Spring 2020

INITIATIVE VOTING

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

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Voting Criteria

We have so many amazing organizations applying for grants this go around we wish we could fund them all.  For this Spring, we plan to award the top six (6) initiatives each with a $25,000 grant!

With that in mind, we have done extensive vetting based on how well they line up with Legacy Collective vision and goals.

1. Sustainability:  Is the grant going towards something that is sustainable or moving towards sustainability?

2. Prevention:  Is this grant addressing a systemic/root issue(s) and prevention of issue?

3. Innovation:  Is this grant going towards something innovative, new, or pioneering?

4. Collaboration:  Does this grant come with an ongoing partnership opportunity for Legacy Collective and/or partnership with other organizations?

5. Leadership:  Is the Initiative lead by indigenous or local leadership, empowered women, or leaders of color?

Voting Instructions & Policies

Please select the top three (3) initiatives that you believe should receive funding ranking them from 1st choice to 3rd choice.

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INITIATIVE SUMMARIES

4 H.I.M.

SUSTAINABLE FARMING COOPERATIVES IN RURAL SIERRA LEONE

Initiative Description:

This initiative aims to provide 1-2 tractors (approx. $10,000 each) for farmer cooperatives which will give farmers in Sierra Leone the proper tools they need to farm and contribute to their economy. The rest of the money will go to simple $250 surgeries for farmers who have been injured on the job using hand plows and have sustained hernias which have made them unable to work or contribute. 4 H.I.M. has been doing work in Sierra Leone since 2004. In 2005, they partnered with Dr. Abdulai Daniel Sesay, who has performed 100 hernia repairs on farmers in this region. 4 H.I.M. is ready to put an end to the need for hernia surgeries by providing farmers the necessary tools to work and farm safely.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

The eventual result of mechanizing the farming will be increased production, reduced incidents of hernias, and long-term increased income and commerce within each community.

Based on the fact that 4H.I.M. has been creating sustainable solutions through agribusiness and other types of businesses in Sierra Leone, Togo, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka since 1999, they are confident that they have all of the leadership and components in place. This initiative is a win-win-win. Suffering men and women will receive life-saving surgeries, productive farms will increase income for the farmers and create more commerce within the communities. Also, the surgeries prevent having more orphans and widows. The City Garden Clinic will have an income stream of $250 for each surgery. The farming cooperatives will have a tractor and be organized to improve all aspects of food production. In the long-term, Sierra Leone can avoid having to import food.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

The sustainability of this initiative will be centered on the agricultural component. The focus will be on organizing and establishing the farming cooperatives. Each cooperative will be organized by geography, tribe, and local language groups. Each cooperative will receive a usable and mechanically sound tractor. Each farmer will pay a small fee to have their fields plowed. The money will be set aside for repairs and upkeep. After a few years, the hernias should be drastically reduced because of the mechanized farming.
The organization of the communities has already begun under the leadership of Pastor Nat and his network of leaders. The communities are already united because the surgeries touch so many families and extended families. The food production increases everyone’s income.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 3/1/2020

Summary and/or Supporting Documents:  None Submitted

Initiative Video or Related Links:  None Submitted

Nonprofit Name:4 H.I.M. (HIS HEALING HELPING HANDS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES)

Nonprofit Website:  https://www.4-him.net/

Building Hope in the City

Digital Life and Learning Lab at the Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants

Initiative Description:

The Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants is a ministry of Building Hope in the City, a nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio. The Hope Center fulfills a critical need in Greater Cleveland by providing long-term support services to assist refugees and immigrants in becoming integrated and thriving members of our community.

The Digital Life and Learning Lab is about removing barriers to refugee integration and sustainability in two important ways. First, by establishing a digital learning lab at our refugee and immigrant drop-in center, and second, initiating in 2020 a new refugee internship program to give young adult refugees opportunities to develop workplace skills.

First, this initiative addresses the lack of access to computers and the internet (the “digital divide”) for low-income refugees and immigrants in Cleveland. The new Digital Life and Learning Lab will be installed at The Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants as a means of providing the following:

  • Equitable access – Many low-income families that utilize the Hope Center don’t have home access to a computer and the digital learning lab seeks to bridge that gap.
  • Online job search and application access – Many employers now ONLY accept inquiries online.
  • Educational enrichment – The Lab will deepen the Center’s ongoing educational offerings in English language skills, citizenship prep, Adult Diploma Program and homework help for school-aged students. The Center already offers classes or programs for all these areas, but has no computer-based offerings to enrich and supplement these programs.
  • Family communication and reunification – Many refugee families in Cleveland are separated from other family members who remain in refugee camps or have been resettled elsewhere across the globe. Access to technology would enable greater communication with families, both for important relational connections and for reunifications and other legal issues.

