HOUSE OF PEACE INC

Ipswich, MA   |  www.houseofpeaceinc.org

Mission

The mission of the House of Peace is to provide physical and spiritual shelter to victims of war in a small healing community in companionship with adults with special needs, and to provide education for peace and moral awakening. Since our founding in 1990, we have welcomed more than 400 refugees from 30 countries. We provide a healing, safe, and enlivening community for these wounded children and adults, and ensure that their needs for food, clothing, shelter, security, and medical care are met. At the heart of our work with refugees is companionship with people with disabilities who live at the House of Peace. The House was founded on the knowledge that people in need of special care often have a capacity to give special care.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Carrie Schuchardt

Co Principal Officer

John Schuchardt

Main address

1 High St

Ipswich, MA 01938 USA

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EIN

22-3059817

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Our programs

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Work with Refugees

We provide a healing, safe and enlivening community for refugee children and adults. The House ensures that immediate needs for food, clothing, shelter, security, and medical care are met. In the course of their stay, guests may participate with residents in the practical work of the household, in artistic activities such as handwork and painting, and in festivals and cultural events sponsored by the House of Peace. Then, in cooperation with other agencies and groups, we help these guests begin new lives through education, housing, and employment in North Shore communities and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The House was founded on the knowledge that people in need of special care often have a capacity to give special care. In our community people with developmental disabilities and physical impairments help to welcome and care for wounded and traumatized refugees.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Since its founding, the House of Peace has partnered with organizations on the North Shore and beyond that are dedicated to the cause of peace and justice. We host regular meetings of the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice and Veterans for Peace.

The House of Peace also works closely with the New England Peace Pagoda and its “Walk for a New Spring,” a walk that began as a spiritual response to the tragedy in New York City on September 11, 2001.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The House of Peace is inspired and guided by anthroposophy, a path of service and knowledge that has given rise to Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, Camphill communities for people with disabilities, and innovative social and economic models, among other initiatives. We participate in the anthroposophical movement locally, nationally, and internationally, through lectures, study groups, conferences, festivals, and other activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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How we listen

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

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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HOUSE OF PEACE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2021
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Board chair

Carrie Schuchardt

Anita Brewer

Deborah Rosser

Karl Pulkkinen

David Mansur

Joyce Reilly

Linda Finigan

Lysa Leland

Jennifer Helmick

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