Human Services

Sparrows Nest of NW Mt

aka Sparrow's Nest of Northwest Montana

Kalispell, MT

Mission

Sparrow's Nest of Northwest Montana is dedicated to ensuring safe, supportive housing and resources for unaccompanied high school students in the Flathead Valley.

Ruling Year

2015

Executive Director

Mr. Jerramy Dear-Ruel

Main Address

P.O. Box 8384

Kalispell, MT 59904 USA

Keywords

Homeless, safe and secure housing, life skills programs, education

EIN

47-2120103

 Number

5977106411

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Our programs

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Life Skills Classes

Youth Advisory Council

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our current aim is to get the unaccompanied homeless high school students at the Whitefish home through the remainder of the school year and onto graduation for the summer of 2017. As we strive to accomplish this we will also continue the process of renovating the home in the neighboring town of Kalispell and thus continue the mission of providing safe and secure housing for homeless youth.

Our most fundamental strategy is to get our clients through high school and out into the community where they can thrive and/or give back. We can achieve this by dealing with our clients on an individual basis, thus ensuring that meet with their case worker(s) in a timely manner, by making sure that they have identification, make it to doctor's appointments, get the medications they may need, and have access to other resources that most children take for granted.
Once we have the ground work laid out for our individual clients, they can focus on their classroom assignments and not have to worry about paying lab fees, uniform costs, or transportation costs. They can concentrate on their studies and graduating.
When they are home they have all the resources they need to keep and maintain good study habits, such as computers, printers, high speed internet access and dedicated staff willing to help them.

The Sparrow's Nest has professional staff in place with a vested interest in seeing our clients succeed. For example, the Whitefish home has a resident manager who is present around the clock responding to the needs of our clients. This may take the form for cooking meals for them, gathering groceries and other items from neighborhood stores, taking them on adventure outings to Glacier National Park, transportation to and from school, making sure that they take their medications, and other needs as they arise.
The Residential Manager also works in conjunction with the Executive Director, who in turn works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the residents have everything they need to succeed. In addition to school supplies and providing our clients with transportation, we also provide them with the most basic of human needs: food and water. Our clients have access to fresh fruit and vegetables, basic first aid--should they need it--their own rooms with plenty of space to store their clothing and personal items, they have toiletries for maintaining good hygiene, hot showers and a secure place to sleep safely.
Working with the Resident manager are the evening and weekend staff, who are also keen in providing our residential clients with the goods and services that they need. The staff will work in conjunction with volunteers and teach life-skills classes that will cover a host of topics not limited to: resume writing, balancing a budget, applying for college, applying for scholarships, writing essays, cooking, safe driving and more.

We at the Sparrow's Nest will know we are making progress when our clients go to school on a daily basis. When they complete assignments given to them and receive good grades. We they seek out and participate in extracurricular activities, when they volunteer in fundraising events such as "When the night comes." When they apply for off-campus jobs and are thrilled to show up for work on time. But most of all, we will know that our program is making progress when our clients accomplish that one rite of passage in which all teens seek, graduating from high school.

With the opening of the Whitefish Home we've accomplished a key component our organization has set out to accomplish since 2014, getting our first unaccompanied, homeless students off the streets and into a safe and secure home. However, there's plenty of work that needs to be done. The Kalispell home needs to be completed, more staff have to be hired and vetted, more volunteers have to be brought on board to help teach life-skills classes, more awareness about Flathead county's homeless populations has to be brought to the forefront, more houses have to be opened in the neighboring town of Big Fork and Columbia Falls. The list of goals is never ending. But the Sparrow's Nest is ever pushing forward to positive force for change and enrichment in the lives of young people.

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Financials

Sparrows Nest of NW Mt

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

No

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?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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