The Digital Learning Lab will be installed at The Hope Center by converting an existing library space into two spaces: a small classroom and a separate, dedicated computer lab with 5-6 computers and all related equipment (printer, wireless access, router, etc.).

Second, this project will also provide a stipend for at least two young adult refugee interns to assist with operating the Digital Learning Lab and the Hope Center’s Café area, where refugees awaiting the start of classes and programs can gather to enjoy beverages, snacks and meaningful connection and conversation. The interns will work 6-8 hours per week in the Lab and Café, learning how to manage supplies, orient first-time visitors, provide interpretation, troubleshoot equipment issues, and more. They will also participate in The Hope Center staff meetings and leadership development trainings. These paid internships will provide mentorship, teach invaluable workplace skills, and increase the intern’s employability elsewhere, so they can launch to even greater workforce opportunities.

We are asking for $30,000 for renovation and installation of the Digital Learning Lab, as well as to kick start the internship program. Please see submitted budget for a more detailed cost analysis of this project. The timeline for the project is based upon receipt of funds, but the hope is that the Lab will be installed and operational by end of summer 2020. The interns would also be hired upon opening of the Lab.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

  • The Hope Center serves 250+ people weekly that will now have regular and consistent access to technology and the internet.
  • The presence of the Digital Learning Lab anticipates an increased number of daily visitors to the Hope Center. More daily visits increases opportunities for registering students for our many classes and offerings.
  • Consistent access to online-only employment application processes will increase job placements through the Hope Center.
  • Increased rates of academic achievement and English language acquisition for adult and school-aged learners will lead to higher levels of employability and increased measures of school success.
  • The Hope Center will naturally be more culturally attuned, as the interns will be hired directly from our refugee and immigrant populations, allowing their invaluable input to the Center and those served.
  • The internship program will teach invaluable workplace skills, including time management, flexibility, team participation, problem solving and communication. These skills will allow the interns to become more marketable in their future careers, launching them to greater long-term success in the workforce.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

Many of the project costs are one-time startup costs related to renovations and the purchase of lab equipment and technology. Annual operating costs for the Digital Learning Lab and the internship program will be continued after this project through fundraising initiatives, including donor appeals to individuals, grant writing and special events. The Digital Learning Lab will continue to be a priority and be funded through these fundraising efforts. The organization is also increasing its own overall self-sustainability through profit-generating social enterprise ventures, allowing us to become more self-sufficient into the future. In addition, as interns “graduate” to greater employment opportunities, we will be able to fill those spots with new interns, thereby allowing that portion of the project to continue serving more refugees.

Total Funding Requested: $30,000

Funding Date Requirement: 4/1/2020

Summary and/or Supporting Documents:  https://legacycollective.org/wp-content/uploads/ninja-forms/2/HC-2020-Digital-Lab-Project-Budget.xlsx

Initiative Video or Related Links:

Nonprofit Name: Building Hope in the City

Nonprofit Website:  https://www.buildinghopeinthecity.org/

Chosen Catalytic Project

Chosen Catalytic Project – Telehealth for national expansion

Initiative Description:

After financially helping foster and adoptive families for six years, Chosen made a large pivot to focus on a significant gap in services for the actual healing of childhood trauma caused by abuse and neglect. This gap often leaves well-intentioned families under-equipped to meet the needs of their children. Unless addressed, trauma becomes cyclical and creates a greater complexity of needs. A matched child for a family is not enough.

Children in the welfare system suffer trauma and are left with mental and emotional damage that manifests in behavioral issues. Our model of care addresses the holistic needs of the child and each family member. Core services are trauma-informed education, developmental dyadic psychotherapy, and mentoring, along with intensive case management using evidence-based methodologies.

Since inception, we have reported zero foster dissolutions and zero adoption disruptions, meaning no client who went through our programs for six months or longer, willingly re-homed their children or put them back in the child welfare system. This is significant compared to the general population where 50% of foster parents quit after one year and reportedly 10 – 25% of adoptive children are rehomed.

