Human Services

GLOBAL RELIEF ASSOCIATION FOR CRISES & EMERGENCIES

fostering social change through strengthening families and eradicating the vulnerabilities of human trafficking and exploitation

aka GRACE   |   Cartersville, GA   |  https://www.globalreliefassociation.com/

Mission

Global Relief Association for Crises & Emergencies, Inc. (GRACE) exists to foster social change through strengthening families and eradicating the vulnerabilities of human trafficking and exploitation. GRACE is actively involved in human trafficking prevention, provision of professional counseling, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and operating family resource centers. Our designation as a 501(c)3 organization ensures financial supporters tax deductible benefits. GRACE is funded through the generosity of "Friends of GRACE", child sponsors, center sponsors and charitable donors. GRACE vision is to see families rise above poverty and abolish human trafficking.

Ruling year info

2014

PhD, Co-founder, President

Dr. Jonathan (Jon) E Sullivan

Co-founder, VP, Treasurer

Mrs. Angela (Angie) K Sullivan

Main address

78 Adams Chapel Rd SW

Cartersville, GA 30120 USA

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EIN

46-1180163

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Foster Care (P32)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thailand is the global leader in sex trafficking of minors. Thailand has a population of more than 6.4 million children ages 5-14 with more than 1.3 million children not attending school. Children of impoverished families are vulnerable to trafficking in the sex and labor industries. Thailand scored low in global PISA testing (reading, math, science). The risk is increased with the combination of poverty and illiteracy.

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?

GRACE Child Sponsorship Program

Sponsors contribute to support a child and family residing in substandard housing located in and around large cities located in Thailand. The contribution provides educational scholarships, medical care costs, nutritional care for the children and families, and access to programs at GRACE Family Resource Centers. These young families and small children are impoverished and illiterate yielding excessively high-risk for sex or labor trafficking. The transient community of the slums enslave the families to a lifestyle significantly below the standard of living. The program provides day care for the children as parents seek employment and work. The program ensures adequate staffing and support for the children. Beyond the preschool age, the program ensures costs of public education including supplies and uniforms are provided. The school-aged children are provided after-school and day camp programs. The parents and extended family members are provided educational opportunities to build family, promote health and well-being, and increase their awareness of the woes of human trafficking. Food for the family is provided including good quality rice, oyster/fish/soy sauce and cooking oil. Approximately 128 children are enrolled in the program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
At-risk youth
Budget
$76,800

Provision of preschool, after school and day camp programs, and parent enrichment programs for individuals and families at-risk of becoming victims in the human labor and sex trafficking industry. The center provides educational, nutritional and medical support to impoverished and illiterate families residing in Pattaya and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand. Children are provided transportation from school to the family resource centers. The staff of the centers provide homework assistance, tutoring, English language classes, music classes, creativity lab with arts and crafts, reading enhancement, computer skills, play time, structured recreation, and more. Parents and guardians may attend adult enrichment classes including financial management, parenting, marriage, social skills, health and wellness, and more.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
People of Asian descent
Budget
$356,800

GRACE is developing family-based foster care programs in Thailand. The strategic planning is ongoing. Our staff are working with co-founders of GRACE to establish the national and local leaders, procure facilities and land, develop programs of global best practices, educate staff and build interest for potential guardians. The proposed opening of the first facility is 2019.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
At-risk youth
Budget
$285,150

Services provided by licensed professional counselor including individual, couple, family, group, seminar, workshop and conference settings. Pro bono services provided for trafficking victims and those serving in the NGO human anti-trafficking organizations and foundations. Services provided to promote emotional and mental health processing include vicarious trauma, self-care, burnout, effective relationships, and general counseling needs (i.e. depression, grief, anxiety, marriage, etc.).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers
Budget
$166,620

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults,Victims and oppressed people,Activists

Related Program

GRACE Counseling Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants receive pro bono services from a counselor via sessions, workshops, seminars and conferences.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),Families

Related Program

GRACE Child Sponsorship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children in the child sponsorship program accepting nutritional support for families - rice, cooking oil, fish sauce & oyster sauce.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),Families,At-risk youth

Related Program

GRACE Family Resource Centers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of dental hygiene and body hygiene supply packages distributed to children and families.

Number of students receiving homework help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

GRACE Family Resource Centers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program began January 2017. This is total number of students who receive homework assistance through the after-school program in the Family Resource Center.

