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Independence House Inc.

 160 Bassett Lane
 Hyannis, MA 02601
[P] (508) 771-6507
[F] (508) 778-0143
www.independencehouse.org
[email protected]
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INCORPORATED: 1981
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2716665

LAST UPDATED: 02/11/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Independence House helps all domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children by creating opportunities to find safety and become empowered through crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, referral, outreach, education and inspiring change in our community. 

Mission Statement

Independence House helps all domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children by creating opportunities to find safety and become empowered through crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, referral, outreach, education and inspiring change in our community. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $1,183,063.00
Projected Expense $1,183,063.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Based Domestic Violence Services
  • Rape Crisis Program
  • Residential Programs

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Overview

Mission Statement

Independence House helps all domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children by creating opportunities to find safety and become empowered through crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, referral, outreach, education and inspiring change in our community. 

Background Statement

Independence House (IH) was established as a 501(C)(3) organization in 1979 with a precise mission to address the safety, advocacy, justice and support needs of domestic and later in 1989 sexual violence victims. We have been intentionally committed to our mission for 33 years, incorporating new research and adapting our activities to meet changing community needs. We provide services to adults, children and teens and engage in prevention, education and outreach activities. Our services address the impact of domestic and sexual violence (DV/SA) on a survivor’s life and include safe homing, 24/7 crisis hotline, advocacy, supportive counseling; 209A restraining and 258E harassment order assistance by SAFEPLAN advocates, housing stabilization and economic independence, child witness to domestic violence; our services also help teens who are victims of relationship domestic and sexual violence and/or peer violence. All of our direct, administrative and support staff and volunteers are committed to our mission and participate in 72 hours of domestic and sexual violence training.

 

The mission of IH is to help all domestic violence and sexual assault victims, survivors and their children by creating opportunities to find safety and become empowered through crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, referral, outreach, education and inspiring change in our community. A 24/7/365 hotline is available to any victim of DV/SA, including those in need of immediate crisis intervention, information and referral; immediate safety through IH Safe Home network; emergency food assistance, transportation, advocacy, groups, and individual supportive counseling is offered to all victims. Age appropriate children’s programming decreases the impact of violence on children/teens. Housing Stabilization Program addresses the intersection of domestic violence, poverty and homelessness by providing stable long-term housing for victims and enhancing self sufficiency. Outreach, prevention and education engage the wider community. Court based advocacy services provides support in court re: the 209A restraining order and the 258E harassment order.

 

IH is staffed by 24 full and part-time staff. 10 volunteer Board of Directors attend to the fiduciary, policy and development needs of the organization. IH capacity is expanded through our dedicated volunteer pool of 70 volunteers who commit to, and receive the same initial training as paid staff.

Impact Statement

Nayah (Fictional name) had been living in an abusive situation since her early childhood. As an adult, Nayah began experiencing violence from her intimate partner. With counseling and support from Independence House, she obtained a restraining order. Even though Nayah was under great pressure by her family to cancel the restraining order, she stayed firm with her decision. Nyah continued counseling and educating herselfabout the cycle of domestic violence. She recognized and identified all phases of domestic violence. She became aware of how she had experienced some form of violence every day. She is determined to give a better life to her own family. Months later, Nayah had a family meeting concerning the abuse. Nayah informed her family that she is learning to live without violence and that she wants to teach her beloved family to resolve conflicts without violence. She wants her children to live in a safe environment. The family has agreed to end domestic violence. Nayah and her partner are working together to raise their children. Her baby is growing up in a healthy and safe environment. Nayah continues educating herself and her family about domestic violence. She is determined to protect herselfand her children. She remains firm and committed to let her family know that domestic violence is not acceptable and there is help and support. Our agency helps victims to achieve outcomes like the one that Nayah experienced.

