M.I. Mother's Keeper

"M.I. is Me" #mentalhealthmatters!

Washington, DC   |  www.mimotherskeeper.com

Mission

To provide the Mental Intelligent Community with the necessary resources to ensure that persons living with and exposed to diminished mental health & challenges receive the proper help and support to improve their quality of life.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Rhonda Hamilton

Main address

P.O. Box 54719

Washington, DC 20032 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

81-3538822

NTEE code info

(Alliance/Advocacy Organizations) (F01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The nation's capital boasts robust resources and a growing demographically diverse population. It is also currently grappling with displacement and disparities. The health disparities are especially dire; life expectancy can vary by 21 years depending on where you live in the District. In its recent June 2020 article and in repeat of their 2013, 2016, & 2019 assessments, D.C.’s Health Matters Collaborative again "cited" the city’s limited availability at providing comprehensive mental health resources to its most vulnerable citizens. M.I. has established a relevant base of professional supports to assure that an immediate “call to action” can be implemented to further help offset the scores of folk that are living with depression, suicidal behaviors, anxiety, as well as plagued with social determinants and increased violence. The amount of people in need of mental health services has surged during the pandemic, and it has been challenging for people to get the help that they need.

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?

M.I. Mother's Keeper Support Group Series

“M.I.'s mental health advocacy and outreach programming has been standing in the trenches, raising awareness, providing consistent support, linking individuals and families in the District to much needed mental health resources and supportive services daily. M.I. Mother’s Keeper is leading the charge in the Nation’s Capital to “#SAVEDC”! Our marginalized families and youths are stuck in cycles of despair, and poverty rife with toxic stress, PTSD, and systemic stigma.

Our systems of support aim to serve all. There isn’t any judgment. We’ve replaced the word “illness” with “intelligence” because we feel it’s time to change the climate of how we view mental health and the individuals and families that are surviving daily with diagnosed mental illnesses & undiagnosed mental exposures & challenges.

Program sponsored individuals & families are provided full-time mental health advocacy services, case management, & program supports at no additional costs during the program individual's initial twelve (12) month interval or timeframe.

Our advocacy program identifies the onset of personal limitations as well as the presence of systemic divides that the individual is faced with to help facilitate a personal life plan and intervention for the purposes of improving their quality of life. M.I.’s work is designed to break the cycles of distrust and despair in order that we can “stop the hurt” by acknowledging the individual’s pain and through imparting systems of positive awareness and behavior intervention while also assessing a defined need for resources and linkage to mental health services.

We offer support groups for individuals of all ages on the community level. We also provide academic outreach programs for the youth to include anti-violence public service announcement campaigns, reading, internship, & occupational mentorship programs. Our adult programming includes career workshops, housing, healthy living & mental wellness curriculums.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Family relationships
Social and economic status
Health

Click link below for a detailed list and description of our programming.

https://www.mimotherskeeper.com/support-groups-community-programs/

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

Click the link below for details and a list of our programs.

https://www.mimotherskeeper.com/support-groups-community-programs/

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Social and economic status
Health
Family relationships
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

The National Institute of Mental Health has estimated that 1 in 5 adults suffer from diagnosable mental health disorders in any given year. The Mental Health Association of America estimates that 56% of American adults with mental illness do not receive treatment. Dr. Thomas Insel former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, has remarked that, "comprehensive mental health care is becoming a "luxury" for those who can afford it, or live in a state where the resources are plentiful".

M.I. Mother's Keeper's goals are to successfully integrate mental health resources, sustainable housing solutions, case management, & programming outreach on the community level in designated areas of the Nation's Capital as a means of "rescuing" the many citizens who are wrestling with everyday challenges and recoveries as well as to aide the District's current Behavioral Health systems which are not proving adequate for the insurmountable presence of District citizens living in crisis mode daily. Unstable periods of mental health appear to be one of the catalyst that threatens the very fabric with which we are raising our families, whether it has been diagnosed or not, or even, just temporary in nature. Now more than ever, mental health awareness and advocacy is needed, not to mention, more screenings, treatments, funding, research and programs.

M.I. advocates work with individuals & families to help successfully and permanently implement community level supports to include mental health "policing" protocols, and awareness forums to aid in keeping low income communities safe & mentally aware. M.I. also intends to implement & establish an effective network of advocates with an intentional plan of providing proper aid to community members during instances of crisis, trauma, and violence. The District has acknowledged the existence of on-going gun violent crimes and "out of control" demonstrated youth behaviors as that of being a "state of emergency".

The District's overdosing, unaccountable youth, and self-medicating citizens need alternative solutions involving "mental wellness" to help combat their daily cycles of despair. M.I. Mother's Keeper intends to help bridge the gap for the many disenfranchised citizens that are residing in the District's poorest neighborhoods during a pandemic without access to comprehensive mental health care.

M.I. Mother's Keeper™ is dedicated to providing secure environments, in which members of our mental intelligence community can come and share their experiences with individuals who have similar relatable experiences. As individuals continue their journey of healing or while they consider the alternatives, we will be there with them to help them to navigate a healthy outcome.

Our systems of support aim to serve all. There isn't any judgment. We've replaced the word “illness" with “intelligence"; because we feel it's time to change the climate of how we view mental health and the individuals and families that are surviving daily.

Our strategies include demonstrating empathy, caring, & concern to bolster the individual and aid in building self-esteem. M.I. Mother's Keeper also offers Wellness, Healthy Living, & Career seminars to aid in promoting social and recreational skills which help to create community and it also helps them with acquiring a sense of belonging.

