Human Services

COVENANT COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC.

hope lives here

aka Covenant Coffee and Covenant Transitional Housing Plus

Bakersfield, CA

Mission

Covenant Vision Statement -
Covenant envisions a future where every foster child lives in emotional, physical, relational and spiritual wholeness thereby ending the cycle of abuse and neglect in our community.

Covenant Mission Statement -
Providing hope and love to restore lives and transform generations.

Values
Give Hope Always
Provide opportunity for growth
Support with love and accountability

Notes from the Nonprofit

Covenant Community Services, Inc. strives to transform community by helping foster children, former foster youth and their families to succeed in life. We provide a variety of diverse and unique services and supports to help accomplish the mission. It is working. Thanks for your support and go to www.covenantcs.net to view stories of hope.

Ruling Year

2003

CEO

Mr. Randy Martin

Main Address

1700 N Chester Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93308 USA

Formerly Known As

Family Care Network of Kern County

Covenant Foster Care

Keywords

youth, children, foster care, foster youth, former foster youth, mentoring, families, emancipated foster youth, africa, employment, orphans, coffee, vocational, social enterprise, social services

EIN

42-1584502

 Number

5768703436

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children"s and Youth Services (P30)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We serve foster youth ages 18-21 and former foster youth ages 18-24. Our services include safe and affordable housing, case management, life skills training, employment, mentoring, and advocacy. We have both scattered site residential options and a single site apartment complex. Our measurement tools include the John Burton Tracking system and narrative reports and graduation data. We are helping youth restore broken lives and shattered dreams. We expose giftedness and ability and crush the notion that all foster youth must end up homeless, addicted, dead or in jail. As such, we combat low educational performance, homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, lack of social and life skills, involvement in gangs and with the legal system, and mental health issues.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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

Transitional Housing Programs

Social Enterprise - Vocational Training for Foster Youth

Foster care Support Services and Prevention

Covenant Coffee

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 foster youth who obtained employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Related program

Social Enterprise - Vocational Training for Foster Youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Covenant serves and supports former foster youth and completes training modules to help them work in the community.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Minorities,

At-risk youth,

Homeless people

Related program

Transitional Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Young Adults (20-25 years) ,

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Transitional Housing Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Youth serving at Covenant and in one of our transitional programs work, volunteer or go to school totaling 40 hours per week.

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?

Goals for 2019: Expansion of Covenant Coffee through emphasis on retail sales, special events and a new operation in mobile business Increase vocational services and training for former foster youth. Increase sales of bagged Covenant Coffee thereby allowing Covenant to hire and train more former foster youth. Hire 10-15 former foster youth to staff Covenant's social enterprises. Host annual fundraising event. Develop route services for mobile coffee. create housing models for sustainability.

Strategies for implementation of goals include Board member participation and networking, staff initiative and outside help from businesses, organizations and individuals.

The capabilities of Covenant continue to grow as more individuals, organizations, businesses and churches enlist in the fight against child abuse and neglect. Additionally, the bench depth and quality of our staff and team has direct impact on the cap[abilities of the organization.

Covenant will gauge progress on goals and the strategic plan by assessing each goal and comparing outcomes to planned progress. Additionally, each goal will look deeper into planned and un-planned progress related to accomplishments and outcomes. Often, we learn and grow more from the "process" than the outcome.

In 2018, we installed solar on the building. We have developed a mobile unit for catering and a route. We have hired 7 new and additional former foster youth staff. We have held a vocational training and paid work experience for 35 former foster youth.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, case management notes, community meetings/town halls, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, yelp, facebook, social media.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.
What significant change resulted from feedback
After learning that youth had a difficult time attending life skills workshops, due to lack of transportation conflict with work, we moved to an online portal. Youth can now attend classes live or view them online.

External Reviews

Awards

California Nonprofit of the Year 2018

California Association of Nonprofits

Affiliations & Memberships

Other 2009

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Financials

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Operations

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

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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?

Yes

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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/10/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 04/10/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.

Policies and processes

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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
done
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
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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.