Abounding in Love

Bridging the gap

Jenison, MI   |  www.aboundinginlove.org

Mission

Abounding in Love's primary mission is to "bridge the gap" so that Filipinos can receive cleft lip and/or palate surgery without financial burden or risk. We support Filipino kids with cleft before, during, and after surgery, by providing medical screening, nutritional assistance, free transportation and lodging during the surgery, and follow-up support.

Ruling year info

2018

Founder

Arlen Van Os

Main address

Abounding in Love 1765 Chicago Dr. SW

Jenison, MI 49428 USA

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EIN

46-2202705

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

Birth Defects (G20)

Single Organization Support (E11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The main problems are as follows: 1. Filipinos in outlying areas, or of very low income, struggle to avail themselves of even free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, because they are often unable to afford the costs of missing work and providing for their own lodging and transportation. 2. The admittance rate for surgery is low, especially for very low income Filipinos. This can be due to malnutrition, parasites, or other health conditions. This makes going to a free surgery a financial gamble. 3. The non-profits that provide the free surgeries are understandably very focused on the surgeries themselves, and have few resources available to assist the beneficiaries before and after surgery.

Our programs

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

Support for Filipinos with cleft lip and cleft palate

Abounding in Love's primary mission is to "bridge the gap" so that Filipinos can receive cleft lip and/or palate surgery without financial burden or risk. We support Filipino kids with cleft before, during, and after surgery, by providing medical screening, nutritional assistance, free transportation and lodging during the surgery, and follow-up support.

Population(s) Served

Our primary mission brings us into contact with Filipinos who need other medical support; For instance, we discover other health problems during cleft pre-screenings. We either connect these individuals to other organizations for care, or pay for it directly.

Population(s) Served

Our primary office in Cebu, Philippines is also a community center. We host free educational events, operate a computer lab and small library for public benefit, and give out gifts on Christmas.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. We want to make sure all Filipinos can get free cleft lip and/or cleft palate surgery, regardless of their income and proximity to the nearest hospital.
2. We want to make sure that getting a free surgery is not a financial gamble for a poor Filipino family.
3. We want to greatly expand the support available for Filipino children before and after cleft lip and/or palate surgery.

1. We start by finding children with cleft lip and/or palate. This is done by seeking permission from the local authorities, then posting information at the barangay (local municipality) halls, at the RHU's (Rural Health Units), and with local clinics.
2. When we learn about a child with cleft, we enroll them in our program, and perform a home visit to assess the extent of their needs.
3. We begin assisting the family with nutritional support and/or direct aid.
4. As soon as possible, we get the beneficiary in for an initial health assessment with a local doctor. This allows us to identify any health issues that need to be addressed before the surgical mission. Overwhelmingly, we are able to correct any health issues within our own budget, but once in a while we find a serious issue (such as an undiagnosed congenital defect) that needs to be referred to another organization.
5. Any child who is enrolled in our program, who is medically eligible for surgery, will receive cleft lip and/or cleft palate surgery free of charge.
6. When the mission occurs, we provide beneficiaries with transportation, lodging, food, and other support.
7. After the surgery, we continue to assess needs and provide support, which may include nutritional support or assistance with education costs.

We have a small but very capable staff in Cebu, and we've built a network of contacts in other parts of the Central Visayas. Over the years, we've honed our mission support and beneficiary assistance to be as efficient as possible. We're continuing to expand our capabilities.

On the program side, we're running quite well. We help hundreds of kids get cleft lip and/or palate surgery every year, distribute a lot of aid, and do so quite cost effectively.

Our biggest challenge is a lack of financial independence. A significant majority of our income comes from our founders and companies they control (such as Serviscreen). We're working to improve the funding that comes from the public, so we we can expand our scope and capabilities.

Financials

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Abounding in Love

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Arlen Van Os

CEO, Serviscreen. CEO, Founder, Innovative Machines.

Ariah Van Os

General Manager, Stockholder, Serviscreen. Stockholder, Innovative Machines.

Jorel Van Os

Co- founder, Work + Shelter. Secretary and Director, National Organization for Women: Grand Rapids.

Jim Herrema

Founder, Jehovah Jireh Ministries

Keith Hoffman

CEO, Biacare Inc. Elder, Georgetown Christian Fellowship

Caleb Walcott

Chaplain. Ordained Minister, Christian Reformed Church, Volunteer, Evergreen Ministries.

Philip Sarnicola

Volunteer for Disability Advocates