Mustard Seed Project

Hand up, not hand out

aka MSP   |   LA JOLLA, CA   |  https://www.mustardproject.org/

Mission

Mustard Seed Project's mission - guided by a hand-up, not hand-out philosophy - is to connect unsheltered and low-income individuals to services and programs through grassroots organization, relationship-based outreach, and volunteer case management. Composed mainly of passionate student volunteers, MSP is dedicated to developing young local leaders by providing them with the training, professionalism, and socioeconomic competence to better serve their homeless communities

Ruling year info

2019

Project Developer

Mr Martin Kristian Arceo

Main address

8861 VILLA LA JOLLA DRIVE #13352

LA JOLLA, CA 92037 USA

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EIN

81-5436762

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is an estimated half a million plus homeless individuals int he US, with around 10,000 in the surround Sand Diego and Riverside counties. Too often, individuals in homeless situations are overlooked due to societal misconceptions such as: 1) Homelessness is a choice 2) Homeless people are lazy 3) People experiencing homeless are addicts 4) People in homeless situations can simply find a job While some of these misconceptions may be true in certain cases, for most, homelessness is a state of forced upon people by events outside of their control. We all have the duty to fight for the better living conditions of our veterans, children, families homeless neighbors.

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?

Relationship-based Outreach

Streamline potential clients to our case management program
· Weekly outreaches: Our volunteers go to densely populated areas of un-sheltered individuals and pass out food, water, and clothes donated from drives.
· Homeless Service Navigation: Our volunteers are trained to navigate local homeless resources and communicate the location, eligibility, and benefits of the resource to individuals facing homelessness. As an example, if someone needs access to a shower, our volunteers are trained to direct individuals to available community resources that have shower services.
· Access to Basic Needs: Our volunteers utilize donations both from generous individuals and community businesses to provide homeless individuals with access to hygienic products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, razors, etc.)
· Partnerships with local nonprofit: Our volunteers work with other nonprofits, such as God’s Extended Hand and Church of the Nazarene, to make and provide cooked food for homeless individuals.

Population(s) Served

Goal: connect homeless individuals to resources and assist clients to achieve their goals.
·Homeless Service Navigation: Volunteer Service Navigators work with individuals one-on-one to connect clients to services and programs that best fit the individual’s goals and needs, including legal, job training, healthcare, and housing services.
·Person Centered Case Management: Help clients achieve their goals in building a resume, finding employment, applying for government benefits, or finding housing properties and resources. Work with clients to develop action plans that are specific, time-oriented, measurable, realistic, and achievable.
·Community Relief Funds: Qualifying individuals and families are eligible for emergency funding for rental assistance, bus vouchers, and basic needs from our budget. With this fund, we hope to give individuals a little reprieve from day-to-day survival, in which they are able to focus and work with our service navigators to make a sustainable plan to prevent future episodes of homelessness or near homelessness. All of the money that we raise will go directly into that mission.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 volunteer management professionals trained

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Service Navigation

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Navigators work with clients on building professional resumes, filling out applications (MediCal, General Relief, CalFresh, housing waitlists, etc.), and filing referrals to community resources.

Number of cases monitored

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Service Navigation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of clients in the program officially since June 2019, past and current.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Service Navigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of clients referred to legal, healthcare, shelter, basic needs, and employment resources in the community.

Number of US dollars spent on direct compensation

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Service Navigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amount of dollars from the Community Relief Fund spent to help clients in emergencies

Number of clients served

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Relationship-based Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals we meet and given care packages to weekly.

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.

Mustard Seed Project aims to break down the misconceptions surrounding homelessness and educate people about our homeless neighbors. In addition, we offer services that aim to solve the problem of homelessness at its roots, not simply just applying a band-aid to the problem. In doing this, we hope to help our homeless neighbors transition into a different stage in their lives and ultimately change their lives for the better.

On college campuses (UCSD, SDSU, UCR), we recruit and train dedicated, passionate individuals who will help us in our cause. Our student volunteers then actively spread information about the state their community's homelessness to their peers, as well as promote our goals and missions through fundraisers, social gatherings, and workshops.

On the streets, our student volunteers go out on weekly outreach trips to pass out basic necessities (food, water, hygiene products, etc.) to collect information such as testimonies to better understand the state of living of homeless individuals in our communities. In doing this, we create a continual presence in the community, establishing a trust with homeless individuals that allows us to help them through our case management program. In addition, our volunteers reach out to local businesses to ask for their support in our mission, increasing community participation.

One-on-one, our student volunteer case managers work with their clients to help them create time-oriented, measurable, and realistic plan to help them achieve their goals. These goals can range from building resumes, finding employment, apply for housing, or finding legal aids. In addition, qualifying clients are eligible for VCM Funds, which are money set aside for emergencies. This fund is designed to ease the stress of day-to-day survival, allowing our clients to better focus on changing their lives for the better.

Every academic year, we recruit more student volunteers from our three college campuses. Currently, we have a total of 200+ active volunteers helping us accomplish our mission, with more coming in as we establish economies of scale by creating a stronger and well-known presences in the communities that we serve.

So far, we have:

-Established three chapters at UCSD, SDSU, and UCR
-Recruited over 200 active volunteers
-Connected 20+ to Resources and Programs since the establishment of our Case Management Program in 2018
-Provided 200+ homeless individuals with basic necessities per week

In the future, we plan to:

-Open up a total of 5 chapters on different college campuses, as well as establish case management programs in all 5.
-Successfully manage 20 cases per year
-Recruit a total of 500 active volunteers

Financials

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Operations

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

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Mustard Seed Project

Board of directors
as of 11/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Martin Arceo

Mustard Seed Project

Term: 2015 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms Alysha Ali

Mustard Seed Project

Term: 2017 - 2022

Martin Arceo

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Alysha Ali

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Kamille Requejo

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Erikka Linn

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Hannah Rishik

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Antoinette Nguyen

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Quoc Nguyen

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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 10/28/2020,

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
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/05/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.