HEAR US Inc.

Giving voice & visibility to families & youth experiencing homelessness

aka HEAR US Inc.   |   Naperville, IL   |  www.hearus.us

Mission

HEAR US Inc. gives voice and visibility to families and youth experiencing homelessness. This national organization produces poignant films and books used by educators, social service personnel and other audiences to call attention to the invisible crisis of millions of families with children and young people who struggle without a place to call home.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Ms. Diane Nilan

Main address

115 E Ogden Ave 105-329

Naperville, IL 60563 USA

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EIN

32-0155105

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Film, Video (A31)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too few educators, policy makers and citizens understand the scope of and issues facing families and youth experiencing homelessness. HEAR US Inc. addresses this directly by filming and producing short documentaries featuring these populations.

Our programs

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

HEAR US Programs

> AWARENESS RAISING
My Own Four Walls, a series of documentaries featuring children and youth talking about their homelessness.
on the edge: Family Homelessness in America, a feature-length film sharing the story of 7 women's homelessness.
Worn Out Welcome Mat - a series of films made in different states exploring family/youth homelessness, focused on doubled-up
> YAY BABIES! YAY KIDS!
Looks at the world of homelessness as seen by babies, toddlers, and older kids. Films, books.
> ADVOCACY
Informs lawmakers, community leaders and the public about family/youth homelessness. Films, books, presentations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Promote the children’s books about child homelessness

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Human Rights Award 2008

Naperville Church Women United

Outstanding Media 2007

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth

Award of Merit 2006

University of St. Francis

Bridge Builder 2012

GA Alliance to End Homelessness

Transforming Lives 2012

Bridge Communities

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To raise awareness of and compassion for families and youth experiencing homelessness as to improve their access to housing and services.

Film and produce documentaries that give families and youth the opportunity to share their struggles, hopes, and dreams.

Utilize social media to share these documentaries and other news about families and youth experiencing homelessness.

Work on public policy efforts to help families and youth experiencing homelessness.

Since 2005, we have filmed and produced award winning films featuring families and youth experiencing homelessness. This has been done in geographically diverse settings across the country, typically where families/youth stay.

Our experience on this issue — running shelters, successfully advocating for local, state and federal policy changers, presenting at state and national conferences, conducting educational sessions to a variety of audiences, training educators and administrators on educational implications of laws governing access to students experiencing homelessness and more—gives us tremendous insights on this issue. Our rapport with families and youth experiencing homelessness makes the interview process easy for them, so their openness allows for a sharing not possible in more structured settings.

Since our start in 2005, HEAR US has cultivated a reputation of integrity and responsiveness to this largely invisible world of family and youth homelessness that has given us access to interviews based on trust. We have delivered our work as promised, at a reasonable price and have worked with our “customers “ to make sure they get the most use out of our documentaries.

Our website (www.hearus.us) makes all these films available at no cost so they can be shared as widely as possible. Our use of social media also expands viewership.

HEAR US has made statewide McKinney-Vento films for:
Texas, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Hawaii

Filming also done in:

Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, California, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin

On our future project list:
Co-author 2 books on family homelessness, utilizing input from interviews from our video productions.
A pending film project on college students experiencing homelessness.

Financials

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Operations

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

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HEAR US Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Nilan

HEAR US Inc.

Maria Wilson

no affiliation

Marilyn McGowan

no affiliation

Diane Nilan

HEAR US Inc.

Pat Van Doren

It's About the Children

Rita Sullivan

no affiliation

Rosie Robbs

Ro-Ja Sales

Barbara Schneider

no affiliation

Helen JiLek OSB

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No