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GROW FOUNDATION INC

Girls Recognizing Our Worth...one voice at a time.

Chesapeake, VA   |  www.growfoundationva.org

Mission

G.R.O.W. Foundation (Girls Recognizing Our Worth) ® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Chesapeake, Virginia. Our mission is to connect individuals and families affected by domestic violence with the resources needed to lead a safe and productive life free from abuse. These resources are, but not limited to emergency shelter, food/clothing, crisis intervention services, and survivor support groups. Recognizing that domestic violence affects us all, we are dedicated to helping survivors from all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, religion, or economic background. In appreciation of our fellow community partners, G.R.O.W. also works to support local organizations in their efforts to eradicate domestic violence.

Notes from the nonprofit

G.R.O.W. (Girls Recognizing Our Worth) is an organization that is "small in size, big in heart". We pride ourselves on being a grassroots organization with boots to the ground in the fight against domestic violence. Your support will aid us in our mission and will propel us in our vision as advocates for change. We appreciate you and we thank you. Sincerely, Team G.R.O.W.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO

Neisha Himes

Main address

1545 Crossways Boulevard Suite 250

Chesapeake, VA 23320 USA

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EIN

81-3686115

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Women's Rights (R24)

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

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence is a public safety issue impacting thousands of families each day. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been the victim of DV/IPV; a plague that does not care about your age, race, gender, educational, religious or economical background. This problem will continue without adequate, consistent, and compassionate intervention.

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?

Community Education & Outreach

We pride ourselves on our commitment to advocacy through education, collaboration, and the empowerment of our community and beyond! We, at G.R.O.W. Foundation, believe that no voice is too small and that we all can make a difference in the fight against domestic violence.
G.R.O. W’s Signature Outreach & Awareness Events
• Bridge The Gap
• Summer Daze Ice Cream Giveaway
• Square Up: Surviving the Ring & Yourself
Want to know more about domestic violence, but not sure where to turn? Thinking about becoming an ambassador for awareness, but not sure how to start? Contact us today for more information on our “GROW-n-Go” domestic violence education workshops!
• When Home Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence 101
• #RelationshipGoals: Teen Dating Violence
• If It Costs You Your Peace: Financial Abuse
• The Art of Understanding Trauma

G.R.O.W. CARES (Community and Resource Engagement Support)
• Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
• Agency Collaborations

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

G.R.O.W. Foundation will assist with providing emergency hotel lodging at an unidentified location for up to 72 hours for survivors (and their children, if applicable) who are escaping abuse. This resource is aimed to promote safety and prevent homelessness in the event area domestic violence prevention agencies are unable to place the survivor and their family in shelter at the time of crisis. G.R.O.W. Foundation will then work with community partners to secure temporary shelter for the survivor or family in need.

Additionally, each client is paired with a volunteer Advocate who will provide confidential, individualized, and trauma-informed care to the survivor by way of providing emotional support, short-term case management, domestic violence education, resources, and service referrals. We also work to assist survivors in crisis who may be experiencing food, clothing, and hygiene insecurities.



*The above is provided based on funding and resource availability*

Population(s) Served

‘GROWing Fighters’ is a private support group for domestic violence survivors ages 18+ and is open to survivors of any gender, gender identity, sexual preference, nationality, race, religious belief, or background. Offering a trauma informed and strength-based environment, ‘GROWing Fighters’ meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month and is jointly facilitated by G.R.O.W. Foundation’s founder, Neisha Himes, along with a LPC resident who specializes in trauma counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. Each meeting includes one hour of group counseling, followed by 45-minutes of an invigorating group boxing and fitness workout facilitated by MatchBout Athletic Development Center.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people

Where we work

Awards

Voices In Action-Survivor Activist Award 2019

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Counseling Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our monthly domestic violence survivor support group, 'GROWing Fighters', aims to sustain a membership of 10 survivors (max) per month. Currently, we average 5-7 active members.

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.

G.R.O.W. Foundation aims to diminish domestic violence in the Hampton Roads, Virginia community through advocacy, education, outreach, and collaboration.

- Providing crisis intervention and support to individuals and families directly impacted by domestic violence through homelessness prevention, emergency transportation, survivor sustainability
- Assisting survivors after crisis through the implementation of our new support group focusing on cognitive behavioral trauma therapy
- Promoting awareness through outreach programs and special events, along with the facilitation of educational workshops and training
- Collaborating with community partners and service providers through our G.R.O.W. CARES (Community and Resource Engagement Support) initiative

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 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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    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 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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GROW FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 07/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lynette Wiley

G.R.O.W. Foundation (Girls Recognizing Our Worth)

Term: 2020 - 2024

Neisha Himes

G.R.O.W. Foundation (Girls Recognizing Our Worth)

Shelly Nipper

G.R.O.W. Foundation (Girls Recognizing Our Worth)

Cheri Hewlett

G.R.O.W. Foundation (Girls Recognizing Our Worth)

Rebecca Laberge

G.R.O.W. Foundation (Girls Recognizing Our Worth)

Cheryl Chavers

G.R.O.W. Foundation (Girls Recognizing Our Worth)

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? No
  • 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 4/19/2023

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2023

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 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.