Human Services

East Texas Human Needs Network

Together we can create a better future for all.

aka ETHNN

Tyler, TX

Mission

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

Ruling Year

2015

Founder and Network Weaver

Christina Fulsom

Main Address

7922 S Broadway Avenue

Tyler, TX 75703 USA

Keywords

Collective Action Impact

EIN

47-3337214

 Number

0694180226

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Understanding Poverty

Collective Impact

903HELP.org

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of coalition meetings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Collective Impact

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of members from priority population attending training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Understanding Poverty

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Collective Impact

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Annual Summit

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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 education workshops

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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 & Getting Ahead 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.

Continued engagement and growth in the number of cross-sector organizations: non-profits, congregations, government, and business. New programs in areas identified by the community needs assessment. New collaborative efforts among nonprofits who traditionally worked in silos. Expansion of Human Needs Networks into additional counties. Currently in Smith and Cherokee Counties with planned expansion into Anderson and Rusk Counties.

Increased participation and requests for Bridges Out of Poverty, Getting Ahead, and Poverty Simulations. The inclusion of our training programs in the curriculum of schools: K-12, College, University, and Medical School. Expansion of poverty education courses into surrounding counties. Currently in Smith and Cherokee County with planned expansion into Anderson and Rusk Counties.

Continued engagement and growth in the number of 903HELP partner agencies and users of the online social services directory. Expansion of 903HELP into surrounding counties. Currently in Smith and Cherokee Counties with planned expansion to Anderson and Rusk Counties.

A reduction in the number and percentage of people living in poverty. Will continue looking at population level poverty numbers from the US Census Bureau

Started the summer of 2012 with 23 organizations. Incorporated into a 501c3 in December of 2014. Currently, have more than 80 organizations engaged in our Human Needs Network.

We've completed two 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 on expanding 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.

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East Texas Human Needs Network

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & 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

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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