ORPHAN HELPERS INC

Today's Orphans, Tomorrow's Helpers

aka OH   |   Newport News, VA   |  www.orphanhelpers.org

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 info

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

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EIN

54-1995429

NTEE code info

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

Christian (X20)

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Success Academy

Orphan Helpers works in ten state-run centers in El Salvador and Honduras. Inside these centers, teachers lead Success Academies where they teach leadership, life skills, spiritual growth, and vocational skills, Upon release from the centers, Academy graduates are assisted in their transition by Success Coaches.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2017

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2017

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2017

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2017

Combined Federal Campaign 2017

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 people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

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.

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.

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."

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

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?

    Case management notes,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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ORPHAN HELPERS INC

Board of directors
as of 1/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Tom Manthei

Retired President of Manthei Incorporated

Term: 2015 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Mike Torrech

Retired President and CEO of American Maritime Holdings

Term: 2015 - 2018

Tom Manthei

Mike Torrech

David Phillips

Greg McDonald

David Dunlevy

Tracy Gregorio

Vincent Joseph

Justin Kruse

Tony Sandoval

Joe Renaud

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 ? Yes
  • 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