Joppa

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

aka Joppa Outreach   |   Des Moines, IA   |  https://www.joppa.org

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 info

2010

CEO & Cofounder

Joe Stevens

Main address

2326 Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50310 USA

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Formerly known as

Joppa Outreach

EIN

27-0216625

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Joppa helps homeless people survive, find housing, and rebuild their lives. We collaborate with community partners, help people experiencing homeless access existing resources, and mobilize private donations from families, churches, and organizations to meet unmet needs in h 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 has 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 programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Homeless Nutrition Program

Every year, Joppa rescues over 100,000 lbs of food from partner grocery stores, which volunteers package and distributed to those in need. In addition, the Cook Team prepares hot meals to be delivered to homeless individuals each week.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Winter Survival Program helps prevent homeless individuals from freezing to death during the brutal winter months. The Heat Team provides heaters and conducts weekly propane deliveries and safety checks. The Tent Team is trained to help set up tents and fortify campsites to be more heat efficient. Joppa also delivers boots, socks, coats, gloves and blankets to those in need.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Every week, regardless of weather, Joppa volunteers deliver hot meals, water, toilet paper, blankets and other necessities to people living under bridges, in tents and in vehicles. They check in with homeless clients, build relationships and connect them with resources to find housing and employment.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

As part of our mission to prevent and ultimately end homelessness, Joppa is developing two fundamental housing solutions. 1. A transitional village of Loft Cottages provides a safe place for individuals to live while they gain a source of income and overcome other barriers before moving into a permanent home. 2. Cottage Homes are permanent, truly affordable houses for seniors, veterans, disabled individuals and others living on fixed or part-time incomes, including those who were formerly homeless.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Seniors
Low-income people
Veterans

The Aftercare Program supports recently housed individuals as they rebuild their lives. The program includes weekly visits, a Circle of Friends and other services to help clients take positive steps in their health, relationships and personal fulfillment.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Joppa organizes the Iowa Homeless Memorial t the state capitol each year on Dec. 21, the longest night of the year, to remember those who have died homeless, honor them as fellow human beings and prevent future homeless deaths by recommitting ourselves to solutions to end homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

A special, by-invitation-only event for homeless individuals and families. Attendees enjoy a hot dinner, dessert table, coffee bar, Christmas gifts, essentials from the Free Store, haircuts, massages, music and entertainment, a visit from Santa and more.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Project PJ is an homelessness awareness campaign for schools, businesses and organizations to wear their pajamas to work as a visible reminder that everyone needs a warm, safe place to sleep. Participants are also encouraged to educate themselves about the root causes of homelessness, organize supply drives, donate and get involved to help end homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Each year, Joppa works with the local homeless community to clean up existing/vacated camps and beautify neighborhoods in and around Des Moines.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2017

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 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

Economically disadvantaged people, Undocumented immigrants, Victims of crime and abuse, Veterans, Health

Related Program

Housing Development Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aftercare Program

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.

Our key goals for the next 12 months include:
1. Gain land approvals and start building 1st Village
2. Help 100 people off streets + Joppa Housing
3. Finish new Homeless Resource Center and expanded Joppa Center and hold a grand opening
4. Increase client effectiveness via improving core homeless services, volunteer processes, and training
5. Prepare to launch first nonprofit Thriftmart store

Our key goals for the next 3‐5 years include:
1. One transitional Tiny Home Village fully occupied
2. 20 Cottage Home rental units occupied
3. 300 additional people off the streets via third-party housing
4. Offer the Joppa KIDS program nationwide
5. Two Thriftmart stores supporting Joppa core operating costs

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 since Sept 3, 2008. As of June 2021, Joppa has helped nearly 700 families and individuals find housing. More than 80% of these men, women, and children remain in housing today. For more than 650 consecutive weeks, year-round regardless of weather, Joppa has sustained its outreach and aftercare programs and serves an average of 229 people each week. With a small staff of professionals and more than 1,100 dedicated volunteers that contribute more than 30,000 hours each year, we are confident that we are fully capable of meeting our goals.

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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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Joppa

Board of directors
as of 9/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Stevens

Joppa

Term: 2009 - 2050

Jacki Stevens

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Diana Clay

Kyle Horn

America’s Job Honor Awards

Lori VanKirk

Margaret Godwin

Wells Fargo

Joe Stevens

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 8/9/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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