SISTER CARMEN COMMUNITY CENTER INC

Helping people in need and promoting self-suffciency for over 30 years.

Lafayette, CO   |  www.sistercarmen.org

Mission

We provide assistance to the residents of East Boulder County who are in need, without discrimination.

Ruling year info

1981

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Suzanne Crawford

Main address

655 Aspen Ridge Drive

Lafayette, CO 80026 USA

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EIN

84-0820308

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For over 40 years, as a non-religious agency, the Sister Carmen Community Center has provided emergency and basic needs assistance to residents of East Boulder County who are in need, without discrimination. As an official Family Resource Center we have also implemented a variety of programming and classes to help our participants reach their goals and become more self-reliant.

Our programs

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

Nutrition and Healthy Living

An important aspect of regaining stability is consistent access to nutritious food, necessary medical care and mental health counseling. SCCC provides these supportive services that can stop the downward spiral of a crisis situation so families are not faced with the decision about whether or not they can afford to buy food or pay rent.

We also offer families nutritional education opportunities and workshops on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.

Population(s) Served

Our Advocacy Program is committed to strengthening individual, family, and community relationships through guidance that is one-on-one, culturally competent and centered on the strengths and needs of the entire family.

Our Advocates provide one-on-one guidance, information, resources and support to assist participants in meeting their basic needs and addressing their long term goals towards self-sufficiency. Advocates connect individuals and families to comprehensive and coordinated services and help develop a focused self-directed plan that addresses their current needs so they may regain self-sufficiency.

Advocates encourage and provide resources to increase knowledge on financial planning and budgeting, parenting, job coaching and resume assistance, help to enroll in healthcare and/or public benefits. Advocates help prevent homelessness by evaluating participants on a case-by-case basis to determine if they qualify for direct financial assistance with their rent, mortgage or utility bill.

Our goal is to support healthy families and assist families in recovering from challenging experiences through access to coordinated resources, education, prevention, basic needs and holistic supportive services.

Population(s) Served

Our goal is to empower parents with the tools, skills and confidence they need to provide a healthy, safe and loving
environment for their children.

We strengthen families through parenting education courses that are evidence-based and proven to help reduce child abuse and neglect. Parents receive one-on-one support to get their children the medical care they need, as well as assistance with enrolling into the Childcare Assistance Program in order to remove childcare as a barrier to obtaining employment. Additionally, our advocates are trained to conduct on-site developmental screenings of children when necessary.

Quarterly, we offer family-centered events for our participants through a grant funded opportunity to give struggling families a fun night together that is not financially stressful.

Population(s) Served

The Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) of Colorado is a program created with families for families. The curriculum equips families with knowledge and skills to support their engagement with systems at the individual, community, and policy level. Once accepted, emerging family and community leaders participate in a 20-week training that integrates personal and child development, leadership skill development, civic literacy, and civic engagement. The learning experience utilizes a proven implementation model grounded in diversity, shared leadership, and respect for the unique assets of each community. FLTI is a family civics initiative modeled after the Connecticut Commission on Children’s PLTI curriculum and its community implementation practices. The curriculum features five components:

A community building retreat.
Phase One-10 sessions that focus on personal leadership development.
Phase Two-10 sessions that focus on the civic process and change.
A Day at the Capitol for on-site learning.
A personally developed civic project.

FLTI is a nonpartisan class that brings diverse family leaders together to explore their own leadership goals, community issues, and those vital leadership and civic skills that all leaders need to create positive change in communities. In addition, FLTI transforms communities as family leaders become more visible and engaged. Agencies and policy leaders begin to view families as assets and vital players the change process, and family leadership is embedded in systems as the “way of doing business.”
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Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to provide these timely and meaningful services:

-Life essentials such as food, clothing & utility assistance.

-Prevent homelessness by providing financial assistance with rent or mortgage payments and improve access to stable and sustainable housing.

-Support participants in advocating for themselves and their families to attain economic stability.

-Help participants build deeper community connections so that in a time of crisis they have more resources for support beyond SCCC.

-Access to a healthy lifestyle through exercise, education, healthcare, and mental health support.

-Education and events that strengthen families using evidence-based curriculum and activities.

As a Family Resource Center and a member of the Family Resource Center Association, we follow a service delivery model with a primary focus to strengthen families which emanates throughout our programming.

Through strength-based advocacy participants learn how to identify and leverage their own strengths and gain confidence with every victory. Through educational opportunities parents learn how to relate to their children and become more nurturing. Development of life skills such as budgeting, how to prepare a balanced meal for your children, and how to prepare for an interview, are just some of the services we provide to our participants. All of these activities harnessed together help families usher in empowerment and self-directed positive change.

For nearly 40 years Sister Carmen Community Center has promoted self-sufficiency and provided basic needs to the residents of East Boulder County who are in need, without discrimination.

We have a strong partnership with Boulder County Health & Human Services and dedicated community support. We are considered an innovator in our community and a forerunner in the implementation of strength-based advocacy and adopting the Family Resource Center service delivery model.

Equipped with professional staff, strong donor base, and city and county support, SCCC is uniquely positioned to offer a full-range of services to support individuals and families in crisis.

Last year we:

- Prevented 238 families from becoming homeless

- Assisted 353 individualss in working towards or obtaining employment

- Educated 478 families on financial planning and budgeting

- Connected 213 families with health insurance

- Supplied nutritious food and reduced food insecurity for 2,467 families

- Educated 173 parents on nurturing parenting practices to help reduce abuse and neglect

- Provided mental health counseling for 100 participants with acute psychological needs

- Empowered 985 families with one-on-one advocacy to help them take steps towards self-sufficiency

- Supplied $17,000 in Thrift Store vouchers for essential items to families in need

We cannot measure the precise value of friendships forged, confidence gained, laughter shared, and life lived with dignity and respect.

Financials

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Operations

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

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SISTER CARMEN COMMUNITY CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jeff King

FirstBank

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Ms. Kathy Rimar

Retired

Term: 2016 - 2018

Jacqueline Molenaar

Sharlene Reynolds

Joel Sayres

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

James Hall

Retired

Dan Mackin

Larissa Caparachini

FLTI

Sarah Harrison

Derek Bower

Dave Ireland

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