Gifts of Hope Unlimited Inc.

Empowering individuals towards a future free of abuse.

Sudbury, MA   |  www.giftsofhopeunlimited.org

Mission

The mission of Gifts of Hope Unlimited (GOHU) is to raise resources for those impacted by relationship violence. GOHU provides timely financial assistance and basic home resources to individuals and their families who aspire to obtain independence and self-empowerment, while striving to rebuild for their future.

Notes from the nonprofit

GOHU is working on updating its strategic plan. GOHU has been granted funds by Sudbury Foundation to hire an external resource to help develop and update its strategic plan.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Mrs. Marilyn Ellsworth

Main address

40 Tall Pine Drive #11

Sudbury, MA 01776 USA

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EIN

81-3625517

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future. During these unprecedent times, many survivors of relationship violence are facing financial hardships due to loss of jobs, eviction, not able to pay utility bills. So GOHU attempts to provide them with support in terms of financial and every day essentials. This has posed financial challenges that we are working towards finding sustainable solutions through collection drives, friends and community financial support.

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?

Financial Access Program

Survivors impacted by relationship violence struggle to maintain a level of normalcy for themselves and their dependents especially as the financial means to survive in a single-provider household are enhanced. This program provided the necessary monetary funds to help the victims fund for daily lifestyle needs (i.e. buying diapers, vitamins, special foods, counselling for themselves or their family) or for additional expenses incurred because of the situation (i.e. legal fees).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Survivors impacted by relationship violence feel as though they have been left stranded on an island of their own. Many institutions offer contacts that can help the survivor meet daily needs. Unfortunately, this results in the survivors spending time to call multiple helplines for each of their needs. This program allows GOHU to work with the local social worker to identify needs that can be fulfilled (i.e. requiring beds, small appliances etc.) so that the survivors have one less thing to worry about and therefore just a little bit more time to focus on rebuilding their lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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Gift of Hope Unlimited aims to provide financial and product assistance for domestic violence survivors in the Metrowest Boston area by providing access to home goods and financial needs. With the growing rate of victims becoming homeless or restarting their lives but limited funds, GOHU provides a much-needed resource in communities that can help survivors of relationship violence reestablish a new normalcy with the hopes that the families have an easier path to feeling safer and empowered.

In order to accomplish the goals, GOHU has developed Financial Access Programs and Product Access Programs. The Financial Access Program helps fulfill monetary funds to fund small daily needs or for expenses incurred from the situation of being in relationship violence. The Product Access Program provides household goods and other needs such as clothing that support survivors by making it easier for them to restart their lives.  In addition GOHU now has a storage facility located in Acton, MA.  This facility is rent free, due to the generosity of the land lord, Mr. Warner Gossels of Lane Realty Trust.  Freeing up much needed money to provide assistance to survivors needing emergency money to pay outstanding or unexpected bills such as vehicle repairs.  In 2019 GOHU has two major fundraisers planned in spring and fall to help increase our outreach into contingent MetroWest towns. A retreat to strategize efficiency and growth is planned in the fall of 2019.

The volunteers at GOHU continue to plan and execute fundraising programs to solicit monetary funds and household good that can help bring in the necessary donations to help survivors of relationship violence. The organization continues to make connections with local town social workers and community organizations (such as local faith-based organizations, Voices Against Violence The Second Step, etc.) to help ensure that survivor needs are identified and supported as quickly as possible.  GOHU is currently in the process of recruiting more volunteers to run its receiving and distribution center located in Acton MA.

We are making progress towards our goals but there is quite a bit to accomplish still given the increasing needs in society. We have been able to secure healthy monetary donations, enough donations of household goods, are increasing our volunteer base and have increased and/or deepened relationships with other organizations in the community. We need to become more systematic about our operations (for efficient solicitation and use of donated resources and volunteers), and can deepen relationships with organization and social workers in many other cities in the Metrowest Boston area. Your help in our efforts to continue to develop the organization would be highly supportive.  We need to have an Inventory management and tracking system for better records of the number of individuals and families impacted by our product and financial assistance program.  We need to hire part time warehouse help to keep our storage facility open at least once a week to better manage the receipt and distribution of household goods.  We have learnt that with our limited capacity both in terms of space and human resources we need to strategize our product donations.  We are developing a system of most frequently requested household goods for a family of 4.  The nature of domestic violence is such that client confidentiality plays a big role in how we distribute products.  We are registered with the state department to conduct CORI checks before signing on new volunteers to assure safety.  We continue to strategize how to distribute large pieces of furniture with minimum cost, so we are working to create relationships with local moving companies.  We have great confidence in our Advisory Board to steer us in the right direction in order to avoid pitfalls and accomplish all goals we have set for ourselves for 2019.

Financials

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Gifts of Hope Unlimited Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Marilyn Ellsworth

None

Term: 2016 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mrs. Karen Cohen

N/A

Term: 2016 - 2018

Marilyn Ellsworth

President

Karen Cohen

Vice President

Roberta Glass

Secretary

Nalini Goyal

Assistant Secretary

Sujatha Agireddy

Director of Development

Colleen Keelan

Co-Chair Fundraising

Arvind Goyal

Treasurer

Siddhartha Goyal

Director

Karin Gaffney

Director

Debby Toto

Co-Chair Fundraising

Bonnie Powell-Kuta

Assistant Director Development

Martha Kilcoyne

Webmaster

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 12/13/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability