadvantaged families by providing for their basic human needs. Great efforts are taken to promote responsibility, not dependency. We strive not to diminish the incentive of individuals and families to provide for themselves and find meaningful work.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We are the only Anne Arundel County (AACO) nonprofit who purchases, provides, and delivers all basic goods (i.e. beds, furniture, household, clothing, essentials) at non-monetary cost to about 300 AACO households (900+ adults/kids) living in poverty. Our Turning Houses into Homes Program works closely with 22+ government, nonprofit, and school partners, who refer families (70% of clients) and individuals transitioning from homelessness, displacement, recovery, and who are living in substandard (often empty, dark) housing. We serve all people and do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, age, creed, etc. Our programs and activities give 62,000+ goods (reusable and new) to 3,000+ adults/kids in need annually. Over 55% of recipients are children/students. Over $55,000 is spent annually to purchase beds, clothing, furniture, household, and goods for clients. As one of the largest AACO recyclers, we ensure reusable goods can be redistributed instead of becoming county waste.

Ruling Year

2006

Executive Director & Founder

Leo Zerhusen

Main Address

P.O. Box 1548 122 Roesler Road

Glen Burnie, MD 21060 USA

Keywords

Christian ministry, serving homeless, basic goods, clothing, beds, furniture, housewares, linens, toiletries,cleaning supplies, Anne Arundel County, children, students, seniors, veterans, disabled persons, families, homelessness, adults in recovery

EIN

20-1768641

 Number

5233246130

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

There are an increasing number of individuals, especially children, living in poverty in our community who are without beds, household items, clothing, furniture and other critical necessities to establish healthy homes and lives. This gap in resources makes it difficult to attain the goal of being a self-sufficient member of society. There are adults and children sleeping and eating on the floor and without utensils necessary to cook their own meals. Many students are attending school without sufficient clean clothing, basic athletic shoes, and school supplies resulting in low self esteem and high absenteeism. Our recipients include single moms, grandparents, children/infants/youth, veterans, adults with disabilities, adults with mental health challenges, adults in recovery, families displaced due to fires and families struggling with the care of very sick children.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Turning Houses Into Homes

Head to Toe

Clothing Giveaways

Appalachia

Where we work

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.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of AACO households provided with beds, household items, clothing, and all basic goods at non-monetary cost annually. Goods are also delivered to each household at no cost to the client.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

About 900+ adults and children/students are served annually. Over 55% are infants, children, and youth. 70% are families and 30% are single adults. About 60-70% of families are single moms.

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Turning Houses into Homes Program: number of people served annually.

Average number of service recipients per month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

3,250 adults and children/students were given basic goods during 2018. This averaged to 270 people per month.

Number of trips made by HOPE Van (i.e. delivery of goods to clients, pickup of goods for clients)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our HOPE vans and trailer delivers beds, furniture, household items, clothing, & person essentials at non-monetary cost to each household in need. People are not burdened with transportation costs.

Number of Schools Served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

K-12 (5-19 years),

Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our Turning Houses into Homes and Head to Toe Programs, receive referrals from school counselors, PPWs, and staff identifying students/families needing basic goods. We serve all AACO schools.

Number of beds given to adults and children/students in need

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

We purchase and give 400-500 beds (i.e. twin, full, bunk, cribs) to adults and children/students in need annually. This is the most expensive inventory purchase as the average bed costs about $120.

Average number of dollars per person served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Total value of goods given by the number of individuals per year. Average value of goods given over last 2 years was about $225.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Turning Houses Into Homes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Each year the number of children/youth who receive basic goods (i.e. beds, dressers, clothing, school supplies) increases. They are the largest population we serve in this program.

Total Value of Goods Distributed to Adults & Children/Students in Need

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the total value of goods given to each adult and child/student in need. Represents over 50% of our annual income (Gifts-in-Kind) & expenses (under Merchandise Distributed).

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 they accomplished so far and what's next?

