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REACH UP REACH OUT MINISTRIES INC

aka RURO   |   Valencia, CA   |  www.reachupreachout.org

Mission

Reach Up Reach Out Ministries exists to engage people holistically in caring for orphans, widows, and the vulnerable.

Ruling year info

2015

Co-Founder and CEO

Shunna Narte Jones-Moreno

Co-Founder and President

Mr. Alex Jones-Moreno

Main address

24307 Magic Mountain Parkway Suite 1056

Valencia, CA 91355 USA

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EIN

47-4179363

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

Christian (X20)

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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?

Christmas Around the World

A yearly Holiday event in Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala and Los Angeles for thousands of orphans and vulnerable children. We share the gospel and each child receives a gift, new clothes and a special day of games and activities and sharing the gospel.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

We believe God cares for the orphan and widow so we should too. These events serve to engage those around us to laugh, worship, pray and hear from heaven as to how they can make a difference in the lives of the poor, particularly the orphan and widow.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A 12 month sponsorship program that trains and educates widows and vulnerable women, enabling them to (at the conclusion) start a business or find employment and become self-sufficient in caring for their families.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

Providing monthly tuition, food, clothes and medical care for orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A week long camp that engages orphans in learning the art of music, dance and fine arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

1. Reach Up Reach Out will provide training and opportunities for churches, ministries and other organizations to engage in serving the poor.

2. Reach Up Reach Out will assemble volunteer teams with specialized skills (medical missions, building/construction teams, creative arts) to travel oversees (most immediately Uganda, East Africa) to lend support and provide their expertise to partnering organizations on the ground.


3. Reach Up Reach Out will provide both educational and vocational training for widows in developing nations, most immediately Uganda, East Africa, giving them dignity and hope while also significantly increasing their earning potential.

4. Reach Up Reach Out will financially support local Ugandan organizations who are providing food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and education to orphans.

5. Reach Up Reach Out will provide school tuition and assistance to orphans and disadvantaged children living in extreme poverty who would otherwise, be unable to receive an education.

1. By the end of 2019, we will have obtained monthly financial partnerships with at least 5 other ministries/churches. We will also train and prep members of their teams for Missions trips to Uganda and Kenya. We plan to take 2 trips in 2019 and 3 trips in 2020.

2. We will select and prep a volunteer team in 2019 for our Christmas in Uganda trip to Tororo, Uganda in December, providing food, clothes and fun for 4000 orphans and street kids. We will also select and prep 1 volunteer worship and creative arts team in 2019 to teach worship and the arts to the children of Smile Africa in Tororo, Uganda.

3. We will continue to financially support the ongoing vocational training program at Smile Africa (sewing, gardening, jewelry design) for vulnerable women at Smile Africa, specifically 100 women in 2019 and 200 in 2020.

4. We will throw a Christmas party at Smile Africa for 4000 orphans and street children in December 2019, communicating the love and message of Jesus. Each child will receive a Christmas gift, a Bible, food and clothing, not to mention a day filled with laughter and fun. We will also look to bring the holidays to some developmentally disabled orphans in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019.

1. Our Founders' two decades in full time non-profit/church ministry affords us many relationships n which to engage dozens of churches and thousands of people. We also have expertise in coaching and training individuals and groups alike for service and engagement.

2. Our Founders have lived abroad in Uganda and have lead groups on Missions trips for the past 15 years. Their experiences have prepared and qualified them for trips and endeavors as large as Christmas in Uganda which serves 1000 children.

3. Our 2018 RURO Sisterhood program graduated 50 widows, who are now able to provide and care for their children. We want to continue to find ways to support this training program and the women who attend, increasing our attendance number to 100 women at a time.

4. The success of the last 3 year's events gives us great momentum for 2019. We plan to assemble a team of 30 who will travel with RURO to Uganda in both July and December to care for the orphan, widow and poor.

In the 3 years we have been in existence, we have accomplished quite a few things we are extremely proud of:

1. We have served over almost 10,000 orphans and street children with our Christmas parties- events they would soon not forget.

2. We have financial partnerships with 5 US churches and 3 US organizations which allows us to operate day to day. We hope to up this number to 10 by the end of 2019.

3. We graduated 50 widows from our Sponsorship Program- RURO Sisterhood. They will now mentor other widows. This program is enabling these women to be self-sufficient and provide for their children. We want to provide monthly financial support to Smile Africa that directly allows more widows to attend.

4. We completed 2 musical singles and 1 worship project that is serving to raise monies for RURO's efforts in East Africa and engage people in worship.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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REACH UP REACH OUT MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alex Jones-Moreno

Reach Up Reach Out Ministries

Term: 2016 - 2023

Board leadership practices

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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 10/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2023

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 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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.