Transformations By Spokane Angels

aka Spokane Angels   |   Veradale, WA   |  https://www.spokaneangels.org/

Mission

The Spokane Angels mission is to walk alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Krystal Theis

Main address

15202 E. Sprague PO BOX #87

Veradale, WA 99037 USA

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EIN

84-4289698

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Love Box Program

The Love Box program provides foster families with community and holistic support so that they can continue to do the important and meaningful work of being a foster parent. As a Love Box group, volunteers will be matched with a local foster family based on compatibility and scope of needs. When our families are matched with committed volunteers who show up monthly, parents feel more supported and children gain a greater sense of belonging and self-confidence. This program requires a one year commitment.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive parents
Foster and adoptive children

The Dare to Dream program is an opportunity to individually serve an aged-out or at-risk to age out youth in foster care (ages ranging from 11-22). Our mentors are advocates, teachers, guides, role models, valued friends, and available resources.

The heart of the Dare to Dream program is to walk alongside youth as they navigate through life's challenges. The youth in our Dare to Dream program need the wisdom, advice, encouragement, and community that mentors can provide. Mentors meet practical and emotional needs as well as provide guidance through developmental milestones (such as obtaining a drivers license, opening a bank account, understanding financial literacy, higher education prep, etc.). The goal is for youth to be engaged and to feel supported and equipped to navigate life. A mentor commits to meeting with the youth every other week to set goals and help them achieve their dreams. These relationships will hopefully last a lifetime, but the program is a year commitment. Mentors matched with a high school student are strongly encouraged to stay with the youth until high school graduation.

We tell mentors that the simple act of telling their youth “I believe in you,” “You are special,” and “You are going to do great things” can change their path completely.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Adolescents

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 volunteers

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families served

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

Love Box Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Families served monthly through our Love Box program.

Number of youth mentored

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

Adolescents, Preteens, Foster and adoptive children, At-risk youth

Related Program

Dare to Dream

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Foster Youth ages 11-21 are matched and served monthly through our Dare to Dream program.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Children placed in foster care face very high risks for much worse outcomes later in life than their peers who are not in foster care. This isn’t only because the situation that caused them to be placed in the care of the state was traumatic, but also because the experience of being in foster care layers on additional trauma. An overwhelming body of evidence shows that the kind of ongoing, chronic trauma experienced by these children not only severely impacts their emotional state and behavioral needs during childhood, but also leads to drastically poorer outcomes as they reach adulthood. One of the main contributors to the trauma children experience in foster care is the lack of community support and stable relationships with caring, responsible, dependable adults. Placement in the foster system can sometimes equate to stability, but more often children are repeatedly moved, often far from their community and all they know, uprooting and re-traumatizing them again and again.

In addition, the parenting of a hurt child takes tremendous resources of time, education, and heart. And when a foster parent gives up, effects ripple in our community and social and economic costs begin to accrue.

Children, youth, and families experiencing foster care desperately need community. This is why we have developed the Love Box and Dare to Dream programs––for people like you, who may not be called to foster or adopt, to create real impact through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.

We know that trauma can be healed in the context of healthy, supportive relationships, and our programs help bring just that––relational healing, empowerment, and hope. We believe that “Not everyone is called to foster, not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone can make a difference in the life of a child.” We've invented a new way to serve: heart-to-heart in the home of a family. Showing up for children. Encouraging youth. Supporting caretakers.

Our hope is that through our programs we can:
1) Walk alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community by
offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and
mentorship.
2) Increase placement stability and minimize trauma by supporting the entire family
unit.
3) Provide children, youth, and families with a sense of normalcy, during a time that
can feel very uncertain.

1) We accomplish this through our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs, which
match dedicated volunteers with youth and families experiencing foster care. These
volunteers commit to being a consistent support in their lives, by meeting a
minimum of once monthly with families (in our Love Box program) or twice monthly
with youth (in our Dare to Dream program).
2) It is our hope that with this added layer of community, foster parents would have
the support that they need to continue fostering, children would stay in placements
longer, and the trauma caused by moving from home-to-home-to-home would be
minimized.
3) We increase normalcy by helping provide children with experiences like a “Back To School Bash” and fulfilling holiday wishlists.

Spokane Angels has 3 full-time staff members, 1 part-time Development Director, and 1-2 interns every semester who are committed to pushing the mission forward. In addition, we have committed donors, as well as volunteers, who play critical roles in making the work that we do possible. In 2020 alone, the combination of all of these efforts included reaching 505 children (total served) and 13 families (served monthly) by 214 volunteers. Our long-term vision is to reach and serve every single child and family experiencing the foster care system in Spokane and its surrounding areas through our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs. We believe that with the help of our community in building awareness, we will continue to grow our support base to a place where this vision will be realized.

To date, we have served hundreds of children and families experiencing foster care
in Spokane and its surrounding areas through our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs, as well as events,
service projects, and one-time boxes.
The impact of our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs have been documented mainly through anecdotal
evidence thus far––and foster parent feedback, changes seen in foster children, volunteer reports, collaborations, and partnerships built with child placement agencies and other community groups are clearly indicating success. We are seeing lives being impacted right here in our community. We are seeing children and families experiencing foster care differently.
Our vision for the future is to continue to expand our programs and reach within
Spokane and its surrounding areas. We are currently serving just under 50 children on a monthly basis through our programs, however, there are currently around 1000 children in foster homes or substitute care services in our region. Our goal is to grow our funding, staff, and volunteer base to be able to serve every one of these
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.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Transformations By Spokane Angels

Board of directors
as of 05/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristina Lattin

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 ? 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 5/3/2022

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