Accomplishments

  1. Secured funding to implement a county wide Sexual Assault Response Team.
  2. Expanded prevention activities to teens.
  3. Gained new partners and supporters

Goals for the current year:

  1. Expand our prevention program
  2. Increase services for domestic violence victims in need of housing
  3. Increase services to male victims of sexual assault
  4. Increase availability of legal services to domestic and sexual violence victims

Needs Statement

Intimate partner violence is pervasive in the US. Nearly 25% of women in one survey said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabitating partner or date at some time in their lifetime. Approximately 4.8 million intimate partner rapes and physical assaults are perpetrated against women in the US. 41.5% of women who are physically assaulted by intimate partners are injured during the assault. Slightly more than 11% of women who had lived with another woman reported being raped, physically assaulted and/or stalked by a female cohabitant. IH serves over 6000 victims annually. A response to these numbers is imperative because the potential for lost lives and lost potential is well documented and unquestionable in the absence of an effective response.
 
Survivors seeking our services demonstrate amazing courage, resiliency, determination, hope and capacity for healing and survival with adequate support and services.
 
IH must raise over $100,000 annualy in matching funds to meet the following top five pressing needs.
 
1. Specialized legal representation for domestic violence victims
2. Economic security for victims
3. Expert service provision
4. Financial support for personnel who provide services
5. Development of agency infrastructure

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA

Barnstable County

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Violence Shelters and Services
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Community Based Domestic Violence Services

Crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, referral, outreach, education, 24 hour hotline
Budget  $600,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Females
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of families will be become aware of additional community resources.
Program Long-Term Success 
100% of clients will have individualized long term plan for safety; 95% of clients will recognize warning signs of domestic abuse. 100% of the children will understand that domestic violence is not their fault. 80% of the teens will identify healthy peer and dating relationships.
Program Success Monitored By 
Client self reporting forms which are completed by clients.
Examples of Program Success 
 

Nayah (Fictional name) began experiencing violence from her intimate partner. With counseling and support from Independence House, she obtained a restraining order. Even though Nayah was under great pressure by her family to cancel the restraining order, she stayed firm with her decision. She recognized and identified all phases of domestic violence. She became aware of how she had experienced some form of violence every day. She is determined to give a better life to her own family. Nayah informed her family that she is learning to live without violence and that she wants to teach her beloved family to resolve conflicts without violence. She wants her children to live in a safe environment. The family has agreed to end domestic violence. Her baby is growing up in a healthy and safe environment. She is determined to protect herselfand her children. She remains firm and committed to let her family know that domestic violence is not acceptable and there is help and support.


Rape Crisis Program

Provides medical accompaniment to sexual assault victims in the aftermath of sexual violence, 24 hour rape crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, prevention, education referral and outreach regarding sexual violence.
Budget  $220,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Females Males College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of clients will understand that they are not responsible for the sexual assault. 100% of teens will identify active bystander responses.
Program Long-Term Success 
100% of clients will become educated about their rights and options after experiencing sexual assault. 90% of clients will learn to honor their coping skills as normal reactions to trauma.
Program Success Monitored By 
Client self reporting forms completed by the client.
Examples of Program Success   

Through collaboration with Barnstable High School, we have created an after school youth group called Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). This group of approximately 15 students completes a full day training on teen dating violence, gender stereotypes, sexual harassment, sexual assault and being an active bystander. The adapted curriculum, MVP, was created by Jackson Katz and North Eastern University and aims to raise awareness of “gendered violence” and empower youth to act as active bystanders.

Upon completing the training these students not only create projects within the school such as video-recorded PSAs, facilitating educational workshops for other students in the community and surveying their peers to determine the experiences of youth. They implement the active bystander techniques learned and act as agents of primary prevention. Public service announcements available by clicking these links:

You may locate PSA’s by going towww.youtube.comand searching MVP PSA


Residential Programs

Housing Stabilization Program - Addresses the intersection of domestic violence, proverty and homelessness by providing stabile long-term housing for victims and enhancing self-sufficiency.
Safe Home Network - Provides short-term emergency housing immediately following domestic violence incident.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of clients will become more knowledgable regarding job search skills.
Program Long-Term Success 
100% of families in program will obtain permanent long-term affordable housing and achieve economic sufficiency. 90% of families will maintain domestic violence free families.
Program Success Monitored By 
Client self reporting forms completed by the client.
Counselor observation and goal tracking.
Examples of Program Success  Four families are living in permanent stable and secure housing that was previously unavailable to them. One family that entered the program last year had fled her abuser and went into shelter. She entered our program after leaving the shelter, and within a year received a permanent housing subsidy. She is in college to obtain a massage therapy license. Her children have been able to remain in the same school district, and she has divorced her abusive husband. Another mother has graduated from the Career Training Program through 4 C’s whom Independence House staff connected her with. She now has a job in the field that she hoped for and is actively seeking permanent housing.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Lysetta B Hurge-Putnam
CEO Term Start Mar 1999
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, MSW, LICSW is the Executive Director of Independence House, Inc., a community based agency providing domestic and sexual violence services, prevention, education and training. Ms. Hurge-Putnam has served as the Executive Director since 1999, prior to that Ms. Hurge-Putnam worked in NY directly with domestic and sexual violence victims, and later on directed and developed programs, supervised staff and students and provided training and consultation to colleagues. Ms. Hurge-Putnam was involved in planning for the first Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo,NY. She is a 2008 recipient of the Barnstable County Human Right’s Commission Cornerstone Award, and a 2009 recipient of the MA Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroine Award. She has served on the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence. She served as a member of the Jane Doe, Inc. Board of Directors for 9 years; 6 of which were on the Executive Committee, and is currently an active member of the Finance Committee. Ms. Hurge-Putnam has presented individually on various panels, locally and statewide re: domestic and sexual violence and the effects of the economic recession on children who witness domestic violence, confidentiality for domestic and sexual violence victims, and on the intersection of the oppressions of race, and sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Hurge-Putnam has provided expert witness testimony in superior court for the prosecution re: the impact of domestic violence on victims.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Barnstable County High Schools
Barnstable County Police Departments
Human Service Agencies
Barnstable County Courts
Barnstable County District Attorney's Office

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 14
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Brazilian/Portuguese
Gender Female: 23
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms Sandra S. Cashen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dennis-Yarmouth School District
Board Chair Term Jan 2007 - Dec 2013
Board Co-Chair Ms Lauren M Kanzer
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation The House Whisperer
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2010 - Dec 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Melissa Alden Yarmouth Police Department Voting
Mr David Augustinho Cape & Island Workforce Investment Board Voting
Ms Mary Brunette Retired - Real Estate Develper Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Dunton Emerald Physicians Voting
Mr Dana Mohler-Faria Bridgewater University Voting
Ms Kathy Pett-Ryman Retired - Attorney Voting
Mr Steven G Xiarhos Deputy Chief of Police - Yarmouth Police Department Voting
Ms Donna Zayatz Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Cape Verdean
Gender Female: 7
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $1,183,063.00
Projected Expense $1,183,063.00
Form 990s

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $1,244,989 $1,300,485 $1,559,158
Total Expenses $1,296,737 $1,468,388 $1,519,389

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $199,655 $212,189 $341,195
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $884,502 $890,918 $1,020,728
Investment Income, Net of Losses $19,856 $17,486 $-15,322
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $38,280 $18,194 $29,610
Revenue In-Kind $102,696 $161,698 $182,947
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $1,187,459 $1,381,204 $1,408,547
Administration Expense $57,079 $56,674 $85,399
Fundraising Expense $52,199 $30,510 $25,443
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 0.89 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 94% 93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 13% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $1,062,062 $1,167,199 $1,331,782
Current Assets $364,620 $447,765 $587,755
Long-Term Liabilities $328,525 $338,792 $349,773
Current Liabilities $668,062 $108,597 $94,296
Total Net Assets $668,062 $719,810 $887,713

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $33,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.55 4.12 6.23

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 31% 29% 26%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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