Every Shelter Inc

Until Every Refugee creates home.

aka Every Shelter   |   Houston, TX   |  https://everyshelter.org/

Mission

Our mission is to build localized refugee-aid ecosystems centered around the needs, preferences, & aspirations of refugees.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Scott Key

Main address

4701 Dickson Street

Houston, TX 77007 USA

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EIN

83-2501756

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, over 100 million people are displaced. The World Bank predicts it will grow to over 240 million displaced and in need of shelter by 2051. At the same time duration of displacement is growing. Refugees will be displaced for over two decades.

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?

Emergency Floor

Clean, dry flooring for refugees and displaced people.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

We repurpose the single-use plastic waste stream of billboard vinyl into more durable tarps for refugee and disaster relief, providing home protection with at least 6x the durability of the market alternative.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Certified Transparent 2022

Excellence in Giving

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
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Our mission is to build localized refugee-aid ecosystems centered around the needs, preferences, & aspirations of refugees.

1. Investing in our Ugandan Operations
2. Investing in Quality Human Resources
3. Achieving Financial Sustainability
4. Developing Systemic Influence

We are uniquely positioned as one of only two organizations to successfully scale a refugee shelter product. In the last two years we have laid the groundwork for billboard material collection, freight transportation and distribution after securing partnerships with large billboard companies in the US and East Africa. This means that our input costs are extremely low as these massive billboard companies are incentivized to recycle used billboards by donating them in kind to Every Shelter and our entrepreneurs. We are bringing together two words: refugee aid / development, and corporates seeking to achieve corporate sustainability goals. As leaders in this space, we believe we are uniquely primed to deliver market results for our entrepreneurs.

Product #1 - Emergency Floor: The Emergency Floor system, our first product, was launched with funding from USAID-DIV’s program and since has provided floors to over 10,800 refugees in and around Syria - one of the most challenging refugee contexts globally.
Product #2 - BasheBora: BasheBora (Slang for “Better Tarp”) is our Refugee-preferred tarp product made out of upcycled used billboard–a product that lasts far longer than the current standard humanitarian tarp. This product is what we will be making first in Uganda, and employing refugees to make to sell to other refugees.
Product #3 - US & Caribbean Tarps: Secured partnerships with billboard companies including Outfront, Clear Channel, and Lamar and with UberFreight and Emeruade Green to collect, transport, and repurpose to supply over 5700 households with emergency roof repair after natural disasters in the Third Coast region of the United states in 2020-2021. Worked with the same partnerships to provide repurposed billboard shelters to 550 households in Haiti after Hurricane Laura in August-September 2022.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Refugees in global refugee camps. Primarily in Bidi Bidi and the Nakiavale refugee camps in Uganda.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed the Emergency Floor design to be thermally insulated when we realized that most people didn't have a way to protect from the cold coming from the ground.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our entire approach is to put refugees in driver's seat.

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

    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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, 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,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Every Shelter Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Key

Amy Moen

Judy Nyquist

Joe Meppelink

Shane Allbritton

Admir Masic

Carly Seidewand Eppley

Sam Brisendine

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2022

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