Transformations By Cleveland Angels

Community, Empowerment & Hope

aka Cleveland Angels   |   Westlake, OH   |  https://www.cleangels.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Gretchen Dupps

Main address

25935 Detroit Rd PMB 220

Westlake, OH 44145 USA

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EIN

84-4468090

IRS filing requirement

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

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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
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive parents

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
At-risk youth
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Foster and adoptive children
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

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

Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served monthly

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

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

Families, Non-adult children, Parents, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families served

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

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 Spring Break and Summer camps, a “Back To School Bash”, fulfilling holiday wishlists, and helping fund extracurricular activities like baseball, gymnastics, ballet, and more.

Cleveland Angels has 7 staff members who are committed to pushing the mission forward. In addition, we have hundreds of 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 looked like an incredible 269 children and 75 families served by 180 volunteers.

Our long-term vision is to reach and serve every single child and family experiencing the foster care system 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.

Cleveland Angels measures its success in a number of ways:
1) Through the number of children and families who are consistently being served on a monthly basis through our programs (this number is currently at just under 90)
2) Through mandatory volunteer report forms, which outline the ways in which each youth and family is being served by our volunteers (including time spent, and progress in relationship with the youth/family, miles driven, and value of items given to the youth/family)
3) Through the number of children and families who are being served through events like our Spring Break and Summer camps, Back to School Event, Holiday Basket Drive, Holiday Wishlist Fulfillment, and more
4) Through the number of families on our waitlist who are receiving one-time boxes while they are waiting to be matched with volunteers
5) Through feedback we receive from foster families in our programs, speaking to the impact that our programs and their volunteers have had on their children and family as a whole
6) Through families who are able to move to adoption because of the support they have received through our programs
7) Through the partnerships we form with CPS and other child placement agencies, who refer families to our programs

To date, we have served hundreds of children and families experiencing foster care in Greater Cleveland 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 Greater Cleveland. We are currently serving just under 90 children on a monthly basis through our programs, however, there are currently 2,951 children in foster homes or substitute care services in Cuyahoga County. 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.), Paper surveys, 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 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, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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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Operations

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

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Transformations By Cleveland Angels

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christy Rutkowski

Kelsey Porter

Jenny Hartzell

Kip Erskine

Carolyn Emerine

Joseph Masi

Mike Rogers

Russ Backus

Kathleen Kmiecik

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2021

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 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 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 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.