Housing, Shelter

NATASHA HOUSE INC

"A Bridge to Wholeness"

Yorktown, VA

Mission

NATASHA House using transitional housing and supportive 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, Poquson, and James City Counties, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Gloucester.

Ruling Year

2011

Executive Director

Mrs. Karen Michelle Brown

Main Address

Po Box 2392

Yorktown, VA 23692 USA

Keywords

Transitional Housing with supportive services

EIN

27-1871384

 Number

5101888770

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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" (464). 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

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

CHAMPS

Seed 2 Table Career-Readiness Project

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.

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Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Homeless people

Related program

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

K-12 (5-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

HomeMakers (HMP) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

Charting Impact

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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?

A Nov 2015 Report on homelessness published by the Bassuk Center states, "...More than 90% of providers agree that comprehensive support services are necessary for families to remain stably housed, and that 30 yrs. of study revealed eight components of service that families need as soon as they become homeless and should continue after they are permanently housed...which are Permanent Affordable Housing, Education, Training, and Parenting supports, Family Assessments, Trauma-informed care, Depression treatment-mothers, Family Preservation, children's developmental and mental health needs." (Bassuk 2)
Our Programs provide seven of the eight components listed via education empowerment, life-skills and employment training, and paying-it-forward via community engagement. Our work is grounded in the belief that women and children need the safety, security, permanency of a home, and accountability in order to heal, mature, and succeed spiritually, mentally, and physically. The HMP employ a systems thinking approach that requires clients to create goals with focused and intentional actions steps designed to develop skills that promote:
1) financial & technology literacy,
2) physical & mental wellness,
3) lifework planning,
4) securing & maintaining permanent housing,
5) improving emotional, social, and physical well-being. and
6) civic engagement.

The HomeMakers Program is a two-part collaboration between NATASHA House and a host of community partners committed to inspire women to become self-sufficient, family oriented home owners. The Program will equip women with the necessary skill sets to break their own homeless cycle and achieve and maintain permanent housing, even home ownership using a proven systems approach that provides 128 hrs of deliberately purposeful training. 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. Additionally, our S2T enterprise provides weekly training in CSA planning and management. We sell S2T Shares-six to eight types of vegetable and herbs-for a six week season, offer three S2T seasons-Spring, Summer, & Fall, and civically engage NHI clients to perform horticulture duties. HomeMakers & Seed 2 Table (S2T)—Career-Readiness Enterprise Program Goal(s) 1. Increase NHI Revenue Outputs 1. Maintain at least 10 S2T subscribers for the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. 2. Provide two cash crops for the planting season Measurement Tool(s) 1. Signed S2T contracts 2. Advertisements, flyers, or sales Outcomes 1. 80% of subscribers remain customers for all three seasons. 2. 80% of cash crop will sell. CHAMPS is a character development and ARTS therapy Program that uses educational entertainment experiences (role-playing activities) to deliver trauma-centered services that help children * Heal & self-advocate * Improve academic performance & Research Careers * Develop the character traits, life-skills, & social skills needed for lifetime success in every aspect of life; And that fosters an entertaining, developmental environment for our team members (staff & volunteers), delivers a supreme interactive communication for our sponsors (industry partners) to Champion the most collaborative solutions to care for both our communities & our environments with optimum returns on each investment. The Program pursues these goal in three main ways: civic engagement, multidisciplinary education, and career-role playing. CHAMPS Program Goal(s) 1. Help youth succeed in school 2. Youth learn to play instruments & participate in a performance Outputs 1. 15 youth participating in 3 tutoring/educational sessions per week. 2. 15 youth attend lessons & practices Measurement Tool(s) 1. Grades, test scores, & attendance 2. Youth perform for at least 2 NHI events Outcomes 1. 70% of those served increased academic performance by one letter grade in the current school year; 75% improve one letter grade in problem class/subject 2. 50% of Youth perform at 2 NHI events

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

We will ensure we are making progress in both our HomeMakers & Seed 2 Table (S2T)—Career-Readiness Enterprise and our CHAMPS Programs by monitoring our Outputs and Outcomes using the Measurements we have identified in our Logic Model.
For our HomeMakers & Seed 2 Table (S2T)—Career-Readiness Enterprise:
Outputs
1. Maintain at least 10 S2T subscribers for the Spring, Summer, and Fall
seasons.
2. Provide two cash crops for the planting season

Outcomes
1. 80% of subscribers remain customers for all three seasons.
2. 80% of cash crop will sell.

Measurement Tool(s)
1. Signed S2T contracts
2. Advertisements, flyers, or sales

CHAMPS Program:

Outputs
1. 15 youth participating in 3 tutoring/educational sessions per week.
2. 15 youth attend lessons & practices

Outcomes
1. 70% of those served increased academic performance by one letter grade in
the current school year; 75% improve one letter grade in problem
class/subject
2. 50% of Youth perform at 2 NHI events

Measurement Tool(s)
1. Grades, test scores, & attendance
2. Youth perform for at least 2 NHI events

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.
• Four former Clients are now homeowners

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NATASHA HOUSE INC

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Board Leadership Practices

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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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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