HOPE For All is a Christian ministry whose mission is to provide basic human necessities to families and individuals without sufficient economic resources. We are a public 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the residents of Anne Arundel County, parts of Baltimore and the Appalachian region. We serve all people in need regardless of race, ethnicity, color, gender,age, creed, etc. We work not to compete with but to support and work with all community partners to serve our communities. Our goals are to build healthy families so more people can be self sufficient in households of their own, nurture better standards of living by one-on-one caring and making it possible for more students to become successful through reduced school absenteeism and improved self esteem Together they will be able to move forward into a new job and/ or attend school in order to build a stronger community. We sort and inventory reusable and purchased goods in our warehouse for distribution. These include: • Furniture: Complete beds (i.e. mattresses, box springs, frames, bunks), kitchen tables/chairs, love seats, dressers, night stands, end tables, lamps, coffee tables, desks for students. • Clothing: Shoes, pants, shirts, spring and winter jackets/coats, undergarments (i.e. socks, t-shirts). • Household: Pots/pans, dishes, flat wear, cups, kitchen utensils, small appliances (i.e. coffee pots, microwaves), bedding, blankets, linens, toiletry items, cleaning products, nightlights, etc, • Students: Desk and tables so students have a place to do homework and a place to sit and eat dinner. We also supply school supplies.

HOPE For All develops strategic partnerships with government agencies, community partners, nonprofits, churches and all Anne Arundel County Public Schools in order to identify clients in need, draw support, increase volunteerism and minimize redundancies in services. A continual focus is raising funds and recruiting volunteers to carry out the program effectively. Our Turning Houses into Homes Program uniquely provides and delivers basic goods--beds, basic furniture, household items, clothing and other necessities--at no cost to family and/or individual households in need. By working with community partners--who qualify and refer client households who are unable to afford basic goods and living well below the federal poverty line--we are able to help all AACO people in need. This especially helps areas of extreme poverty which includes Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park, and Curtis Bay where many households are on the border of AACO and Baltimore City AND referred by AACO partners. Other critical areas of high need include: Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Severn, and Annapolis where most clients are in public housing. Additional AACO areas (served less frequently) are: Ft. Meade, Hanover, Jessup, Laurel, Odenton, etc. We serve all AACO areas. Through our Head to Toe Program, referrals are received from Anne Arundel County school counselors, personnel, PPWs, etc., who identify students in need of clothing, basic athletic shoes, and school supplies. We also provide clothing and some household items (i.e. linens) to student families. We serve all AACO schools.

HOPE For All has a strong diverse board that consists of both business, educational and community leaders that are involved in strategic planning, advocacy and hands-on mission activities. We have a knowledgeable and dedicated staff who has been serving for many years. We have strong community supporters that donate time, money, and needed items. We have progressed from working out of a basement to a highly efficient and organized operation in a 14,000 square foot rented warehouse where community donations are received, processed, and stored. RESOURCES Our resources include two trucks and trailer for pickups and deliveries, 8 staff members, 120+ volunteers (serving 12,000-15,000 hours annually), an active Board of Directors, and a 14,000 square-foot warehouse. Through these resources, we are able to collect donated goods (i.e. clothing, household items, furniture, linens, toys, books, infant items, strollers), pick up large donations (i.e. furniture), purchase additional basic goods (i.e. beds, furniture, clothing, basic athletic shoes, linens, toiletries, household supplies), and provide donated goods--we do not need--to other nonprofits. Our community partners are essential. We nurture and keep in frequent contact with our referring partners who include government offices, nonprofits, schools, churches, etc. These community partners identify families, individuals, and students in need. Our partners include but are not limited to: All AACO schools Government: • Department of Social Services (AACO & Maryland State) • Department of Aging & Disabilities • AACO Department of Health • AACO Mental Health Agency • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA Maryland Health Care System) • Housing Commissions: AACO (HCAAC) & Annapolis (HACA) Nonprofits: • Arundel House of Hope • AACO Crisis Response (Dept. of Mental Health) • The Well • Judy Center (Bell Grove & Hilltop Elementary) • Lighthouse Shelter • Partnership Development Group (PDG) • People Encouraging People • Sarah’s House • Thrive Behavioral Center • Churches of different denominations. Please refer to our website at www.hopeforall.us • YWCA • Accessible Resources for Independence, Inc. • Service Coordination Inc. (SCI) • Center for Independent Living (CIL): Support/Services to people w/disabilities: • Community Residences • Family Stability Initiative (UWCM) • We Care & Friends We work hard to recycle (redistribute reusable goods) back into the community to people in need. We also pass one/give reusable goods--we do not need for our clients--to other nonprofits to help their clients in need. We mush purchase over $50,000 in goods annually. This includes 400-500 beds, basic furniture, household items, and clothing--not available in our donated inventory--which is given to adults/children/students in need. In addition, we continue to develop strategic partnerships with businesses to help support the purchases of new discounted furniture and clothing for clients in need.

