NATASHA HOUSE INC

"A Bridge to Wholeness"

Yorktown, VA   |  www.natashahouse.org

Mission

NATASHA House Inc's mission is to provide transitional housing and rehabilitative services to equip and empower homeless female headed households and at-risk children on the VA Peninsula to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. The geographical area that we serve is Virginia Peninsula which includes York, Poquoson, and James City Counties, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Gloucester.

Notes from the nonprofit

NATASHA House is a purpose driven organization that is committed to our empowering the families we serve.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mrs. Karen Michelle Brown

Main address

Po Box 2392

Yorktown, VA 23692 USA

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EIN

27-1871384

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

NHI address the problems of poor physical health, economic instability, and the barriers related to obtaining housing that the cycle of homelessness perpetuates in homeless female-headed families. Fingfgeld-Connett notes that reality-based empowerment creates "important cognitive shifts that are necessary to resolve homelessness" . NHI programs combat these issues by focusing our training in nutrition, health, social skills, career-readiness, employment, volunteerism, housing, and achievement of Lifework Plan goals. Our Programs provide a supportive environment that places residents in a position of authority as co-managers, who are not only learning the interpersonal and professional skills to seek employment beyond NHI, but who are also learning that they are capable of leadership which helps them internalize a better sense of well-being and improves their decision making skills. Additionally, access to healthy alternatives and nutrition education help alleviate health issues.

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?

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

NATASHA House (NHI) which stands for a New Alternative Towards A Secure Home Atmosphere, intervenes in the cycle of homelessness of female-headed families and at-risk youth.
We provide on-site transitional housing up to 2yrs—Residency and comprehensive rehabilitative services—Outreach [HomeMakers Program (HMP)] with the vision of preparing them to become empowered & equipped family and career-oriented homeowners.
The HMP is divided into three segments—HMP for our moms, CHAMPS for our children, & Seed 2 Table (S2T) Enterprise a therapeutic horticulture, career-readiness & AG-STEAM training program .

The HMP employs a trauma-informed systems approach which delivers its services thru a host of community partners committed to inspire women to become self-sufficient, family oriented home owners. The Program equips women with the career & life-skills to break their own homeless cycle and achieve and maintain permanent housing, even home ownership via more than 120 hrs. of deliberately, intentional goal-oriented training.

HMP consist of Four (4) Modules
(32 hrs per Module and each Module has 4 one hour sessions monthly)

C.A.R.P. (Career Assessment Readiness & Pursuit)  
H.L.P. (Health Literacy Program)
F.I.T. (Financial Literacy Training)
H.I.P. (Home Investment Preparation)

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

CHAMPS, an acronym for Character, Honesty, Appreciation, Morals, Perseverance, & Service
CHAMPS is a youth character development & creative arts healing program designed to empower homeless and/or at-risk youth with the qualities they need to become healthy, successful individuals & entrepreneurs while creating & marketing products for NHI revenue.

The Program goals use Modules to deliver trauma-centered services that help children:
1. Heal & self-advocate 2. Improve academic performance
3. Develop the character traits, life-skills, & social skills
needed for lifetime success in every aspect of live

Utilizing Our 5 Be’s: Be Healthy, Be Fit, Be Educated, Be Creative, & Be of Character

CHAMPS employs a "village" approach that has Four Focus PODS:

• The Plaza—Be Healthy & Fit-Career-Lifework Planning & Educational Enrichment - The purpose is for children to meet one-on-one with a mentor and receive homework help/enrichment and assistance creating & reviewing goals for their Career LifeWork Plan. Additionally, children engage in Ag-STEAM activities that encourage healthy lifestyles.

• Champion Paths —Character Counts- Character Development & Civic Engagement –The purpose is to equip youth with the necessary skills needed to help them develop character and succeed in life. Additionally, our mentoring program provides youth with the positive one-on-one support that is needed to help them achieve purpose in their life, doubles tutoring for those needing help with school work, and fosters an environment that teaches children how appropriate & positive adult & child relationships are formed.

