HOSEA FEED THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS, INC.

Hosea Helps

aka HOSEA HELPS!   |   ATLANTA, GA   |  www.4hosea.org

Mission

To rescue, restore and re-stabilize at risk and homeless individuals and families so they can thrive and become self-sufficient.

Ruling year info

1978

CEO

Mrs ELISABETH WILLIAMS OMILAMI

COO

Mr. AFEMO OMILAMI

Main address

Post Offcie Box 4672

ATLANTA, GA 30302 USA

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EIN

58-1340903

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

HOLIDAY DINNER EVENTS

In 1970 our founders, Reverend Hosea and Mrs. Juanita T. Williams, began what was then named  "Martin Luther King, Jr. Poor Peoples Church of Love." Since the mid-fifties  they had been vigilant civil rights leaders and community organizers,  working to bring equality in public facilities, employment, housing, and justice for everyone regardless of skin color or economic status. Their accomplishments included being front runners in getting the Civil Rights Act passed, creating the Chatham County Crusade for Voters, The Poor Peoples Union, and being both elected officials and champions of the poor.
 

 

The holiday dinners began as the result of Reverend Williams seeing a homeless man begging for food. His conscience would not allow him to ignore the situation so he started a soup line at the Wheat Street Baptist Church every Sunday feeding about 100 men. 
 

 

When Rev. and Mrs. Williams died in 2000 the program had grown to feeding 5,000 people each Thanksgiving and Christmas and had added services including delivering 22,000 hot meals to senior citizens homes annually, * Provides 60,000 chronically homeless of Atlanta and surrounding counties with four Festivals of Service - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday and Easter. During holiday events, Hosea Feed the Hungry supplies medical assistance, legal aid, clothing and toiletry items, hot showers, barber and beautician services and transportation services.
 

 

 hot showers, a barber and beautician area, children's' corner, clothing distribution, home delivery of food to  shut-ins, inspirational speakers and Christian teaching, gospel singing, and other services.
 

 

The program has grown tremendously under the leadership of their daughter and son-in-law, Elisabeth and Afemo Omilami. The events are now called "Festival of Services"  and feed, on average, 15,000 people each Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday and Easter Sunday. Utilizing approximately 1,500 volunteers per event, they have become a national model for a one-stop homeless service initiative. The addition of a housing program, long distance telephone service, national free transportation, medical clinic, legal aid counseling, case management and on-site employment services have fully rounded out the events to offer more to the hungry and homeless in metro Atlanta than ever before.

Population(s) Served

The Crises and Care  Center is the vehicle that operates the food bank, The outreach to the homeless, the Sit-N-Sips for the seniors, the youth mentoring program and more.  The Crises and Care center is open at 1035 Donnelly Ave. 4 days a week and welcomes over 25 families per day providng them with various services including food, finanical counseling, clothing, and toiletry distribution.    We serve some 6000 people per year and provide volunteers with over 5500 volunteer housrs on site.

Children and youth programs- Back to School  Book Bag Give- A -Way held once a year just prior to schoool opening, provides 3,500 disadvantaged children with book bags, school supplies basd on grade, identification kits, dental screenings and dental supplies, eye exams, books.

Population(s) Served

Our effective homeless prevention programs, H.E.L.EMpowering, Learning for programs, typically assess immediate housing needs, explore housing options and resources,, provide flexible financial assistance for approximately 90 families per youra d, when approriate, offer voluntary case management services focused on housing stabilization.  Participants are required to attend financial literacy and bedgeting classes.  This proram can also include assistance for first and last month's rent, deposits, utilities ,rental assistance for a final month at a location, moving cost assistance, or other activities that will directly help a person stay in his or her current housing situation.  Disbursemens are based on whether funding will be avialable.

Population(s) Served

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External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our organizational goals are to be a major catalyst in the state of Georgia to win the fight against homelessness and the underfed. We are striving to prevent homelessness first in the metro Atlanta/Decatur areas through case management services that include rent and utility assistance which keeps families in their homes and stabilized so that they can get back on their feet financially and maintain their households. We are also striving to provide nutritious food, fresh fruits and vegetables free of charge on a daily basis to all those that come to our facility in need of emergency food boxes. In addition, our goal is to ensure that every client that comes to us or attends any of our events receipts benefits analysis and enrollment into every food program that they are eligible for.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The underprivileged, and those that who are at risk for homelessness. Including low income or those affected by the various factors of poverty, personal unrest.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Video Testimony ,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Response team for Hurricane IDA

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We’re in a position to make contact with local churches and charities on the scene, and get an understanding of their community’s most immediate needs, the degree of damage, the number of people estimated to be impacted, and their capacity to rebound. We open the lines of communication, and then develop a strategy to deploy products and human services. Receiving feedback from the people we serve gives us the insight to be a First Responder . We were able to change our logistics and serve more people through the pandemic. We have pivoted now to include, helping with disaster Relief for those affected by Hurricane IDA.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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HOSEA FEED THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS, INC.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Patrice Perkins Hooker

Johnson and Freeman LLC Attorneys at Law

Term: 2021 - 2024

Elisabeth Omilami

Hose Feed The Hungry and Homeless, Inc.

Yolanda Favors

The Atlanta Streetcar Project

Afemo Omilami

Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless, Inc.

Keshia Walker

Insights Marketing

Birgit Burton

Birgit Burton Consulting, LLC

Cannon Kent

Atlantic Records

Reggie Rouse

V-103 Radio / 1380 WAOK

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/1/2021

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

The organization's co-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

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.