The Allignment Chapter

Increasing Lives by Nourishing the Roots

aka The Allignment Chapter   |   North Versailles, PA   |  http://www.theallignmentchapter.org

Mission

The Allignment Chapter's mission was created to help low income mothers in need of emergency assistance. The program offers free financial counseling, small bill pay off, dress for success clothing, children clothing, feminine products, household products, and transportation funding. We serve low income mothers who provide validate proof of income, children, and bill amount. We service all inner city communities located in every state in the USA.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Allignment Chapter, founded by Philanthropist, Social Entrepreneur, and Mommy Influencer, Ray Nell Jones, who was recognized and honored as the 2020 ESSENCE Essential Hero for helping thousands of single mothers throughout the pandemic. Recognized and supported by celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Lena Dunham, and more, the organization's mission is to help provide economical and emotional relief and resources for low-income single mothers and their children. Frequent board interaction is an essential to a mother’s persistence. Mothers will have opportunities for informal and formal board-mother interaction. Single moms are expected to interview a board member each cycle that they participate in the program. The assignment assists them in making at least one meaningful connection with a board member. The faculty interview includes questions that stimulate meaningful conversation and assists mothers in gaining a better understanding of their program requirements.

Ruling year info

2019

CEO-Founder

Ms. Ray Nell j. Jones

Main address

111 Owen St.

North Versailles, PA 15137 USA

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EIN

84-3341848

NTEE code info

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Single Organization Support (T11)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The purpose of those project will help us decrease the poverty levels and increase the mental health in mother in communities. We base all of our work from data and areas that are impacted the most from lack of financial support. In silence many mothers are suffering due to rising economy and low paying salaries. The average college graduating mother is still living in poverty due to her family size. Some mothers are forced to choose between diapers and feminine products. Many mothers are also managing to survive with $5.00 until their next payday. Our mission will forever and has always been for provide same day emergency assistance to low income mothers in need. We have done so by utilizing our extreme couponing habits and giving back to mothers who lack the basic necessities that a home needs to function. We conducted a survey and found out 81% of our takers have had thought of suicide or suffer from depression due to the lack of funding to provide for their children.

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?

Bags For Moms

Providing emergency same day household, diapers, feminine, and laundry products to mothers in need,

Population(s) Served
Parents
Women and girls

The Allignment Chapter's mission was created to help low income mothers in need of emergency assistance.
The program offers free financial counseling, small bill pay off, dress for success clothing, children clothing, feminine products, household products, and transportation funding.
We serve low income mothers who provide validate proof of income, children, and bill amount.
We service all inner city communities located in the USA.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

The Allignment Chapter's mission was created to help low income mothers in need of emergency assistance.
The program offers free financial counseling, small bill pay off, dress for success clothing, children clothing, feminine products, household products, and transportation funding.
We serve low income mothers who provide validate proof of income, children, and bill amount.
We service all inner city communities located in USA.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Smart Business Award 2020

Top 50 Smart in Business Pittsburgh

Affiliations & memberships

Essence Festival Essential Hero Award 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Social and economic status, Age groups

Related Program

Bags For Moms

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of reintroduced populations

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants in conferences

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of crimes in the housing neighborhood

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

Age groups, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of audience members with favorable attitudes towards the issue or interest

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

Adults, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients and family who did not complete the entirety of the program

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Hours of mentoring

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

Age groups, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mentors recruited

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

Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Gold Star families served

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients receiving the grocery shopping services

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of households served with eviction notice or forced displacement

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Support Mothers In need.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

One of the major threats to low income single mother’s success is an unfavorable environment, financial and academic “misidentification,” lack of resources, and stereotype threat. Our main goal will be to make mothers aware of these threats and will learn how to positively and effectively change their environment, interpersonal coping strategies, and self-perception through reflection, introspection, increase their finances, community involvement, and action to stay on track financially. 2019 year the CEO-Founder Ray Nell , watched as a mother exited her vehicle on the western Pennsylvania bridge and jumped to her death on June 14, leaving three young children inside the vehicle. The mother Stanlee Allyn Holbrook, suffered a harsh silent struggle and felt that she had no support. Our mission is also to decrease the toxic thoughts and changed the mindsets of many low-income mothers to save a life. With our life saving efforts we can increase the child negligence rates and also decrease poverty levels in low income communities. Our efforts have reached over 8 states and continues to grow. Many lifesaving couponers have offered their stockpile to contribute and help mothers in need in their areas.

Goals
Create mentoring that will facilitate mothers’ intellectual, personal, cultural, vocational, and spiritual development.
Help mothers develop competencies, skills, and habits that contribute to personal success.
Provide challenging opportunities that support personal reflection, exploration of personal assumptions, values, and beliefs as well as contribute to the mothers’ holistic development.
Help mothers by providing 30 day worth of daily essentials
Help mothers understand the importance of asking for emergency assistance
Help mothers develop a relationship with a mentor who is a resource and is invested in their success.
Help mothers learn how to maneuver the credit repair process.
Help mothers have experiences that connect them to the community and to each other.

