Friends in Deed

Friends In Deed...for those in need.

aka Friends in Deed   |   Ypsilanti, MI   |  www.friendsindeedmi.org

Mission

Friends In Deed is an inter-faith volunteer organization that responds to the unmet needs of low-income Washtenaw County residents. We partner with the community to provide critical financial assistance, furniture, congregational services and agency referrals.

Notes from the nonprofit

For almost 40 years, Friends In Deed has been meeting the needs of our most vulnerable Washtenaw County residents with emergency assistance and basic needs. Now we also help them to find their way out of generational poverty. Our goal for the future is continue to serve this community with respect, concern and love for all people. We join in the fight for the eradication of both poverty and systemic racism in our community.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Sarah Thornburg

Main address

1196 Ecorse Rd.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198 USA

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EIN

38-2443974

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Friends In Deed Programs

Information, referral and financial help are provided for unmet basic needs that are critical to a person's health and well-being, including utility shut-off prevention, medical needs, required work equipment, and a wide variety of miscellaneous needs not met by other programs in the area.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

Information, referral and financial help are provided for unmet basic needs that are critical to a person's health and well being.

Minor car repairs, other transportation related needs and the occasional donation of a vehicle are provided for those requiring transportation to maintain employment or for medical reasons. Donated cars are assessed by a certified mechanic.

Population(s) Served

Donated good condition furniture is provided to low-income households. Items are picked up by clients from donors' homes or the warehouse or are delivered by volunteers. We accept good condition, basic-needs items such as Living Room furniture, tables and chairs, bedroom furniture (including good condition bedding), and lamps. During the winter holiday season, FID collects funds for the Annual Holiday Bed Drive.

Population(s) Served

Information, referral and screening services are provided to congregations seeking to help those in need. A "How to Help Seminar" provides guidelines on how to assist; a Resource Guide to Community Services is mailed twice yearly to over 200 congregations; an email network provides resource information and client alerts.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    low-income residents of Washtenaw County

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 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?

    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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, 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,

Financials

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Operations

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Friends in Deed

Board of directors
as of 4/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Thompson

University of Michigan

Peggy Glahn

Apex Corporation

William Dahms

James Carty

Bodman Law

Ryan Clemons

Michigan Dept. of Human Services

Patricia Eaton

Frank Frierson

Tim Hogan

James Johnson

Mary Beth Lampe

Community Support and Treatment Services

Andrew Nash

Michael Weber

Grace Wu

University of Michigan

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/14/2021

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/14/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.