Human Services

BIRCH COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

The Sustainable Families Program

aka BCS

Portland, OR

Mission

The mission of Birch Community Services, Inc. is to provide a community where people can be responsible and accountable for meeting their basic needs, and to equip them with tools to overcome financial difficulty.

Ruling Year

1997

Executive Director

Mrs. Suzanne Birch

Main Address

17780 NE San Rafael Street

Portland, OR 97230 USA

Keywords

Food Distribution, Poverty Relief, Clothing Distribution, Financial Literacy, Financial Counseling

EIN

93-1186020

 Number

4235294107

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

There are people that fall between the cracks of resources and services. The problem is that although they are working very hard they do not have access to resources that will help them get out of their tough spot.

Our programs

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

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Birch Community Services Program

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

BCS addresses the need to empower those that fall between the cracks of government services. We seek to equip working, struggling people with the tools they need to overcome financial difficulty.

We provide the opportunity for BCS members to shop weekly and participant in our financial literacy program. Each member comes to our warehouse to get food, clothing and household items in order to create margin in their budget. They then are provided with the opportunity to meet with our financial advisor on staff and participate in financial literacy courses.

Being around for 25 years, BCS has been able to establish a well-structured program based on years of feedback from our members. Each year BCS may look a little different, but we continue to do our best to improve and grow. We are currently located in a 23,000 sq warehouse that provides us the space we need to distribute over 9.5 million pounds of product a year. Additionally we have a staff of 11 and a classroom that allows the space for financial education.

We use financial data to measure progress and accountability. Not only do we have thousands of narratives from current and past members, but our members are required to provide extensive financial information which helps us measure growth.

We have redistributed over 50 million pounds of food, clothing and household items to over 32,000 people. More importantly though, we've provided a community where people can be responsible and accountable for meeting their basic needs. For the next 25 years, BCS not only seeks to improve our services and outcomes here in Portland, but also to continue to replicate its model all over the U.S.

External Reviews

Awards

Rated 4 out of 4 stars 2019

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BIRCH COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

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