This is a catalytic project to help with infrastructure costs for scaling our critical telehealth services on a national level. This grant would be dedicated to help us with the next steps of establishing a third-party payer system, which creates a sustainable funding stream.

For several reasons, we believe this effort fits perfectly with the mission of Legacy Collective to engage systemic problems related to social issues by resourcing the most innovative efforts:

Innovative: Using a secure telehealth model has been extremely effective for families who are desperate for help and allows us to reach anybody, anywhere.

Systemic: Most child welfare agencies are focused on the safety of children, and rightly so. We are focused on the healing of children to disrupt generational cycles. We work with both federal and state governments on transformational public policy to better serve vulnerable children.

Permanency: Chosen is focused on preventing family breakdown and children from re-entering foster or congregant care. This includes at-risk birth families and relative caretakers.
Sustainable: Establishing fees for services for those with the ability to pay via Medicaid reimbursements and 3rd party (insurance billing) will help Chosen not be 100% reliant on donors, also funding future staff needs.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

Chosen measures success in four major categories: parental stress levels, trauma symptom behaviors, parental ability to handle challenging behaviors, and permanency (numbers of foster dissolution or adoption disruption). We see a reduction in stress and anxiety levels in caregivers, a decrease in trauma-induced behaviors of the clients’ children – including reduced anger, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and dissociative behaviors, and an increase in the feeling of being equipped to parent. We also expect to see a decreased number of foster disruptions and adoption dissolutions.

Building the infrastructure for third party billing will allow us to serve exponentially more hurting children and families.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

Chosen is committed to growing nationally, as we receive calls from all over the country. It is essential to have the startup funding to establish the payer system in order to effectively scale. Once the structure is established, it will generate income that helps sustain Chosen’s services.

Total Funding Requested: $30,000

Funding Date Requirement: 05/01/2020

Initiative Video or Related Links: 

Chosen Fund Overview PDF

Nonprofit Name:  Chosen

Nonprofit Website:  https://www.chosen.care/

Haiti Takes Root

Haiti Takes Root: Reforestation and Local Farmer Collaboration

Initiative Description:

Farmers in Haiti are disconnected from stable markets and struggle to invest in long-term crops. Haiti Takes Root leverages Haiti’s geographic location and the burgeoning market for moringa tree products to address these issues. Through this program, we will build on nearly a decade of experience in Haiti to continue building resilient, vibrant communities. By building a sustainable agribusiness with local farmers, our program aims to assist them in producing organically certified moringa to meet increasing market demands in the US. Support will enable the program to construct a fully functional and autonomous moringa processing facility that will produce food-quality, organic, moringa powder, as well as continue farmer trainings.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

In addition to the transformation facility, we will continue providing agriculture trainings and distribute 73,000 moringa seedlings within our 3,000 member strong farmer network in 2020. It is projected that these farms will supply 40MT of moringa leaf and 90MT of moringa seed in the first year after the completion of the facility, generating an estimated $110,000 in farmer revenue that will directly benefit the local economy and raise the standard of living in the region.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

With support from the Legacy Collective, the agribusiness is projected to reach financial sustainability in December 2020. The Moringa program will be self-sustaining in the Nippes Department where the facility is located, and can then be scaled throughout Haiti with additional investments. The program is part of a larger Haiti-based social enterprise that promotes different smallholder agribusinesses, notably for the production of peanuts and manufacturing of Haiti’s iconic spicy peanut butter.

Total Funding Requested: $50,000

Funding Date Requirement: 03/01/2020

Initiative Video or Related Video Links:  

Link to Video:  https://spaces.hightail.com/space/MPiKGg1hs7/files/fi-bfcba12c-293c-42d5-853b-d7af9a09092a/fv-b71420d5-0841-4ac7-bfd1-a777ea79a5c5/HTR%20Moringa%20version%2001.mov

Nonprofit Name:  C.O.R.E. – Community Organized Relief Effort (formerly JP/HRO)

Nonprofit Website:  http://www.coreresponse.org/

Help One Now

Help One Now Business Launch Program (Family Empowerment Program)

Initiative Description:

The family unit plays a key role in the stability of the local community—a fact that is especially true in developing nations. Communities whose economies are struggling at the local level often see high levels of orphaned and abandoned children. These children are left to fend for themselves because parents cannot provide for them. They are often taken to orphanages in the hope that they’ll have a better life.

The Help One Now Business Launch Program seeks to disrupt this narrative. It keeps families together, helping them thrive, but more than that—it ripples out into the community. As additional families are empowered, the outlook of the entire community improves, the local economy strengthens, leading to more opportunity for everyone.

This holistic, family centered program has led to overwhelming success and measurable results, paving the way to an innovative shift in the approach to economic empowerment in global development work.

Here’s how it works…

STEP 1: Assess/Select Eligible Families—Families are typically low-income, woman-headed households with multiple dependents. They must be permanent residents, willing to work hard to change their lives, follow BLP guidelines, & set aside savings.

STEP 2: Assess Family Strengths—This is done via interview, direct observation & questionnaires to determine work ethic, business skills, motivation, commitment & past trends.

STEP 3: Explore Viable Business Ventures—Business & market assessments in the target area, identification of family strengths, and matching existing capacity with viable business ventures.

STEP 4: Training—Entrepreneur training that includes business assessment, planning, establishment, development & management; customer relations; bookkeeping; marketing & networking; saving & credit; and business communication.

STEP 5: Equipped To Launch—Upon completing the first 4 steps, families receive the supplies they need to launch their business.

STEP 6: Empowered—The business is launched. Our staff and experts from govt. offices facilitate trade relationships between clients & empowered families. This process generally takes 2-3 months. A family is empowered when they are able to run the business successfully, make it profitable, and start saving on a regular basis.

STEP 7: Mentoring/Re-Investment — Continued encouragement, business counseling & technical support; redirecting a portion of profits back into the business; continued training/education; impact assessment; performance assessment & SWOT analysis.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

If granted this opportunity, HON will use 60% of the funds to empower 30 families, and 40% to hire in-country staff stage to expand the program to empower thousands more!

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

The Help One Now Family Empowerment Program keeps struggling families together. To date, they have enrolled over 700 families in the program globally. The program has been adapted and expanded globally, currently operating in Ethiopia, Haiti, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic with training available in English, Amharic, Spanish and French. Families exhibit an average increased income of 400%—and many of these families now have 3-4 years of sustainability under their belt! They can send their children to school, put food on the table, save for the future, and in some cases start additional businesses and hire employees! In fact, there have been 353 businesses started through this program in the last 2 years alone. And there are currently 1,772 children of program families enrolled in school because their parents can now afford to send them, and 44 of those are enrolled at the university level! Not only does the program help the families who go through it, but it ripples outward into the community as families grow their businesses, create more jobs, and pour into the local economy…not to mention the dignity that it brings to parents and children alike.

On average, it costs approximately $1,000 to take 1 family down this 7-step pathway to sustainability, making this program both effective and efficient. HON has been expanding this program to other communities and countries over the past year. This will take continued investment in infrastructure, but the payoff will be remarkable. They have a long-term goal to empower 100,000 families in the next 10 years! Can you imagine the impact?!

Total Funding Requested: $50,000

Funding Date Requirement: 6/30/2020

Summary and/or Supporting Documents:  https://legacycollective.org/wp-content/uploads/ninja-forms/2/Help-One-Now-Family-Empowerment-Executive-Summary-Legacy-Collective-Grant.pdf

Initiative Video or Related Links:

Nonprofit Name: Help One Now

Nonprofit Website:  http://www.helponenow.org/

Philanthropitch

Initiative Description:

Philanthropitch is an innovative way to help launch local non-profits towards sustainability. It’s a live “shark tank” style event for for non-profits providing funds and exposure for organizations ready to scale sustainable social impact business models and programs. Nonprofit leaders attend workshops, receive free coaching and pitch training from proven community business leaders and mentors. To date Philanthropitch has funded over 75 nonprofit organizations across the country.

This event is led primarily by women, empowers leaders of color, focuses on sustainability and scalability, encourages innovation, and values collaboration. These are the exact values of Legacy Collective. This grant would help expand Philanthropitch to another US city in 2020. Currently targeting Nashville this fall.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

With this event starting in Austin, Legacy Collective has been able to multiply our $25K grant to provide nearly $200K per event ($1m to date) and help fund over a dozen local initiatives. That’s an instant 80% increase on our initial investment to empower local non-profits. It’s just smart work. Not only this, but since Legacy Collective becomes the title sponsor, we get the benefit of increasing brand awareness and our public platform. It’s a win/win. Together, we’re bringing together a diverse group of high-impact, cause-based organizations for one of the most exciting social innovation events in the country.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

We’ve already seen how partnering with Philanthropitch in Austin helped Legacy Collective launch the Austin Giving Circle which instantly made the event sustainable in Austin. We plan to do the same in Nashville. It’s a proven model.

