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DEC MY ROOM INC

Creating Healing Places

Houston, TX   |  www.decmyroom.org

Mission

Dec My Room creates healing places for long-term pediatric and young adult patients, including antepartum patients who are on long-term bedrest. Dec My Room volunteers transform plain hospital rooms into comfortable, cozy spaces by personalizing each room to the patients' specific likes and interests. When volunteers are not used, we shop and ship things directly to hospitals. When patients are discharged from the hospital, they take all of their decorations home. We currently serve 142 hospitals and medical facilities across America.

Ruling year info

2010

President and Founder

Susan Plank

Main address

720 N Post Oak Rd Suite 275

Houston, TX 77024 USA

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EIN

27-0812148

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dec My Room's goal is to create a personalized healing place for all long-term hospital patients. We are working to organize and become more sustainable in order to continue to grow and support all long-term patients. We are working with a compliance officer and our Board of Directors to implement policies and procedures so that we may extend our outreach to all major pediatric hospitals in every state and to continue to serve the lesser known pediatric hospitals as well. Our mission is to impact every patient in need.

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?

Dec My Room

Each pediatric hospital room is budgeted $300 to fully develop and personalize for those patients that the Child Life Department identifies as a good candidate for the Dec My Room service.

Population(s) Served

Dec My Room has begun a new initiative to decorate the rooms for mothers-to-be who experience a long-term hospitalization because of a high-risk pregnancy.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
Young women
Girls
Men and boys
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
Young women
Girls
Men and boys

Where we work

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 new clients within the past 12 months

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

Dec My Room

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of new clients is hospitals added

Number of children receiving medical services

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

Dec My Room

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Dec My Room's goals are three fold: We want to expand our program to pediatric hospitals by ensuring each hospital affiliation meets our criteria. Our criteria includes hospitals that treat pediatric patients who are admitted for treatment for 3 weeks or longer and other time tested and significant criteria established to improve the outlooks of extended stay patients. Secondly, our trained volunteers are in compliance with hospital regulations and work in coordination with Child Life Specialists. Lastly, our local Chapter Directors source, train, and coordinate volunteers and conduct fundraisers in their community to support Dec My Room's work in improving the outlooks of seriously ill children.
Dec My Room budgets $300 for each room that is decorated for pediatric and young adult patients and $200 per each antepartum/mommy room. We work directly with the Child Life and Social Work Departments.
We are celebrating our 17th anniversary and have decorated nearly 10,000 pediatric and young adult hospital rooms. OUR GOAL IS TO SERVICE ADDITIONAL PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS, CREATING MORE HEALING PLACES FOR CHILDREN and YOUNG ADULTS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR EXTENDED STAYS.

To accomplish our long term goals we must work to heighten awareness, support our current Chapters and continue to open new Chapters. Our strategies:
We attend national and local Child Life Conventions, nurturing relationships with Child Life Specialists and Social Workers at each hospital we serve.
We've worked to optimize ad words on the Google Search Engine to promote more awareness and more click-through and interaction with the entire website.
We continue to hold fundraisers across the country to support the work that we do with pediatric and young adult patients.
We conduct monthly conference calls with our Chapter Directors to hold them in compliance, while brainstorming and supporting their local efforts.
We hold quarterly Board of Directors meetings and involve our Board in all we do.

In 2024, we continue to host our annual local and national events, Galentine's Ladies Luncheon, Room to Grow Luncheon, Kick Up Your Boots for Kids.

We are improving our donation platform and website. We continue to pursue underwriting for local and national events, attend high profile professional association conventions that support the highest yielding partnerships and further our relationships in the community by bringing awareness to who we serve and the need for what Dec My Room does.

We are providing opportunities for corporations and school groups to participate in give-back community events, by creating craft boxes, making cards for patients and sourcing items for rooms to be decorated.

We have an established Executive Director and Board of Directors.

We have improved the number of hospitals we service, now totaling 142 across the country as of February 2024. We are currently celebrating our 17th anniversary of Creating Healing Places for long-term patients and have dec'd nearly 10,000 rooms across the nation.

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 identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, HIPAA protection

Financials

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Operations

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

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DEC MY ROOM INC

Board of directors
as of 02/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Plank

Dec My Room, Inc.

Kiki Wilson

Martha Turner Sothebys

Beth Rivera

Brittney Tribble

Tori Kuykendall

Conoco Phillips

Stacey Lindseth

Marie Flanigan

Marie Flanigan Interiors

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 5/20/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2022

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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.