Project Objective: To align mothers with their financial needs and provide educational resource technical resource training for mothers to improve their job abilities
Sample Outputs:
• Using data collected from our online surveys we can budget the cost of good distributed to each needed household by family size.
• Each distributed family must complete a 60 day follow up survey to evaluate their mental health after receiving support.
• Partner Operation Better Block to help families with teenage boys and girls who need mentor ship and success guidance through their program.
• Design curriculum consistent with ABC’s requirements and train 100 individuals in advance of need, based on demand for workers (Year one)
• Create a strategic plan for mothers based off of the curriculum to help them grow their financial knowledge

Sample Outputs:
• Provide same day emergency assistance programs for mothers whom have emergency medical expenses, bill payments, back rent, and car repairs.
• Monitor the effectiveness of reliable help by conducting a required 30 day mental health evaluation for mothers
• Hiring on site counseling officers and life coaches to help mothers whom are victims of domestic abuse, rape or neglect.
• Building emergency housing units to help mothers with children or escaping domestic abuse.

Sample Outcome:
• Of the 50 individuals recruited, 90%, or 45, will complete the training and 90% of those individuals will be placed in jobs with competitive wages and benefits as measured by living and other wage metrics for the region. Of those placed, 75% will retain those jobs for at least 12 months as measured through State and other sources of employment data (Year Two)
• Of those employed, 50% will move toward self -sufficiency as defined through obtaining permanent housing, and reductions in social and other support services as measured with the County Department of Human Services (Year 1)

Sample Outcome:
• Individuals who received coaching and emergency help will have the opportunity to receive work readiness training and FREE mental health therapy for their selves and children.
• Mothers who received funding from the group will approve their mental state and focus more on their future goals and relationships with their children.
• 100 % of the mothers whom receive help will not self-medicate with drugs or participate in any illegal activities to provide for their families.
• Women incarceration numbers will decrease in the city.
Sample Outcome:
• Unemployment numbers will decrease and the need for low income housing will decrease creating higher middle-class rate.
• Increase the revenue of many local companies who need qualified or certified workers.
• Decrease the suicide and overdose rates and deaths of women in our city.
• Companies will build a better report with communities and also provide opportunities for women.
• Businesses can receive the work opportunity credit when collaborating with our organization


The Allignment Chapter Corporation has been servicing single mothers since November of 2019. Since then we have serviced over 4,012 mothers including 2,313 in 21 different states and 91 communities during COVID-19 pandemic. We have lost 204 mothers to the devastating disease that has plagued the nation which left 277 orphans. This has triggered a huge spike in our efforts to effectively help Single Mothers who are suffering in silence. Our goal has been to operate effectively by keeping a consistent amount of products in stock to fulfill every request, Our requests have tripled from 53-100 request per day since the pandemic reaching a record high of 188 requests per day and we have managed to complete each request in a timely fashion by purchasing household items, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, baby formula, diapers, and personal care items, Locally our non-profit has managed to deliver 150 boxes per day with the help of 15 lifesavers who effectively hand delivered 10 boxes a piece to mothers in need, This generated a huge range of trust that we have built with the community to provide a consistent service during the darkest time of the year. Recognized and supported by celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Lena Dunham, and more, Our organization has currently, 734 mothers are enrolled in the FLBM Mentoring Program. Preference is given to homeless mothers, mothers with children ages 0-12 years and mothers who are never completed high school. The membership breakdown by gender is: Moms with child (pregnant) (47%) and Women who are not pregnant with children (53%). The membership breakdown by class is: women with college degrees (18%), women without high school diplomas (28%), women with mental illness (30%), and women who have been raped (24%). Of these original mothers, three hundred and seventeen remain active in the program. The three hundred and seventeen mothers who remain in the program increased their finances at the end of summer while those two hundred and eight also increased their credit score by 25 points. The goal of this program has been to change the mindset of mothers and save their lives. With the help of professional credit repair agents, previous successful mothers, professional life coaches volunteering their time we have managed to increase the number of participants from 34 mothers a week to 1,113 mothers per webinar. Last reported outcome as of June 30th 2021, 90% or more of surveyed mothers will indicate that they have developed a productive relationship with their children.

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

    The membership breakdown by gender is: Single Moms with child (pregnant) (47%) and Women who are not pregnant with children (53%). The membership breakdown by class is: women with college degrees (18%), women without high school diplomas (28%), women with mental illness (30%), and women who have been raped (24%). Of these original mothers, three hundred and seventeen remain active in the program.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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?

    The feedback we received confirmed that we have improved 57% of the homes we serviced. We also have concluded that we will need more volunteers in different areas so we can provide timely service.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Single Moms are expected to interview a board member each cycle that they participate in the program. The assignment assists them in making at least one meaningful connection with a board member. The faculty interview includes questions that stimulate meaningful conversation and assists mothers in gaining a better understanding of their program requirements. Mothers are expected to reach out to the organizational leaders for employment opportunities that they may qualify for. Each year, single mothers can attend orientation including the purpose and benefits of participating in The Mom Project employment programs. All mothers are encouraged to get involved at employment fairs and also community meetings.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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The Allignment Chapter

Board of directors
as of 9/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Ray Nell Lewis

The Allignment Chapter

Term: 2019 - 2044


Board co-chair

Mr Donald Jones

The Allignment Chapter

Term: 2019 - 2024

Donald Jones

Jones Maintenance Contractor

Rose Price

Self-Employed

Ronald Lewis

Jones Maintenance Contractor

Jeannette Price

Self-Employed

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 07/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/23/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.