El Paso Community Action Program Project BRAVO, Inc.

Helping people. Changing lives.

aka Project BRAVO   |   El Paso, TX   |  http://www.projectbravo.org

Mission

Project BRAVO builds bridges to opportunities that help individuals and families thrive in our Borderland community.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Laura Ponce

Main address

2000 Texas Ave

El Paso, TX 79901 USA

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EIN

74-6068251

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is an arm of a state or local government.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The County of El Paso has a disproportionately high number of individuals and families living in poverty. According to the 2020 U.S. Census American Community Survey, 18.8% of households in El Paso County are living at or below the federal poverty level. The poverty rate in the United States is 10.5% and 13.6% for the State of Texas, and so our community has challenges of equity and access to resources that allow many families to thrive.

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?

Career & Academic Readiness Program (CARE)

The Career and Academic Readiness Program (CARE Program) helps people become self-sufficient. Participants must be enrolled in college or vocational school to participate. Our CARE Program Advisors (CPA) provide motivation and support services such as resume writing. CARE Program clients receive intensive case management are connected to resources and financial supports to reach self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Project BRAVO can help qualified households with up to 12 months of utility assistance.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants
Undocumented immigrants
Economically disadvantaged people

Project BRAVO makes homes more energy efficient through weatherization. Weatherizing a home involves installing measures such as attic/wall/mobile home belly insulation, weather stripping, replacing inefficient appliances like refrigerators and furnaces, reducing air infiltration, and other measures that reduce energy consumption. Funds are limited for this program and so services are prioritized for households with people over the age of 60, children under age 5, and people with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Project BRAVO repairs or starts up HVAC units such as furnaces, evaporative coolers, and refrigerated air conditioners. HVAC units can also be connected/disconnected at the beginning of the hot and cold seasons. Funds are limited for this program and so services are prioritized for households with people over the age of 60, children under age 5, and people with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Project BRAVO's Patient Assistance Program addresses the need for health care services for low-income individuals. We aim to help patients who lack health insurance or prescription coverage obtain the services and medications they need. We assist our clients by identifying and providing referrals or applications for low cost health clinics, pharmacy discounts, and free eye exams and eyeglasses.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities
Seniors
People with diseases and illnesses

Project BRAVO is a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency. Housing Counselors provide education and counseling for homebuyers and homeowners at risk of mortgage default. Homebuyer education clients receive the information and tools needed to purchase a home that they can afford and maintain. Homeowners experiencing financial hardship can work with Housing Counselors to assess their ability to afford their home, and, when appropriate, work with their bank to modify their loan to prevent mortgage default.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Project BRAVO owns and maintains 36 affordable apartment units located in Central and South El Paso.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Project BRAVO provides GED classes in both English and Spanish. We aim to help our students increase their academic skills and prepare them to take the G.E.D battery examinations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants
Undocumented immigrants

Project BRAVO provides rent and mortgage assistance to households affected by the COVID pandemic. This program is currently not accepting new applications due to high demand.

Project BRAVO also provide assistance to tenants in the process of eviction through the Texas Eviction Diversion Program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency 2020

Awards

Capital Award 2020

UnidosUS

Affiliations & memberships

UnidosUS 2016

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.

Project BRAVO stabilizes families with programs and services the meet basic needs. We then work with individuals and families to connect them to workforce training, jobs, and other resources to help people transition out of poverty.

Project BRAVO's strategies are to stabilize households in crisis with programs that meet basic needs. Project BRAVO provides utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, affordable housing, housing counseling, HVAC repair & startups, weatherization, and referrals to community partners. Once households are able to meet their basic needs, we provide services such as adult basic education, intensive career and academic case management, tuition assistance, training supports, employment supports, financial education, and other services that help people get living wage jobs and transition out of poverty.

Project BRAVO is the local Community Action Program (CAP). As the designated CAP, Project BRAVO has access to designated federal dollars such as the Community Services Block Grant and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds that support our programs. In addition, we work with private foundations to further support our mission. Finally, we have over 50 community partners that work with us to identify and support families in poverty that are working towards self-sufficiency.

In 2020 Project BRAVO helped 9,649 families with services that helped stabilize the household.

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?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Client feedback is collected to assess client satisfaction after services are received, and once every three years for the Community Assessment. Client satisfaction feedback has been used to address staff or departmental deficits through disciplinary action and training. Client satisfaction data has been used to improve access to programs and services. Changes have been made in the organization such as improved bilingual materials. The Community Assessment is conducted every three years and is used to determine the needs in the community. Data is gathered from various sources and client data is used to assess the effectiveness of existing programs. The Community Assessment report is used to establish goals, assess outcomes, and guide the strategic planning process for the organization.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Public hearing,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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El Paso Community Action Program Project BRAVO, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gabriella Reed

El Paso County Attorney's Office

Term: 2020 - 2022

David Stout

El Paso County Commissioner, Pct. 2

Enedina "Nina" Serna

El Paso County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 6, Pl. 2

Cesar Blanco

Texas State Senator

Alberto Mesta

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Fred Perea

Helen of Troy

Loren Cartagena

Socorro Independent School District

Fernando Escobedo, Jr.

Prudential Financial Services

Sylvia Carreon

Volunteer with the City of El Paso Neighborhood Association

Laurencio Bosquez

Montaña de Cristo Church,

Marla St. Leon

El Paso Water

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 02/10/2021

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2021

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
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.