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Constructing Our Future Inc

CREATING EQUITABLE, SAFE, AFFORDABLE, AND HEALTHY HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED WOMEN

Indianapolis, IN   |  https://constructingourfuture.org

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Mission

Constructing our Future (COF) welcomes back previously incarcerated women who have demonstrated a sincere desire to be independent, law-abiding citizens upon their return by providing a safe, affordable place to live immediately upon release and a path to permanent, stable housing. COF surrounds the newly released woman with other women who have taken a similar journey and it prepares them for livable wage jobs, independent living, and family reintegration through mentorships; connections with necessary resources; assistance with financial, social, and job skills; and access to education, recovery and mental health services. COF also advocates for public policies that support the full reintegration of previously incarcerated women.

Notes from the nonprofit

We at Constructing Our Future (COF) are committed to providing safe transitional housing to women inIndianapolis and supporting those who are eager to build independent and successful lives. Unlike,short-term housing, we invest in each woman up to two years with the understanding that it takes times to build a foundation by transitioning into employment, saving money, and finding stable long-term housing. We recognize that for women to be successful after leaving incarceration, they need more than just safe housing. They need an individualized plan to prepare them for life and employment on the outside. By partnering with local organizations, women can receive employment and financial literacy coaching in addition to mental health services and recovery tools, while COF can effectively support our residents by meeting their housing needs and serving a sounding board.

Ruling year info

2020

Board President/Acting Executive Director

Mrs. Michelle C Daniel

Main address

609 East 29th Street Suite 102

Indianapolis, IN 46205 USA

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EIN

84-1797407

NTEE code info

Transitional Care, Half-Way House for Offenders/Ex-Offenders (I31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Indiana, there are fewer than 100 beds of work-release housing for women that are not located onprison grounds, and even less transitional housing available. Yet over 1,500 women are released fromthe state’s prisons annually. Despite a critical need for housing, women are a lower priority than men. Formerly incarcerated women are holistically underserved upon release, but now more than ever dueto COVID-19. They are returning to a society that has been upended in every way, and face greathardship, especially in terms of housing and employment. The recidivism rate for women in Indiana ismore than 32%. That discouraging figure reflects how difficult it is to re-enter society unaided afterspending years in prison. For many, their main allies are our community of post-incarcerated women;as such, we are dedicated to providing, a safe and welcoming place to land.

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?

“Construction Track - Program Description”

The Constructing Our Future (COF) Construction Track program combines extensive training in life skills with many hours spent on education and practice in building trades and residential maintenance in prison. Participants upon release are trained in home rehabilitation by working with partnering contractors. Participants will through sweat equity will gain highly marketable job skills and a path toward home ownership.

PHASE ONE
Life Skills Training available in prison
Program acceptance

PHASE TWO

Pursue Vocational Training (Building Trades or other similar program) available in prison
Pursue U.S. Department of Labor Apprentice Certification in building trades or other similar program

PHASE THREE
Once the participants are released, they are eligible to reside at the program’s “Home Base,” where they will establish a case plan through PACE Indy, connect with and strengthen their support system, and gain outside employment, all while continuing to put in hours renovating homes.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Ex-offenders

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Safe House Network 2020

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 applications for housing received from targeted population

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of people applying through various sources.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started receiving residents and providing safe housing in the end of 2021. 2022 is the first year that we served residents for the entire year.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

“Construction Track - Program Description”

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All residents obtained employment

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.

Our 2023 Vision: Constructing Our Future has the strong leadership, direction, and secure funding needed to sustainably provide a home base where previously incarcerated women are welcomed, connected, and empowered in their journey to self-sufficiency.

GOAL 1
Constructing Our Future is focused on building financial security by cultivating a foundation of diverse and sustainable funding.

GOAL 2
Constructing Our Future is housing and engaging formerly incarcerated women in programming and services with clear impact by leveraging strong partnerships.

GOAL 3
Constructing Our Future has the team it needs to effectively pursue the organization’s mission, empowered by knowledgeable, collaborative, and accountable leadership.

GOAL 4
Constructing Our Future communicates a clear message about its mission, vision, and purpose that changes the public narrative by respectfully amplifying the experiences and successes of justice-involved women.


Our 2023 Vision: Constructing Our Future has the strong leadership, direction, and secure funding needed to sustainably provide a home base where previously incarcerated women are welcomed, connected, and empowered in their journey to self-sufficiency.

GOAL 1 Constructing Our Future is focused on building financial security by cultivating a foundation of diverse and sustainable funding.
• 1.A: Increase annual fund development revenue to $200,000.
1.B: Purchase one house to increase real estate portfolio.

GOAL 2 Constructing Our Future is housing and engaging formerly incarcerated women in programming and services with clear impact by leveraging strong partnerships.
• 2.A: Define and develop needs-led and impact-focused programs that are specifically owned by Constructing Our Future.
• 2.B: Establish a physical location to serve as a community focused home base for housing, programming, connection, and to foster civic engagement.
• 2.C: Build, maintain, and facilitate sustainable partnerships that help women smoothly transition from incarceration to stability and self-sufficiency.

GOAL 3 Constructing Our Future has the team it needs to effectively pursue the organization’s mission, empowered by knowledgeable, collaborative, and accountable leadership.
• 3.A: Hire Executive Director to be responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of organization operations.
• 3.B: Establish highly functional Board of Directors governance system and process.
• 3.C: All Board, staff, and volunteers operate with clearly defined roles and shared values that prioritize the collective voice of women with lived experience of incarceration.
• 3.D: All Board, staff, and volunteers have what they need to be effective Ambassadors of COF
GOAL 4
Constructing Our Future communicates a clear message about its mission, vision, and purpose that changes the public narrative by respectfully amplifying the experiences and successes of justice-involved women.
• 4.A: Develop and implement a unified message and communication plan with differentiated strategies for key audiences.
• 4.B: Build a reputation as a trusted re-entry resource with incarcerated women, program partners, the criminal justice system, and the community.

We've applied for and were granted a fourth year of funding from the SAFE House Network. We continue to make use of the organizational infrastructure support offered by A New Way of Life and the SAFE House Network. Further, we've been named to Tier 1 membership within the SAFE House Network. We've hired a grant writer. We are also planning a major fundraiser for November 11, 2023 to support our purchase of a larger house to serve the women on our waiting list.

We've streamlined our operations and have continued to build additional partnerships with other organizations to better serve our residents.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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

  • 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

  • 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

Financials

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

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Constructing Our Future Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Daniel Jones

Constructing Our Future

Term: 2018 - 2025

Karen Wurster

COF Secretary/ CEO Adipo Therapeutics

Jessie Cobb-Denard

Director/ Lawyer Todd Sallee Law

Montez Day

Director/New Beginnings Facilitator Goodwill Industries

Rheann Kelly

Director/ Scholar Currently Incarcerated

Sherrell Russell

Director

Andrea Ayietta

Director/Keys to Work

JD Ford

Director/Indiana State Senator

Beth Davis

Director/Retired

Phyllis Newton

Director/Retire and United Methodist Women

Kacey Rudolph

Director/Comm Outreach

Magen Peters

Director/The Deck Store

Parker Redelman

Director/Eli Lilly and Company

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 9/9/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.