Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp.

Ending Homeless through Permanent Housing and Jobs

aka PATHLIGHT HOME   |   Orlando, FL   |  www.pathlighthome.org

Mission

The mission of Pathlight HOME (the registered service mark of Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp.) is to change the lives of homeless and low-income individuals by providing affordable housing and economic opportunities.

Ruling year info

1992

CEO

Ms Helaine Blum

Main address

3200 W. Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32808 USA

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EIN

59-3131199

NTEE code info

Public Housing (L21)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to end homelessness in our community by providing permanent supportive housing and employment opportunities to the homeless and those precariously housed.

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?

Safe Haven at Maxwell Garden

The Safe Haven program within Maxwell Garden provides permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless persons with mental illness in a traditional single room occupancy environment, i.e. shared kitchen and bathrooms. Services are provided on a 24 hour basis. Most residents enter the program without income.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Seniors

These programs provide over 500 units of permanent housing to formerly single homeless persons in our community. A majority of the persons living in our housing have disabilities, both physical and mental. Without the availability of our housing, these persons would be living on the street.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

This program provides training and employment to formerly homeless and low income persons. It is part of the Sobik's Sub Franchise which was granted to us by Sobiks. We also partner with Starbucks through Catalyst Kitchen and provide Starbucks products through the We Proudly Serve Program. The shop is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and serves lunch and Starbucks products to customers. It also provides catering.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Pathlight Kitchen is our program that provides training and employment for formerly homeless and very low income persons in our community through culinary education in a training kitchen environment. It is located at Maxwell Terrace.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Provides supportive services to formerly chronically homeless residents along with housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

Where we work

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 homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers represent unduplicated persons served on any given day of the year. It does not represent the total number of persons served during the year.

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.

1) Reduce the number of persons sleeping on the street in our community 2) Assist formerly homeless persons with maintaining permanent housing 3) Residents experience increases in quality of living and income 3) Do all of the above with maximum cost savings to the community

1) Provide affordable, decent housing for formerly homeless persons 2) Provide supportive services to our residents, as well as leverage community resources to provide additional contracted supportive services to our residents.3) Provide economic opportunities  through culinary training and employment to our residents and very low and low income residents of the community through our programs, Sobik's and Pathlight Kitchen.

1) Operating and managing over 500 affordable, decent permanent housing units for the homeless in Central Florida 2) Expertise to develop additional affordable, decent permanent housing units for the homeless in Central Florida  3) Expertise to provide supportive services to chronically homeless persons in Central Florida 4) Expertise to provide economic opportunities through culinary training with our three kitchens and culinary staff

We have just begun the measurement process. We have determined that we are housing chronically homeless persons at an average annual cost of $13,500 per person which includes provided supportive services on site. This cost is approximately $5,000 less than the average cost of other supportive housing programs in our community as calculated by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness in its 2018 report.

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?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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?

    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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Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp.

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Larri Thatcher

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Assn.

Term: 2020 - 2021

Norweida Maxwell

Community Volunteer

Larri Thatcher

Legal Aid Society of OCBA

Jann Rigell

CuraScript

Ladd Fassett, Esq.

Fasset, Anthony & Taylor, P.A.

George Hodges

TD Bank

Laura Whitfield

United Way

Velvet Greene

Express Scripts, Inc.

Michelle Howard

The MVK Group

Brian Smith

The Salvation Army

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 03/23/2020

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, 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