SAARA of Virginia, Inc.

aka SAARA of Virginia   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.saara.org

Mission

To transform Virginia communities through hope, education, and advocacy for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mr. Victor McKenzie, Jr.

Main address

2222 Monument Ave

Richmond, VA 23220 USA

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EIN

54-2056367

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Crime Prevention N.E.C. (I20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SAARA is the leading voice in Virginia on Substance Use Disorder and recovery. We provide individuals and communities with education, advocacy, and support.

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?

Meetings

7 different 12-step meetings, anger management classes, and substance abuse education meetings are offered weekly at the Center and City of Richmond and Chesterfield County jails. Other meetings related at recovery are also offered.

Population(s) Served

A computer lab is available for clients for
personal use, as well as for honing computer skills, job searching and
completing job applications.

Population(s) Served

Provides monthly “recovery coach” training
seminars and annual recovery/leadership conferences and retreats.

Population(s) Served

Transportation services to and from the
SAARA center, to other
recovery-related activities, meetings or appointments, and to obtain
needed services (food stamps, DMV, doctor, etc.). Transportation vouchers are also made available to clients.

Population(s) Served

SAARA does not directly provide housing, but through partnerships, recovery housing is made available to clients. Such community partnerships includes Kingdom Life Ministries and the McShin Foundation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Homeward 2009

DBHDS 2021

AliveRVA 2021

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 community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in substance abuse

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

Adults, Families of origin, LGBTQ people, Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 transform Virginia communities through hope, education, and advocacy for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Clarify and strengthen SAARA of Virginia's statewide work as a convener, advocate, and expert on issues of substance abuse and recovery.

Build a healthy, sustainable and vital organization that has the capacity to scale its advocacy and program delivery activities.

Financials

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Operations

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

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SAARA of Virginia, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Frederika Jones

James May

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Alethea Lambert

SAARA of the Peninsula Affiliate

Laura Minnick

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Barry Travis

SAARA of the Bay Counties Affiliate

Melba Gibbs

n/a

Nicholas Yacoub

n/a

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/29/2021,

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/07/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.