East Texas Human Needs Network

Together we can create a better future for all.

aka ETHNN   |   Tyler, TX   |  www.ethnn.org

Mission

Diverse organizations and individuals working together for strengthened programs, connection and improved awareness of services that meet essential human needs.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder and Network Weaver

Christina Fulsom

Main address

PO Box 7042

Tyler, TX 75711 USA

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EIN

47-3337214

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to reduce the number and percentage of people living in poverty by bringing cross-sector organizations together to develop and implement solutions.

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?

Understanding Poverty

Poverty Education. Including poverty simulations, Bridges Out of Poverty workshops, and Getting Ahead work groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

More than 90 cross-sector organizations working together to address complex social problems through education, employment, healthcare, housing, and transportation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Online social services directory. Maintained by those who own the data - 903help partner organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 coalition meetings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Collective Impact

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 networking coalition meetings held monthly (2018 recorded monthly meetings and subcommittee meetings various/multiple times monthly).

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Understanding Poverty

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Understanding Poverty

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Training Workshops: Bridges Out of Poverty, Poverty Simulations, Bridges to Health and Healthcare

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Collective Impact

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Annual Summit

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Understanding Poverty

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Getting Ahead 16-week adult poverty education workshops.

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.

Reduce the number of percentage of people living in poverty. Currently in Smith and Cherokee Counties. Expanding to Anderson and Rusk Counties.

Collective action - engaging cross-sector organizations, researching community needs, agreeing on problems and solutions, communicating effectively, and measuring results.

Improving understanding of poverty - reduce the stigma associated with poverty, develop relationships of mutual respect, together we can create a better future for all.

Improving access to information - developed an online social services directory where partners maintain accurate data in a language that those they serve will understand. Including a Help Form to identify areas of crisis and what organizations can help. Ensuring that social services providers ask all the questions needed to serve the whole person, not just provide the service that their organization provides.

Effective engagement through communication in an environment of trust and transparency. Design and implementation of a needs assessment that receives institutional review board approval from the University of Texas at Tyler. Coordinating regular monthly meetings of Councils in Education, Employment, Healthcare, Housing, and Transportation.

Certified trainers in aha! Process Bridges Out of Poverty, Bridges to Health and Healthcare, and Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' By World, as well as the Missouri Community Action Poverty Simulation.

Designed, implemented and manage 903HELP.org with technical support from Simon Solutions, home of Charity Tracker.

Started the summer of 2012 with 23 organizations. Incorporated into a 501c3 in December of 2014. Currently, have more than 90 organizations engaged in our Human Needs Network.

We've completed three tri-annual comprehensive community needs assessments with institutional review board approval. The data provided the top needs and goals for councils in Education, Employment, Healthcare, Housing, and Transportation.

We've provided training for understanding poverty to non-profit staff, volunteers, and board members, schools, universities, medical schools, businesses, juvenile parole offices, and more. We continue to receive requests for training throughout our community and from neighboring Texas Counties.

We designed and implemented a social services directory that meets the needs of social services providers and the population at large. The directory currently covers two counties in Texas. We plan to expand to two additional Counties and are receiving requests for support from other cities, including some out of the state of Texas.

We believe we've designed a model that can be replicated. Collective action, including training to understand poverty, and a social services resources directory come together to effect collective impact. We will continue to replicate the process as long as it continues to help and as long as we have the resources available to help all those willing to work together to prevent, reduce, and eliminate poverty.

Financials

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Operations

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

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East Texas Human Needs Network

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Lujan

Mentoring Minds

Term: 2018 - 2021

Juan Mejia

Tyler Junior College

Lisa Lujan

Mentoring Minds

Kimberly Lewis

Goodwill Industries of East Texas

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/27/2020

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/27/2020

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

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.