Beyond that, I’ve never seen another model in which organizations selected are literally rewarded for their sustainability and scalability plan. It’s the exact focus of the event. Each org or initiative will scale in different ways but each will be required to have a revenue generating model in order to present.

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 03/01/2020

Initiative Video or Related Video Links:

Nonprofit Name: Philanthropitch

Nonprofit Website: https://www.philanthropitch.org/

Second Mile Haiti

Initiative Description:

SECOND MILE is a social enterprise focused on creating a sustainable model of local farming to fund a model of care to keep vulnerable families together (reducing the orphan crisis) including a maternity center, job creation, and health & education.

FAMILIES ARE REFERRED FROM WITHIN HAITI’S HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE SECTORS (from Hospitals and clinics, and from orphanages and aid organizations where the family has gone seeking help… )

  • Referred children are screened for severe acute malnutrition
  • Children with severe acute malnutrition are admitted to live-in center with a caregiver/family member
  • Professional health team coordinates individualized care response including referral to local hospitals as needed, and coordination of follow-up visits with these health centers
  • Haitian trained nurses monitor daily progress, intervene according to National Protocol for Treatment of Children with Severe
  • Acute Malnutrition (PTA), and teach mothers/caregivers how to administer treatment
  • Rehabilitation continues for 4 – 10 weeks depending on severity of child’s condition

DURING HER STAY AT THE CENTER EACH CAREGIVER,

  • Participates in daily group education classes: in health, nutrition, business, gardening, and literacy
  • Receives individual issue-based support
  • Benefits from participatory learning, hands on livelihood-training, and peer-support
  • Gains confidence by driving her child’s recovery and developing literacy skills
  • Learns how to manage income-generating activity and raise small animals as asset investments

During education classes and one-on-one sessions, caregivers learn that prevention of malnutrition begins with family planning, prenatal care, breastfeeding, and improved hygiene and sanitation:

UPON PROGRAM GRADUATION, EACH CAREGIVER,

  • Is supported through home visits as well as follow-up visits at the center
  • Starts income-generating activity which allows her to meet her children’s nutritional, educational, & health needs through earned income
  • Can participate in an incentive based savings program which leads to purchase of assets like livestock and small animals
  • Is more likely to send her children to school, an important step in breaking the cycle of generational undernutrition
  • Shares her knowledge with friends, family, and community, and becomes an advocate for malnutrition prevention

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

And we see it everyday. It’s the three year old twins who were too weak to crawl, but are now learning to stand. It’s the woman who was didn’t understand basic arithmetic, and is now running her own business. And it’s the employees who are using their stable income to build their own homes, educate their children, and save for the future. These are the moments we know: it’s working. We try to share as many of these stories as we can over at our blog. However, we also gather data, images and testimonials to track impact in three categories:

HEALTH – Healing malnourished infants so they can develop into healthy, happy children

EMPOWERMENT – Giving people the tools to create brighter futures for themselves and their families

EDUCATION – Educating caregivers in health, nutrition, business, literacy and agriculture

+ We’re all local, organic and natural. No pesticides or artificial fertilizers. No imported seeds. No preservatives.

+ The farm produced enough food to cover all fruit, vegetable and legume needs for over 10,000 meals at Second Mile in 2014, 17,000 in 2015, 25,000 meals are estimated for 2016.

+ Since the Moms stay on site Monday-Friday, they don’t have time to go to the market before heading home for the weekend. Therefore, we send each caregiver home with a large bag of produce to assure her and her family can eat healthy wholesome meals all weekend long.

+ Tending the farm allows us to create stable employment for 8 people, including 5 boys from Streethearts, a partner organization that works to create better futures for boys living on the streets in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

Haiti was once an agricultural haven, and we’re trying to connect to those roots. The farm contributes to Second Mile’s sustainability for a number of reasons. We have 40 plant varieties growing on 4 acres. Everything from legumes to mangos, limes to moringa. We have a compost plot where we produce nutrient rich soil for the farm and train caregivers in the program on composting. Cow’s and goat’s milk are used to produce dairy products like yogurt and cheese. (We also eat the goats sometimes too.) Bees act as necessary pollinators for the crops and we sell their honey in local markets.

