International Crisis Aid Inc

Helping the Helpless

aka Crisis Aid, Crisis Aid International, ICA   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.crisisaid.org

Mission

Crisis Aid assists in sustaining life. We provide life-saving services and hope to the most vulnerable of populations, through customized responses that bring immediate relief. We address the human condition and fundamental needs to survive and then thrive. Working alongside community leaders, holistic building-blocks are established and true community transformation is made possible.

Notes from the nonprofit

Crisis Aid exists to Save Lives, Save Souls and Change Futures. Our work is centered around responding to crisis situations and transitioning people from the crisis to self-sufficient sustainability. Because of our faithful partners, we are moving to the next steps of a 13 million dollar plan (more than 4,4 million is already committed) which will enable us to reach more than 1.7 million people in crisis in the next five years. We would be happy to email you more details on our development plan or visit with you directly.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO / Founder & President

Mr. Pat Bradley

Main address

PO Box 510167

St. Louis, MO 63151 USA

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EIN

30-0060905

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Crisis Aid main goal is to work in areas where no other help is available to the people living there. We primarily work in the United States and East Africa. Saving lives and bringing hope through food, water, and medical care is our first priority. Holistic, long-term, solutions are our goal.

Our programs

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

Disaster & Crisis Relief

Crisis Aid responds to natural disasters, crisis situations, and times of need focusing on orphans, pregnant mothers, and vulnerable populations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The U.S. Refuge Home first opened in December of 2012 in Missouri and was the very first holistic home and safe haven specifically for American female survivors of sex trafficking.

In partnership with other service organizations, since day one we have provided trauma-based care and holistic healing services for both adults and minors. Showered with love, care, safety, support, health, prayer and opportunity these girls truly have the tools to not only survive but thrive in the face of all the horrible things done to them.

Crisis Aid is one of a few organizations in the world which have a physical full-time presence in a police department to support victims of sex trafficking.
Due to ever-increasing requests from first responders for victim assistance, we have expanded crisis intervention services in 2018 to include providing emotional support, safety planning, and resources to victims identified by law enforcement and now staffs an office embedded within a specialized police unit investigating sex trafficking. Every single day Crisis Aid is working hand in hand with law enforcement, medical professionals and other community first responders to offer safety, healing, and support to American girls in immediate need.

The Home provides trafficked little girls and young women with not only a warm safe place to live but additional support in the form of professional counseling, life skills classes, access to critical medical and community resources and eventually, healing. We are committed to each girl and the new life she deserves.

Since December 2012, through the U.S. Refuge Home, our partners have enabled us to help more than 190 girls rescued from sexual slavery.

Increased advocacy work has led to an increase in support from people like you. We have space, what we need is your help to refurbish bedrooms and increase staff in order to increase capacity.

It is no longer an option to do nothing.
Guests in the Safe Home benefit from:
•Case Management
•Shelter that feels like a warm, loving home with 22 single bedrooms (capacity determined based on funding--we are currently only staffing 6 beds due to funding).
•Medical Care including nurse exam within 24 hours and full exam at local partner medical clinic provided in first 5 days
•Psychiatric evaluations / Behavioral Health Care management
•Dental Care
•Substance Abuse Treatment programs provided by two partner agencies
•Clothing, hygiene products, other basic essential needs
•Individual Counseling
•Group Counseling
•Daily Devotion
•Weekly Bible Study
•Certified Equine Assisted Therapy
•Weekly Health Group
•Community Center for exercise and swimming
•Parenting Class provided by partner agency for women who are pregnant or have children
•Weekly / biweekly field trips and recreational activities
•Educational programming based on individual needs (high school, GED, college, etc.)
•Job/Career planning/placement based on individual needs
•Life mapping / Goal planning
•Dozens of Life Skills and Educational Programs

Crisis Aid is working primarily with law enforcement for the identification and referral of American victims of sex trafficking to our home. Other community agencies are also welcome to make referrals. Victims have the opportunity to benefit from a holistic program that will restore their lives and provide avenues for a better future. Crisis Aid’s first U.S. Home opened for young adult women ages 17-24 years old. The home has 22 private bedrooms that would be filled were it not for lack of staff funding. We currently average 6 clients at a time.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Crisis Aid built and opened our Girl's Home in February 2009. Our Home is located on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa. It is home for up to 60 girls who have been orphaned and have no one else to care for them. When they come to their new home, the children receive food, shelter, schooling and vocational training. The orphanage is run in a family format where house parents take care of children replicating a family environment. The Home is the first phase of a long-term community development program. We do not adopt girls out of the home per our agreement with the local government.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

In February 2008, Crisis Aid had the grand opening of our Medical Clinic in a remote village in East Africa. This was once a government-run medical facility that offered sub standard care to the community because of severe budget shortfalls. By taking over this clinic, Crisis Aid has established medical outposts where we can treat people living too far from the clinic. For the first time in this region, the community of more than 140,000 men, women and children has access to quality health care.

Since 2008, Crisis Aid has treated more than 266,000 people at our medical clinic alone. We treat an average of 3,100 patients every month, which includes malaria, TB, prenatal care, deliveries, family planning, HIV testing, vaccinations and more. We also provide health education classes.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Together, we are providing food for people in desperate need every day. Since 2002 Crisis Aid has provided more than 92.7 million meals in East Africa and has fed over 2.250,000 people, including more than 223,600 severely malnourished children who would have likely not survived without Crisis Aid.

Thank you for being an answer to prayer for these precious children. You are a vitally important part of a team of dedicated people making it possible to save lives, save souls and change futures.

We use a measuring tool that UNICEF and WFP use to measure program beneficiaries Middle Upper Arm Circumference to record their degree of malnutrition and to measure their improvement while in our programs

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Crisis Aid began our "Safe Campaign” by rescuing our first girl from a red light district in December 2006. In March 2007, we opened our first home for young girls we rescued from red light districts of Addis Ababa, East Africa. We now operate multiple Safe Homes in East Africa--called Refuge Homes. We have provided services to more than 187 girls in our East Africa Refuge Homes. Girls rescued in East Africa range from 9-25 years old.

Once they are rescued and taken to their new home, girls receive food, shelter, clothing, emotional and spiritual counseling, educational opportunities, vocational training, medical care, a spending allowance and more.

We currently average 24 girls in our East Africa Safe Homes. We also have more than 40 girls in our Phase 2 program, meaning they graduated the Safe Homes and are living independently while working, finishing school, and continuing to receive case management, counseling and more.

Based on our international success rates, we were asked to open Safe Homes in the U.S.A. Our first U.S. based Safe Home opened in December 2012.

We are also expanding our Safe Campaign in Ethiopia. We purchased land in 2015 and are going to build the first phase of our "Girl's Village". The homes for up to 32 girls (family pods of 8) will be located on the back of the compound. A street-side storefront will be used to rent out store space as an income generation project to support this program. We will also host our vocational training programs on one of the top levels of the building. Some of the girls who graduate our programs and their training programs may eventually rent out spaces to sell their products or services to the community.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Wings is an outreach located in South Saint Louis. The center provides food, clothing, and hygiene items to those in the surrounding neighborhoods once a week. We host a weekly After School Program and Summer Program for children. Special outreach events include Easter Eggstravaganza, "Back to School” program, turkeys and other groceries for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a Children's Christmas Party. The inner-city work is an outreach opportunity for churches, businesses and civic organizations to help the disadvantaged.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Although we operate multiple Refuge homes in East Africa, there are never enough beds for the number of girls praying to be rescued from red light districts. So in March 2010, Crisis Aid bought property which was once used as a brothel in the red light district. Mercy Chapel is being used as a church, counseling center and vocational training center for the tens of thousands of young girls forced to sell their bodies every day just to survive.

The vocational training program is a one-year commitment where girls have the opportunity to learn hairdressing, silk screen printing, computers, weaving, leather crafts, and sewing. We are also working with a government program for job placement upon graduation.

Due to the overwhelming need and response, we expanded the program in early 2016 to now provide 6 different streams of training twice a day.
The vocational training program is a one-year commitment where girls have the opportunity to learn hairdressing, silk screen printing, computers, weaving, and sewing. We are also working with a government program for job placement upon graduation.

In January 2012, the first group of 58 girls graduated from the vocational training program. In November 2013, the second class graduated 42 girls. In December 2014 the third class of 88 girls graduated.

Due to the overwhelming need and response, we would like to double the capacity and host a morning session and an afternoon session, but financial sponsors are needed.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Providing water wells is one part of a holistic community development model being implemented by Crisis Aid in East Africa.

Crisis Aid began implementing a program in 2008 to provide people living in remote villages with clean water. Crisis Aid has already provided 48 water wells in East Africa. Each location of the wells was the first time the people in the surrounding areas have had to get clean water.

Our goal for one community is to provide a total of 90 deepwater wells to provide clean water for the entire community. You can sponsor a well for $13,000 and we will place a plaque in your honor.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Community Helping Community was born in response to the vulnerable and millions who have lost their jobs and the ability to provide for their family in light of COVID -19.

We bring hope, dignity, and tangible expressions of Love to empower individuals, families, and other organizations to do the same.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2010

Charity Navigator 2011

Charity Navigator 2012

Charity Navigator 2013

Charity Navigator 2014

Charity Navigator 2015

Charity Navigator 2016

Charity Navigator 2017

Charity Navigator 2018

Charity Navigator 2019

Awards

Member 2013

Accord Network

Gold Member 2013

GuideStar Exchange Seal

Gold Member 2014

GuideStar Exchange Seal

Top Rated Nonprofit 2013

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Member 2019

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Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2005

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2006

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2007

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2008

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2009

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2010

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2011

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2012

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2013

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2014

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2015

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2016

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2017

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2018

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2019

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 clients served

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the total number of people reached through our programs in East Africa and the USA

Number of health outcomes improved

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

Children and youth, Multiracial people, People of African descent, Pregnant people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

East Africa Medical Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Totals represent patients treated in a our pediatric medical clinic along with a 1 week medical outreach treating over 4,800 patients

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

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

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

US Refuge Safe Home for Female Victims of Sex Trafficking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Crisis Aid provides training in trauma informed care to our staff and core volunteers who work with victims of sex trafficking. We implemented new training programs for Hospitals and law enforcement.

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children in East Africa who have never attended school are brought to a 3rd grade level within ten months. Children go from not being able to read or write to graduating 3rd grade in just one year.

Pounds of food distributed worldwide

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes East Africa Feeding Programs for severely malnourished children and their families; disaster relief projects; and our WINGS Love & Care Youth Center in south St. Louis, MO, USA.

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.

Each of our programs have their own very specific goals, but the primary common goal is to go where others will not or cannot go to provide programs that save and restore lives that would otherwise be lost. We do not just give "hand outs" in our core programs. We develop holistic programs that reach multiple needs of children and families, empowering them to not only survive the day, but to have successful, hopeful, happy futures. Thousands more children n the areas we serve are in need of basic services, rescue and restoration. We have encountered thousands of children who will die without our help. We have a $13 million expansion plan to greatly impact more children and families, with $4.4 million already received in commitments and promises. Our long-term goal is to serve over 1 million people a year who are in crisis situations. Each program has very specific goals of its own.

Crisis Aid has developed specific goals and strategies to accomplish those goals for each of our individual programs.

Thousands more children are in need of basic services, rescue and restoration. We have encountered thousands of children who will die without our help. We have a $13 million expansion plan to greatly impact more children and families, with $4.4 million already received in commitments and promises.

In addition to our current programs, our new expansion steps will be targeted as follows, and spread over the next five years as funding allows:

EAST AFRICA

• FEEDING PROGRAMS: Add 3,000 more children and families at risk of starvation
• MEDICAL CARE: Launch Pediatric Medical Center in remote village without access to health care
• WATER: Provide 2 additional water wells each year (10 total) for access to clean water
• CHILDREN'S HOME: Add 5-10 more orphans/vulnerable girls each year up to 60 girls
• SAFE PROGRAMS: Further establish Phase II Independent Living Program for graduates of Refuge Home; double girls served through Mercy Chapel Vocational Training Center to 200 girls; Build Girls' Village so we can transition from renting to owning self-sustaining homes


UNITED STATES

“WINGS" OF LOVE AND CARE YOUTH CENTER/ST. LOUIS:
• FACILITY: Complete rehabbing project with professional service volunteers to provide more capacity for children & families
• FOOD: Provide food assistance for an additional 1,800 low-income people per year
• CHILDREN/YOUTH: Launch children and youth programs to include tutoring, mentoring and addressing vulnerability among an at-risk population
• ADULTS: Launch programs for adults including job skills training, parenting classes, family reunification and more
• OPPORTUNITIES: Provide self-sustaining skills for low-income mothers in the neighborhood to provide for their families

US REFUGE HOME FOR SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
• REHABILITATION: Provide holistic rehabilitation services to up to 22 women at a time ages 18-24
• MINORS: Provide holistic rehabilitation services to up to 8 female minors, including on-site schooling
• CURRICULUM: Expand reach of our Human Trafficking Prevention Curriculum to schools, churches & communities nationwide.

We are committed to “helping the helpless" with relief efforts locally and globally and equipping those who are beyond the crisis to take responsibility by providing programs which train, inspire and move them to independent, self-sustaining living.

