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Young Black & Widowed Inc

Advancing Black Widow(er)s Mental Health Worldwide

Chattanooga, TN   |  www.YoungBlackWidowed.org

Mission

Advancing Black Widow(er)s Mental Health Worldwide through Peer Grief Support & Global Resource Connection

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Azurae Redmond

Main address

3606 Brass Lantern Way

Chattanooga, TN 37415 USA

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EIN

85-3333796

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Widow(er)s nationwide are 8x more likely than the general population to die by suicide as they navigate the #1 life stressor on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale -the death of a spouse. The core of our programs are focused on suicide prevention of married widow(er)s, those who were unwed when their life partner passed and the soon-to-be-widowed with partners on hospice. Though our focus is on minority populations, we serve widow(er)s of all ages, nationalities, faiths and orientations worldwide.

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?

Multiple Weekly Virtual Peer Grief Support Groups

We provide Virtual Peer Grief Support for widows and widowers worldwide of every age, nationality, faith and orientation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Widows and widowers
Economically disadvantaged people
Multiracial people
People of African descent

Our peer grief support line is available daily from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST to support widow(er)s, of all ages, nationalities, faiths and orientations, in need of a confidential listening ear, connection to global resources located in their unique city across the globe, as well as crisis intervention.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

We offer one-on-one 90 min grief coaching sessions and with NAACP Award-Winning Widow Activist, Nonprofit Founder, Certified Grief Coach, Author & Speaker Azurae Johnson Redmond.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

Our resource blog contains informational checklists that we are happy to review with our nonprofit clients on our daily peer support line, as well as personal accounts from widow(er)s ranging from newly widowed to season widowed across the globe.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

On our podcast, an extension of our community, we discuss listener-submitted issues with that affect the Mental Health of Black Widow(er)s worldwide.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The "Matthew Holt Redmond International Memorial Scholarship," in memory of the founder's late husband, celebrates black excellence in times of immense tragedy and supports widow(er)s enrolled in universities as they rebuild financial stability for generations to come.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

"Children of the Widowed" Play Dates are simply child-led play dates for typical and differently-abled children, which indirectly supports their adult widowed solo-parents as they navigate outings with preschool and elementary-aged kiddos. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the founding location, the children meet together every other week or more at various community events, tourist attractions like museums and aquariums, as well as playgrounds across the Greater Chattanooga Area. In outdoor settings, children are greeted with certified "Love on A Leash" pet therapy from our rescued, Siberian Husky, Winter.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Widows and widowers
Single parents
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

Where we work

Awards

Ruby Hurley Image Award for Community Activism 2023

NAACP - Chattanooga

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 clients who report a greater sense of purpose and improved overall wellness

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

Widows and widowers, Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, People of African descent

Related Program

Multiple Weekly Virtual Peer Grief Support Groups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All 3,000+ widow(er)s we have supported since our founding, have reported a greater since of improved overall wellness.

Number of clients served

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

Widows and widowers, Adults, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Multiple Weekly Virtual Peer Grief Support Groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding in 2020, 3,000+ widow(er)s have received peer support worldwide.

Hours of support group services offered

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

Widows and widowers, Adults, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Multiple Weekly Virtual Peer Grief Support Groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding we have provided 3,186 hours of support. Each support group ranges 1-2 hours and each group meeting averages 20+ widow(er)s worldwide.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Widows and widowers, Adults, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding in 2020, volunteers have provided 33,630 volunteer service hours across all the programs in our nonprofit.

Number of support groups offered

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

Widows and widowers, Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, People of African descent

Related Program

Multiple Weekly Virtual Peer Grief Support Groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding, we have provided 2,334+ peer grief support groups averaging 1-2 hours with 20+ widow(er)s in attendance.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

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

Widows and widowers, Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, People of African descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All 3,000+ clients, since our founding in 2020 have been referred to multiple services as a part of their support strategy to connect them to unique local resources.

