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THE HERREN PROJECT

SUPPORT. INSPIRE. EMPOWER

aka HERREN PROJECT   |   Portsmouth, RI   |  www.herrenproject.org

Mission

Herren Project supports, inspires and empowers those affected by the disease of addiction, specifically substance use disorder. Herren Project's main goals are to provide addiction resources, guidance & support for individuals & families across the US for substance use disorder, to walk with them on their path to recovery from addiction, empower our youth to make healthy decisions through peer to peer support to prevent the misuse of drugs and alcohol and reduce risk for the disease of addiction and to build an active community of addiction recovery advocates across the USA.

Notes from the nonprofit

Herren Project is undergoing a phase of transformational growth to address the addiction epidemic.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Bonnie Sawyer

Main address

PO Box 131

Portsmouth, RI 02871 USA

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EIN

80-0748314

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Reduce rates of substance use disorder and overdose deaths through prevention, cultural change, access to affordable care and long-term recovery supports that empower families and provide social connection to supportive communities. Our vision is a stronger, more resilient, and connected community where all people thrive free of the effects of the disease of addiction. Herren Project helps individuals and families to live healthy, fulfilling lives by preventing substance misuse, celebrating recovery, and creating resilient communities.

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?

INDIVIDUAL ADDICTION TREATMENT PLACEMENT & SUPPORT

Herren Project works with individuals to navigate quality drug and alcohol treatment programs and provide aftercare services for those suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We provide treatment placement, coaching, and recovery scholarships as well as alumni groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Herren Project empowers youth through Herren Project Clubs to stand up and make a difference in their schools and communities, giving students motivation and support as they embrace a message of education and awareness and learning to cope with life's challenges in healthy way. They are educated about the dangers of substance use while motivating one another to make healthy life choices, free from drugs and alcohol. Our goal to provide peer to peer support for children and education to prevent the misuse of substances and disease of addiction.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Herren Project has built a community of individuals and families across the United States offering support, healing and inspiration through active engagement though active activities like running, walking and riding. The program is designed to raise funding and awareness for Herren Project which offering support to those affected by the disease of addiction, specifically substance use and alcohol use disorder.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Herren Project assists families as they support their loved one seeking help for addiction to drugs and alcohol with free resources and support including one on one phone consultations and live online support groups.

Population(s) Served
Families

Wellness Week with Herren, held the first full week of March, is all about practicing healthy ways of handling life’s challenges. The goal of Wellness Week with Herren is to offer tools and resources to encourage self-care and a focus on our well-being. When we practice wellness and connect to our best selves, we’re able to empower and inspire others to do the same.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Great Nonprofits 2021

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 academic scholarships awarded

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

Adolescents, Children, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity

Related Program

PREVENTION INITIATIVE - Herren Project Clubs

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We award 3 scholarships to high school seniors yearly

Number of individuals receiving recovery housing scholarships

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

INDIVIDUAL ADDICTION TREATMENT PLACEMENT & SUPPORT

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Herren Project provides recovery support by providing scholarships for housing and coaching after inpatient residential treatment.

Number of clients participating in support groups

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

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Family members participate in a variety of online support groups.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

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

PREVENTION INITIATIVE - Herren Project Clubs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Social, emotional and leadership skills taught through Herren Project Club activities

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.

• Positively impact the lives of those afflicted with addiction by providing effective treatment navigation assistance and aftercare support.

• Educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provide techniques to handle pressure within their lives, their community or their family situation.

• Provide scholarships to programs, clinics and camps to increase self confidence, motivation and develop a firm foundation on which to build success.

Our strategic priorities through 2025 are:
1) Pursue program growth with community impact strategies, collaborative partnerships, and diversity initiatives.
2) Double the number of people participating in our programs.
3) Position the organization for transformational growth.

We have one of the only free support programs for families of people with substance use disorders. All of our services are provided at no cost to participants, eliminating a critical barrier to recovery services.

An asset-based wellness approach connects our supports for recovery to our programs for prevention.

Team Herren Project, our unique fundraising community based around active, athletic events, has the potential to give us literal "feet on the ground" in nearly any US community.

Our evidence-inspired wellness club curriculum for teens meets an urgent need for social-emotional support at schools and youth-servicing organizations in the wake of the COVD pandemic.

We have a unique "recovery community" of Board, staff, associates, volunteers, program participants, and alumni linked by shared experiences and a commitment to helping others get well and stay well.

Most of our services are provided remotely, making their expansion relatively straightforward and inexpensive.

We excel in supporting recovery through the transition from in-patient care to independent living, typically from day 30 to day 90 of recovery.

We have been able to help so many, yet we are still facing one of the largest public health crises the nation has ever seen. We are exploring new and innovative ideas to scale our services and help more individuals and families find wellness and sustained recovery.

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE HERREN PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Connolly

Kenneth Coleman

Business Consultant

Erin Chase

Philanthropist

Robert Eagan

Interventionist

Rob Horowitz

Chiropractor

Ryan Connolly

Investment Mgr

Shikara Fernandes

John Seed

Lawyer

Kevin Gill

Business Owner

Kate Sharry

Business Owner

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.