ACRES OF DIAMONDS

Creating lasting change for homeless moms and kids through a caring community

Duvall, WA   |  www.acresofdiamonds.org

Mission

The mission at Acres of Diamonds is: Creating lasting change for homeless moms and kids through a caring community. From the beginning, Acres of Diamonds has set out to ensure that every homeless woman and child that comes to Acres receives the opportunity to change their story. With homeless families experiencing generations of poverty, abuse, neglect and addiction, solutions that are both holistic and long term can help address the problems.

Notes from the nonprofit

Acres Mission: Create lasting change for homeless moms & kids through a caring community.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Jennifer Paddock

Main address

PO Box 1672

Duvall, WA 98019 USA

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EIN

91-1684691

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every night over 20,000 people go to sleep homeless in Washington State. About half are families with no safe place to lay their head, and little hope. It is against these tremendous odds Acres offers hope to women and children with the courage to change their destiny. We serve moms and kids who are predominantly lifelong victims of domestic violence, addiction, crime and poverty.

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?

Housing plus Program

Acres of Diamonds is a transitional housing program, serving single women, and single women with children who are homeless. The mission is to create lasting change for homeless moms and kids through a caring community. Women, who find their way to Acres, tend to be young, often have limited education, experience high rates of domestic violence, or addiction. The children in these families experience four times the sickness and twice the hunger rate of other children, and are at risk for abuse and neglect - resulting in poor academic performance, behavioral issues and an increased likelihood they will be homeless as adults. While financial stability is core to success, our programs use a holistic community- based model to address multiple areas, providing a strong foundation for independent living that includes building and rebuilding relationships with community, self and others.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

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 clients served

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Housing plus Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Women and children living at Acres as well as Alumni and their children who are still actively being served by Acres.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Women and children that were involved/attended Program classes and events.

Hours of programing delivered

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Housing plus Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Weekly women’s instructional programming. Classes such as Budgeting and Parenting. Kids Program that facilitates healing from trauma.

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All women and children who physically lived at Acres in 2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Acres was founded in 1995 on the principle that no mother should have to raise her children living couch to couch, in a shelter, or on the streets. Women find their way to Acres of Diamonds because they have successfully finished rehab, are walking out with a suitcase, and want to start a new life; or they are fleeing from a dangerous domestic violence situation and need safety for themselves and their children. We welcome these families into a transitional housing program, that helps heal the hurts, creates boundaries where there is none, and celebrates the steps taken to begin a new life that will lead to independent living.

Acres of Diamonds supports a much underserved homeless population, where affordable housing is not the immediate need in their lives. We offer program solutions that are holistic, transformation, and address the root causes of homelessness. These programs enable moms and kids to make permanent life changes by helping them tap into their innate strengths and abilities. Key components of the programs include trauma-informed care, personal growth and developing a sense of self-worth. Women receive help in parenting, budgeting, health, job coaching, boundaries and more. Kids also receive help in healing from their trauma and finding their self-worth which leads to more positive behaviors.

The Acres staff interview residents, design and run programs, counsel, raise funds and provide the resources that each family needs. Program staff have received trauma informed care training as it related to adults and children. An amazing number of volunteers (100+ every year) support families by helping teach classes, keeping the property looking great, and taking care of the facilities, and providing food and essential living items so that moms and kids can focus on getting stronger.

In 2020:

49 moms and kids found safety at Acres and began to rewrite their stories
43 moms and kids continued to thrive in the Acres Alumni program
93% of families who were homeless are now in stable housing
87% of women who were living in addiction are now living clean and sober
92% of women and children who were abused are now safe

The need is great to address homeless in Washington State. Acres is embarking on a capital campaign to expand our campus to include a new resident home that will serve 15 more families, and we are acquiring a smaller nonprofit that does similar work that will allow families who have not found affordable housing, but are extremely stable to live in a low rent house for 2 years.

Financials

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ACRES OF DIAMONDS

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Michelle Hollomon

Eastside Counseling


Board co-chair

Doug Cooley

State Street Writing

Joan Wallace

Wallace Properties (Retired)

Dean Wagner

Retired

Rod Johnson

Bank of America (Retired)

Myles Standish

Private Investor

Mike James

Pastor, Timberlake Church

Ed Roberts

Business Owner

Shari Hill

Member

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/01/2021

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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

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2021

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Data
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.