Outreach Chicago

Taking Outreach to the Street

CHICAGO, IL   |  https://outreachchicago.us

Mission

Outreach Chicago’s mission is to help homeless individuals and families reintegrate into society by providing them with the necessities and resources to improve their quality of life.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our outreach is designed to service homeless individuals, and families who are under served by existing agencies and clients who aren’t able or willing to seek services from other social service agencies. The majority of our clients suffer from mental and abuse issues. Some have suffered chaotic situations in shelters. Therefore, it is essential that we build a relationship with our clients. Our relationship with them allows us to provide advice. As a result, our clients are more willing to accept food, clothing, hygiene products, referral information, health, and informational flyers. Outreach Chicago’s goal is to move the homeless toward a life of greater health and personal stability.

Ruling year info

2011

President

Mr Melvin Gene Bridgmon

Main address

6002 S HALSTED ST STE 307

CHICAGO, IL 60621 USA

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Formerly known as

Thomas Bridgmon Outreach Ministries

EIN

27-1694089

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We service Chicago’s most impoverished areas. There are severe health and income inequities. And the majority of our clients reside in abandon buildings, and double-up situations. The average poverty rate in our service area is 34%, and the childhood poverty rate is 51%. There is a constant need for necessities in every age group (from 0-80 years old). Our services are focused on areas unknown to other social service agencies. Through our programs,we are providing necessities for homeless individuals, and families. And help them realize stable housing promotes privacy, safety, and recovery from aliments.

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?

Lunchtime

Our Lunchtime program provides bag lunches to low-income and homeless or near homeless families, individuals and veterans.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

Provides personal hygiene items to homeless, near homeless families, men and women. Hygiene products include feminine products, feminine cleansing cloths, pampers, toiletries and baby wipes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

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 meals served or provided

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Lunchtime program provides bag lunches containing a sandwich, a bag of chips, a package of cheese or peanut butter crackers, a package of cookies, fruit, and water or juice drink.

Number of coats, blankets, socks and under garments.

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have distributed men and women under garments, socks and coats.

Number of hygiene kits distributed

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hygiene Products Program provides feminine products, pampers, baby wipes, and toiletries to family shelters, homeless individuals and low-income.

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 outreach workers visit homeless clients on a regular basis to get feedback about their needs. And our outreach is designed to service homeless individuals, and families who are under served by existing agencies and clients who aren’t able or willing to seek services from other social service agencies. The majority of our clients suffer from mental and abuse issues. Some have suffered chaotic situations in shelters. Therefore, it is essential that we build a relationship with our clients. Our relationship with them allows us to provide advice. As a result, our clients are more willing to accept referral information, health, and informational flyers.
Outreach Chicago provides emergency-based services through our three core programs. 1.) Our Lunchtime Program provides nutritional bag lunches for homeless individuals, families, refugees, and immigrants. 2.) Our Personal Hygiene Products Program distributes hygiene products, feminine products, pampers, and baby wipes. 3.) The Clothing / Winter Gear Programs distributes New or lightly worn, recently cleaned coats, socks, T-shirts, gloves, knit caps, and sweaters. Outreach Chicago’s goal is to move the homeless toward a life of greater health and personal stability.




Our board has considered starting a Go Fund Me page. Highlighting homeless families and students needs. And create ads using Google Ad Words and e-mail marketing. We will hold periodic fundraisers with volunteer musical artist and motivational speakers. And encourage our supporters to support our cause on various fundraising platforms and acquire partnerships.

Currently, we provide services through direct donations from monthly donors. Through food,clothing, and hygiene product drives using e-mails and events at churches. Our sleeping bags and blankets are acquired through our partnership with Warm Wishes.

We have provided 17,000 lunches to homeless or near homeless individuals and families.6,000 has been given to homeless Veterans. Our Clothing/Winter Gear program has distributed 400 sleeping bags and blankets. The Personal Hygiene Products Program has provided 200 boxes of pampers, 1,400 packages of toiletries, 2,000 feminine care items. In 2022, we plan to distribute 2,400 to 3,000 lunches, 3,000 feminine care items, 800 packages of toiletries, 700 boxes of pampers with baby wipes, 200 coats and gloves, 500 sleeping bags and blankets. And add five distribute points.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Outreach Chicago

Board of directors
as of 12/03/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Melvin Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Mr Timothy Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Term: 2011 -

Melvin Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Timothy Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Nadine Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Kezia Miller

Outreach Chicago

Nadine Miller

Outreach Chicago

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 11/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/23/2019

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Data
  • 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 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 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.