OMID FOUNDATION USA

North Bethesda, MD   |  www.omidfoundation.com

Mission

OMID’s mission is to support and provide tools to marginalized young women in their journey toward self-empowerment—social, economic and emotional. And to support and grow a community of clinicians, educators, who collaborate to disseminate, and implement optimal trauma treatments for these young women.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

MS. Marjaneh Halati

Main address

5817 Edson Ln, Unit T3

North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA

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EIN

90-0406873

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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OMID Foundation seeks to assist Farsi-speaking women and girls in refugee camps in Greece. They often come from poverty and abusive backgrounds. OMID takes them from the squalid camps and provides the basic necessity of shelter and subsistence. Additionally, OMID provides education and therapy to allow these women to thrive once they are able to leave there refugee status behind.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Omid Program

OMID is an online training and support organization that helps marginalized young women who have experienced trauma, as well as adults who work with them. Our aim is to raise awareness about the plight of these young women and introduce ground-breaking approaches in the treatment of trauma for them and empower them to rebuild their lives.

We use our expertise on trauma-informed care to empower these survivors to recover from the impact of their experiences and provide them with coping skills to strengthen and build resiliency emotionally, psychologically, and behaviourally. These coping skills will enable them to more effectively manage their day-to-day lives and to take a more central role in their own growth and recovery, resulting in increased self-control and confidence.

The individuals we empower include not only the survivors of trauma themselves but also practitioners working with young women impacted by trauma, such as mental health professionals, educators, as well as members of the survivors’ families and their communities. Engaging both, directly and indirectly, has a multiplier effect that increases exponentially the impact and effectiveness of our work.

WHAT WE PROVIDE FOR SURVIVORS OF TRAUMA
Empowering them to move from a “victim script” to a “survivor script” and to develop a sense of identity and self-worth through:
- Skills building to decrease feeling helpless, overwhelmed, or out of control, and increase resiliency and a sense of self-control, tolerance to stress, empowerment, and confidence.
- Facilitate ongoing peer groups offering support, safety, and acceptance to further augment and maintain coping skills and support trauma treatment.
- Life skills training to learn critical thinking, communication skills, money management, CV writing, taking initiatives, solving problems, managing conflict, and finding employment and access.
- Trauma-informed individual counselling with expert practitioners.

WHAT WE DO FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDERS
Developing and disseminating best practice around trauma and trauma-informed care to those working in the field of mental health, education, and human services through training of psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers, medical professionals, special education teachers, NGO staff, and students in mental health related fields, committed to working with young women in underserved communities as well as with victims of violence. The goals of this training are:
- Creating core groups of local trainees and professionals with advanced abilities to form a highly skilled, interdisciplinary mentor pool for eventually conducting on-going locally based trainings and supervision.
- Contributing to advancing and developing the infrastructure of the local human services systems and to develop on-going links to a supportive and collaborative global network of professional training and treatment organizations. In this way, we hope to contribute to expanding the availability and quality of future human services within the community at large.
- Providing remotely on-going clinical consultation, training team support, and mentoring to local trainees and trainers by telephone, e-mail, and through our website to augment continued training, provide case reviews and studies, and advise treatment methods and approaches.

WHAT WE PROVIDE FOR THE SURVIVORS’ FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES
Providing support, education and resources including:
- Parenting skills support for mothers to help combat psycho-social challenges.
- Trauma recovery treatment to heal the effects of psycho-emotional trauma related to childcare and protecting adolescents.
- Supportive counselling and coping and personal empowerment skills training.

Population(s) Served
Young women
Adolescent girls
Economically disadvantaged people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We strengthen the social, emotional, and economic competencies of disadvantaged young women by providing them with a sense of self-worth and with the opportunities to experience a full range of life options through self-empowerment, education, and training.

The Omid Foundation's holistic program focuses on:
1. Providing a safe haven where women who have escaped troubled pasts can take refuge.
2. Coupling unique therapy options to reduce psychological trauma with excellent educational opportunities.
3. Acquiring job related qualifications and skills.
4. Developing an understanding of civil society, human and women's rights.
5. Creating a sense of social responsibility through community involvement.

OMID has been operating for over fifteen years. We use the best therapists, educators, business mentors and program designers available. We have partnered with world leading universities to design cutting-edge programs specifically designed to meet our target group's special needs. OMID take the best teachers and psychologists to provide therapy and education for marginalized young women. Our unique holistic approach helps the young women achieve self-awareness, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. We value and nurture the voices, hearts, and minds of these underprivileged and vulnerable young women and help them transform their lives.

During the last fiscal year, we expanded our geographic coverage to include many countries we had not worked in before. We also started to develop an expertise in training the staff of other NGOs on trauma informed care.

Financials

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Operations

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

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OMID FOUNDATION USA

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Marjaneh Halati

Omid Foundation USA

Term: 2009 -

Gohar Farahani

Farzaneh Javid

Marjaneh Halati

Neda Amidi

Roya Soleimani

Shifteh Veyssi

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/19/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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.