EAT -A way to provide daily, nutrient-rich meals for the moms and kids in our program and all staff members.

TEACH – A place for women and their family members to learn new agriculture techniques and practice growing food

SELL – An opportunity to generate income for the organization through the sales of agricultural products

We also produce and sell…

RAW HONEY -Harvested from beehives right on our land

MANGO JAM – Delicious and sweet, especially with our yogurt

MORINGA POWDER -Considered a ‘super food’ packed with minerals and vitamins

These all natural, hard-to-find products are developed right on our land and sold in local markets. All proceeds go towards business grants for women in the program.

COCONUT OIL – Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil perfect for cooking

CREAM CHEESE – Creamy and smooth

YOGURT – Filled with probiotics that help with digestion

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 03/01/2020

Initiative Video or Related Links:

Nonprofit Name: Second Mile Haiti

Nonprofit Website: https://www.secondmilehaiti.org/

To Whom It May Concern

TWIMC Volunteer Training Program to Reduce Recidivism for Women Exiting Prison

Initiative Description:

The sad reality for a woman leaving prison today is that a lack of meaningful opportunities to re-engage with society dramatically increases the likelihood that she will end up back in jail. The US Department of Justice reports that 68% of released prisoners are rearrested within 3 years of their release. 83% are re-incarcerated after 9 years. To Whom It May Concern (TWIMC) is a small nonprofit agency determined to stand alongside any woman in the state of Ohio who wants to beat those odds, by providing the support she needs to successfully reintegrate into her community. We are filling the gap where the system is failing. However, our volunteers need training in order to be well-equipped to really assist these vulnerable women and help them to not only survive but thrive in their communities.

TWIMC PROGRAMS AND THEIR TRAINING NEEDS

Life Builder’s – Reintegration starts long before a woman’s release date. TWIMC partners with the justice system to match Life Builder Mentors with inmates for pre-release mentoring through our Life Builder’s program. Working inside the prison, our volunteers build relationships with the women so that they have a healthy, strong supportive connection upon their release. With their Life Builder Mentor, each woman sets goals within five categories: Physical Needs, Financial Needs, Social Needs, Recovery Support Needs, and Spiritual Needs, and then creates a plan to achieve those goals. Our Life Builder volunteers need to be trained on boundaries, trauma informed care, active listening, and appropriate goal setting.

Fresh Start – We have learned that that “the first 3’s” (the first 3 minutes, the first 3 days and the first three weeks) are critical for avoiding recidivism. That’s why our Fresh Start program focuses on these “3s”. When we know a woman is going to be released, we are there for her the moment she steps outside the prison, and if she needs it, we provide a ride home. Within the first three days we provide her with a fresh set of clothes and basic toiletries along with a packet of information with resources in their specific county or city. And for the entire 3 weeks, her mentor and Fresh Start volunteers walk along-side her as she adapts and adjusts to life “outside the wire” with a focus on revising her goals and creating new plans as needs arise, because those needs are sometimes very different than what they anticipated. In addition to boundaries, trauma informed care, active listening and goal setting, Fresh Start Volunteers need to be trained in subjects like overcoming barriers to success, co-dependency, how to find and access resources, and warning signs of relapse.

Next Step – Before the end of those first three weeks each program participant is introduced to more women in the TWIMC community including volunteer coaches who can help them navigate through any of the various challenges that they will inevitably face. This often includes long term housing, transportation, legal concerns, financial issues, employment, mental health resources, recovery support and other needs. We let each woman know that we are dedicated to building a foundation of trust and support that will last as long as they want it to after they are released. In addition to need all of the same training that Life Builder Mentors and Fresh Start Volunteers need, Next Step coaches need to be trained in specific coaching areas listed above so that the participants have the assistance they need to allow them to reach their goals and remain out of prison.

