Religion, Spiritual Development

Outreach Chicago

Taking Outreach to the Street

CHICAGO, IL

Mission

Our mission is necessities. We provide food, clothing and personal hygiene items to homeless or close to homeless veterans, individuals and families; we empower them to reintegrate into society and improve their quality of life with intervention resources and literacy programs; and we alert the world of its impact on their wellbeing. We realize homelessness is due to factors such as mental, physical, sexual abuse, and a lack of financial resources.

Ruling Year

2011

President

Mr Melvin Gene Bridgmon

Main Address

6002 S HALSTED ST STE 307

CHICAGO, IL 60621 USA

Formerly Known As

Thomas Bridgmon Outreach Ministries

Keywords

Human Services, Outreach, Intervention

EIN

27-1694089

 Number

1886016647

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Currently, estimates state there are 80,000 homeless individuals in Chicago. This estimate includes individuals and families sleeping on a relatives couch or floor. The secondary living arrangement are individuals and families who are living in abandon buildings, in cars and unsheltered places. Within this population are students attending Chicago Public Schools. Our Lunchtime program provides bag lunches to individuals and families living in abandon buildings, in cars and unsheltered places. Our Personal Hygiene Products and Clothing Programs provides women and men hygiene products, baby care products, and clothing to family shelter residence and the homeless. Our Get Prepared program provides school supplies to homeless students. Outreach workers interact and keep track of homeless individuals and families. In order to determine where to distribute resources in our service area. Currently, we have ten distribution points on the street. Our services include over the phone referrals.

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

Lunchtime

Personal Hygiene

Get Prepared

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 meals served or provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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 sleeping bags, coats, blankets

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our Clothing/Winter Gear program provides coats, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, and sweaters.

Number of hygiene kits distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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.

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 goal is to provide necessities vital for a good quality of life. Every program is geared toward providing life's basic needs, food, clothing and hygiene products. Our referral services enable someone homeless or near homelessness to acquire interventional services. The Get Prepared program gives homeless students needed supplies to achieve their academic goals. Through our programs homeless individuals and families are encouraged to keep going regardless of their situation. Our goal is for every homeless individual and family to find stable housing. And reliable income sources to keep them off the street. And acquire preventive health sources and create a support system.

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

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

The outreach workers keep track of their individual clients. A report is made to monitor new and existing clients. The report indicates where the client stays. Where meals are consumed i.e. soup kitchens. And what type of support system does the client have. Does the client have income to gain viable housing. What are the client health needs.

We have provided 13,000 lunches to homeless or near homeless individuals and families. 4,000 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 50 boxes of pampers, 200 packages of toiletries, 1,000 feminine care items. In 2019, we plan to distribute 2,400 to 3,000 lunches, 2,000 feminine care items, 400 packages of toiletries, 200 boxes of pampers with baby wipes, 200 coat and gloves, 500 sleeping bags and blankets. And add five distribute points.

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Outreach Chicago

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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 08/23/2019

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

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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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

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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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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.