Human Services

GRACE HILL SETTLEMENT HOUSE

Everyday Opportunities

aka Grace Hill

St Louis, MO

Mission

To provide opportnities for individuals, families and communities to be stronger, healthier, and more self-reliant.

Grace Hill provides many programs and services that promote strong and self-sustaining people. We like to talk about our work as the intersection of three key elements: educational, economic and community development.

Educational, economic, and community development need to happen collectively -- or even our best efforts will dissolve. Grace Hill's Theory of Change is that stitching these elements together in a comprehensive and coordinated fashion, or what we call "optimal impact," is the only sustainable path to success.

Ruling Year

2020

Interim Executive Director

Mrs. Jo Curran

Main Address

2125 Bissell Street

St Louis, MO 63107 USA

Keywords

Early Childhood, Head Start, Place-Based, Community Hubs, Women and Minority Entrepreneurship, Financial Stability

EIN

23-7216273

 Number

5158738821

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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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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Community Hubs

Head Start

Women's Business Center

Community School Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of phone calls home within an hour of a student being marked absent or tardy

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Caregivers

Related program

Community School Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Mentors work directly with school staff, parents, and students to identify issues and create solutions before problems escalate. Mentors make daily calls home when students are marked absent or tardy.

Number of referrals to resources offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Community School Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Mentors meet with caregivers to identify family needs and refer to service providers (health, mental health, material, food, housing, legal, employment, etc). Referrals are tracked to ensure success.

Number of hours of 1-on-1 business counseling provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Women's Business Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Grace Hill's business counselors provide 1-on-1 counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs to cover a variety of start-up related topics.

Number of new businesses created

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Women's Business Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The Women's Business Center is dedicated to providing micro-business development for aspiring entrepreneurs, with a primary focus on minority women in the community.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Grace Hill Settlement House is a place-based social service and education organization that aims to impact the children, families and communities it serves in a comprehensive and coordinated fashion. With its base of 315 Head Start families, Grace Hill provides excellent early childhood education, works toward family economic and social stability goals, and engages the surrounding community in long-term neighborhood change efforts. This means that Head Start graduates are ready for kindergarten, families earn, maintain and grow enough income for long-term support, and communities can co-lead efforts to construct housing, public safety and other vital service capacities for sustainable neighborhood health.

In Head Start, Grace Hill's Kindergarten Readiness Framework works from national and local best practices to ensure that graduates are ready for kindergarten — measured through standardized testing in social, emotional and cognitive development. Grace Hill also ensures that children arrive ready to learn, working with families to stabilize housing, enhance income, and plan for long-term goals. In target low-income communities in North and South St. Louis City, where its Head Start centers/community hubs are located, Grace Hill also engages residents in leadership training — advocating for needed services, housing and built environment improvements, and volunteerism. This comprehensive and coordinated work focuses on the confluence of academic, economic and neighborhood improvement needed for long-term change.

Grace Hill operates two community-based hubs, each with over 100 Head Start and Early Head Start slots. Head Start is staffed by qualified teachers, teaching assistants, and case managers that work with families to accomplish their goals. These community hubs also convene on-site partner organizations like a credit union and job training agency to work with families toward long-term stability — as well as staffing Grace Hill services like emergency assistance and adult education classes that support families on this path. This collection of educators, nonprofit professionals, partner organizations, parents and neighborhood volunteers works together on setting impact benchmarks, leveraging resources into the centers, and responding to family/resident requests. Grace Hill continues to expand their reach in South St. Louis City — creating a model for place-based, wrap-around social service delivery that impacts the lives of children, their families, and their communities.

Grace Hill has made several investments in data tracking and performance management systems that make sure its programs work — and inform necessary changes along the way. Every Grace Hill program tracks outputs and outcomes through the Efforts-to-Outcomes (ETO) database system, which also integrates with additional Federal data systems and partner agencies (often plugged-in to the Grace Hill ETO infrastructure). Organizational and board leadership monitors outcome dashboards on a monthly basis, informing program improvements. Various funding bodies such as the United Way also require quarterly and yearly reporting on program outcomes, which is also informed by data in ETO and the monthly dashboards. Recently, Grace Hill has worked more closely with partner organizations to define and track cross-organizational outcomes, as families that it serves are also served by (or would benefit from) services from partner organizations. These collective impact efforts promise a more accurate, productive portrait of what it takes to enact long-term child development, family growth and community change.

Over the past five years, Grace Hill has developed its community hub model for comprehensive and coordinated work. It continually strives to refine the ideal outcomes of its own services, leveraging partner organizations to fill needed gaps, and continuing to work as a cross-organizational team to change communities. This work is starting to show results for families in its North St. Louis City location, though much still needs to be done to adapt this model to South St. Louis City — which currently does not host as many partner organizations and shared outcomes. With a captive audience of Head Start children and their families, Grace Hill is now more heavily investing in two generation programming — as the well-being of children cannot be separated from the health of their caregivers. Soon, it will work on bundling its services to provide Head Start and community families with a more consistent, powerful set of programming that enhances financial stability and growth. In addition, Grace Hill is partnering with local elementary schools that are most frequently attended by Head Start children to continue the family support and engagement process — ensuring that children are kindergarten ready, then ready for middle school and beyond, while under-girding the long-term social and economic health of their caregivers.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 2014

United Neighborhood Centers of America 2014

United Way Member Agency 2014

Financials

GRACE HILL SETTLEMENT HOUSE

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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?

Yes

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?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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