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New Beginnings Incorporation New Beginnings Transitional Services

From Homeless to Hopeful

Mission

Our mission focus is homeless prevention and intervention, and hunger relief. We support the military community by providing access to affordable housing and fresh and healthy food sources at their point of need.

Ruling year info

2009

President/CEO

Dr. Kay Lumas

Vice President Mental Health Programs

Dr. Niesje van Huesdan

Main address

11400 West Olympic Blvd. Suite 200

Los Angeles , CA 90064-1584 USA

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EIN

26-4716135

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Legal Services (I80)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With more than 40,000 homeless veterans nationwide, the need addressed by our program is to reduce the number of homeless veterans. The goals of our program are to provide short-term financial stabilization support leading to permanent outcomes for the individual or family to become self-sufficient and not rely on government or private assistance.

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?

Food Secure and Utility Assistance Project

The Food Secure Project serves an essential area of human services by supplementing nutritional needs with a food card. The Emergency Energy Assistance Project provides one-time assistance up to $800.00 for military families that are in an energy crisis situation. Examples include a household that has received a 24- to 48-hour disconnect notice or service termination by the utility company. Services are provided in Los Angeles County, California and Clark County, Nevada.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Rapid rehousing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families that don't need intensive and ongoing support to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. The program connects military families experiencing a housing crisis to permanent housing through a customized short-term financial and non-financial deliverable. Military veterans must first apply to the VA VASH Housing Program. Services are provided in Los Angeles County, Riverside, and San Bernardino County, California, and Clark County, Nevada.
1. Motel voucher
2. Current rent
3. Move in costs for a new apartment rental
4. Transportation to locate housing
5. Late rent
6. Reintegration support for post-incarcerated veterans to secure a housing
7. Client-driven case management with one-on-one care coordination to advocate for options and services to meet the individual’s and family’s comprehensive needs for resources to remain in stable housing

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

The objective of the Second Chance Prison Project is to support inmates with education and/or vocational training while incarcerated and assist ex-offenders transitioning to society with housing, employment, and medical resources, and other essential living necessities. Legal services are provided for civil and criminal cases involving ion mobility spectrometry or other type of technology drug testing.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Recognition 2022

County of Riverside

Affiliations & memberships

Awards 2022

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 homebuyers/tenants with low incomes receiving housing subsidies as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Veterans

Related Program

Rapid Rehousing Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This housing subsidy provides payment for current rent, late rent, and move-in costs for a new rental, and also emergency housing, i.e., motel voucher.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Rapid Rehousing Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are output metrics reflecting the number of households that received rent assistance as a result of the Rapid Rehousing Program.

Number of people receiving food assistance monthly

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Food Secure and Utility Assistance Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric reflects the number of persons that received a food card (new and recurring), and received emergency utility aid.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Veterans

Related Program

Food Secure and Utility Assistance Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The figure reported reflects the number of un-duplicated services.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect clients in Los Angeles County, CA who were chronically homeless.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Rapid Rehousing Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program participants are given a survey to provide feedback about the quality of services received and suggestions for improving the program. The numbers reported are from surveys that were returned.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Rapid Rehousing Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. Apply the housing first approach to provide financial support to move homeless or displaced veterans from streets into temporary shelter.
2. Provide time-limited financial and non-financial targeted supportive services to acquire financial stability, i.e., referrals for job training, employment, health care, and other community-based services to sustain housing independently when the rental subsidy ends.
3. Provide stabilization intervention for the individual or family to become self-sufficient and remain in stable housing by connecting them to resources to become financially self-sufficient.

To accomplish our organizational goals, we collaborate with a network of private and public government agencies. We established partnerships with social service agencies and the Veterans Administration VASH Housing Program who provide housing services to the military community.

We engage with other non-profit organizations who provide a range of housing services from shelters, transitional housing, and permanent housing. We attend monthly meetings sponsored by the San Gabriel Valley Homeless Consortium. We engage the local community by communicating our services at homeless shelters in Los Angeles County and Clark County Nevada.

To financially sustain our program, we apply for and receive grants from private foundations, sponsor fundraisers, solicit donations from Google One Today and Benevity, and requests support from corporations. We use social media to advertise our program and to raise revenue.

The Executive staff includes professionals from the mental health field, information technology industry, military veterans, and the legal community who have impeccable credentials and years of experience providing health and human services.

Food Secure Project:
In 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively, we provided one hundred-twenty-two families (new and recurring) with food cards
In 2019 we distributed thirty-six food cards to new applicants, and three families received assistance for seven months.
In 2020, eighteen families (new and recurring) received food assistance
In 2021, thirteen families (new and recurring) received food assistance

Rapid Re-Housing Rental Assistance:
From January 2016 to December 31, 2017, we provided housing assistance to 35 veteran families. Thirty-two families received support to pay the rental application fee and deposit. Three families received cash assistance to pay delinquent rent.

In 2018, we assisted eighteen individuals with the rent deposit and four families with delinquent rent.
In 2019, thirty-seven families receive housing support.
In 2020, we assisted eleven families with rent.
In 2021, thirteen households received rent assistance.

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 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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New Beginnings Incorporation New Beginnings Transitional Services

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Kay Lumas

College Professor and Legal Consultant with Lumas Professional Solutions Consulting

Term: 2009 - 2025


Board co-chair

Dr. Niesje van Heusdan

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Term: 2010 - 2025

Dr. Kay Lumas

College Professor and Legal Consultant with Lumas Professional Solutions Consulting

Dr. Niesje J van Heusdan

Marriage and Family Therapist, private practice

Harold Baldwin

Veteran US Army; Employed as a Veterans Transitional Housing Case Manager with SRO Housing Corporation

Cornel Smitherman

Veteran US Army; Employed in the security industry

Joyce Cooper

Register Nurse, retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 8/23/2022

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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.