A SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION

Housing is Healthcare

Chicago, IL   |  www.asafehaven.org

Mission

A Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. ASHF provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic, scalable mode. A Safe Haven Foundation's visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Ms. Neli Vazquez Rowland

Main address

2750 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608-1094 USA

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EIN

36-4444200

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to All Chicago - Making Homelessness History, 8,857 households were homeless in Chicago in February 2020. Time Magazine reported that, during 2019, over 86,000 Chicagoans experienced some form of homelessness. More people are at risk of becoming homeless every year as housing affordability worsens, costs outpace wages, and availability of public subsidies decreases. Homelessness is damaging to health, economic stability, and other factors that contribute to quality of life. We believe "Housing is Healthcare", and A Safe Haven Foundation exists to help individuals and families aspire, transform and sustain their lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency; from homeless to housed; from personal crisis to sustained success. ASHF’s scalable model is designed to help people in crisis achieve sustainable self-sufficiency and achieve the ‘double bottom line’ of saving money and saving lives.

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?

Workforce Development

ASHF Center for Workforce Development collaborates with companies and organizations to help our clients overcome barriers to employment. Client’s complete pre-employment training, including resume writing, interviewing preparation, communication skills, and conflict management. We have developed six sector-based vocational training programs, which provide training in locally high demand industries that pay a living wage. Those industries include landscaping, culinary arts and food service, hospitality, pest abatement, customer service and security. The industry specific programs partner with local employers, who provide mentoring, apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training, and offers living-wage job opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

ASHF Adult Education program helps our clients set the foundation for their future success. We provide our clients with the knowledge and skills to obtain and sustain living-wage employment. Our adult education program supports ASHF’s goal of ending homelessness by providing our clients with the education, skills, and resources to become self-sufficient. Core classes include GED preparation, contextualized literacy, basic math, computer literacy, and life skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

ASHF Youth Programs empowers homeless children to succeed beyond their circumstances through education, mentoring, and anti-violence programs. Our Bullying Prevention program partners with a local school where the majority of our youth attend, to increase social-emotional competence among youth participants and reduce bullying incidents. ASHF’s Anti-Violence Mentoring program provides one-on-one mentoring to 40 youth using the CDC’s social-ecological model. The Family Literacy program increases the literacy levels of both parent and child, while encouraging families to engage in fun and educational activities together.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Homeless people

A Safe Haven’s team of professional behavioral healthcare clinicians
provide on-site individual and group therapy sessions to all residents
of A Safe Haven in need of professional psychological counseling.
Many residents, adults, and children, of A Safe Haven have suffered
from underlying traumatic experiences such as sexual assault,
domestic violence, PTSD from gun violence, human trafficking,
physical and mental abuse and co-existing mental health conditions
or behavioral healthcare diseases such as depression, substance use,
stress, bipolar, and schizophrenia. A Safe Haven trauma-informed care
services have successfully helped tens of thousands of our residents
learn how to cope, manage and overcome their challenges in a way
that allows them to restore their self-esteem and to live their lives
successfully with life long commitments to recovery as positive
productive members of society.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Veterans

Housing is the principal service that ASHF provides. We firmly believe "Housing is Healthcare" and provides the first step in healing for a myriad of other issues. ASHF offers a variety of housing options and recovery settings, including interim, transitional, permanent supportive, recovery, veterans and affordable housing managed by licensed professionals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Awards

Humanitarian Award 2010

Al Safeer Media

Chicagoan of the Year 2010

Chicago Magazine

Leader of Color 2010

Chicago United

Chicagoan of the Year! 2011

Chicago Magazine

Best Marriage of Money & Mission 2011

Membership of National Social Enterprise Alliance Washington DC

Two Time Silver Trumpet Award Winner "Issues Management 'Bringing Veterans Home" 2012

Publicity Club of Chicago

Most Inspiring Mission! 2013

Make it Better Magazine

Champion of Change 2013

The White House

Trailblazer Award 2013

Latina Style Magazine

Illinois Humanitarian Award 2013

Secretary of State Jesse White

Enterprising Woman of the Year 2014

Enterprising Woman Magazine

"Service Above Self " 2014

Rotary One

Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

NYC Legal Momentum

Freedom Award 2015

John Marshall Law School

2015 Unsung Heroes 2015

National Associate for Minorities in Communications

2015 Miami Real Estate ICON Leadership Award 2015

Miami Brickell Chamber of Commerce

CLN Hall of Fame 2015 Inductee 2015

Chicago Latino Network

TWO GOLD Awards in Landcaping 2015

Illinois Landscaping Association

Independence Award 2015

Consulate General de Peru

Nueva Latina Estrella Award 2015

Verizon

Leadership Award 2015

National and Illinois Diversity Council

Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Chicago Latino Network

Maestro Leadership Award 2016

Latino Leaders Magazine

The Company of Grace Award 2016

Spirituality Ignatious Project

Good Neighbor Award 2016

Chicago Association of Realtors

Social Sustainability Award 2016

National Environmental Hall of Fame

Latina Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

AETNA

Three Time "Silver Trumpet Award" 2017

Publicity Club of Chicago

Amigo Award & Named Top 50 Most Influential Latinos 2017

Negocios Now

BIBO Humanitarian Award 'Outstanding Homeless Advocacy 2017

BIBO Foundation

Most Distinguished Design Award for A Safe Haven Veteran Village - Affordable Housing 2017