We don’t believe in giving these women handouts. We do believe in giving them a hand up and friend to walk alongside them so that they can lift themselves out of their situation and move beyond their past.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

Reentry is not an easy process. Women leaving prison face a multitude of problems. Sadly, the American Journal of Public Health reports that between 77% and 91% of incarcerated women have endured childhood trauma including sexual assault, having been injured by their parents enough to need medical attention, and/or having experienced severe, on-going violence between family members. With mental health resources stretched very thin inside the prison, these women come out of prison not having dealt with the root issues that contributed to their incarceration. On top of this, the stigma that comes with being an ex-con means that many of the doors that could lead to successful reintegration are closed. This combination of factors results in what some of termed a “revolving door”.

To Whom It May Concern (TWIMC) is working to change that with an overarching goal to reduce recidivism for the women we serve. Research shows that structured well-run mentoring programs like the ones that TWIMC offers inside the prison can affect outcomes, with 35% of participants being less likely to return to prison than their un-mentored counterparts. We have seen that if we continue to support them beyond mentoring with the Fresh Start program and the Next Step coaches, the recidivism rate drops even further. Less than 10% of the women who go through our programs have returned to prison.

Our volunteers are committed to serving this incredibly vulnerable population, but they are ill-equipped. Training our volunteers will further reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for participants by empowering the volunteers to better serve and advocate for the participants. We expect that with a trained volunteer workforce, 50% more participants will have access to the housing, employment, recovery, and mental health resources that they need. We also expect that recidivism will be less than 5%.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

PLAN FOR SUSTAINABILITY

We intend to employ a train-the-trainer approach so that we can provide in-house training after the initial training occurs. We have identified key volunteers who are capable of training other volunteers if they are equipped with the knowledge they need to do so. The Meeting Owl technology that we are proposing to purchase will allow us to provide remote training in the future without requiring volunteers to travel to a central teaching location. Meeting Owl offers nonprofit organizations certified refurbished Meeting Owls at significant discount, making it an excellent, cost effect way to sustain the training moving forward.

TIMELINE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

  • Q1 2020 – Contract with Trainers, Secure meeting location, purchase equipment and software, administer pre-training knowledge test/survey with TWIMC trainers and volunteers
  • Q2 2020 – Conduct Training of TWIMC trainers and volunteers, administer post-training knowledge test/survey, conduct refresher courses as needed.
  • Q3 2020 and Ongoing – TWIMC trainers provide ongoing training for all new volunteers and existing volunteers as needed.

BUDGET FOR SUSTAINABILITY

  • Initial Launch Budget (Legacy Collective Request) $4,575
  • Training Session Fees ($750) , Travel Expenses ($250), Supplies and Materials ($2,300), Video Conferencing Technology ($400), Laptop
  • Computer ($700), Software $175
  • Annual Ongoing Budget (provided by individual donors) $475
  • Travel Expenses ($25), Training Supplies and Materials ($150), Annual Set Aside for Technology/Computer Upgrades ($300)

Total Funding Requested: $4,575

Funding Date Requirement: 04/01/2020

Summary and/or Supporting Documents:  None submitted

Initiative Video or Related Links:  None submitted

Nonprofit Name: To Whom It May Concern

Nonprofit Website:  http://twimcohio.org/

Warriors on the Way

Warriors on the Way (Pilgrimage for Combat Veterans with PTSD and Moral Injury)

Initiative Description:

The Warriors on the Way pilgrimage is a purpose designed event for the sake of reducing PTSD/Moral Injury in the life of the combat veteran.

The Warriors on the Way© pilgrimage intends to capture the benefits while leaving the negatives behind. A 180-Mile pilgrimage in Spain on the Camino de Santiago during the last two weeks of September, Warriors on the Way will travel through historic cities of Astorga, Ponferrada (Home of one of the largest Knight Templar Castles still standing), Portomarin, and the gorgeous mountains of Galicia. Each pilgrim will have the opportunity to participate in the ancient ritual of leaving burdens at the foot of the Cruz de Ferro, see the site of a documented miracle at O Cebreiro, and, ultimately, complete their journey at the amazing Catedral de Santiago de Compostela.

Warriors on the Way is a purpose designed pilgrimage for Combat Veterans by Combat Veterans. Capitalizing on the latest research in PTSD and Moral Injury care, pilgrim veterans will join in the tradition of pilgrims who have been walking the Camino de Santiago since the 9th Century. Today the Camino welcomes pilgrims of all backgrounds from around the world with an established route with full logistical support. This means that while each day may be long, the weight each pilgrim must carry will be light (a max load of 18lbs).

