Placer Family Housing DBA Acres of Hope

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

aka Acres of Hope   |   Auburn, CA   |  www.acresofhopeonline.org

Mission

Acres of Hope provides a safe family environment and a healthy living program for women with children that sets the foundation of change and breaks the cycle of homelessness.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Lisa Risdal

Main address

PO Box 238

Auburn, CA 95604 USA

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EIN

47-0958489

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Recidivism rates among the homeless are high and we want to reduce re-occurring homelessness through a balanced approach that addresses the needs of the whole person. A balanced approach looks at the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our residents and includes a heart of acceptance with accountability, and extending grace with guidance. Without a balanced approach, it is only a matter of time before negative thought patterns and habits rise to the surface and reverse any progress made. As a result, we are committed to the healing process of each individual that will support their renewal process from the inside out.

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?

Acres of Hope

Acres of Hope is a spiritually based renewal center serving homeless women with children by providing them with a home and an environment of structured programming. Located in the beautiful Sierra Foothills, Acres of Hope’s unique approach allows residents to live onsite for up to two years while staff and volunteers invest heavily in their lives by providing encouragement, practical life-skills training, job skills, mentoring and spiritual direction.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

Acres of Hope is a long term housing program for homeless women with children. The purpose of this unique faith-based program is to provide the support and resources needed to end the cycles of homelessness in their lives.

Families may stay at Acres of Hope for up to 2 years as they work through various phases of the program. The goal is that Acres of Hope will be the last program these families will ever need. Acres of Hope is located in Auburn, CA and accepts residents on a referral basis only.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Homeless people

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 low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Women and girls, At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Residential and Renewal Program for Homeless Women with Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Maximum capacity of 10 families.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Women and girls, At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Residential and Renewal Program for Homeless Women with Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Combined totals of women with children.

Number of participants who gain employment

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

Women and girls, Homeless people

Related Program

Residential and Renewal Program for Homeless Women with Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pre-graduation from program, women are trained and assisted in obtaining gainful employment.

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Women and girls, At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Residential and Renewal Program for Homeless Women with Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Women and children being housed at Acres of Hope

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Applying new life and coping skills – We begin with a family model over a program. We establish a safe environment where trust can be restored. With permission to speak into the lives of each resident, we begin teaching principles and life skills that will be necessary to face all obstacles in their past, present and future. We challenge faulty belief systems that entangle the lives of our families. Beyond gathering information, we expect residents to evidence growth through changed behaviors as they respond to the world around them.

Establishing healthy support systems – Destructive behaviors cannot occur without isolation from healthy people. We begin by matching our residents with women volunteers who commit to mentoring for a minimum of one year.

Accomplishing goals – People without vision perish. We believe that when we identify and live out those gifts that vision becomes a powerful tool to continue in the journey of healing.

Acres of Hope addresses issues that led to homelessness. We believe that many behaviors are only a symptom of deeper issues such as fear, shame, neglect, abuse, or other emotional wounds. Classes address addictions in 37 areas with an understanding that removing one addiction without addressing the cause will only lead to substituting another addiction. All addictions are coping behaviors. Classes address parenting skills including boundaries, discipline, and 40 developmental assets. Practical principles are taught and expected to be applied for course completion. Mothers consider the effects their lifestyle have had upon their children and what steps they can take healing to the child(ren). Classes address domestic violence, boundaries and general relationship skills. Conflict resolution along with identifying and getting needs met in a healthy way are the central focus. In addition, understanding self worth and establishing value statements helps mothers begin the healing process.

THE LAST PROGRAM OUR FAMILIES WILL EVER NEED Acres of Hope’s unique approach allows residents to live onsite for up to two years while staff and volunteers invest heavily in their lives by providing encouragement, practical life-skills training, job skills, mentoring and spiritual direction. Recidivism rates among the homeless are high and we want to reduce re-occurring homelessness through a balanced approach that addresses the needs of the whole person. A balanced approach looks at the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our residents and includes a heart of acceptance with accountability, and extending grace with guidance. Without a balanced approach, it is only a matter of time before negative thought patterns and habits rise to the surface and reverse any progress made. As a result, we are committed to the healing process of each individual that will support their renewal process from the inside out.

We HAVE broken the cycle of homelessness for over 130 women and 275 children. Multiply out this impact generationally - it is immeasurable.

We have NOT finished the good work we have started. The demand in our society continues to grow at an alarming rate. For that, we need your support.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Placer Family Housing DBA Acres of Hope

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gregg Hall


Board co-chair

Ken Raskin

High Tech Director

Term: 2017 - 2025

Gregg Hall

Tilton Pacific Construction

Kay Whitaker

Ceronix

Ken Raskin

High Tech Director

Jack Hoffman

Education -retired

Cindy Caverly

State Analyst

Doug Clifford

Insurance Broker

Jodie Stevens

Media Specialist

Kay Whitaker

Ceronix

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/29/2021

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
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: 01/29/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.