Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

aka AAF, AAFPBC   |   Lake Worth, FL   |  www.aafpbc.org

Mission

Adopt-A-Family's mission is to strengthen families with children in their efforts to achieve stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services.

Adopt-A-Family aims to reduce and prevent family homelessness and ensure that children from homeless and low-income households have an increased chance to succeed.

Ruling year info

1985

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Matthew V. Constantine, LCSW

Main address

1712 Second Ave North

Lake Worth, FL 33460 USA

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EIN

59-2471253

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Adopt-A-Family aims to address several problems and unmet needs in Palm Beach County: family homelessness, the lack of affordable housing, and the barriers and academic deficits faced by children from homeless and at-risk households.

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?

Housing Stabilization Program

The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is an innovative homeless prevention program that targets families in crisis who are on the verge of homelessness and provides rent, utility, and mortgage assistance paired with case management to stabilize the household and enable them to remain stably housed.

Population(s) Served
Families

Project Grow is an afterschool and out-of-school program for elementary school students from homeless and low-income households. The program provides a holistic curriculum to help students catch up to their peers academically.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

Adopt-A-Family operates 24 affordable rentals for hardworking income-constrained families in Lake Worth, Florida.

Population(s) Served
Families

Service Enriched Housing is an innovative 30-unit housing program for low-income households dedicated to the pursuit of increased financial stability and homeownership.

Population(s) Served
Families

The Senator Philip D Lewis Center is the centralized point-of-entry for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Palm Beach County. Adopt-A-Family coordinates the family component of the Lewis Center. Through assessment, housing placement, and comprehensive case management, the Lewis Center team provides critical resources to our community's families who are most in need.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

Project SAFE, Adopt-A-Family's longest running Permanent Supportive Housing program, provides a safe, consistent, and nurturing environment for 32 families experiencing homelessness. Each resident of Project SAFE receives support from an on-site case manager. This includes providing families with access to financial literacy training, educational opportunities, mental health referrals, life-skills training, and affordable child care.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

REACH is one of the only emergency shelter for families with minor children experiencing homelessness in Palm Beach County. The program focuses on the immediate stabilization of families while working to fulfill a goal of obtaining permanent or transitional housing for the families it shelters. REACH also provides food, clothing, and case management services for 19 families at any given time. In the most recent year, the program provided emergency shelter solution to 64 families in crisis while guiding 84% of families toward achieving self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

Wiley Reynolds Gardens Apartments provides 9 units of housing paired with case management for employed households experiencing homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

The Mental Health Wellness Program (MHW) began in August of 2016 with the primary goal of
eliminating barriers to mental health services for the Organization’s high-need participants to
improve their mental health and family functioning. A significant portion of the Organization’s
families do not engage with therapists due to barriers such as lack of transportation, acceptable
health coverage, financial requirements and provider availability. In addition, the onsite therapist is
available for crisis intervention, de-escalation and provides guidance to case managers of the
families. 77% of the clients enrolled in the program have shown improved mental health based on
scores in the DSM-5 Cross Cutting Symptom Measures tool.

Population(s) Served
Families
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Nonprofits First Accreditation of Excellence in Nonprofit Management 2020

Awards

Four-Star Rating 2010

Charity Navigator

Four-Star Rating 2011

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Four-Star Rating 2012

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Four-Star Rating 2013

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Four-Star Rating 2014

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Four-Star Rating 2015

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Four-Star Rating 2016

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Four-Star Rating 2017

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Four-Star Rating 2018

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Four-Star Rating 2019

Charity Navigator

Four-Star Rating 2020

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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 families that the Housing Stabilization Program prevents from becoming homeless each year.

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

Families

Related Program

Housing Stabilization Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The increased capacity of HSP reflects the investment of our funders to help the program serve more at-risk families in Palm Beach County. However, the need in our community remains great.

Percentage of program participants that remained in or exited to permanent housing at the end of the operating year.

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

Families, Homeless people, People with disabilities

Related Program

Project SAFE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The ultimate goal of agency housing programs is to provide housing stability to the families served.

Percentage of elementary school students attending agency's afterschool program who were promoted to the next grade.

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

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Project Grow

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures promotion rates of the students attending Project Grow, the agency's afterschool program for homeless/low-income children.

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.

Adopt-A-Family aims to address issues pertaining to family homelessness through housing, self-sufficiency, and educational programs. As the lead agency for families who are literally homeless in Palm Beach County, we provide permanent supportive housing in addition to referral and linkage services to best serve these families in crisis.

In addition to serving homeless families, we operate self-sufficiency programs that holistically address barriers faced by low-income, working families. This includes a high-impact homeless prevention program, a homeownership incubator program, a 14 unit affordable housing program that focuses on children's educational outcomes related to housing stability, and an affordable housing program with 24 units in the community.

Collectively, our self-sufficiency programs serve more than 300 low-income families in Palm Beach County in a given year.

The first step in addressing familial needs is to ensure that their basic needs are met. Adopt-A-Family provides housing solutions to families so they are able to begin focusing on issues that are negatively impacting their ability to remain self-sufficient. Our experience has shown the importance of addressing basic needs prior to working on educational and or occupational goals. As a result, all of the agency's programs place initial emphasis on ensuring that families are stably housed. Once housing is secured, case management and supportive services are provided focusing on job readiness, educational advancement, financial literacy, as well as ensuring that mental health issues are addressed.

Adopt-A-Family provides a continuum of housing services to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Some of the agency's housing units are restricted to families who are literally homeless (sleeping in a car, park, or emergency shelter), while other units target low-income working households interested in becoming homeowners. The agency also operates an extensive homeless prevention program which provides financial assistance to families at risk of becoming homeless. This program also includes meaningful supportive services in an effort to address all the barriers potentially impacting a familial stability.

In addition to the agency's activities surrounding housing, Adopt-A-Family operates a licensed afterschool and out-of-school program for children attending elementary school. The program is located within walking distance of many of the agency's housing programs and offers priority placement to homeless and formerly homeless children. This program, Project Grow, is one of the highest performing programs in Palm Beach County, and has been developed to meet the unique needs of low-income and formerly homeless children. Children receive socio-emotional services as well as intensive academic assistance. In 2014, Project Grow implemented an innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) initiative that exposes disadvantaged children to career fields of the future.

Adopt-A-Family has 37 years of experience providing services to vulnerable families in Palm Beach County. During this time, the agency has garnered local and national recognition for its innovative programming, outcomes, and provision of supportive services. In its inaugural year, 1983, the agency served 15 families. Last year, the agency was able to assist 1,516 families in need of assistance.

Our capabilities are linked proportionally to the agency's proven ability to scale and deliver impressive programmatic outcomes, year after year. Prominent examples relate directly to the increased capacity of our Housing Stabilization Program, which has nearly tripled its capacity over the past three years. The program continues to garner local, state, and national funding support in its efforts to prevent homelessness for income-constrained families throughout Palm Beach County.

In 1992, the agency was awarded the first HUD Supportive Housing Demonstration grant in Palm Beach County. Since that time, the agency has significantly increased its affordable housing portfolio.

Currently, Adopt-A-Family is the largest provider of housing for homeless families in Palm Beach County and owns or operates 120 units of housing targeted for homeless and low-income families.

Adopt-A-Family has been recognized for its efforts in developing housing, providing supportive services, and for its fiscal responsibility. The agency was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award in 2008.

In 2009, Adopt-A-Family received statewide praise for its nine-unit affordable housing program, Wiley Reynolds Apartments. The Florida Redevelopment Association awarded the project with its exclusive “Best Affordable Housing Development" designation.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the agency with two “Promising Practices" for the provision of supportive services to homeless families accessing housing services.

In 2020, Adopt-A-Family was awarded its 14th consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Less than 1% of the agencies measured by Charity Navigator accomplish this goal.

In our 37 years, we have;

• Provided much needed services to more than 53,000 families who were homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

• Developed and maintained one of the most successful and competitive after-school programs in Palm Beach County.

• Built a well-respected reputation for being an agency that gets things done and is willing to partner with other agencies to serve families who are homeless in our community.

• Built a reputation for being an agency that efficiently and effectively uses donations to change lives.

Unfortunately, we have not eradicated homelessness in our community, but it is a goal that we stay motivated to reach with each family we help.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Penny Heller

John Castronuovo

UBS

Penny Heller

Community Advocate

Garth Rosenkrance

Rehmann

Heather Ferguson

PNC Bank

Lynda Murphy

The Langford Group, LLC

Cristina Nunez de Landaluce

Healthcare District of Palm Beach County

Sean Bresnan

Wealth Partners Capital Group

John Marasco

Ernst & Young LLP

Kirstin Turner

RBC Wealth Management

Jeffrey Preston

North American Development Group (NADG)

John Elder

Ernst & Young

Thomas Frankel

Frankel Enterprises

Chris Oberlink

Community Advocate

Jeff Preston

North American Development Group

Elizabeth Morales

School District of Palm Beach County

Jonathan Bain

NextEra Energy

Tequisha Myles

Legal Aid

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 6/16/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data