APNA GHAR INC OUR HOME

Chicago, IL   |  www.apnaghar.org

Mission

Apna Ghar provides critical, comprehensive, culturally competent services, and conducts outreach and advocacy across communities to end gender violence. Apna Ghar seeks to end gender violence through a three- pronged approach of highly effective and innovative services for survivors and those who perpetrate harm, advocacy and community education and accountability.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Neha Gill

Main address

4350 N Broadway Street, 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60613 USA

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EIN

36-3698770

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Women's Rights (R24)

Minority Rights (R22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each year, the Chicago Police Department answers 200,000 domestic calls. They receive approx. 500 domestic abuse calls each day, and on average, 30-40 people in Chicago are killed each year as a result of domestic violence. Research also shows that immigrant women face additional institutional and individual barriers to freeing themselves from domestic violence. In June 2011, The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women released a report, which found that “immigrant women often have less access to legal, social and support services.” The report cites a lack of access to bilingual shelters, food, and financial assistance as key drivers preventing immigrant women from leaving violent situations. These findings are supported by our own research. In 2005, Apna Ghar and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning conducted a study on the rights of immigrant victims of domestic violence, found that for immigrant women, legal status is “a leading barrier".

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?

Safe Home/Emergency Shelter

Safe Home/Emergency Shelter provides survivors fleeing abuse a home-like environment where they can regain control of their lives. Care is taken to maintain a culturally sensitive, secure, and healing environment. Apna Ghar completed the construction of and opened a new purpose built safe home/shelter that doubled our capacity to provide survivors in 2017.There are no age limits for accompanying children and the home is LGBTQIA+ and disability friendly.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people

Counseling enables adult and child survivors of gender violence to process and heal from the trauma of abuse. This is achieved through individual, group and family services using psycho-social education, narrative therapy, support groups, expressive therapy, and conflict management.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Legal Advocacy guides survivors through the legal system and helping survivors access available legal remedies, including civil and criminal orders of protection, pressing criminal charges, obtaining crime victims’ compensation, filing for divorce, custody, and support, as well as acquiring legal immigration status through protective statutes such as the Violence Against Women Act. Advocates help clients obtain legal representation through an in-house legal clinic and partnerships with area legal aid agencies and volunteer attorneys.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

24-Hour Crisis Line addresses the immediate safety needs of service seekers through safety planning, crisis counseling, information and resources within the agency and externally. Callers can get detailed information about legal options and remedies and available resources and services to address their short term and long-term needs.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange creates a safe and healing environment for children to interact with visiting parents who have typically caused harm to the family. Our advocates work with parents to create appropriate plans to repair and build relationships with children in order to ensure that the children's lives continue to be free from violence. Our advocates separately provide supportive services and resources to survivor parents.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Case Management services help survivors develop action plans for safety, stability, and self-sufficiency. Our staff help program participants identify and connect to community resources for health care, public benefits, financial, employment, and educational goals, housing, and other critical needs.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Outreach and Education raises community awareness about gender violence and provides information and training on available resources. We also provide the 40-hour domestic violence training as well as training and technical assistance to partner organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Transitional Housing or second stage housing aims to provide stable and permanent housing to survivors of gender violence through ten scattered site independent apartments across Chicago. Apna Ghar provides rent and utilities for each apartment for the duration of the lease in addition to intensive case management services. This empowers families to create a robust savings plans to move towards stable and permanent housing.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people

Institutional and Policy Advocacy allows Apna Ghar to work on improving overall conditions for the survivors we serve. We work with legislators, advocacy and community groups, community leaders, and the general public to raise awareness, make systemic and policy changes to improve current processes, responses and remedies, and increase options available to survivors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Through our programs and services, Apna Ghar hopes to:

1. Provide crisis response to address the immediate safety needs of victims of domestic violence;
2. Enhance safety and promote stability and self-sufficiency for survivors of domestic violence; and,
3. Engage and educate the community to create a safer environment for victims and survivors of domestic violence, specifically in immigrant populations.

Apna Ghar's comprehensive programs and services for survivors of gender violence are based on guiding principles which reflect core values of human rights, cultural humility, high quality, collaboration, and creating an impact and are outcome-focused.

•24-Hour Crisis Line addresses the immediate safety needs of service seekers through safety planning, crisis counseling, information and resources within the agency and externally.
•Safe Home/Emergency Shelter provides survivors fleeing abuse a home-like environment where they can regain control of their lives. Care is taken to maintain a culturally sensitive, secure, and healing environment.
•Transitional Housing aims to provide stable and permanent housing to survivors of gender violence through ten scattered site independent apartments across Chicago. Apna Ghar provides rent and utilities for each apartment for the duration of the lease in addition to intensive case management services. This empowers families to create a robust savings plans to move towards stable and permanent housing.
•Case Management services help survivors develop action plans for safety, stability, and self-sufficiency. Our staff help program participants identify and connect to community resources for health care, public benefits, financial, employment, and educational goals, housing, and other critical needs.
•Counseling enables adult and child survivors of gender violence to process and heal from the trauma of abuse through individual, group and family services using psycho-social education, narrative therapy, support groups, expressive therapy, and conflict management.
•Legal Advocacy guides survivors through the legal system and access available legal remedies, including civil and criminal orders of protection, pressing criminal charges, obtaining crime victims’ compensation, filing for divorce, custody, and acquiring legal immigration status through protective statutes such as the Violence Against Women Act. Advocates help clients obtain legal representation.
•Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange creates a safe and healing environment for children to interact with visiting parents who have typically caused harm to the family. Advocates work with parents to create appropriate plans to repair and build relationships with children in order to ensure that the children's lives continue to be free from violence. Our advocates separately provide supportive services and resources to survivor parents.
•Outreach and Education raises community awareness about gender violence and provides information and training on available resources. We also provide the 40-hour domestic violence training, training and technical assistance to organizations.
•Institutional and Policy Advocacy allows us to work on improving overall conditions for the survivors we serve. We work to raise awareness, make systems and policy changes to improve current processes, responses and remedies, and increase options available to survivors.