Each pilgrim is transported, lodged, fed, and equipped for the pilgrimage. The working estimate per pilgrim (fluctuates based on cost of airfare and the rate of exchange) is 3,500. That covers round trip airfare from San Antonio to Spain and back (we all travel together so the pilgrim if not from San Antonio must get here at personal expense), lodging in San Antonio the night before we fly out and the night after return, ground transportation in Spain, the three primary meals of the day each day, lodging, and the use of backpack, sleeping bag, canteen, raingear, and trekking poles.

The Warriors on the Way team consists of myself, 2 clinical psychologists, and 1 psychiatrist.

I am a retired US Army Chaplain with a doctorate in trauma ministry. My final duty assignment in the Army was Instructor/Writer at the Army Medical Detachment Center and School where I researched, developed and taught the the US Army Chaplain Corps course on how to provide a ministerial response to PTSD and Moral Injury. That research provided that background to the Warriors on the Way pilgrimage design.

Dr Lisa Landry, PhD – Clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and resiliency.

Dr Renee Phillips, PhD – Clinical psychologist who specializes in PTSD and its effect on family systems.

Dr Shelley Amen, MD PhD – Psychiatrist specializing in Combat induced PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) induced PTSD.

Our team goal is to always demonstrate that Faith and Behavioral Health are complimentary to each other and by accessing both the veteran gains access to a wider spectrum of healing opportunity.

The Warriors on the Way pilgrimage is a purpose designed event for the sake of reducing PTSD/Moral Injury in the life of the combat veteran (our focus is on the combat veteran – with additional funding our desire for growth is developing a pilgrimage for the veteran family incorporating healing for the entire family unit).

The design of the program is based on multiple evidence based healing modalities.

Positive Spiritual Practices; Being with a group who have the same/like experiences; Being outside; positive controlled strain on the body (eg exercise).

Each day begins with a short healing focused time of worship. We then walk. The walk is through the mountains of Galicia (so a beautiful environment) on the Camino de Santiago (which, as the third oldest pilgrimage route in Christendom, has a robust support network for pilgrims – we cannot do this cheaper in the United States. A common question). We walk about 15 miles per day give or take each day depending on the spacing of the towns where we stay. I have made this pilgrimage four times and have developed a list of reliable alburgues where we are always treated very well. After approx 180 miles we arrive in Santiago de Compostela and each pilgrim receives a certificate of completion from the Cathedral pilgrim office.

Initiative Anticipated Impact and Outcomes:

Outcomes from past walks: PTSD symptoms raw number averages for this group assessments (Utilizing the PCL5 a validated test instrument).

Before the Camino: 48.66
After the Camino: 14.16

A 71% group average reduction.

That is 1% higher than last year’s 70% percent reduction in symptoms.

20% is considered statistically significant. Anything over 30% and the improvement is attributed to the treatment modality.

More importantly, we have one guy already connected to a clinical psychologist (who has also made the Camino so especially suited to transitioning the vet from the moving event to a level of continuity of care) for therapy and he is talking with me for soul care.

Initiative Sustainability Plan:

Warriors on the Way is a veteran focused 50c3 (EIN 82-5215146) with an annual operating budget of under 50K (Actual projected project cost is 45K if every slot is filled). That means we file using the “postcard.” Our FY matches the CY so I intend to file our electronic postcard within the next few weeks. The trouble is that the post card filing gives no real information due to the sums being so small. So, I will give you a break down.

First, myself and the 2 consulting psychologists and the 1 consulting psychiatrist are volunteers who draw no income from the 501c3. The psychologists alternate actually making the pilgrimage with the group (we always have a clinical psychologist on the leadership team while walking). This past year we spent 100 dollars on postage, and a couple hundred dollars on paper and printing of donation receipts, thank you letters, etc. Replacing of lost and damaged equipment from the previous year was about 100 dollars (sorry – I am working from memory so lack of exact numbers – I can go back through the ledger if need be). So about 500 dollars for “overhead.”

Total Funding Requested: $45,000

Funding Date Requirement: 3/31/2020

Summary and/or Supporting Documents:  None submitted

Initiative Video or Related Links:  https://www.facebook.com/WarriorsOnTheWay/

Nonprofit Name: Warriors on the Way

Nonprofit Website:  https://warriorsontheway.org

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