Human Services

ORPHAN HELPERS INC

Today's Orphans, Tomorrow's Helpers

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Newport News, VA

Mission

The mission of ORPHAN HELPERS is to equip abandoned, incarcerated, and at-risk youth for success by serving their physical, spiritual, educational and emotional needs

Ruling Year

2001

Executive Director

Mr. Greg Harris

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Mr. Ron Goodman

Main Address

727 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Suite D

Newport News, VA 23601 USA

Keywords

orphans, at-risk youth, incarcerated youth, juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, reentry, life skills

EIN

54-1995429

 Number

5193750494

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Christian (X20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Abandoned and incarcerated youth in Central America face despair and hopelessness. They have been traumatized by the poverty, crime, violence, and addictions they have witnessed in their early lives. They now are at vulnerable stage in life – either be hardened by the those experience or be determined to overcome them. These youth need a caring adult in their life to provide them with hope and opportunity.

Our programs

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

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Success Academy

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of baptisms inside the juvenile detention centers.

Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of youth who graduated from the Success Academy program inside the juvenile detention and protection centers.

Charting Impact

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

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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?

Orphan Helpers seeks to serve the physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs of abandoned and incarcerated youth by effectively partnering with individuals, churches, businesses, governments, and other organizations. We aim to: 1) reduce the youth recidivism rate by working with youth to prevent them from re-offending; 2) secure employment and education opportunities for youth through partnerships with the business community; 3) recruit churches to provide Christian community to youth once they are released from the detention and protections centers.

The Orphan Helpers plan of intervention is centered on the following 4S Strategy:

SEEK. Orphan Helpers sends workers into government-run orphanages and juvenile detention centers each day to connect with youth who have been forgotten or who have lost their way. We shower them with love when others have not. We share with them a hope and a future. This step involves: Connecting daily with youth living in government institutions; Sharing with them the hope of a better future; Identifying at-risk youth who desire to change their lives; Improving youths' physical surroundings in government-run centers.

SERVE. For those children and youth who respond to the offer, Orphan Helpers serves them on a deeper level. We walk alongside them in the centers to give them educational training, emotional healing, and spiritual hope. This step involves: Establishing Success Academies within the government-run centers to delivering structured, specialized youth leadership training; Moving youth into a right relationship with God, themselves, others, and their community; Providing basic education tutoring, job skills training, and service opportunities; Recruiting volunteers from churches to serve as teachers and mentors; Guiding youth in developing a life plan to assist them in identifying and pursuing their purpose.

SURROUND. While seeking and serving the children are huge steps, the work of Orphan Helpers does not end there. Orphan Helpers understands youth face significant obstacles and challenges once they leave the centers. Once youth have completed the Orphan Helpers program within the centers, Orphan Helpers continues working with those youth receptive to change. Orphan Helpers assists the youth in fulfilling their action plan through mentorship, guidance, and even temporary financial assistance. This step involves: Working with committed youth as they leave the centers; Assigning a Success Coach to assist youth with transition back into society; Mapping community resources and opportunities that will help youth pursue their plans; Connecting youth with local churches and volunteer mentors who will meet regularly with youth; Assisting at-risk youth with temporary financial aid to help them with their new start.

SUCCEED. Our prayer is that all youth who have dedicated themselves to pursuing God's plan for their lives will succeed. We want to see them at school, on a job, off drugs, in a church, out of trouble, with a family. That is why we monitor results to mark the progress of youth and to make sure we are as effective as possible. This step involves: Monitoring results by tracking each youth's progress; Demonstrating the program's effectiveness through statistics on recidivism, job retention, and church involvement; Keeping youth connected through Orphan Helpers Alumni Network.

With 19 years of experience in Central America, Orphan Helpers has sustained interventions in the lives of children and youth who are victims of the social problems in Honduras and El Salvador. We have helped hundreds of young people find hope and purpose where previously there was only hopelessness and despair. Along the way, we have earned the respect of the government social services department with whom we have partnered, with the judges who place the children in government care that we serve, and the respect of the youth themselves.

In fact, the Honduras Supreme Court issued a report in September 2014 applauding Orphan Helpers' impact on the lives of youth, in spite of the deplorable living conditions in the nation's four juvenile justice centers:

“It will be required that minors receive some form of education, whether formal or informal. Orphan Helpers is declared a subject matter expert in the fields of reinsertion and rehabilitation, both educational and spiritual, and can stay in the juvenile detention centers as they deem convenient, regardless of the administration that is ruling the center."

We will know we are making a difference in the life of a youth if he or she 1) has no further conflict with the law; 2) secures employment or education opportunity within six months of release; and 3) actively participates in a church once they are released from the detention and protections centers.

In 2017, Orphan Helpers celebrated with 101 youth who completed the Success Academy program. in 2018, more than 210 youth are currently enrolled in the program. As these youth graduate and are released, we will work to find employment and education opportunities for them.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: case management notes.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board.

External Reviews

Awards

Affiliations & Memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2017

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2017

Combined Federal Campaign 2017

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

Yes

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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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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