American Institute of Architects

Chicago Chapter Distinguished Building Award Citation of Merit in Architecture 2017

American Institute of Architects

Orgullo Award 2017

Univision & Goya Foods

Golden Trowel Award 2017

The Yellow Tractor Project

Outstanding Leadership 2018

Bradley University Civil Engineering and Construction

Innovation in Healthcare & Healthcare Delivery 2018

The Institute of Medicine in Chicago

CommUnity Hero Award - Champion For A Well Community and Excellence in Advocacy 2018

Harmony - A Well Care Company

Peoples Humanitarian Award 2018

The Chicago Blues All Stars

Named Who's Who Hispanic Leader 2018

Negocios Now Magazine

Silver Award Winner 2018

Association of Licensed Architects

VETHire Gold Medallion Award Winner 2018

U.S. Department of Labor, Washington D.C.

ASH Cook County Resolution in Honor of ASH's 25th Anniversary 2019

Board of Cook County Commissioners

Philanthropist of the Year 2019

Powerteam International

Humanitarian Award 2019

Georgia Doty Comprehensive Health

Who's Who' Society of Chicago Inductee 2019

Who's Who Society of Chicago

Crains Chicago Business Healthcare Hero Honoree 2020

Crains Chicago Business

Chicago Innovation Award Winner 2020

Chicago Innovation Awards

Women of Influence Award Recipient 2020

Daily Herald Business Ledger

Notable Veteran Executive 2020

Crains Chicago Business

Affiliations & memberships

Co-Chair of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Human Service - Gov. Rauner Transition Team 2014

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Goals & Strategy

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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.

A Safe Haven Foundation's overarching goal is to help people aspire, transform, and sustain their lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. ASHF provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic, scalable model. ASHF's visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.

ASHF was founded in 1994 and has been licensed by the State of Illinois to provide substance abuse treatment services since 2001. In our 20 year history, ASHF has been committed to helping people transform their lives from one of alcoholism, addiction and crime to self-sufficiency in sobriety with gainful, living wage employment and affordable housing. In a safe and supportive treatment environment, clients are able to identify and address the root causes of criminal thinking and behavior.

ASHF realized in order for people to sustain their sobriety, they needed stable housing, living-wage employment, healthcare, and access to supportive services. ASHF strategically expanded it program offerings to include emergency, interim/ transitional, permanent supportive and affordable housing, intensive case management, recovery support services, adult basic education, job training, placement and retention. ASHF seeks to stabilize individuals, unite families, strengthen neighborhoods, and create vibrant, viable communities.

Today, ASHF is a nonprofit social service agency and related social businesses enterprise dedicated to creating jobs, and serving as employers to people with barriers to employment; and collaborate with a network of public and private partners to achieve a common mission—the pursuit of solving the issue of homelessness for people and families in need - one person at a time.

A multidisciplinary team approach is used to address various needs of housing, recovery, and mental health services. We employ nearly 200 qualified professional staff, who provides direct-service to over 5,000 individuals annually or over 1,000 on a daily basis. Our employees are professionally trained, credentialed, certified and many have extensive experience in working with vulnerable, high-risk populations.

The main campus has available interim housing for up to 400 individuals, multiple classroom and training facilities, a computer lab, a cafeteria, treatment rooms, a job training center, and access to support services. We also manage special contracts through our Social Business Enterprises (earned-income, for-profit companies) with corporations and government agencies throughout Chicago and surrounding communities. Operating from the principle that housing is the foundation of success, we serve individuals and families from all 77 Chicago community areas, with a large concentration residing in the south and west sides' communities hardest hit by poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, and violence—particularly, North Lawndale, Austin, West Garfield Park, Englewood, South Shore, and Chatham.

Over the last few years, at A Safe Haven, we have done everything we can to meet the growing demand for services, including acquiring and merging with other homeless shelters and services, whenever we're called upon by either social service agency leadership, their boards, their banks, government agencies, or other stakeholders, to help them preserve the important services of organizations that were on the verge of liquidation. The demise of many of these organizations could've potentially left the people that depended on them on the streets and their employees with no other options! We believe that our decisions at crucial times to take the leap of faith and to join forces to stabilize other service providers, assume the responsibility of managing them, and support their funders, and embrace their clients and staff has resulted in a winning scenario, for all Chicagoans.

