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Square Foot Ministry Inc

Becoming tools of God's love one square foot at a time

FAYETTEVILLE, GA   |  www.squarefootministry.org

Mission

To transform challenged communities into safe, healthy living environments for deserving families through partnerships with Churches, Businesses, Civic Organizations, Faith Based Non-Profits and the Community itself

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Jeff Williams

Main address

PO BOX 371

FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 USA

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EIN

52-2377423

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many areas of the metro Atlanta area are plagued with substandard housing, and working poor families that cannot escape the cycle of constantly moving from one sub-standard rental house or apartment to another and are often victimized by slumlords and living conditions that are not conducive to raising a healthy, well-adjusted family. This makes raising successful children especially difficult as their living environment is not conducive to thriving in school and in the community. In addition, these area have higher rates of poverty, single adult homes, crime, juvenile delinquency and teenage pregnancy. (Need to add verified statistics and sources). Studies and statistics show that children raised in a stable housing environment are healthier, do better in school, and are less likely to be involved in juvenile crime or teenage pregnancy situations.

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?

Transformation Build 2019

Construction of 3 new single family homes

Population(s) Served
Parents
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

We can transform the lives of disadvantaged families and children in Griffin through transforming their housing situation. Square Foot Ministry builds and repairs homes, and provides home ownership opportunities for these families. We build safe, healthy and affordable homes so these families can have a stable home environment with ownership in order to reverse the cycle of instability in Griffin families.

This has proven to result in a more thriving environment as evidence by the statistics above and specific examples from current SFM homeowners. This “community transformation” is positively impacting several blighted neighborhoods in Griffin, GA.

Our strategies encompass three areas:

1) Building safe, healthy home for qualified working families who are moving from sub-standard rental conditions. In addition, we offer a zero interest mortgage on the home, so the qualified candidate family become true home owners through paying a mortgage along with taxes and insurance. It is a "hand up" and not a "hand out". These first-time home buyers can then build equity over time which can help break what is often a multi-generational cycle of poverty.

In addition to building home, we nurture our home owners through our community Care group which is facilitated by a few of our board members. The CC group meets regularly to discuss family budgeting, basic home maintenance and other pertinent topics.

2) We also partner with local non-profit organizations that serve these communities and assist them in building or expanding their facilities and capacity to serve.

3) We do home repair for elderly and/or disabled individuals and families who do not have the means to accomplish this on their own. Examples include wheelchairs ramps, fixing a collapsing porch, or retrofitting a bathroom for handicapped access.

Square Foot Ministry was incorporated in 2003 and we have been doing this for 17 years. We mobilize volunteers from local churches, youth groups, businesses and civic organizations to work with us in providing the labor for projects.

Our Executive Director is a former Habitat for humanity board member, and our project manager is a licensed building contractor and former HFH Construction Manager. We also have several people on our board and volunteer base that are in the construction industry.

All project are lead by a Square Foot Ministry representative with knowledge in that specific project. Volunteers are trained in the specific skill for the task and safety guidelines are followed.

We also work closely with several sub-contractors who we employ for any task requiring a specific skill and safety profile such as rough electrical work and plumbing system installation.

In 2019 over 700 people volunteered on Square Foot Ministry projects.

With the help of over 1,500 donors and volunteers, Square Foot Ministry has accomplished the following:

In Griffin GA:
* 15 new houses built providing home ownership for 15 families (mostly single working mothers) in the Fairmont Community (with 6 more planned)
* Compassion House Women’s Shelter built at East Griffin Baptist Church
* Children’s Playpark in Fairmont Community
* Expansion of Abundant Life Soup Kitchen

In Fayetteville GA:
* Building addition to Promise Place (Domestic violence safe house)
* New building for Fayette Counseling Center (Mental health services)
* New building for Pregnancy Resource Center (counseling for women in crisis pregnancy)
* Annual IMPACT youth service week

In other ares:
* 3 homes built for disabled veterans
* 50+ home repair and handicap-access remodeling projects
* 25 homes framed in Pass Christian MS following Hurricane Katrina

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Square Foot Ministry Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tim Aycock

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/1/2020

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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