Ithaka

Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.ithakahousing.org

Mission

Our mission is to house our city's most vulnerable.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Larry Boatright

Main address

321 Mesa Rd

Colorado Springs, CO 80905 USA

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EIN

74-2186914

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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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?

Family Transitional Housing

Who we serve:
Families experiencing homelessness or without stable housing looking to move toward housing stability and self-sufficiency.

What we do:
Provide stable housing and supportive case management to help families break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, overcome barriers, and achieve self-sufficiency.

How we do it:
Ithaka has 15 housing units in Colorado Springs that provide transitional housing for families. Families pay 30% of their income in rent. Approximately 70 people are in the program at a time.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants

Who we serve:
Single men in homelessness or leaving incarceration looking to move toward housing stability and self-sufficiency.

What we do:
Provide up to 18 months of stable housing and supportive case management to help individuals exit homelessness or incarceration, recover from addiction, and achieve self-sufficiency.

How we do it:
Ithaka has a 12-bedroom group home in Colorado Springs that provides transitional housing for individuals. Every resident must be committed to full-time work and/or school. Residents pay a program fee of $450/month.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Homeless people
Men
LGBTQ people

Who we serve:
Low-income or homeless seniors and disabled adults looking to move toward improved quality of life, connection to resources, and long-term housing stability.

What we do:
Provide transitional housing and supportive case management to help seniors connect with healthcare resources, qualify for benefits, and pursue permanent housing options that will meet their needs in the future.

How we do it:
Ithaka has a 14-unit apartment building and a 3-unit home in Colorado Springs that provide transitional housing for low-income seniors. Residents pay 30% of their income in rent. Serves approximately 17 people at a time.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities
Homeless people
Low-income people

Where we work

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?

    Ithaka specializes in serving families who are unable to be served elsewhere; these families are larger (five to eleven people in size) and oftentimes have accessed public health systems unable to help them get ahead. Our programs provide homes for those who would otherwise be on the streets, including many single parents and couples with children, those with mental illness and chronic physical ailments, people with criminal histories unable to access services elsewhere, those with previous evictions and low credit scores, many families seeking to secure access to legal services, and others who have exhausted personal and community resources and for whom affordable housing exists behind barriers too high to overcome.

  • 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, 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ithaka

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amner Carmona Molina

Colorado Community College System

John Spears

Pikes Peak Library District

Amner Molina

Colorado Community College System

Laura Liibbe

Revolution English

Brent Sabati

Ent Credit Union

Patty Froehle

Retired CFO

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 04/26/2022

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.