HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc.

aka HopeWorks   |   Columbia, MD   |  http://www.wearehopeworks.org

Mission

HopeWorks of Howard County strives support and advocate for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and engage the community in creating the change required in prevention.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Pollitt-Hill

Assistant Director

Ms. Saman Akhtar

Main address

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 300

Columbia, MD 21046 USA

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Formerly known as

Domestic Violence Center

EIN

52-1115111

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HopeWorks is seeking to respond to the violence and inequities present within our community in Howard County, Maryland. Domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking all significantly impact our community. HopeWorks must respond not only to the needs of victims of violence but to the conditions and realities which generate such violence.

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?

Confidential Emergency Shelter

HopeWorks provides emergency shelter and longer term housing for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence who must leave their homes due to the violence they have experienced.

Population(s) Served

HopeWorks provides trauma focused therapy for adult and child survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.

Population(s) Served

HopeWorks provides legal consultations, representation and brief information and referral services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.

Population(s) Served

HopeWorks provides a 24 hour helpline for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with Howard County General Hospital, HopeWorks will send a specially trained advocate to meet a survivor of sexual or intimate partner violence at the hospital 24/7 to provide emotional support as well as resource/referral/coordination services.

Population(s) Served

Using a community organizing approach, the Community Engagement Department (CED) addresses the root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence through primary prevention efforts, outreach and raising awareness.

Population(s) Served

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 nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

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

Confidential Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of individuals provided a night's stay in our Safe House (includes women, men and children).

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

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

24/7 Helpline

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of crisis interventions by Advocacy Department both by phone and walk-in

Hours of volunteer service

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

Outreach and Community Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

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

Confidential Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

To support and advocate for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and to engage our community in creating the change required for violence prevention.

HopeWorks looks to collaborate with our community in efforts towards racial, economic and gender justice, seeking solutions that address the needs of all who are affected by sexual and intimate partner violence.

HopeWorks strives to provide high quality counseling, shelter, legal and advocacy services to victims of violence.

HopeWorks emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for survivors and helps them rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

HopeWorks seeks to provide education and training that engages the public in building a compassionate and violence-free community.

HopeWorks provides comprehensive and compassionate services to people experiencing sexual and intimate partner violence.

Advocacy Services
* 24-Hour Helpline for connection to services, resources and information
* Hospital Accompaniment Program providing comfort, support and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or
human trafficking

Shelter Services
* Crisis shelter for survivors (and their children) of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking
* Transitional housing and rental assistance for survivors needing longer term assistance.
* Short-term housing for animal companions

Counseling for Survivors
* Crisis appointments
* Individual and group counseling

Legal Assistance
* Brief advice, information and referrals
* Consultation and legal representation in peace and protective order matters
* Daily support and advocacy provided at Howard County District Court

Prevention Education and Community Wellness Programs
* Workshops for schools, faith communities, businesses and civic organizations
* Survivor's Wellness and Advocacy workshops
* Youth Leadership Project - a service learning program for teens.
* Survivors Speakers Bureau

HopeWorks has been providing services to victims of violence since 1978.

HopeWorks has a deeply committed and highly trained staff fully capable of meeting the varied needs presented by survivors of violence.
HopeWorks has worked hard to put in place high quality, best practice and trauma-informed advocacy and services throughout its programs.

Services are provided by fully certified social workers, case managers, advocates and attorneys.

HopeWorks has the financial resources, bricks and mortar structures, and technological systems necessary for the successful operation of its programs. This organization is supported by a broadly-based revenue stream incorporating government, foundation, corporate and individual sources of financial support.

HopeWorks has made significant progress towards its goals.

Using the metrics listed above, this organization has met the following outcomes:

Counseling
* 70% of clients (who remained in counseling at least 90 days) saw a reduction in symptoms as measured by CORE-10 and PCL 5 assessments.

Legal Assistance
* 90% of legal clients reported a better understanding of the legal process
* 80% of legal clients represented by an attorney were granted a protective order or reached a private agreement with their abuser
* 80% of legal clients reported that they had an improved understanding of their safety needs and had an increased sense of personal safety.

Shelter
* 100% of victims in imminent danger were placed in safe, secure shelter
* 100% of shelter residents had safety plans drawn up at entry and again at exit.
* 70% of shelter residents exited to permanent or supportive housing (some participants opt to return to their abusers, others leave shelter without providing word of where they are going.)

Advocacy
* 90% of clients who reach out to the Advocacy Department (Hotline Calls, Walk-ins, Lethality Assessment Program referrals, Hospital Accompaniment) report increases to knowledge of available resources.
* 90% of clients report a greater sense of safety after speaking with an advocate.
* The percentage of clients who go on to receive other services at HopeWorks is a new metric for which no data is yet available.



Financials

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Operations

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

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HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shanika McClarty

TG Counseling and Consulting

Term: 2019 - 2021

Michele Beaulieu

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Rachel Camp

Georgetown University Law Center

Alice Giles

Howard County Public School System

Sara Rubloff

Private Clinician

Shaydra Tisdale-Robinson

STR Consulting Services, LLC

Margaret Weinstein

Line of Sight

Christina Younger

Howard County General Hospital

Maureen Evans Arthurs

Maryland General Assembly House of Delegates

Maribel Joa Currie

Emma Ostendorp

Howard County Library System

Montrell Scaife

Law Office of Montrell Scaife

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? No
  • 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? 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