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

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

Widows and widowers, Adults, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Peer Grief Support Daily Phone Line: Available 10AM - 10PM EST

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Of our 2,836 total calls since 2020, 77 of them were for crisis intervention.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

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

Widows and widowers, Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, People of African descent

Related Program

Peer Grief Support Daily Phone Line: Available 10AM - 10PM EST

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding we have received 2,836 total calls requesting connection to unique local resources in their personal cities, connection to our programs, phone peer support and crisis intervention.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

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

Adults, Students, Widows and widowers, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Matthew Holt Redmond International Memorial Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Bi-annually, we distribute one "Matthew Holt Redmond International Memorial Scholarship" to a widow(er) parent returning to university to improve generational financial security.

Number of children served

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

Children and youth, Single parents, Widows and widowers, People of African descent

Related Program

Child-Led "Children of the Widowed" Play Dates + Certified "Love on a Leash Pet Therapy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding in 2020, we have hosted 'Children of the Widowed' Child-led, in-person Play Dates solely in Chattanooga, our headquarters, for 103 Children.

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.

Our programs aim to help stop the stigma against seeking mental health support long before crisis intervention is needed by creating safe spaces for peer grief support for minorities, normalizing accessible virtual peer grief support worldwide across multiple time zones and connecting widow(er)s to licensed mental health professionals in addition to our support groups, researching for and connecting widow(er)s to resources, organizations and other nonprofits across the globe.

Our strategies to accomplish our mission stem from multiple programs such as our global daily peer support line, multiple daily global virtual peer support groups, global casework resource research to connect widow(er)s to resources / organizations in their unique cities worldwide, one-on-one grief coaching options virtually and in person, educational grief support presentations on national and international stages, educational presentations on young people's grief for university students earning CEUs, giving the "Matthew Holt Redmond International Memorial Scholarship" to widow(er)s returning to college post-loss to improve generational wealth, distributing an informative podcast hosting estate planners / funeral home directors / community supporter / personal accounts from widow(er)s across the globe, facilitating local Chattanooga "Children of the Widowed" twice monthly play dates at kid-friendly attractions and local Chattanooga pet-therapy from our Certified "Love on a Leash" Therapy Dog, Siberian Husky Winter.

At Young, Black & Widowed, we are focus on being transparent with open play book in our every day work. We know what matters to our target community, constantly take feedback and are committed to advancing Black Mental Health Worldwide through peer grief support, connection to resources and our many programs. As a result, we have developed unique values that guide us:

- Impact is our business. We build personal, professional relationships, supporting individual widow(er)s mental health across the globe for an average of 2 years.
- We respect differences, celebrate diversity, lead with intentionality, and build an equitable community together, by serving widow(er)s of all ages, nationalities, faiths and religions.
- We lead with a servant's heart, as all our leaders are volunteers.
- We build relationships that foster trust and respect with our worldwide partners.
- We always challenge our processes. We are always ready to pivot, if needed, to seize opportunities for improvement in our progressive nonprofit.
- We learn continuously by attending and presenting at international conferences for the widowed, and we invite widow(er) researchers, coaches, authors, speakers and other nonprofit founders to present to our widow(er)s community each week. Our board also is a part of several other national mental health boards of directors, and we aim to stay in-the-know and share about opportunities and advances in mental health support.

With a focus on minorities, our multiple programs have supported 3,000+ widow(er)s of all ages, nationalities, faiths and orientations across the globe. Since our founding in 2020:

- All 3,000+ widow(er)s have reported a greater sense of well-being and feeling of connectedness, each widow(er) was referred to other services as a part of their support strategy.
- Our daily support line answered 2,836 calls.
- We have provided 2,334 peer grief support groups.
- We have provided 3,186 hours of peer grief support meetings. Each support group ranges 1-2 hours and each group meeting averages 20+ widow(er)s worldwide.
- Volunteers have provided 33,630 volunteer service hours across all the programs in our nonprofit.


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 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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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Young Black & Widowed Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tenisha Grissom

Brittany Jones

Shateka Johnson

Tonia Wilson

Tenisha Grissom

Azurae Redmond

Jamaya Bendoe

Alex Freeman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 4/10/2024

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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/09/2024

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 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.