TEMPE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY INC

Alleviating hunger, poverty, and homelessness

aka TCAA   |   Tempe, AZ   |  http://www.tempeaction.org

Mission

The mission of Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) is to foster dignity and self-reliance for the economically vulnerable in the communities we serve. This work is accomplished through five primary focus areas: Hunger Relief, Homeless Prevention and Intervention, Senior Independence, Healthy Families, and Economic Advancement programs.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Ms Deborah Arteaga

Main address

2146 East Apache Blvd Tempe, AZ 85281

Tempe, AZ 85281 USA

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EIN

86-0254820

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tempe Community Action Agency was formed in 1966 to address the causes and effects of poverty. Today, we remain true to this charge and focus our resources in meeting the crisis needs of the individuals who seek our services, while preparing them to prevent a repeat crisis through improved economic security and self-reliance.

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 Action Program

The Tempe Community Action Program serves as a first line of defense for Tempe residents (individuals and families) in crisis. It provides limited, financial assistance to prevent homelessness and/or utility service shut off for those in immediate or impending crisis. Referrals to the program are based on financial eligibility and appointments are scheduled based on the availability of assistance funds. CAP case managers screen for eligibility and also link individuals and families in crisis with alternate community resources when appropriate.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

TCAA operates nutrition programs for seniors in Tempe and South Scottsdale, AZ. TCAA offers nutritious catered meals served at neighborhood senior centers and distributed to seniors through the Home-Delivered Meal program. TCAA also operates the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program which provides in-home care and case management services for vulnerable seniors in Tempe.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

The Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) serves as Tempe's sole emergency shelter program for men and women experiencing homelessness in Tempe. The program works through a network of multiple faith based organizations that open their facilities at night to provide safe overnight sleeping space. Volunteer groups provide evening meals. TCAA assists I-HELP clients with overcoming homelessness through the provision of case management, income supports, financial coaching, employment assistance, enrollment into public benefits programs, mobile laundry and shower services, and housing placement assistance. More than 600 men and women are served by the program each year.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The Health Start program assists low income, expectant minority families to prepare for and support a healthy delivery and upbringing for their new child. The program is designed to prevent low birth weights in babies and address barriers to providing a safe and healthy home environment for the baby. Pre- and post-natal support and home-based case management is offered for up to two years following birth. Participating families attend educational workshops and work individually with their Health Outreach Worker to overcome issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, food insecurity, and other effects of poverty. An average of 300 families are enrolled each year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Ethnic and racial groups

TCAA assists low-income households with improving their financial stability through a range of services designed to improve money management skills, employment opportunities, asset development, and readiness for homeownership. The program helps participants to create a plan for improved economic independence, and offers financial coaching, credit counseling, employment coaching, job placement and retention assistance, income supports such as access to food boxes or public benefits, microenterprise training, and homebuyer education. The program assists up to 100 low income families at a time, and prioritizes single parent households with children for enrollment.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

TCAA operates Tempe's largest Food Pantry and two community gardens in an effort to improve the food security of individuals and families in need. Food boxes containing a variety of food items, including fresh produce and other perishables, are available up to twice monthly per Tempe household in need. Additional food boxes are delivered by TCAA each month to Tempe schools for distribution to students and families in need. The Escalante and Clark Park Community Gardens are maintained by a TCAA gardener and neighborhood councils and volunteers and provide residents with other sources for obtaining locally grown produce. The Hunger Relief programs serve in excess of 14,000 seniors, adults, and children in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 clients served

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Multiracial people, LGBTQ people, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The volume of children, adults and seniors served in TCAA's Food Pantry, Community Action Program, Family Health Program, Senior Centers, Senior Meal Programs and In-Home Care, and Homeless Shelter.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes an unduplicated count of volunteers participating in any of TCAA's core programs.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

TCAA's organizational goals address the five "pillars" of nonprofit excellence: strengthening our systems, financial resources, governance, management, and programs. Our strategic goals include the following:
(1) Increase TCAA's capacity to achieve measurable results that demonstrate our impact on the populations we serve;
(2) Improve the self-sufficiency of low-income individuals;
(3) Nurture citizen involvement in alleviating poverty, hunger, and homelessness; and
(4) Increase TCAA's visibility and recognition to further our mission.

TCAA's primary organizational strategies include the following:
(1) Improve the ability of seniors and individuals with disabilities to live independently;
(2) Address the immediate need for hunger relief among the food insecure;
(3) Reduce the likelihood of homelessness among households in crisis;
(4) Improve the likelihood of healthy upbringings among newborns in low-income, minority households; and
(5) Increase the financial status of low-income adults.

TCAA's capabilities to meet our primary goals and strategic objectives are dependent on maintaining the financial, management, staffing, facility, and levels of community engagement necessary to serve the need in our community.

To that end, TCAA maintains a $4.4 million budget, an increase of 91% since 2013. This increase was due to implementing more effective fundraising and donor stewardship strategies, which allowed TCAA to expand our services and increase our reach throughout populations in need. TCAA maintains a small but mighty team of 43 employees. This team is heavily supported by extensive volunteer involvement, with an ongoing volunteer corps of more than 1,700 who donate in excess of 30,000 hours per year.

More than one-quarter of our operating budget consists of $1 million + in "in-kind" contributions, comprised of donated goods, facility space, vehicles, and food used in our programs. For example, TCAA operates programs from four locations in Tempe and Scottsdale; our office space is donated to TCAA by the City of Tempe, City of Scottsdale, and a local business. Vehicles used to transport seniors and adults with disabilities are loaned to TCAA by the Area Agency on Aging. In excess of 800,000 pounds of food distributed by our Food Pantry program derives from community donations. This extraordinary level of in-kind contributions helps to keep our operating costs as low as possible and provides another way for citizens and businesses to participate in our mission.

During FY2020, TCAA programs accomplished the following results:
(1) TCAA served a total of 28,000 seniors, adults, and children--this is equivalent to one in seven Tempe residents
(2) 4,156 people were sheltered due to homelessness or kept in their homes and prevented from becoming homeless during a financial crisis
(3) 900,000 meals were provided to people in need; 19,000 people were fed
(4) 264 homeless adults participated in shelter and case management services, and 29% entered into permanent housing
(5) 321 low-income households received pre- and post-natal support and 97% of babies were born within healthy birth weights
(6) 931 seniors and adults with disabilities received nutritious meals in an effort to improve their independence and ability to age in place
(7) 161 adults received financial coaching and employment assistance; 61 gained a new or better job

Financials

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Operations

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TEMPE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY INC

Board of directors
as of 5/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Electa Thompson

Edward Jones

Term: 2020 - 2021

Aaron Myers

Wells Fargo

Tom Avery

Retired

Jill Buschbacher

City of Tempe

Jason Franz

Arizona State University

Doug Gaylor

Crexendo

Chris Gonzalez

Missio Dei Communities

Margaret Hunnicutt

Landings Credit Union

Shereen Lerner

Mesa Community College

John Skelton

Senior Helpers Tempe

Manjula Vaz

Gammage & Burnham

Amy Wilson

Origami Owl

Chad Akin

State Farm

Jenifer Midgett

Tempe St. Lukes

Nick Bastian

Realty Executives

Bob Kawa

Kawa and Associates

Julie Kent

Downtown Tempe Authority

Barbara Lloyd

AZ State University

Lou Silverman

Lou Silverman Law Offices

Jennifer Johnson

First Things First

Raveen Arora

The Dhaba Restaurant

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/10/2021

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/22/2020

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 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.