Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

The Poverello Center Inc

aka Poverello

Wilton Manors, FL

Mission

The Poverello Center, Inc. provides nutritious food, services and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with critical and chronic illnesses Including HIV, in South Florida.

Ruling Year

1988

CEO

Thomas S Pietrogallo

Main Address

2056 N Dixie Hwy

Wilton Manors, FL 33305 USA

Keywords

Food Bank, Alternative Therpies, Fitness Health, Diabetes Prevention and Nutritional Information

EIN

65-0056218

 Number

5241915222

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Much chronic disease in our area is preventable through lifestyle changes like healthy eating and moderate exercise. Some disease is caused by simply not knowing how healthy eating and food preparation can assist our bodies to function at their optimal level. Other diseases are aided by healthy eating and food selection. Living more healthy days is acheivable by maximizing our ability to eat, live and be well.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Poverello Eat Well Center

Poverello Live Well Center

Poverello Be Well Program

Fuel Packs for Kids

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of health outcomes improved

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

LGBTQ people

Related program

Poverello Eat Well Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We aspire to ensure viral suppression among our 2700 clients with HIV, indicating successful HIV treatment and inability to pass along HIV infection by those who are virally suppressed.

Number of HIV-positive people who achieve or maintain an undetectable viral load

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

LGBTQ people

Related program

Poverello Eat Well Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Viral load refers to the amount of HIV virus found (counted) in about a teaspoonfull of blood. The lower the viral count, the harder it is to contract HIV from the person living with HIV.

Number of clients living with HIV receiving assistance to access healthcare benefits

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

LGBTQ people

Related program

Poverello Be Well Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Percent of client population with HIV who are in Primary Care (at least one visit in the past year).

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Food Security for those experiencing critical or chronic illness. Healthy food competency among the poor and increased levels of exercise for those at risk of chronic disease. Getting people with chronic illness moving to exercise to their best ability. Maximizing community volunteerism to provide for those who are most vulnerable.

Eat Well Center - is stocked with healthy food items curated by our onsite nutritionist to provide participants with many healthy choices. We also deploy our Pop Up Eat Well Center into areas of poverty and poor fresh foods access. Live Well Center - provides a gym and wellness center featuring free programming like Reiki, Chiropractic, Massage, Haircuts and Acupuncture by our generous volunteer providers for any of our program participants. Be Well Programming - Evidence Based strategies like Diabetes Prevention Programming, ARTAS and SBIRT.

With 38 part/full time employees and over 350 monthly volunteers, the Center is well suited to fulfill its mission.

We measure chronic disease progression, for example among our program participants with HIV, we measure viral loads and engagement in Primary Care. Our current rate of viral suppression for program participants averages 89.4%. That's more successful than many primary care practices. Improving that number to 90% in 2020 is our goal. Another example is in our diabetes prevention program that measures physical activity and weight at each session during the year long program.

We have implemented 100% Customer choice in all food programming, all items offered in our food pantry are healthy based upon nutrient, fat, and salt contents.

We need to replace our aging fleet of vehicles to expand our Popup Eat Well Center that goes into areas of poverty to distribute healthy groceries.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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 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?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Clients reported not having knowledge of resources relating to mental health or substance abuse. The organization utilized the feedback in our needs assessment when seeking funding for new programming, a first of its kind screening for risk of depression and substance use in a food pantry, which was funded and implemented. Now 100% of clients are screened and receive information about available community resources.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/06/2020

Leadership

No data

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Disability

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2020

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

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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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

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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
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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.