We measure our impact in the community by following up with clients--six months to one year-- after their basic goods have been delivered. Through a brief survey, they are asked about their HOPE experience, what it means to them, how it impacted their lives, what challenges they are dealing with, and if their situation has changed. We are able to reach about 50-60% of clients assisted. In the age of disposable phones replacing landlines, it is difficult to reach all clients. However, through these conversations, we find about 80-85% of clients reached report that our program impacted them in a positive way and they are remaining self-sufficient. This program benefits the health, well-being for adults and children/students. Parents report their students are doing much better in school, experience less peer teasing, and are happier. About 70% of our clients represent families and over 55% represent children/students. Through our programs--Turning Houses into Homes & Head to Toe--and ongoing giving of goods to people in need (living well below the Poverty Line) within our AACO community, our goal is to continue to give goods to 3,000+ adults and children/student who are not able to afford these goods. These goods make it possible for families and single adults (represent about 30% of our clients) to live in healthy homes, have healthy lives, and keep moving forward towards self-sufficiency. We track progress by recording the number of client households and people served, the number of children/students served, values/types of goods given, geographic areas, referring community partners (i.e. government agencies, nonprofits, churches, schools), etc., in our monthly and annual reports. Our Client Stories (posted on our website an in our newsletters) tell the heartwarming journeys of our clients. We continue to serve all people in need (i.e. single moms, families, grandparents caring solely for grandchildren, adults with disabilities, families who have lost homes due to fires, families struggling with high medical expenses for very sick children, adults in recovery, veterans, seniors, adult students). Our nonprofit is unique within AACO by sorting thousands of reusable goods back into the community donated from the community: this provides a huge recycling benefit to AACO. We also purchase over $50,000 goods annually--beds, basic furniture, household items, clothing, personal essentials, etc.--which are given and delivered at non-monetary cost to households and people in need. Given the transportation challenges/costs and since our clients are rent overburdened (living well below the poverty line and in mostly public housing), we ensure each family or individual does not have to do without basic goods. We give an average value in goods of $700-715 per household and $225 per person.

In 2006, our nonprofit began serving 13 families in need by providing clothing and household goods while working out of our founder's home. In the past 3 years, we have provided furniture, clothing and household items through our Houses into Homes Program to an average of 300 families and 900-1,000 individuals per year. Recognizing the need of local school children, we expanded and then created our Head to Toe Program which provides clothing and school supplies to about 500 students plus family members. An additional 1,000+ people in need are given used clothing through AACO giveaway events co-hosted with our community partners. We have grown from an all volunteer non-funded organization with a vision to serve into a thriving resource for the community. The needs in the community continue to grow and will require us to develop new strategies and operational efficiencies. Our new challenges will include increasing our staff, adding technology, and increasing capacity.

External Reviews

Awards

Co-Winner Nonprofit of the Year 2016

Anne Arundel Housing Coalition

Affiliations & Memberships

AExcellence in Education Award: Business Partner (AACO Board of Education) 2017

Financials

HOPE For All Inc.

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Operations

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

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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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

Not Applicable

ETHICS & 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?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff.

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We often reach out to our community to address diversity regarding our Board members. This includes speaking and networking with community partners to identify individuals of various ethnicity, ages, and gender who would be interested in being on our Board.