M.I. Mother's Keeper facilitates opportunities for free socialization, empowerment, education and recovery. We offer confidential, "suggestion" boxes for voluntary community input and requests, to assure that the organization's focus remains representative of the people to whom it serves. Lastly, M.I. Mother's Keeper is committed to partnering with core service agencies, and other community based organizations to assure that individuals have access to clinician based, in-care facility, or crisis based care, among other resources, when needed.

The onset of Covid-19 has altered our contracted in-person, program approach and capabilities of on-site in-take services, to that of virtual & limited physical contact styled meetings, on-line registration & in-take, as well as remote resource linkage and referrals. The peer to peer support group settings and mental health awareness outreach campaigns have all predominantly been moved to virtual and social media platforms with recognition of C.D.C.'s Covid-19 guidelines adhered to for any “emergency” in-person interventions, crisis, or domestic disturbance circumstances.

Covid-19 guidelines & protocols have warranted that we increase our virtual setting and deliverance of services and outreach to also include an effective limited as well as protected “in-person” curriculum when applicable. M.I. advocates are working immensely hard to maintain the integrity and satisfactory means of our program's holistic care model. The resiliency & stability of the individuals that we assist have tremendously depended on our ability to provide consistent, public safety & mental health “check-ups”, to include depression and suicide “check-ins”, delivery of wellness literature, food, hygiene, & survival kits (PPE), in-home follow-ups, and daily monitoring of familial behaviors, especially in households where children are present. Our strategy is simple, during the pandemic as always, be visible, be kind, & be ready.

M.I. Mother's Keeper's Executive Director, knows first-hand about the effects of living with the “stigma" of mental illness while residing in a low income housing district, or otherwise, in the nation's capital. Her mom was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when she was 10 years old, which was more than 35 years ago. The lack of having a comfortable environment within the neighborhood, or someone that represented a familiarity with the issues that she and her family were facing as a family of mental health, proved to be challenging for many years.

It is through “Education & Empowerment", that she learned of her own self-worth as a youth, while she watched her mom struggle with being institutionalized and getting well. As a former broker of Real Estate, and currently an Insurance Consultant, M.I.'s Executive Director knows the importance of re-investing in the community. She believes that many of tomorrow's leaders are residing in families with mental illness circumstances, and that their successful perseverance depends on organizations like M.I. Mother's Keeper, to help aid in their struggles.

M.I. Mother's Keeper™ has a network of professionals and peer to peer volunteers all geared up and ready to support the community, governed by its Executive Director's personal and professional standards of commitment. M.I. Mother's Keeper is an organization that identifies with the community that it is serving, and therefor we are capable of building the necessary bridges of trust and care needed to encourage and aid in the community's healing and recovery processes. Additionally, we rely heavily on our community partnerships with member mental health organizations to assure that all levels of care are afforded to those individuals that are in need.

M.I. Mother's Keeper has been instrumental at raising mental health awareness and helping to combat the stigmas that are associated with having a mental illness.

Through advocating and speaking publicly, mental health individuals that are living in the community have continually reached out to our organization for ongoing support or to request assistance with a volatile or otherwise antagonistic circumstance involving a neighbor, family member, or other community member.

M.I. Mother's Keeper is disheartened by the many instances of community members being bullied or being labeled with demeaning and awful suggestions as a means to make them feel inferior, or to highlight their differences. One such occurrence reportedly went on for more than five (5) years, with an individual who has case management services, and the agency providing services, awareness. The situation had left the mental health citizen feeling anxious primarily because without proof the illusion was that nothing could be done.

Upon being contacted by this particular citizen, M.I. Mother's Keeper representatives began to do outreach in this neighborhood which included knocking on doors & introducing our agency's mission & work on behalf of helping mental health members with their community engagements. Our outreach efforts led to the actual neighbor that was bullying the citizen, who needless to say was very blunt in his disdain for his neighbor, although no validating reason was given. M.I. suspects that because the citizen lived alone & had noticeable cognitive challenges, this individual was a target for what the neighbor and his guests, believed was simply "just having fun", for five (5) years. M.I. informed the neighbor that we were specifically called upon due to his bullying tactics which we informed him had to cease immediately. In addition to offering the neighbor some "on the spot" education about stigma induced cruelties, along with soliciting an apology and notifying the neighbor that not only would the local police be keeping an eye on things, but M.I. representatives will be stopping by to talk with him regularly regarding his personal living to offer the same assistance at helping to secure a better quality of living for him, just as we continue to offer for his neighbor. M.I. Mother's Keeper believes that all citizens deserve to live their best life.

Members of our mental health community in many instances are having to trade their dignity for their right to have better care and a better quality of living. M.I. Mother's Keeper is building a network of mentally aware communities, one circumstance at a time. We remain excited to continue helping to foster compassionate, educated, responsible, mentally intelligent individuals. Our vigilance at helping to save lives is rooted in our ability to connect all aspects of behavioral health to help empower our citizens and families who deserve to be recognized as valuable members of the community, always.

Financials

M.I. Mother's Keeper
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

M.I. Mother's Keeper

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rhonda Hamilton

M.I. Mother's Keeper

Term: 2017 - 2027


Board co-chair

Cynthia Robinson

Prince Georges Public School System

Term: 2020 - 2023

Cheromia Hightower

D.C. Housing Administration

Monique Smith

D.C. Fire & EMT

Yvette Gayles

City of Alexandria

Carlenia Springer

Sacred Spaces Movement

Arnetta Rogers

My BMF Solutions

Delvon Forbes

The OPIUM Band & Everfresh Juice Company

Linda Beach

Honorary Board Member/Maryland Mental Health Citizen

Christopher Gassaway

Honorary Board Member/ D.C. Mental Health Citizen

Alethia Grooms

Bowie State University

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 03/22/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, 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