Apna Ghar was founded by five pioneering women committed to helping South Asian and other under-served immigrant survivors of gender violence and trauma access the services and resources they needed to live lives free from violence. In the mid to late 1980s, hotline calls revealed a high incidence of domestic violence, abandonment, sexual assault and harassment among the growing populations of immigrants and refugees settling in the metropolitan Chicago area. They also found that immigrant survivors were reluctant to seek assistance because of linguistic, cultural and especially legal barriers.

Thus, by 1990 Apna Ghar grew from a volunteer run crisis line, to an incorporated organization with responsive, culturally appropriate and innovative programming to address the needs of Chicago's growing immigrant and refugee populations, including emergency shelter with case management, legal advocacy, counseling and other wrap around services to help immigrant and refugee survivors reclaim and rebuild their lives. Apna Ghar developed its own service model through a research collaboration with the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) and Loyola University that showed a holistic understanding and approach to the macro and micro level barriers faced by immigrant survivors of gender violence.

Since 1990, Apna Ghar has grown in size and in scope and has developed responsive programming to address the needs of Chicago's growing immigrant populations, providing multilingual, culturally appropriate programs and services for survivors of gender violence from over 50 different countries. Apna Ghar’s work is based in a service model developed in collaboration with Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) that incorporates a human rights and social justice approach that takes macro and micro level barriers faced by survivors into account.

Apna Ghar is issue-based and community-focused. Our comprehensive, culturally competent services allow survivors to meet their immediate safety needs and take steps toward long term stability and self-sufficiency without the anxiety of navigating unfamiliar systems and connecting with multiple service providers on their own. In addition, we engage the community, and conduct systemic and policy-level advocacy to impact larger scale changes to further benefit the survivors we serve. Our guiding principles are that gender violence is a rights-based issue, that our services need to be survivor-centered, trauma-informed, strengths-based and empowerment focused. Our services also need to be culturally and linguistically appropriate. In addition, we need to be sensitive to survivor diversity in terms of age (children, adult and seniors), gender presentation, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and ability. These principles reflect our core values of human rights, cultural humility, high quality, collaboration, and creating an impact.

The ultimate measure of Apna Ghar's success is in the individual accomplishments of our clients. The following story demonstrates this success:

A few years ago Maria married her husband and moved to the United States expecting a happy new life. Instead, she found herself in a terrible situation where she was kept locked in the house and treated as a sex slave. When Maria gathered the courage to escape, she called 911 and asked for help from the local police. They took her to a local shelter and helped her file criminal charges against her husband. The local shelter connected her to Apna Ghar so she could move further away from her husband and receive help from advocates who had experience working with immigrant clients. When Maria moved into Apna Ghar's shelter, she began working with one of our legal advocates. The legal advocate helped Maria get an Order of Protection against her husband, file for divorce, and self-petition for legal status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Self-petitioning under VAWA is a long process and our legal advocates supported Maria throughout. First, they found free legal representation for Maria through a partner agency. Once Maria had a lawyer, our advocates helped Maria tell her story in an affidavit, which would be submitted to US immigration authorities. In the affidavit, Maria detailed the circumstances under which she got married and the trauma she experienced, including concrete instances of the abuse she endured. The advocates also helped Maria gather other evidence of abuse, including police reports, the Order of Protection, and support letters from friends and family. Building Maria's case for a U-Visa took several months. Once Maria and our legal advocates gathered and prepared all the evidence, her attorneys filed her case. Finally, after one-and-a-half years, the US government approved Maria's petition. As soon as she was eligible to work, Maria began searching for a job and her attorneys helped her apply for a Green Card. Two years later, she had a Green Card, and three years after that Maria applied for and received US citizenship.Maria is now enrolled in a course to become a certified nursing assistant and plans to pursue a career in healthcare.

In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our vision and mission, Apna Ghar know that its important to share our service model with others and achieve systemic change. Recognizing this, Apna Ghar applied for and was awarded a US Department of Justice grant to create a comprehensive training and technical assistance program that will give first responders and other service providers strategies and resources to make their services and institutions more inclusive and responsive to the needs of immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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

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APNA GHAR INC OUR HOME

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alpa Patel

Office of the Cook County Public Guardian

Sameer Chhabria

Law Offices of Sameer Chhabria

Masoom Ahmed

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Bhavini Desai

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Nancy Malonado

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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 09/17/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data