Elijahs Promise

Food Changes Lives

aka Promise Catering, Better World Cafe, Promise Culinary School   |   New Brunswick, NJ   |  www.elijahspromise.org

Mission

Since 1989, Elijah’s Promise has harnessed the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger and change lives for the most vulnerable members of our Central New Jersey community. We operate a community soup kitchen, culinary arts school, catering business, community gardens and connect low-income individuals and families with social and health services. With the support of volunteers, donors and community partners, we serve more than 200,000 free meals per year and train previously unskilled workers for careers in the culinary arts.

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Michelle Wilson

Main address

211 Livingston Ave.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA

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EIN

22-3055539

NTEE code info

Congregate Meals (K34)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Our programs

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

Soup Kitchen

Since 1989, Elijah’s Promise has harnessed the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger and change lives for the most vulnerable members of our Central New Jersey community. We operate a community soup kitchen, culinary arts school, catering business, community gardens and connect low-income individuals and families with social and health services. With the support of volunteers, donors and community partners, we serve more than 200,000 free meals per year and train previously unskilled workers for careers in the food services industry.

Population(s) Served

Promise Culinary School equips low-income individuals for employment in the food service industry. Under the instruction of a capable and skilled staff, over 900 students have participated in the program and attained gainful employment to date.  Our Baking and Pastry Arts program provides specialized training to prepare low income adults for careers in baking and pastry.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Promise Catering, our in house business is expanding. We provide contract catering for low income seniors and children. Our endeavor provides affordable, quality food for low-income people while also creating jobs for graduates of our culinary school.

Population(s) Served

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Annual Surveys

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Changes in our organization have occurred across our entire agency in response to feedback from the thousands of guests we serve. Our culinary school certification program is has been shorten, we are now offering master classes, farm to table classes have returned, and are creating new programs for developmentally disabled students. As part of the changes we implemented in our soup kitchen we are now able to offer family meals, offer the same time slot for lunch and dinner meal pick-up, provide more fish and poultry meals, we have increased the distribution of hygiene kits and socks, and are responding to senior population need for more meals through our mobile unit delivering over 1,000 hot meals a week. .

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Consistently receiving feedback allows us in real time to change menus, classes, and our social service outreach. We have seen over the last few years how essential it is to not only serve individuals at our location, but also how to reach the communities who do not have access to our organization through our mobile unit EP On Wheels. Through constant feedback, we are always aiming to connect with groups who have identified populations who are food insecure. We think it is critical to constantly be engaging with the community to provide better services.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

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Elijahs Promise

Board of directors
as of 09/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gabriel Lavigne

no affiliation

Term: 2018 -

Tracey O'Reggio

New Brunswick Development Corp.

Steve Rampolla

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 3/22/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.