Hours of tutoring administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

GRACE Family Resource Centers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program began January 2017. Tutoring includes special assistance given to youth beyond homework: includes reading, English & Thai language, mathematics, music, art, science, penmanship, etc.

Number of children/youth who received internet safety training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

GRACE Family Resource Centers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program began in 2017. The number of students who attended internet safety training provided at a Family Resource Center.

Number of youth who demonstrate motivation to learn

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

GRACE Family Resource Centers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program began January 2017. Motivation to learn 1. Students who attend after-school and day camp. 2. Favorite subject school/grace program.3. Future dreams. *THIS IS QUANTITATIVE/QUALITATIVE MEASURE.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Global Relief Association for Crises & Emergencies, Inc. (GRACE) seeks to increase awareness of labor and sex trafficking among the at-risk population in Thailand. Our goal is to increase the number of strategically located child care centers for preschool aged children and after-school programs. Poverty couples with illiteracy increases risk of becoming trafficked. GRACE will provide a safe facility for children determined by local authorities to enter family-based foster care. The foster care program will establish and implement a vetting process for guardians. The program will provide training, social services evaluations, home visits, legal documentation, and networking/liaison with local and national authorities. GRACE counseling services provides counseling for individuals, couples, families, groups, NGOs, seminars and conferences. The services are pro bono for workers of NGOs. GRACE research program collects and analyzes data relative to human services.

Provisions of educational scholarships, educational assistance, nutritional and wellness support helps to alleviate the burden on impoverished families living in Thailand. Access to family resources include transportation shuttle for children from school to the centers. Ensuring children attend school in order to improve literacy and thus reduce the vulnerability of illiteracy. The increased number of family resource center locations will be staffed with Thai staff which will increase the job market for the Thai area. Additionally, GRACE purchases supplies local to the center; thus, increasing the local economy. An increase to the local economy will result from renting facilities in the area near the residential area of beneficiaries. Funding through child and center sponsorship will increase awareness globally with individuals, clubs, organizations, and corporations. The increase awareness will help prevent the children and young adults from falling victim to trafficking.

Dedicated staff to the centers; licensed counselors and life coaches teaching adult enrichment programs; healthcare providers staffed in the facilities. Provision of English language studies taught by a native English speaker will enhance the global business language among this population. Native Thai staff providing direct assistance with homework, math skill enhancement, penmanship and reading enhancement.

New centers will be established as existing centers maintain full capacity for at least one year. The discovery of at-risk areas in surrounding areas and other cities/provinces affected by the labor and sex trafficking trade has been proposed to the GRACE administration; plans to expand to these areas within Thailand are being explored. The growth of such an organization requires the establishment of an official Thai foundation status in the county of Thailand which is in progress with the application process. The children living in such conditions are at an 80-85% risk of being trafficked in a country listed by the USA State Department as a Tier 2 status in regard to trafficking in persons report (June 2018); essentially, minimal measures for prevention and prosecution of such crimes have been established or enforced by the Thai government. The country is dependent upon organizations and foundations to cultivate the change.

The first center exceeded capacity in two year resulting in the establishment of a second facility. The staff grew from two to six. Families are successfully establishing homes out of the slum areas with the security of dependable jobs which is largely secondary to nutritional support and childcare provisions through Global Relief Association of Crises & Emergencies. The second center exceeded capacity within six weeks; servicing sixty-four children and families. The staff has grown with five Thai staff and four volunteers. A third center services forty-four children and their families. Upon receiving final approval of foundation status by the Thai government, GRACE will purchase land for the GRACE Center housing the family resource center, transitional home for single mothers obtaining vocational training, and foster care facilities. The GRACE campus will host administrative offices for Thailand, recreational facilities and fleet transportation services specific for GRACE programs.

Financials

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GLOBAL RELIEF ASSOCIATION FOR CRISES & EMERGENCIES

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Bobby Smith

Gables Sporting Goods

Term: 2013 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Wade George

Greystone EMC

Term: 2013 -

Hope Smith

Wayne Bray

Amy Rotger

Donnie Palmer

Brian Anderson

Joel Thornton

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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

Keywords

prevent trafficking, educate, eradicate vulnerabilities, counseling, research, family resource center, foster care, Thailand, child sponsorship