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LIVE THE VICTORY INC (dba The Matthews House)

Growing Stronger Together

aka The Matthews House   |   Fort Collins, CO   |  http://thematthewshouse.org/

Mission

Our mission is to empower youth and families by providing resources and trusting relationships to disrupt the cycles of poverty and abuse.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Nicole Armstrong

Main address

415 Mason Ct. #1

Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA

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Formerly known as

Education and Life Training Center (ELTC)

EIN

20-2894339

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Family Services (P40)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs and results

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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?

Youth Program

The Youth Program walks alongside youth by providing comprehensive case management, connecting them to community resources, and empowering them to develop self-sufficiency and a healthy lifestyle.

This program serves youth involved in the juvenile justice system, youth who are homeless or don’t have a support system, and every single youth aging out of foster care in Larimer County is referred to the Empowering Youth Program for services.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

The Families Program helps families in crisis achieve stability by connecting them to community resources, developing sustainable supports, and offering one-on-one case management. The Strengthening Families Program serves families involved with the Department of Human Services, many of whom are dealing with major challenges, like homelessness, substance abuse, or domestic violence.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The CLC's focus on preventing families from falling into crisis. By offering services in the areas of family support, education, career development, and well-being, our Community Life Centers are one-stop shops for families needing extra support.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

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 youth and families for whom a strengths-based assessment is completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients for whom the transition plan is fully implemented (including receipt of all services as planned)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of parents engaged in fewer acts of abuse and neglect of their children

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Family Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who report less likelihood to engage in criminal activity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The Matthews House aims to help clients break cycles of generational poverty and abuse, to diminish the occurrence of child maltreatment, and to keep families intact in order to prevent children and youth from entering the foster care system. We aim to prevent youth and families from becoming a part of human service and justice systems. Our overarching goal is to ensure that youth, families and the greater community have the skills and support system needed to transition successfully to self-sufficiency and economic stability in order to become contributors of the community.

We strategically break down barriers that often prevent youth and families from becoming successful. This includes providing childcare while parents further their education and skill sets, and transportation for youth and families who need assistance getting to school, work and necessary appointments. We also keep our prevention programs and community based locations open on Saturdays, which provide a “one stop shop" for youth and families to access all of the resources they may need.

Our multi-service organization delivers holistic intervention and prevention services to best serve our community. Through community needs assessments, we have identified gaps in services in our community and have built our organization to meet those needs. All programs include Transition Facilitation (case management), One-to-One Mentoring/Family Coaching, Experiential Educational Activities, Leadership Development, Social Activities, After School Academic and Non-Academic Activities, Early Childhood Activities and Learning Opportunities for children 0-8, and Parenting Classes.

The majority of staff, which we refer to as Transition Facilitators, have Bachelor degrees in Social Work or related Human Service fields or have comparable experience working with at-risk youth and families. 25% of our staff are bilingual compared to 11% in the overall community. We also rely on collaborations with community partners and volunteers to foster community cohesion and provide greater impact in the lives of youth and families.

Our programs operate based on an established level of evidence, using the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) system. The National Network of Youth Transition reports better outcomes across postsecondary indicators of educational vocational training and incarceration for former TIP program participants. The constructs of evidence based Motivational Interviewing (Miller and Moyers, 2006) and the Trans-theoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClementeis are client centered, directive, and help the participants of TMH programs increase internal motivation for change through resolution of ambivalence and an increase in perceived self-efficacy. Positive Youth Development along with Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets are used in working with youth and families. Research indicates that young people who are surrounded by a variety of opportunities for engagement encounter less risk and ultimately show evidence of higher rates of successful transitions into adulthood (Alberts, Chase, Naudeau, Phelps, & Lerner, 2006; Bandy & Moore, 2009). We also design all interaction in our classes and activities with the 6 protective factors of Strengthening Families Illinois in mind. Fidelity to all models is maintained by program directors auditing cases and continued training for all staff.

With our very positive outcomes over the last ten years, we have received an increasing number of referrals for our services. As we serve more clients, we have the opportunity to reach youth and families before crisis occurs. Our current planning efforts involve addressing change management as our organization continues to grow and is considered by our community as an agency that successfully helps youth and families navigate through difficult times. Along the way we have transformed our thinking and leadership style. What started as an organization providing crisis intervention services to youth, pulling them out of the raging river, has broadened to include prevention services. We've moved upstream to stop youth from falling in the river in the first place. We now provide a full scope of services with economic stability being our defining goal for all clients.

Due to our success, 16 other counties across Colorado have visited The Matthews House in hopes to replicate our model of service. We know we are embarking on a new definition of performance and feel imitation is the best form of flattery. Our performance has led to community awards highlighting our innovative actions (http://www.mycommunityfoundationnc.org/june2015). We were asked to present at the National Differential Response Conference in Seattle, WA (2014) with our local Child Welfare Director on the innovative approach in breaking down silos so that county government and nonprofits can work together to better serve families. We are also hearing from former clients about our effectiveness in their lives.

Financials

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LIVE THE VICTORY INC (dba The Matthews House)

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ann Schofield


Board co-chair

Noelle Hagen

Ann Schofield

Royce Glader

Seth Silvers

Maggie Greene

Brittany Pearce

Bri Brown

Jesse Patton

Noelle Hagan

Judy Rodriguez

Board leadership practices

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/2/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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