Human Services

Joppa

Joppa helps homeless people survive, find housing and rebuild their lives.

aka Joppa Outreach

Des Moines, IA

Mission

Our mission is to create communities of unconditional love, support, and hope for the homeless as we work together to prevent and ultimately end homelessness.

Ruling Year

2010

CEO & Cofounder

Joe Stevens

Main Address

2326 Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50310 USA

Formerly Known As

Joppa Outreach

Keywords

Outreach, Housing and Education

EIN

27-0216625

 Number

5921671862

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Joppa collaborates with other agencies, helps people access resources, and develops unique programs that fill gaps and meet unmet needs in outreach, housing, and education. In outreach, we aim to address the fact that many daily necessities are not covered by SNAP, so we fill the gap by delivering soap, toilet paper, and other essentials. Our volunteers and staff that participate in outreach also provide hope and companionship for our clients with weekly check-ins. In housing, we aim to address the problem of a lack of truly affordable housing in Des Moines that have easy access to services. We are building affordable Tiny Homes and Cottage Homes to address this. In education, we aim to close the gap of misunderstanding between those living homeless and those who are not by teaching about the realities of living homeless, and about how homelessness can happen to any person.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homeless Nutrition

Winter Heat

Outreach

Housing

Aftercare

Joppa KIDS

Tiny Home Villages

Winter Survival Gear

Iowa Homeless Memorial

Homeless Christmas Celebration

Project PJ

Joppa Community Cleanups

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Aftercare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

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

Our key goals for the next 12 months include: 1. Acquire Land – Start building 1st Village 2. At least 1 Cottage Home built & occupied (goal is 5 units) 3. 50 more people off the streets in addition to people living in Tiny Home Village & Cottage Homes 4. Finish High School STEM Tiny Home Build Curriculum for Joppa KIDS 5. Eliminate internal redundant accountability (No more than 1 person in any one seat/position) Our key goals for the next 3‐5 years include: 1. One Tiny Home Village built and fully occupied 2. 50 Cottage Home rental units built and occupied 3. 210 additional people off the streets 4. One Joppa program or service offered in one additional city 5. Joppa KIDS program implemented in 30 schools

Our strategy for our land and home-building is that we have recently engaged a former building professional to help us in meeting the requirements for acquiring land and creating a dig-to-key plan. For our STEM curriculum, we have engaged one of our volunteers to help build out a sustainable plan for this curriculum and for Joppa KIDS. To help with internal accountability, we are engaged in the Traction EOS program which is a set of concepts and practical tools that help to instill focus, discipline, and accountability.

We have been in operation for ten years, and in that time we have helped 349 men, women, and children find housing. More than 80% of these people remain off the streets today. We have proven that we are able to sustain our outreach and nutrition programs every week, year-round, and we serve between 100-200 homeless people and 100 recently-housed people. With our experience in this field, our staff and volunteers, and our participation in the Traction EOS program, we are confident that we are fully capable of meeting our goals.

Joppa measures progress and success for our homeless clients in key areas such as: number of families and individuals helped into housing, percent that remain in housing, number of people hired through our Job Development & Placement program, client’s progress on self-sufficiency matrix, number of Medical Team visits, as well as health care referrals, number of formerly homeless people graduated from Joppa aftercare services for those that have no immediate housing options, we measure such things as: number of people Joppa helped survive winter, number of meals served, number of referrals to other service agencies, amount of mail delivered, and other program specific metrics. Joppa measures donor and volunteer-related metrics, as well as our progress in education and advocacy efforts, such as our investments towards achieving our goal to end homelessness via innovative solutions such as Joppa Tiny Home Villages.

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Affiliations & Memberships

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/18/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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