Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Babies of Homelessness

Mission

Babies of Homelessness is a crisis response team. We deliver basic necessities to families. Our goal is to remove the stigma homelessness carries by shedding light on the hardest-to-reach and least visible segment of the homeless population. Speed is critical to our mission. Our volunteer network operates a 24/7 phone line to assess needs and then deliver supplies within 48 hours. The children's needs are always our top priority.

Ruling Year

2017

Founder

Star Lalario

Executive Director

Brittan Stockert

Main Address

PO Box 147

Bothell, WA 98041 USA

Keywords

Homeless, Babies & Children, Community Outreach

EIN

81-4902417

 Number

0879324904

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Why Basic Needs? For children experiencing homelessness, having the basics can change everything. We live in Seattle, home to some of the worlds richest and the poorest; a place where the demographics of people experiencing homelessness is the third-largest in the United States. As rents spike and access to affordable housing becomes increasingly difficult, so does the number of families living in their cars, tent cities, encampments, and shelters. This trend of inequity that is hitting hard places like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York is affecting our community too. To make matters worse: 2683 families with children are homeless and without basic needs in King and Snohomish counties. Families in survival mode end up deciding between buying diapers, paying for food, motel stays or transportation to get to their jobs. With limited resources, parents may need to stretch the

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Outreach

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Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Number of children served

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Increasing

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Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Increasing

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No target populations selected

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Input - describing resources we use

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Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We keep it simple. The resources and supports that make life easier for so many of us are not always readily available for families experiencing homelessness. That’s why we believe in the importance of being a direct service provider meaning we have a personal relationship with each and every one of the families we serve and we take their needs seriously. Our emergency response team of volunteers will meet a family wherever they are at and deliver basic necessities in less than 48 hours. If a mother needs enough diapers to keep her baby warm and dry for more than a few days, we will get it to her no questions asked. No waitlist. No bureaucracy. No red tape. We try to help families with the basics, resources, and knowledge to feel empowered to take the next steps. Access to basic needs is a simple solution and it can change everything. When parents have their basic needs met, they are more likely to realize their potential, develop a sense of self-worth and support and nurture their children emotionally, economically, and socially. Having your basic needs met means hygiene, food, housing, employment, income, education, and health.

1) 1 paid staff - Executive Director to run the backend admin & operations 2) A hardworking Volunteer Coordinator who executes a solid volunteer recruitment & retention program 3) A very large volunteer team spanning two counties in Washington allowing us to leverage their skill sets and strengths to sustain our mission 4) Strong network of community partnerships who refer families to us to do our mission 5) Powerful marketing strategy with compelling storytelling and honest testimonials / visuals of the families we serve 6) A very philanthropic and social justice based Seattle community

Volunteers are essential to the work we do and the goals we want to achieve in our community. By recruiting and retaining a broad team of volunteers throughout Washington (via monthly in-person and virtual volunteer meetings), we're able to sustain our mission. We rarely lack for manpower and bandwidth as other nonprofits do in this space since volunteers are central to our mission.

#Partners #Counties # Children ages 0 - 8 served with basic needs #Outreach Projects Funded #Hosted / Spoken / Invited to #Donations and Raised nearly $(x)k for family support & outreach projects # of Committed and Core Volunteer Team Members #Volunteer hours Other metrics: Financials Executive Director Evaluations Board Evaluations Annual Impact Reports Monthly Board Meetings Monthly Team Meetings CRM / Case Management System to track important client data & statistics Professional Website Professional & high-quality marketing materials High volume of our families in secured housing & moving ahead to reintegrate into society.

Impact Partners 30 Counties 2 Children ages 0 - 8 served with basic needs 2000 2016 - 500 2017 - 1000 2018 - 2500 Outreach Projects Funded 8 Hosted / Spoken / Invited to 50 Events 1500 Donations and Raised nearly $70k for family support & outreach projects Invested in working capital and operating expenses $25,000 # of Committed and Core Volunteer Team Members 20 Volunteer hours 3,000 Charity of the Month nomination by Seahawks & Bonneville

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: sms text surveys, electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, the people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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