Housing, Shelter

Cornerstone Community Development Corporation dba Building Futures with Women & Children

aka Building Futures with Women and Children   |   San Leandro, CA   |  www.BFWC.org

Mission

Building Futures' mission is to build communities with underserved individuals and families where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and family violence. All of Building Futures' programs and services are designed to help Alameda County residents live free from homelessness and domestic violence.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Liz Varela

Main address

1840 Fairway Drive

San Leandro, CA 94577 USA

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EIN

94-3100741

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Our programs

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San Leandro Shelter

Opened in 1986, the San Leandro Shelter is Building Futures’ oldest service site. Today, the San Leandro Shelter provides 30 beds to women with and without children. The San Leandro Shelter provides a warm and safe environment and support services designed to help residents address the obstacles they face to ending their homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Females
Homeless people

Founded in 1989 by the Alameda Homeless Network and the City of Alameda, Midway provides 25 beds and services for homeless women and children. Building Futures was chosen to operate the shelter in 2001. The Midway Shelter provides a nurturing environment and tailored support services designed to help residents address the obstacles they face to ending their homelessness.The name “Midway” represents the shift in the lives of women and children served, where the cycle of homelessness and domestic violence falls away and a new future can be built.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

Sister Me Home provides confidential shelter and support services in an environment of safety, empowerment, and healing. Sister Me Home is open to all who flee domestic violence, regardless of gender identification. The shelter provides twenty 20 beds with twenty-four-hour staffing and culturally appropriate support services, including case management, mental health counseling, domestic violence groups and one-on-one assistance, children's programming, and referrals to health, legal, housing, and other assistance.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

Bessie Coleman Court (BCC) is a 52-unit supportive permanent housing complex for women and men and children who have experienced chronic homelessness and domestic violence. Building Futures provides 24-hour awake staffing, case management, groups and other services with residents, many of whom have emotional and physical disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

Building Futures’ domestic violence outreach team provides advocacy, case management, navigation, and support to those affected by domestic violence who are not living in shelters. Clients may receive free one-on-one counseling sessions with a trained domestic violence counselor, free supportive court accompaniment for domestic violence-related court appearances, and referrals for related services. These services are also offered in Spanish. Services also include outreach to educate the public and increase awareness of domestic violence. Topics include the dynamics of abusive relationships, how to recognize signs of abuse, and connecting survivors with support. Building Futures also provides a 40-hour training for service providers that meets State requirements for domestic violence counselors.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Building Futures operates three Housing Resource Centers (HRCs): North County Family Front Door, San Leandro Housing Resource Center, and Alameda Housing Resource Center. Each one serves individuals and families as a one-stop hub that is part of the Alameda County Coordinated Entry System to assess and prioritize homeless or at-risk families for a range of shelter, housing and supportive services.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

Two warming shelters in churches in San Leandro and Alameda are open from November to April on nights when very cold weather or rain is forecast. Warming shelter guests receive overnight shelter; dinner and breakfast; voluntary referrals to the Alameda County Health Van or other health and behavioral health services, and linkage to the Alameda County Coordinated Entry System for housing services.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

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Financials

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Cornerstone Community Development Corporation dba Building Futures with Women & Children

Board of directors
as of 7/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rob Rich

Cahill Contractors LLC

Term: 2016 - 2022

Deni Adaniya

Oakland Housing Authority

Gayle Thomas

California CASA Association

Sandy Schnieder

Pacific Bell (retired)

Anita Burnaford

Willis Towers Watson

Paul Carney

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Carla Dartis

Alameda County District Attorney's Office

Miriam Delagrange

Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (retired)

Jean Hom

Jean Hom Consulting

Cristi Ritschel

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

Shelley Rombaugh

Kaiser Permanente

Liz Varela

Building Futures with Women and Children

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? 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

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