BEHIND EVERY DOOR MINISTRIES INC

There is a story behind every door

aka Behind Every Door   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.behindeverydoor.org

Mission

Behind Every Door strives to transform lives in underserved neighborhoods by being present daily, believing the best about those who live there, and working with other organizations to help inspire and build up the community. We pursue a holistic, measurable and incarnational approach by collaborating with organizations who have been successful in these six areas: education, employment/financial health, physical/emotional health, spiritual health, mercy/social issues, and role models.

Notes from the nonprofit

We believe there is a story behind every door. So, we love to tell stories! Please visit our youtube page for video stories or our blog for written stories!

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mr. Will Dowell

Main address

2824 Swiss Avenue

Dallas, TX 75204 USA

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EIN

27-1805416

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Education

We provide tools to help kids master use of the english language, perform at grade level, and graduate high school. Some ways we do that are Lexia Core5, Homework/Tutoring, Reading Room, Banana Split Club (Math), Veggie Challenge, Nickel Club, Smart Words, and Gardening.

Population(s) Served

We focus on encouraging right relationships with self, others & the community. We do this through Life Cards, Manners training, Conflict resolution, Open gym, Healthy food, Addiction Recovery Groups, Equal Heart partnership

Population(s) Served

We help develop the skills necessary to get and keep a job. We do this by Kid helpers (small jobs to kids), Work Force, Work projects (for adults), and Per Scholas partnership.

Population(s) Served

We help provide outlets for spiritual growth by offering Discipleship Groups, Character Qualities Teachings, Real Talk, VBS, KAA Summer Camp, Real Men, and Women of Wisdom.

Population(s) Served

We desire to meet fundamental needs by being present and active in the lives of our community members by offering opportunities to come together through What’s Up Wednesday, Parties, Kids Supper, Basketball Tournaments, Outreach, and the Clothing closet

Population(s) Served

We connect community members with others who can inspire and encourage future success by offering a Mentor program, Parent engagements, and Parenting classes.

Population(s) Served

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 children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

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

Social/Emotional and Physical Health

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We do regular character lessons, office-talks, and 1-on-1 conversations about ongoing issues a child is facing. We are teaching children to identify their emotions, process those, and then respond.

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

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

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track the weekly attendance of our kids attending the after school program. This is an average over 52 weeks. Last year, we had a change in property manager, as a result, some people were evicted.

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

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

Role Models

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We engage parents through showcases, parent nights, parent/child activities, and parenting classes.

Number of students enrolled

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

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of students enrolled in the after school program.

Number of mentors recruited

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

Role Models

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are actively seeking to connect each child to a mentor. Ruby Payne states that 9 out of 10 children who escape generational poverty do so because they are connected to someone outside of it.

Number of reading hours

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

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track the amount of hours the kids in our after school program spend reading or on Lexia Core5.

Number of students improving literacy by 1 grade level

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

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track how many students have improved 1 literacy grade level while using Lexia Core5.

Number of students reading at grade level

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

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track how many students are reading at their grade level. On average, our students are 2 grade levels behind while in grade K-5. They are, on average, 5.5 grade levels behind thereafter.

Average number of people in weekly discipleship and mentoring

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

Spiritual Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track weekly attendance in discipleship groups and meetings with mentors. The number reported is lower than those participating.

Number of clients served

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

Mercy and Social Issues

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track the total number of people we are able to serve through our 6 areas of focus.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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

Mercy and Social Issues

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We host regular community events to gather people together. For example, large celebrations for 500+ people, basketball tournaments, and Wednesday Night dominos are some examples.

Number of hours of work provided to the community (at least $10/hour)

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

Employment & Financial

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide work to the community through small work projects and part-time employment. The minimum pay is $10 per hour.

Number of community member volunteers

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

Mercy and Social Issues

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of people local community members who volunteered in one of the 6 areas of focus.

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.

Behind Every Door strives to transform lives in underserved neighborhoods by believing the best about those who live there and inviting the other caring organizations to help inspire and build up the community.

We work with partners to improve life in 7 key areas.
1. Safety
2. Education
3. Housing
4. Employment
5. Physical/Emotional Health
6. Spiritual Health
7. Community Involvement

Relationships:
We want to learn the story behind every door of underserved apartment communities by knocking on them one at a time. Relationships are the foundation of a healthy community.

Collaboration:
We recruit and welcome other non-profits, churches, businesses, community members, and individuals who will join in the larger effort to build a healthy community.

Gospel:
Demonstrating the love of Jesus through acts of service and love, as well as helping to provide outlets for spiritual growth.

We strive to build individual relationships by having an on site staff at each of our underserved apartment communities who reach out to learn everyone's story and work to address each person's needs.

Collaboration is key to our success in this. We welcome other non-profits, churches, business, and individuals to bring their time, talent and treasury to aid in building a sense of community. These organizations often have established programs to address many of the issues our communities face.

We have established our ministry and have made giant steps to reach our goals. We are fortunate to have received grants that financially allow us to make life better for many of our residents, with a particular focus on the children and their education.

We have made great strides in the education area. We work with Big Thought and have tutoring, enrichment and food for the children daily and during the summer. Our implementation of Lexia Core5 allows for real-time, individualized literacy help for each child.

We have amazing partnerships that enhance the impact of our work.

We completed an Organizational Clarity exercise in 2014 that drastically improved our organization. We are more focused, unified, and stable than we have ever been.

We have built a strong donor base, increasing from 35 donors in 2012 to almost 400 in 2016.

We have built up our grant writing and begun to receive multiple grants each year.

We have only recently begun training the local community to begin running programs. The opportunity for future growth here is significant, and we are actively pursuing this in 2016.

We need to expand training for our employees.

We would like to build an (eventually multiple) apartment communities to provide improved housing with integrated services housed within the community.

Financials

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BEHIND EVERY DOOR MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 07/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Allen

Providence Energy

Term: 2012 -

Will Dowell

No Affliaiation

Michael Allen

Providence Energy

Denny Carreker

Otis Buckley

OL Buckley

Lori Turpin

Bonnie Thompson

Tyler Berns

Jessica Nunez

Ware Smith

Brad Todd

Sheila Chhutani

Price Glomski

Donald Parish Jr.

Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable