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Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County

Working to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

Anderson, IN   |  www.alternativesdv.org

Mission

Alternatives Incorporated strives to eradicate domestic and sexual violence through education, prevention, and intervention in Central Indiana.

Ruling year info

1980

CEO

Johna Lee

Main address

PO Box 1302

Anderson, IN 46015 USA

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Formerly known as

Women's Alternatives

EIN

31-0986769

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Victims' Services (P62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Alternatives strives to bring an end to domestic and sexual violence. Each year, over 10 million people are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Our agency is working to provide services for survivors right now, while preventing violence in the future.

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?

Emergency Shelter

Alternatives operates a 24/7 crisis line and emergency shelter for domestic and sexual violence survivors.

If you are thinking about leaving an abusive relationship, contact us so we can help you create a safety plan. Our crisis lines are answered 365 days a year and are confidential. We will determine if our facility is the right option and help with transportation arrangements. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by an advocate who will begin the process for your stay.

The shelter is a safe and supportive environment. We encourage and support your regular activities, such as attending church, school, or athletics. Services are provided free of charge and include meals, basic clothing needs, emergency and essential transportation, case management, safety plan development, and education and support groups. Staff are available to help plan for the future; cope with the trauma of leaving home; obtain legal, medical, and dental assistance; learn parenting skills for single-parent households; acquire education and job skills to support independence; secure transitional or permanent housing; and pursue employment or job training opportunities.

The overarching goal of our emergency shelter program is to provide survivors the tools, resources, and support they need to lead an independent, self-sufficient, and violence-free life.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people

We provide two specialized programs for the children residing in our shelter facility - Robbie's Room and Kid Connection.

Robbie's Room is an in-shelter weekly preschool program. The focus of the program is early childhood development and kindergarten readiness. We work with the children to increase their fine and gross motor skills, academic skill, and social skills at an age appropriate level. For many, this is their first experience in a learning environment. We provide an array of materials and opportunities for the children and engage them in hands on learning opportunities. We also take the time to just have fun and let the children be children.

Kid Connection is our summer and after school program for school age children. The program focuses on academic achievement, life skill development, self-esteem enhancement, and healthy relationships. Being exposed to violence in the home can have a traumatic effect on a child. We utilize our Kid Connection program to work through their emotions and experiences. We work diligently to help the children feel safe. Our prevention specialists work with them weekly to develop healthy relationship skills so we can break the cycle of violence. During the summer months the children also engage in recreational and education field trips.

With both programs our children's case managers provide individualized assistance for the family. They offer parenting groups, children's support groups, and are an advocate for the children's needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

In addition to our emergency shelter services, we have five units of on-site Project-Based Section 8 Certified Transitional Housing. To be eligible for the program the family must first reside in our emergency shelter program and have secured employment or be pursuing their education. The program is twelve months and includes intensive case management, long-term goal planning, and financial stability education. Through a unique partnership with Anderson Housing Authority, program graduates are awarded a portable Section 8 voucher.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Victims and oppressed people

Many domestic and sexual violence survivors do not need or seek shelter services. However, they do need support, advocacy, and assistance. Our outreach services are designed to meet these needs. Our outreach advocates provide 24-hour crisis response, danger assessments, safety planning, assistance with protective order filing, court and medical appointment accompaniment, and additional resources and referrals. Our outreach services are designed to help survivors regain a sense of control over their lives and obtain a peaceful future.

To increase access to services we have outreach offices located throughout our service area including: Elwood, IN (Madison County); Greenfield, IN (Hancock County); and Tipton, IN (Tipton County).

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

An essential portion of our mission is to prevent domestic and sexual violence. CARe 2 Get Connected is a dating, domestic, and sexual violence prevention education program for middle and high school youth. Our prevention specialists work with local schools to present the program in the classroom. Students learn the signs of an unhealthy relationship, discuss gender stereotypes, learn bystander intervention skills, talk about boundaries and consent, and are informed of additional resources available.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Alternatives offers a variety of education and training opportunities. We have developed customized trainings for law enforcement, health care, first responders, religious establishments, and businesses. We are certified through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to provide training hours.

Alternatives also participates in various awareness and education opportunities throughout our community. We have speakers available to present to social clubs, civic and church groups, youth organization, etc. Presentations are adapted to fit the needs of the audience.

Population(s) Served
Adults
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 adults provided emergency shelter

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

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2021, the number of adults sheltered was limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for added safety measures.

Percentage of adults participating in case management who advanced toward self-sufficiency.

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

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of children participating in programming who displayed academic development.

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

Children's Programming

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children served

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

Children's Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of children served in 2020 and 2021 were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Percentage of adults participating in case management who achieved their short-term goals.

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

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of bed nights.

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

Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families participating in the on-site transitional housing program.

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

Transitional Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of families successfully completing the program who exited to safe and stable housing.

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

Transitional Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of survivors served through nonresidential programming

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

Outreach Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of nonresidential program participants indicating satisfaction with services received.

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

Outreach Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth participating in classroom presentations.

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

Prevention Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of students reached in 2021 was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Percentage of average knowledge gain from classroom presentations.

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

Prevention Programming

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of trainings provided.

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

Education & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of trainings provided in 2021 and 2022 were impacted by the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of training participants.

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

Education & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overall goal is to eradicate domestic and sexual violence. In pursuit of this dream, we have established smaller goals for each of our programs.

Our services for survivors (housing and nonresidential services) seek to empower survivors to regain a sense of control over their lives and obtain independent, self-sufficient, and violence-free futures. Our children's programming assists children with enhancing their self-esteem, advancing academically, and developing healthy relationship skills so they may break the cycle of violence. Our prevention programming works to engage community members to intervene and change social norms so we may create a community where violence is not tolerated. Lastly, our education and training programs seek to spread awareness of domestic and sexual violence and educate community members how they can assist survivors and create a more peaceful future for our community.

We provide individualized services customized to the needs of each survivor. We work with our clients to develop long and short-term goals and a plan of action. Our services are empowerment based and trauma informed. We continually participate in training and peer-learning opportunities to improve services and ensure we are meeting survivors' needs and helping them obtain a peaceful future.

We utilize best practices and established curriculum to guide our prevention efforts. We work with various community partners to continue expanding the reach of our initiatives. We continually engage with community members for feedback and assess the effectiveness of our programs and how it is impacting social norms. The prevention programs are customized for their audience as well.

Alternatives Inc. has been serving domestic and sexual violence survivors for over four decades. We continue making improvements to provide high quality and effective programs. Throughout our history, we have been recognized for our innovative programming.

We have strong leadership who continually encourage growth. Our Board of Trustees are engaged in our work and offer assistance and guidance. Our Chief Executive Officer, Johna Lee, has been with our agency for over 30 years and encourages innovative thinking, while ensuring the effectiveness of our programs. Our staff complete extensive training and engage in continuing education each year to ensure they are at the forefront of services for survivors and prevention programming.

We have earned the reputation of a fiscally sound organization. We receive generous contributions from our community and program funders. With their support, we have sustained our essential programming throughout our many years of service.

Each year we provide housing services for over 300 individuals. Consistently, over 85% of those exiting our program have achieved their short-term goals and advanced toward self-sufficiency. Of the children participating in our specialized program, over 90% achieve their short-term goals. We assist an additional 250+ survivors through our nonresidential services each year. Over 90% of survivors indicated our services met their needs and assisted them in achieving their goals. Our CARe prevention education program helps nearly 80% of participants feel ready to intervene and measures an annual 90%+ of participants increasing their knowledge of dating, domestic, and sexual violence.

We are working diligently to meet survivors' needs and assist them in obtaining a peaceful future; while at the same time engaging our community in creating changes in social norms so violence is no longer tolerated. We will continue assessing our programs and striving to improve.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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

Financials

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Operations

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

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Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Julie Hettinga

Linkens Farms


Board co-chair

David Shapiro

Richmond Comprehensive Treatment Center

Tina Baker

Hoosier Park

Julie Hettinga

Likens Farms

Beatrice Ramey

Madison County

Mary Schmid

Kleenco

David Shapiro

McKenzie Family Practice

Diane Wilson

RE/MAX Real Estate

Sarah Wilson

Elanco Division, Eli Lilly & Company

Claire Lee

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Shane Briggs

Edgewood Police Department

Megan McFearin

Megan McFearin Law

Aaron Reger

State Bank

Amanda Currie

Ellie Mental Health

Crystal Everhart

Volunteer

Catherine Wilson

Secretary of State's Office

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/24/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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.