Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

BREAKING FREE

Sisters Helping Sisters Break Free

St Paul, MN

Mission

To end all forms of sexual exploitation/prostitution. We serve people from all over the country as we are one of the only organizations in the USA that provides PERMANENT housing for those sexually exploited. (18yrs old + up)

Ruling Year

1997

Executive Director

Ms. Teresa Forliti

Main Address

770 University Ave W

St Paul, MN 55104 USA

Keywords

Advocacy, sex trafficking, victims, violence

EIN

41-1856806

 Number

7927020095

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Providing sustainable housing for women that have been exploited sexually through private sources so that those seeking assistance in a sober, healthy environment can reach their goals.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Women's Program

Sisters of Survival

Journey to Success

Life Skills Education Program

Permanent Housing Program

Relapse Prevention Group

Multidisciplinary Team

Health Program

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people who have received assistance from Breaking Free.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the number of new clients that received services through Breaking Free. Women are no longer being arrested, so we don't have as many referrals. We do a tremendous amount of street outreach.

Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the number of people Breaking Free has trained through our Presentations & Training's.

Number of households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months through Breaking Free.

Number of list subscribers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of list subscribers to receive Breaking Free newsletters.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed from Breaking Free

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of therapy hours provided to clients from pro-bono therapist volunteers

Number of clients participating in support groups

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of clients participating in support groups provided by Breaking Free

Number of Facebook followers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of Facebook followers for Breaking Free

Number of meals served or provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of meals served or provided by Breaking Free

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The goals of Breaking Free are to expose prostitution as violence against women, to educate the community about the effects of commercial sexual exploitation on women and girls, to provide supportive services to prostituted women/youth to permit escape from violence and exploitation, to operate within a culturally appropriate and age and gender-specific context, and to provide supportive and transitional housing and rental assistance to our target population.

Our strategies for making this happen include our public outreach. This is when we go out into the public and raise awareness about trafficking and what Breaking Free is all about. Through this and referrals, we receive clients and can help them by admitting them into our programs.

Our capabilities to make this happen are the use of our programs: Women's Program, Sisters of Survival, Journey to Success, Relapse Prevention, Multidisciplinary Team, Health Program, Life Skills Education Program, Youth Program, Permanent Housing Program, and Transitional Housing Program.

We will know we are making progress when we receive referrals, when we have women graduate from our program and stay out of the life, and when we see the number of sex trafficking victims decrease in our area.

So far we have helped thousands of women break free from the life through the use of our programs. Our next step is to continue working on helping women escape the life and reaching out to victims, as well as trying to stop the demand for sex trafficking all together.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Board Source 2016

Catholic Charities USA 2002

Department of Human Services 2002

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2005

National Association to End Sexual Violence 2008

Soroptimist International 2012

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & 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

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We are an afro-centric agency.