The Crisis Aid Family is large and growing and we invite other people who refuse to “do nothing" to join in our mission to impact lives, souls and futures! With your partnership, the prayers and dreams of thousands more children and families will be answered.

All programs are evaluated on a monthly basis to measure effectiveness and record data.

Crisis Aid has raised $4.4 million in commitments and promises toward our $13 million plan. We have a strategic development plan where we are first approaching our current and past partners and also meeting with other like-minded and like-hearted individuals, groups, churches, corporations, etc. to share what we have accomplished, where we are going, the next steps in the plans, and how they can participate.

Crisis Aid has an accomplished team at our international headquarters and also in East Africa. Our CEO has been serving the suffering since 1989 in more than 30 countries. Our East Africa directors are Ethiopians with western educations and decades of experience. One is an OBGYN. They speak, read and write 5 languages, have authored multiple books, and earned multiple awards worldwide for their work in HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, pediatrics, women's issues and more. C/V available upon request.

Additionally, Crisis Aid partners with other local NGOs who have multiple decades of experience when appropriate and possible.

We have raised 5.4 million in commitments and promises toward our $13 million dollar expansion plan.

Please contact Crisis Aid for specifics as we have too many programs to detail all accomplishments and how they propel Crisis Aid toward our intended goals and impact in the provided space. Here are a few fast facts:

Crisis Aid has served more than 2.9 million people in crisis situations since 2002.

Crisis Aid has served more than 1,800 female victims of sex trafficking worldwide since 2006.

Crisis Aid has provided more than 18 million pounds of food and other aid to severely malnourished children and people in disasters since 2002.

Crisis Aid has provided medical care to more than 565,000 people who would not have had access otherwise.

Crisis Aid built a children's home to serve up to 60 girls who are orphans in East Africa.

Crisis Aid has provided 48 water wells.

Crisis Aid has provided food aid to more than 320,000 people in the United States since 2012.

In 2015, Crisis Aid secured a donor and bought a large food truck that will be used to transport food for all of our programs. It will be used as an income generation project as well, as we will rent it out to bring in additional funds to support the programs.

Funding has always been our greatest obstacle. The need is beyond our current financial capacity. For example, we are currently aware of more than 1,000 additional families who have at least one child that will die of starvation this year without immediate intervention. But we are limited by funding designated for the program.

Another example is with our Safe Program where we rescue girls from sex trafficking. There are hundreds of girls wanting to get into our Refuge homes and into our Mercy Chapel Vocational Training Program because they have seen the success in the lives of their friends, but funding is limiting our ability to reach more girls. We learned that coupling the two programs and reducing the length of stay in the homes before independent living would be best, so we are finalizing the completion of a 'Girl's village' where more girls can be reached at one time. We will also build a storefront on the front of the property for the community to rent which will serve as an income generation project.

In all programs, we have made adjustments along way as we learn from our outcomes. We are excited about the next 3-5 years and the steps we are taking toward our long-term goals as well. Visit www.crisisaid.org for more information. Or contact us at [email protected] or 1-888-740-7779.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People living in remote areas of East Africa. Victims of sex trafficking, the hungry in the USA.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, Actually talking to the people we serve in very remote parts of East Africa.,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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?

    We opened a new pediatric clinic in a remote part of Eat Africa. We focus on severe malnutrition. Many mothers (about 1200 every month) bring their children to receive help to the clinic but many have to walk 5-8 hours to reach it. After talking with some of them we opened an outpost clinic closer to where they are so that significantly reduces the time to bring their child to see a doctor. This is only pediatric care available in this region of East Africa. Girls in our refuge home in East Africa were traveling up to 2 hours each way to vocational training classes, this was due to traffic. Based on their comments we opened a smaller vocational school within walking distance of these 34 girls.

  • 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?

    It has not really changed our relationship. We love these people and that is why we are there. It does help them to feel a part of our work as opposed just receiving services, at least some. Our role is to save as many lives of young children as possible. Additionally the feedback has led us to actually create some jobs for these beneficiaries, mothers, to be able to earn money. Most exist on less than $1.00 per day.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, Our work in East Africa in primarily in very remote locations. SO we do this the best we can,

Financials

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International Crisis Aid Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pat Bradley

International Crisis Aid

Term: 2016 - 2022

Susan Bradley

Crisis Aid

Dane Welch

General & Restorative Dental Practice

Jerry Fitzgerald

Self Employed advertising exec

Chris Igo

Kimley-Horn and Associates

Caroli Young

Self Employed Marketing Consultant

James Fillingame

Minister

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? 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 03/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/12/2021

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
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.