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Heartbeat Crisis Pregnancy Center

 113 Winn Street
 Burlington, MA 01803
[P] (781) 229-7887
[F] (781) 229-7887
PregnancyMA.com
[email protected]
Muriel Ostrowski
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INCORPORATED: 1997
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3220314

LAST UPDATED: 03/19/2018
Organization DBA Heartbeat Pregnancy Help
Heartbeat Ministries & Crisis Pregnancy Center, Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Our main mission is to assist needy pregnant women and needy families with young children.  We provide caring support and assistance, based on the specific needs of each family.  These generally include clothing, baby and children's equipment, diapers, toys, delivery to many families, and some food, rental and/or utility bill assistance and transportation.  We provide referrals to other agencies for additional assistance.  Another part of our mission is to provide accurate information and options counseling to pregnant women who call unsure about whether they will parent, place for adoption or abort.  We offer assistance with parenting or placing for adoption if they choose one of these options.

Mission Statement

Our main mission is to assist needy pregnant women and needy families with young children.  We provide caring support and assistance, based on the specific needs of each family.  These generally include clothing, baby and children's equipment, diapers, toys, delivery to many families, and some food, rental and/or utility bill assistance and transportation.  We provide referrals to other agencies for additional assistance.  Another part of our mission is to provide accurate information and options counseling to pregnant women who call unsure about whether they will parent, place for adoption or abort.  We offer assistance with parenting or placing for adoption if they choose one of these options.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $70,000.00
Projected Expense $90,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Assistance to families with small children
  • Pregnancy Help

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Our main mission is to assist needy pregnant women and needy families with young children.  We provide caring support and assistance, based on the specific needs of each family.  These generally include clothing, baby and children's equipment, diapers, toys, delivery to many families, and some food, rental and/or utility bill assistance and transportation.  We provide referrals to other agencies for additional assistance.  Another part of our mission is to provide accurate information and options counseling to pregnant women who call unsure about whether they will parent, place for adoption or abort.  We offer assistance with parenting or placing for adoption if they choose one of these options.

Background Statement

Heartbeat was begun in 1993 by a group of lay Catholics to provide information and assistance to women in crisis pregnancies, hoping to encourage more to choose to parent or place for adoption. Heartbeat was incorporated in 1997.  Since that time, our focus and mission have grown and expanded.  Many of the pregnant women who contact us now have already decided to parent their children.  Other families contact us after their babies are born, referred by friends or staff persons from charitable or government agencies or from hospitals.  Some pregnant women call us looking for information about their options.  We provide accurate information and offer caring assistance for families parenting their children or placing babies for adoption. Often pregnant women are relieved to find that there actually are people who want to help and subsequently choose to parent their babies.  We provide an incredible amount of help to families who contact us.  We provide friendship, maternity and children's clothing, diapers, baby equipment and sometimes food and occasional help with rent and/or utility bills.  We are helping more and more families each year.  Agencies that refer families to us include Healthy Families, WIC, Centerboard in Lynn, Department of Transitional Assistance, Boston Medical Center, several charitable agencies in Lowell and The Community Life Center in Burlington.  Families we service find caring people and assistance they need and leave encouraged and more hopeful!  Many rave to us and others about the wonderful, caring help we provide to them!

Impact Statement

1.  We assisted 330 needy families with their babies born during 2017,  providing much needed clothing, baby equipment, diapers, blankets and other requested items, along with encouragement and caring.
 
2.  We provided caring assistance to several hundred additional needy families, many whose babies we helped in previous years, providing clothing, toys, many diapers and wipes, some food and bill assistance and requested baby and children's equipment.
 
3.   With the help of several Hispanic volunteers who interpret for us and with referrals from Healthy Families and other agencies, we have served more Hispanic families during the past year and served them more effectively.  We have also assisted families who speak Arabic or Haitian Creole with the help of volunteer interpreters. 
 
4.  Our volunteers have done an admirable job providing caring and support for many families, providing donated items and stretching our relatively small income to provide many new baby items purchased at warehouse or clearance prices or with discounts or coupons and other gently used items purchased  in great condition.

Needs Statement

1.  Our most pressing need is for funds to assist so many additional families with baby and children's equipment and clothing.  We try to provide each needy family with a car seat, a stroller and a pack and play with bassinet for the baby to sleep in, along with much clothing, blankets and other needed baby items.  We would like to be able to assist with high chairs, as well.  Approx. $400. per family would help the families much more effectively.  While we raised more funds during 2017 than in 2016, we did not raise as much as we had to spend.  We need an additional $30,000. to enable us to provide the needed baby equipment and clothing.  
 
2.  The next pressing need is for funds to provide diapers and pull-ups for families who cannot afford them. An additional $10,000. would help us do this.
 
3.  We also need additional funding to assist families with occasional gift cards to grocery stores for emergency food needs.  About $5,000. would enable us to provide this help.
 
4.  Another pressing need is for funding to help families with transportation expenses, and the expense of delivering needed items to families with no transportation.  This includes a need for gas cards and help with occasional repairs and insurance costs. $6,000 would help with this.
 
5.  We need more volunteers, including a co-director or assistant director, others to assist with fund-raising, some to help assemble items for families and sort donated items and some to help deliver items. We added about ten new volunteers this past year, but still need more, especially for deliveries, fundraising and administrative assistance.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CEO Statement

We are distinctive in that we provide needy families maternity clothing, baby and children's clothing, blankets and equipment in a friendly, caring way.  The families we serve are very low-income.  Most are single-parent families.  A significant number live in shelters or temporary shelter apartments.  We help parents to provide what their children need and encourage caring, effective parenting.  After beginning to help the families when they are expecting or have young babies, we continue to help them as needed.  We encourage good nutrition and provide some food assistance when needed. We provide children's books and encourage parents to read to their children.  We deliver to many families who have no way to come to us.  Parents often cry tears of joy when they receive the much needed assistance from our caring volunteers. 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
We assist families in many different cities and towns.  The cities in which we assist the most families are Lynn, Lowell and Lawrence, though we also assist families in Wilmington, Boston, Dracut, Malden, Woburn, Tewksbury, Stoneham, Burlington, Billerica, Chelsea, E. Boston, Revere, Saugus,Danvers, Gloucester, Peabody, and other towns, depending on where the families live who contact us. Our ministry is primarily serving cities and towns north of Boston and also many families in Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Human Services - Pregnancy Centers
  3. Public & Societal Benefit -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Assistance to families with small children

We provide much assistance to needy families having babies and continue to assist the families for several years or more, as needed.  We provide baby clothing, blankets, diapers, toiletries, infant and some toddler car seats, strollers, pack and plays as beds for the babies, and some bouncer seats and swings, depending on the specific needs of each family.  We provide caring emotional support and encouragement and some parenting advice.   We provide some help with groceries, utility and/or rent bills, toys, children's books and other baby's and children's needs, as requested by the parents.  We deliver needed baby and children's items to families who have no transportation and purchase gas for some who have transportation so they can come to us.  We provide referrals to other agencies for additional needs.
Budget  approx. 85000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  Short term successes are that the children have warm clothing in the winter, light clothing in the summer, pajamas to wear to bed, diapers, and stories read to them.  The moms and dads feel less discouraged because their children have what they need and are less likely to be grumpy and despairing.  We see moms (especially) warmed emotionally and better able to care for their children when the children have nice clothing, toys, and books and the moms are encouraged by caring volunteers.
Program Long-Term Success  The long term changes that we hope will result from this program is that the children will have healthier lives with proper clothing, books and toys and will be well-taken care of and will not grow up angry at the world and destructive.  They will hopefully become good citizens and a credit to the community.
Program Success Monitored By  We monitor the success by the families who do get "on their feet" and no longer need assistance and the many who are successfully caring for their children and feel more capable to do so.  Many want to help us help others and donate back to us.  They send friends to us who are in circumstances similar to those they had been in.
Examples of Program Success  Many moms do find jobs, get daycare for their children and rise above some of the problems they had.  Few totally escape poverty but many get to the point where they can manage to pay their bills and only need occasional help.  Some who have transportation come to us to volunteer to help others.  Many donate clothing and equipment back to us to help others.  It creates a caring network that many had not been part of before their experience with Heartbeat.

Pregnancy Help

Assistance to pregnant women with maternity clothing,individual friendship/relationship/parenting counseling, nutritious groceries as needed,
provision of other needs and referrals to agencies that can provide further assistance.
Budget  $8,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Programs for Single Parents
Population Served Females Adults Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  Mothers are encouraged to parent more effectively.  We see behavior changes in mothers who focus on their children and grow to be emotionally stronger at protecting their children.  We provide individual friendship counseling and observe changes in many women we assist.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term changes will be better health outcomes for children, mothers who are enabled to advocate better for their children's needs and who are more willing to reach out and help others after receiving caring help.   
Program Success Monitored By  We observe changes and discuss successes.  We frequently receive feedback from the families we assist and from others who call because they learned of the positive impact on others that this program has had.  
Examples of Program Success  Many pregnant women tell us that they could not have managed without our help. They rave about the impact we have made on their lives and send friends to us.  We receive many hugs and tearful thanks.  Some make better choices in future relationships and protect their current children better from future boyfriends. The children they are carrying are better nourished by healthy food we provide.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The biggest challenge we currently face is raising funds to support the important work we do.  We are all volunteers and all contribute our time, talents and treasures.  We do not pay rent or utilities at the space we occupy, only for two storage units.  A high percentage of the funds we raise is spent on client needs.  This past year our funding was higher than in previous years, but with a large increase in babies assisted, our funding was about $10,000. less than needed for the year.  We are trying to apply for additional grants for funding as well as find additional churches that will host fund-raisers to benefit our ministry.  We do not have much of a cushion and need to continue to find more sources for year round funding.  We are considering cutting back the geographical area we serve if necessary.  We have one new volunteer who is an effective fundraiser and hope to see additional fruit from her efforts this year.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Muriel Ostrowski
CEO Term Start Jan 2005
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience I have managed classrooms through 10+ years of teaching experience and a home for many years.  I have been President of Heartbeat since 2005.  There has been a great deal of learning through necessity.  I have a B.S., M.S. and 30 additional credits.  My M.S. is in Child Development and Family Life, which fits well with our mission.  I have taught nutrition at the middle and high school levels and include nutrition assistance when possible.  
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Paul Murano Sept 1994 Sept 2005

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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

We collaborate with Healthy Families, providing assistance to families they refer to us.  We also receive referrals from agencies including Centerboard in Lynn, the Department of Transitional Assistance, Department of Children and Families, the WIC program, Boston Medical Center and others and assist families referred by them.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 22
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 19
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 19
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mrs. Muriel Elaine Ostrowski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Jan 2005 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Nancy Arsenault Donahue's Furniture Voting
Mr. James Donovan Chart Insurance Company Voting
Mrs. Kathleen Lopolito Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Paul Murano College of St. Mary Magdalen Voting
Mrs. Muriel Ostrowski Community Volunteer 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: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are glad to have board members who are willing to make a long-term commitment to our organization.  We do not apply limits to how long they can serve. Conflicts of interest have never arisen.  None of us receive any financial or other compensation.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $70,000.00
Projected Expense $90,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $76,943 $60,078 $53,896
Total Expenses $87,041 $50,722 $60,325

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $76,943 $60,078 $53,896
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $87,041 $50,722 $60,325
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.88 1.18 0.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $21,025 $31,123 $21,800
Current Assets $21,025 $31,123 $21,800
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $21,025 $31,123 $21,800

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

With a significant increase in the number and needs of families we are helping, we are currently spending more than we are raising.  We are working to raise additional funds, while using some of the funds previously raised

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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