Today, these decisions have allowed us to now offer a housing network of over 40 locations, gain efficiencies, streamline services, for all including special populations like Veterans, Women with Children, Youth, Men, Ex-offenders, and more as well as streamline various public/private revenue streams. Our results have led to becoming recognized as an International Model for improved overall outcomes, and most importantly rebuilding and restoring the lives of more people to become independent and self-sufficient in a sustainable manner.

In the last decade, ASHF has grown to become one of the largest social services providers in the region. Our services target very high-risk populations including veterans, mothers with children, homeless young adults, and the formerly incarcerated. We design individualized service plans for our clients that address the root causes of poverty, homelessness, and partner with organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies to increase their educational attainment, secure safe and affordable housing, and gain living-wage employment. Our comprehensive Continuum of Care Core Services includes the following:

• Housing is the principal service that ASH provides to our clients. We believe housing serves as a form of healthcare, which provides the first step in healing for a myriad of other issues. ASH offers a variety of housing options and recovery settings, including interim, permanent supportive, recovery homes, veterans housing, and affordable housing.

• In 2001, A Safe Haven was awarded one of the very first provider license issued by the State's newly established regulating agency: the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

• ASHF's Adult Education Program helps clients set the foundation for their future success and supports ASHF's goal of ending homelessness. Core classes include GED preparation, contextualized literacy, basic math, reading, computer literacy, and life skills.

• ASHF's Center for Workforce Development collaborates with companies and organizations to help clients overcome barriers to employment. As the only STRIVE Job Readiness affiliate in Illinois, clients complete pre-employment training, including resume writing, interviewing preparation, communication skills, and conflict management. We have six industry-specific training programs available for trainees to matriculate to Welding, Culinary Arts, Landscaping, Customer Service Skills, Security, Maintenance, and Hospitality.

• ASHF's Psychotherapy / Behavioral Health Program is an imperative part of the recovery process for residents since a large percentage of the individuals that seek help have experienced significant emotional trauma, loss, poverty, poor parental modeling, and/or abuse. The psychotherapy program at ASHF assists clients in addressing these issues through trusting and safe therapeutic relationships as well as intense therapeutic dialogues that emphasize self-exploration and a basic sense of empathy and respect for the uniqueness of each individual client.

• ASHF's Youth Services provides outreach, intake, case management, temporary housing, structured activities, mentoring, and employment services to one of society's most vulnerable age-based populations. We have served youth and young adults since 1998 through our early education, after-school, out-of-school, summer job placement, financial literacy, emergency housing, and mentoring programs.

Since 1994, A Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF) has provided services to over 130,000 women with children, single men and women, veterans, youth, young adults, and the formerly incarcerated. ASHF is one of the few human service agencies in Chicago equipped to accommodate entire families who are homeless. Its available supportive services are offered in a safe, secure, environment where residents are able to establish some consistency, stabilize health, and pursue education and employment en route to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Stable permanent housing, economic self-sufficiency coupled with social and cultural inclusion are the target for those who enter ASHF's Interim Housing Programs.

ASHF's commitment to accommodating families included those headed by single fathers distinguishes our services as those that can fulfill some of the most difficult and prevalent needs within the delivery system. In addition to assisting adults, ASHF is committed to creating a welcoming space for the children who live in our facility. The family and single adults program successfully schedule activities that will build self-esteem, teamwork, and trust for the most vulnerable of our population. Each program utilizes a strength-based, autonomy-enhancing model of services predicated on the belief that clients already possess many of the strengths necessary to change the conditions which led to homelessness. By identifying and building on existing strengths, case managers help residents secure the necessary resources to achieve the goal of returning to stable housing. Housing is service-enriched with individual programming to help residents meet their personal and vocational goals.

All interim and supportive housing facilities, residents have a clean room, bed, shower, daily meals, access to storage and laundry facilities, designed for universal accessibility, with 24-hour security and access to all programs and services. Room configurations can accommodate entire families, keeping them intact, while allowing families with children an appropriate amount of healing space. ASHF does not discriminate in admission on the basis of race, creed, national origin, political affiliation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or identified disability. Moreover, ASHF manages nearly 700 units of supportive housing throughout Chicago's 77 neighborhoods, and the surrounding suburbs. Each of our scattered sites includes: Supportive Housing, Transitional/Interim Housing, Permanent Housing units, and are in most instances licensed recovery Home facilities; and are in compliance with the American Disabilities Act, as well as meeting local zoning requirements, and Federal Housing Quality Standards. And, replicates its supportive services at most of its scattered sites and includes qualified staff on-site for oversight and program delivery.

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?

    Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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A SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Neli Vazquez Rowland

A Safe Haven Foundation

Linda Mensch

Mandell Menkes

Abe Thompson

Partnership Radio

Michael Favia

Elizabeth Donahue

LU Partners, Inc.

Jamil Bou-Saab

Terra Engineering, Ltd.

Neli Vazquez Rowland

A Safe Haven Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 02/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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