• CHAT d’ ARTs—Be Creative-Creative Arts Program-The purpose is to immerse and engage the children in a setting conducive to healing while introducing them to a variety of ARTS genres to create products & performances to generate additional revenue for NHI and develop their “creativity.”

• TechAronia—Be Educated-Financial & Technology Literacy-The purpose is to immerse the children in role-playing via a career exploration as CHAMPS Village employees who are both investors and benefactors of the Village’s economic sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

NATASHA House, Inc.’s Seed 2 Table Agribusiness Project Management Certificate Program is designed to provide career-readiness training for NATASHA House clients via a comprehensive study of production, harvesting, marketing and distribution of vegetables, small fruits, added value products for sustainability.
The program is designed to provide training in community gardening, urban, vertical, container, and backyard farming/gardening. Participants receive training on high tunnel (hoophouse) production, low tunnel production, container gardening, raised bed and rooftop gardening, and indoor gardening, and producing and marketing cookies, salsas, jams, seasonings, and community supported agriculture bundles called Careshares. Expansion of the Seed 2 Table Market will include workshops, field days, on-site demonstrations and hands-on training. The long-term outcome of the program is that participants design and present an AgriBusiness Project to earn their Certificate for NH residents and to increase the adoption of sustainable urban agriculture practices to enhance environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the region.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

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 homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Homeless people

Related Program

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of families that NATASHA House serves via direct and indirect services via our transitional housing and Outreach support services.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

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

Children and youth

Related Program

CHAMPS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of children that we served via our CHAMPS character development & health, financial, and technology literacy program.

Number of youth and families who receive planned aftercare services for 3 months post-discharge

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

Women and girls, Children and youth

Related Program

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of families who graduate the HomeMakers Program and voluntarily enroll in our FollowCare program and whose children continue to participate in our CHAMPS Program.

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

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

Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

NHI require All residents to participate with William & Mary's New Horizon Family Counseling Center for mental health assessments and individual & family counseling.

Number of households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

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

Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

NATASHA House’s HomeMakers Program (HMP) for adults & CHAMPS for Children
GOALS:
1. Develop or enhance financial literacy skills and independence.
2. Use supportive services and community partnerships to improce the physical, emotional, and social wellbeing
of the families served.
3. Enroll client’s children and at-risk youth in the community in C.H.A.M.P.S. (CHAMPS), our youth
program.
4. Enroll HMP Clients in FollowCare Program

OUTCOMES:
1. 85% of the ladies enrolled in HMP will complete financial assessment and participate in financial literacy
sessions for a minimum of 6 mos.
2. 80% of the families enrolled in HMP will participate in group, family, and individual counseling for a
minimum of 6 mos.
3. 100% of the children whose mothers are enrolled in HMP will participate in All CHAMPS sessions and
80% of the children enrolled as Outreach participants will attend at least one CHAMPS session a week.
4. 85% of HMP Clients will participate in HMP FollowCare Program for a minimum of 6mos

METHOD OF EVALUATION:
1. Ladies develop and maintain weekly budget, spending, savings, and credit repair section of their LifeWork Plans.
2. Attendence sheets and monthly progress summaries provided to NHI by counselors.
3. Attendence sheets, progress reports & report cards, and monthly progress summaries provided by NHI Interns
4. Attendence sheets, Weekly/Monthly Spending/Savings budget, and progress notes from monthly home visits of SW Interns

We hosts four one-hour educational groups weekly called Modules. Each module is facilitated by a community leader who is a subject matter expert in their field and is designed to assist our clients with achieving their Lifework Plan goals. Clients also meet weekly with Social Workers and Human Service Interns to ensure they remain focused on their Lifework Plan Goals.

