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HIS HOUSE INC

aka His House Children's Home   |   Miami Gardens, FL   |  www.hhch.org

Mission

His House Children’s Home is a faith-based not-for-profit social services agency whose mission is to restore the lives of children and families. Established in 1989, the organization provides services to children removed from their homes due to substance abuse by the parents, domestic violence, all types of maltreatment and other circumstances, which have placed children at risk of harm. In 1996, the agency received a Child Placement Agency license in order to provide foster care services and since 2008, His House has been contracted with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide residential care, case management and clinical services to Unaccompanied Children entering the United States.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Ms. SILVIA M SMITH-TORRES

Main address

20000 NW 47th Avenue Hector Bldg. 2

Miami Gardens, FL 33055 USA

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EIN

65-0145994

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The State of Florida is #3 in the USA with the over 21,000 children in the foster care system - South Florida with over 3,000 making it the largest region in Florida. The kids in foster care range from new born to 18 years old from a wide variety of trauma ranging from abandonment, abuse or neglect. Over 90% of these kids are victims of human trafficking, or commercial sexual trafficking. Kids over 13 years old have experienced well over 40 placements making it very difficult for them to find stability, experience normalcy and lead an independent life. With no intervention, children foster care will become homeless or commit a crime within 6 months from when they age out of foster care at 18 years old. These children also suffer from mental and behavioral health issues which makes it even more difficult to get them from their current stage of survival to dreaming and being hopeful for about their future.

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?

Residential Services

Children in the foster care system need a safe and loving place they can call home. At His House, children in state custody are cared for in a cozy home-like setting.

Our model of care is unlike the typical residential program. Each cottage provides a home for eight or more children and are led by nurturing child care professionals. The children eat meals as a family, participate in memorable activities including life skills sessions preparing them for a brighter future.

We take a holistic approach in the care of each child meeting their emotional, physical and educational needs. Through the support of faithful volunteers and community partners we provide an array of services and activities to meet the children's needs, from in-house clinical services to volunteer tutors to assist with homework, every aspect is important to our model of care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Every child deserves a safe place to call home. The His House Foster Family Recruitment program was established in 1996 to expand residential services by inviting families in the community to share their own homes with children in need. His House recruits, trains, licenses, and supports foster parents.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Volunteers are invaluable for advancing the mission of His House. Their gift of time enriches and broadens the services provided to the children and greatly leverages resources for the agency. His House is unique in that it is the only residential care facility in South Florida that provides opportunities for volunteers of all ages to engage in service projects in a multitude of capacities. Monthly orientations and ongoing support are provided to volunteers to ensure that the children and agency’s needs are matched with the talents and skills of volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Designated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, His House International was established in 2008 to care for Unaccompanied Children (UC) under the age of 18 who left their native countries due to gang violence, homelessness, economic hardship and abuse in the hopes of starting a new life in the U.S.

It is the program’s purpose to provide every UC client in care with a safe and nurturing family environment while expediting their case and corresponding documents for their timely reunification or release. In 2010, the agency also became a center for providing temporary care and expediting adoptions for orphaned children arriving from Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Mental Health Counseling & Prevention Program is under the Clinical Department at His House, Inc. It was started in 2016 in response to an unmet need of children dealing with the emotional, mental and psychological trauma they have endured. The program addresses the short and long term negative effects of the trauma caused by the abuse, abandonment and neglect bringing them into foster care system. As a result of the pandemic, the children are being impacted even more severely. The program is delivered by Florida licensed clinicians, a nurse and a subcontracted psychiatrist for children who have significant mental/behavior needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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 youth who demonstrate that they are aware of their interests and abilities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Residential Services

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.

His House is all about restoring the lives of children and youth in foster care. Our primary goals are the following:

1. To provide a safe home in a community like environment for all children in our care for as long as they are with us.

2. To restore their lives by providing a series of life changing programs and services such as mental health
counseling/therapy, independent living skills, and socio-cultural on/off campus events and activities.

3. To recruit, train, license and support foster parents.

4. To find every child a forever home.

Please find attached our Strategic Plan.

For over 30 years, His House has brought stability to the lives of abused, neglected, or abandoned at-risk children and remains a frontline provider of residential and foster care placement services. Since our inception, we have served over 22,000 children. His House is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families and contracted by Citrus Health in Miami Dade and Monroe and ChildNet in Broward County as a Residential program and child placement agency. Programming includes an Independent Living Program for older youth preparing to exit the child welfare system, a teen maternity program for pregnant and parenting teens, and a licensing department for recruiting, training and licensing foster parents. His House also provides an on-campus clinical department, crisis intervention programs, enrichment, and educational programs both on and off-campus.
As a non-profit agency, a board of directors provides ethical and legal governance for all His House financial management policies. The board also ensures that adequate resources are in place to advance His House’s mission. His House has a traditional functional management structure with an Executive Director supervising a Director of Finance, Program Services, Residential Services, PQI & Risk Management, Human Resources, Development, and Legal Counsel. With over 390 staff and 100 volunteers, His House can respond to federal funding rules and guidelines. Furthermore, His House has an industry-standard accreditation from COA (Council on Accreditation) to promote best practice child welfare standards.

His House serves as a field placement site for BSW and MSW interns throughout the State of Florida University system. Currently, the organization is listed as a field placement agency. These field placements provide students with practical work experience and practice dealing with challenges and issues that they are likely to face on the job. Additionally, there are parallels between the AmeriCorps membership model and field placements in that interns can give back to their communities while honing their skills.

His House actively works to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), particularly for the marginalized population of foster children we serve (predominately Black and Hispanic children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds) through its strategic plan. Our organization advances equity and promotes better outcomes through various strategies, including our policies and procedures, stakeholder relationships, and continuum of trauma-informed prevention and intervention services. We have an ongoing team that meets to address our DEI commitment.

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 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

  • 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, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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HIS HOUSE INC

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Alejandro Romillo

Health Choice Network

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Bernard Probst

Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson, LLP

Term: 2020 -

Nancy Roberts

Bernard I Probst

Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP

Ignacio Rojas

Ingram Micro Inc.

Linda Freeman

Peacemaker Family Center

Carlos Leyva

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Nancy T Hector

Hector Family Foundation

Alejandro Romillo

Health Choice Network

Animily Feliz

Chick-fil-A Pembroke Lakes Mall

Felipe Basulto

TD Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 2/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability