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Outreach Chicago

Taking Outreach to the Street

CHICAGO, IL   |  https://outreachchicago.us

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Outreach Chicago

EIN: 27-1694089


Mission

Outreach Chicago’s mission is to help homeless individuals and families reintegrate into society by providing them with the necessities and resources to improve their quality of life.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our outreach is designed to service homeless individuals, and families who are under served by existing agencies and clients who aren’t able or willing to seek services from other social service agencies. The majority of our clients suffer from mental and abuse issues. Some have suffered chaotic situations in shelters. Therefore, it is essential that we build a relationship with our clients. Our relationship with them allows us to provide advice. As a result, our clients are more willing to accept food, clothing, hygiene products, referral information, health, and informational flyers. Outreach Chicago’s goal is to move the homeless toward a life of greater health and personal stability.

Ruling year info

2011

President

Mr Melvin Gene Bridgmon

Main address

6002 S HALSTED ST STE 307

CHICAGO, IL 60621 USA

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Formerly known as

Thomas Bridgmon Outreach Ministries

EIN

27-1694089

Subject area info

Christianity

Human services

Population served info

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

Veterans

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We service Chicago’s most impoverished areas. There are severe health and income inequities. And the majority of our clients reside in abandon buildings, and double-up situations. The average poverty rate in our service area is 34%, and the childhood poverty rate is 51%. There is a constant need for necessities in every age group (from 0-80 years old). Our services are focused on areas unknown to other social service agencies. Through our programs,we are providing necessities for homeless, and low-income individuals, and families. And help them realize stable housing promotes privacy, safety, and recovery from aliments.

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?

Lunchtime

Our Lunchtime program provides bag lunches to low-income and homeless or near homeless families, individuals and veterans.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

Provides personal hygiene items to homeless, near homeless and low-income families. We provide men and women and baby hygiene products include pampers, and baby wipes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

Homeless Veteran Program distributes food, personal hygiene products,tents and clothing to homeless veterans until they enter the Homeless Program at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital.

Population(s) Served

Clothing / Winter Gear Programs: distributes new underwear, tee-shirts, socks, pants, and other clothing items to homeless families and individuals

Population(s) Served

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 meals served or provided

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Lunchtime

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Lunchtime program provides bag lunches containing a sandwich, a bag of chips, a package of cheese or peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, a package of cookies, fruit, and water or juice drink.

Number of coats, blankets, socks and under garments.

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have distributed men and women under garments, socks, tee-shirts.

Number of hygiene kits distributed

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Personal Hygiene

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hygiene Products Program provides feminine products, pampers, baby wipes, and toiletries to family shelters, homeless individuals and low-income.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our outreach workers visit homeless clients on a regular basis to get feedback about their needs. And our outreach is designed to service homeless and low-income individuals, and families who are under served by existing agencies and clients who aren’t able or willing to seek services from other social service agencies. The majority of our clients suffer from mental and abuse issues. Some have suffered chaotic situations in shelters. Therefore, it is essential that we build a relationship with our clients. Our relationship with them allows us to provide advice. As a result, our clients are more willing to accept referral information, health, and informational flyers.
Outreach Chicago provides emergency-based services through our three core programs. 1.) Our Lunchtime Program provides nutritional bag lunches for homeless individuals, families, refugees, and immigrants. 2.) Our Personal Hygiene Products Program distributes men, women and baby hygiene products, pampers, and baby wipes. 3.) The Clothing / Winter Gear Programs distributes New or lightly worn, recently cleaned coats, socks, T-shirts, gloves, knit caps, and sweaters. Outreach Chicago’s goal is to move homeless, low-income families and individuals toward a life of greater health and personal stability.




We want to engage in new partnerships that will help us promote better program strategies. We will hold periodic fundraisers with volunteer musical artist and motivational speakers. And encourage our supporters to support our cause on various fundraising platforms. And acquire more funding to expand our space to accommodate rooms for computer literacy classes, peer groups( for youth,and ex-offenders), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder groups for veterans, and abuse victims, GED classes and a community food pantry.

Currently, we provide services through direct donations from monthly donors. Through food,clothing, and hygiene product drives using e-mails and events at churches, and ads placed on Google Ad words.

We have provided 2,342 lunches to homeless, low-income homeless individuals and families. We have provided 1,643 hygiene products.We have distributed 2,400 men, women and baby clothing items. 30 Sheltersuits were distributed to the homeless.
Our street outreach has distributed tents, toiletries, bedding, Sheltersuits, and coats to veterans living on the streets of Chicago. Outreach Chicago has delivered clothing, toiletries, to men, and women at the Jesse Brown VA hospital. And we delivered lunches, and clothing items to shelter residence at the Franciscan House, and Walls Memorial Men Shelter on the Westside of Chicago.Currently,our service area covers Chicagos South and West sides of Chicago.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

Outreach Chicago
Fiscal year: Nov 30 - Nov 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Outreach Chicago

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Nov 30 - Nov 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Nov 30 - Nov 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Mr Melvin Gene Bridgmon

I am a Vietnam Era veteran. I attended Olive-Harvey College, majoring in Computer Information Systems. Currently, I am attending Governors State University, majoring in Information Technology. And I am seeking a Bachelors of Science degree. Previously, I experienced homelessness during a loss of employment. in 2007, I started Thomas Bridgmon Outreach Ministries to address the needs of homeless veterans and individuals like myself. In 2016, Thomas Bridgmon Outreach Ministries was renamed Outreach Chicago to address the needs of anyone who lack the resources to sustain a good quality of life.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 03/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mr Melvin Bridgmon

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Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Mr Timothy Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Term: 2010 -

Melvin Gene Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Timothy Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Nadine Bridgmon

Outreach Chicago

Kezia Freeman

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Nadine Miller

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? 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 2/23/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/23/2019

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 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 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 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 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.