Additionally, NATASHA House maintains the following Partnerships:

A. Program Development & Counseling Interns/Facilitators
CDR, William & Mary, NSU, CNU, TNCC, ODU, VSU, Post, St. Leo, St. Mary's U,
Phoenix U, Longwood U, Newport News & York County Extension Services,
Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency, Hearts of Hope

B. Financial Literacy & Career Readiness Training/Facilitators
Visions 2000, Workforce Development, ALS Janitorial Svcs,
October Effect, LLC, Mason & Associates, LLC, C& F Bank, VEC,
Jr. League of HR, AARP-SCEP, Urban League of HR, YMCA, BGCA, BBBS,
Peninsula SPCA, 1st Advantage- CCFS, Langley FCU, CCFS Inc., Hampton
Redevelopment, CBH, Williamsburg-James City County Community Action
Agency,

C. Referrals, Intakes, Health, & Intervention
Lackey Free Clinic, Southeastern Virginia Health System, Dr. Amaya Rucker,
Newport News Ext Srvc, Sentara Health Care, York County Food Closet,
Peninsula Quilt Guild, Peninsula Foodbank, Network Peninsula, VA Dept of
Transportation, & Referrals-Homeless crisis hotline, Transitions, Avalon,
Burfoot House, & Peninsula Rescue Mission.

D. Community Awareness & Fundraising
NATASHA House Clubs-York, Grafton, & Tabb High Schools, Grafton, Tabb,
Peasley, & Yorktown Middle Schools, Seaford, Grafton-Bethel, & Elementary

Impact:
• Since 2010, we served over 200 families through our transitional housing and outreach programs
• Served over 100 children in CHAMPS, our children's program.
• We've pre-screened and referred over 600 families to the Homeless Crisis Hotline and other agencies
• 85% of the residents who transitioned from NH to permanent housing between 2011 and 2016 remain in their own housing.
• 38% were York County Residents; 4% were from Poquoson; 51% from Newport News; 7% from Hampton;
• 11% were Veterans of which 71% remain in their own permanent housing.
• 100 % of residents housed in the last year (2016) transitioned and remain in their own housing;
• 100% of the children of our outreach clients attend at least 2 CHAMPS sessions per month
• Our residents continue to help manage our S2T Market enterprise—which adds fresh vegetables to our clients diets, adds to cash flow to NHI, and yields over 1,000 volunteer hours annually.
• Our clients have become or are in training to be: accountants, pharmacy techs, personal care aides, data entry techs, early childhood instructors, medical assistants, early child-hood educators, medical receptionists, corrections officers, cosmetologists, administrative assistants, project managers, certified nursing assistants, culinary arts specialists, and cashiers.
•8 are now homeowners; 4 more have pre-qualified for ownership; and 5 are currently enrolled in our HIPS Program
*We are ready to expand by doing the following:
-Secure more Family Partners to invest in the NATASHA House Vision for our moms
and our children.
-Complete our Crossing the Bridge—Expanding –Up Capital Campaign
Fully launch HMP II–Crossing the Bridge 2 Wholeness program
-Launching commercial kitchen to prepare and sell NHI-Seed 2 Table products

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Homeless moms with children Single moms in danger of loosing their housing At-risk youth

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our residents stated that would like to have an opportunity to practice paying full rent after living at NHI before transitioning to their own place; so we are launching a program that houses them for 6mos to 1yr and requires them to pay a subsidized rent that includes a utility fee.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for our clients input has empowered our clients to believe that they can make quality decisions and have input in the policies and procedures that govern their residency at NATASHA House/Modules we provide.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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NATASHA HOUSE INC

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Shukita Massey

Asst. Commonwealth Attorney

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dr. Dr. Michelle Boone-Thornton

Saint Leo University-Asst Chair of Undergraduate Human Services

Term: 2020 - 2023

Nickesha Lewis

NN Community Services Brd

Debra Carroll

US Government-Program Analyst

Qinisha Carter

Woodforest

Moosa Siddiq

Woodforest-Branch Manager

Tammy Jordan

Woodforest Branch Manager

Ellizabeth Howard

T. Parker Host-Accountant

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 10/04/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/29/2021

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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 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 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 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.