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Family Center Inc. (d.b.a. Parenting Journey)

 366 Somerville Avenue
 Somerville, MA 02143
[P] (617) 628-8815 x 210
[F] (617) 625-2351
https://parentingjourney.org/
[email protected]
Katie Smith
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INCORPORATED: 1983
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EIN 04-2771011

LAST UPDATED: 07/09/2018
Organization DBA Parenting Journey
Former Names The Family Center (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Parenting Journey’s mission is to create safer, more resilient families by supporting them in developing the inner strengths, life skills, and networks of resources they need to succeed.

Mission Statement

Parenting Journey’s mission is to create safer, more resilient families by supporting them in developing the inner strengths, life skills, and networks of resources they need to succeed.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $2,863,986.00
Projected Expense $2,863,986.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Programs for Parents
  • Programs for Professionals

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Parenting Journey’s mission is to create safer, more resilient families by supporting them in developing the inner strengths, life skills, and networks of resources they need to succeed.


Background Statement

Parenting Journey was founded in 1982 with a mission to create safer, more resilient families. It began as a modest operation, with the team working out of a van to serve families living in local housing projects. Close contact with these families provided the team with direct insight into the needs of this underserved, low-income, and at-risk community. Improved parenting skills were identified as a critical issue in the local community and beyond.

In response, the team developed and launched the Parenting Journey I curriculum in 1996. Positive responses to this flagship program led the organization to expand its curricula, introducing Parenting Journey II in 2000 and Parenting in America in 2001. Most recently, in 2014, Parenting Journey launched Sober Parenting Journey and Parenting Journey for Fathers, and expanded its Family Coaching program. Today Parenting Journey offers a series of six strength-based curricula, and the agency is actively developing additional new programming to meet the needs of families within the local community.

In addition to direct service work and as a way of expanding the reach of its positive parent development curricula, Parenting Journey also offers a Facilitator Training program. Parenting Journey’s Facilitator Training program prepares human service professionals to replicate and implement Parenting Journey groups at their own agencies. Facilitator Training was introduced in 1999, with a focus on training front-line workers who worked closely with parents, children, and families—those with the hardest jobs and frequently minimal professional support—providing them with innovative therapeutic techniques and a proven trauma-informed approach. To date Parenting Journey has trained over 1,800 facilitators in Parenting Journey curricula and the Parenting Journey program has been implemented at over 500 sites, including shelters, schools, and youth development organizations. Collectively, Parenting Journey programs have benefited more than 52,000 low-income and/or immigrant parents and caregivers to the benefit of 131,000 children.


Impact Statement

Parenting Journey FY17 Accomplishments:

  1. Raised 100% of the over $2.2 million organization budget.
  2. Facilitated 23 Parenting Journey groups with 280 parents, totaling 15,624 direct service hours. 
  3. Conducted 23, 5-day Facilitator Training events  graduating 350 new Parenting Journey Trainers. Training was held throughout MA as well as New York, and Burundi. 
  4. Continued the partnership with  the Commonwealth's Tier 1 Family Resource Centers to bring the Parenting Journey program to parents and caregivers in all 14 counties in Massachusetts.
  5. Completed a quasi-experimental research study in collaboration with the Institute of Community Health, showing that our programs are evidence-based.
Parenting Journey FY18 Goals::
  1. Improve financial stability by raising $2.8 million from individuals, institutions, and earned income.
  2. Serve a minimum of 240 parents and caregivers through facilitation of at least 23 parenting groups.
  3. Train at least 393 new facilitators through provision of at least 28 trainings.

Needs Statement

Parenting Journey has experienced an increased demand for services in the past year. As the organization expands to meet the demand for both direct service work and the Facilitator Training program, it must scale its resources, finances, and systems accordingly. The most pressing needs facing Parenting Journey today are outlined below:
  1. Financial Support: Like any nonprofit working on a limited budget, there is the ever pressing need to raise funds to allow Parenting Journey to continue offering direct service programs to low-income parents and a highly subsidized Facilitator Training program. 
  2. Donor Diversification: As the organization grows and demand for services increases it is crucial that Parenting Journey develop a strong, diverse donor base, one that supports both ongoing delivery of current programs/services and the development of new curricula.
  3. Staff Capacity: The substantial increase in demand has resulting in a need for expanded staff capacity, which presents a challenge for an organization working on an already limited budget.
  4. Systems and Infrastructure: As the Parenting Journey program is replicated across the Commonwealth of MA and beyond, the organization requires an enhanced technical infrastructure to allow for the capture of outcomes and other key data points. 

CEO Statement



Board Chair Statement

Founder Anne Peretz’s  passion for empowering parents moved me from the first time I met her. Her drive to help at-risk parents  improve their lives for the benefit of their children was not only tangible but infectious. So it wasn’t long before I become involved with Parenting Journey - supporting the organization, then joining the board in 2007, and serving as Board Chair since the summer of 2013.

My own circumstances inform my involvement at Parenting Journey. I realize that my professional success has afforded me the opportunity to raise my children in an enriching, safe community, enabling them to flourish socially, emotionally, and academically. I also understand that Parenting Journey’s target demographic - low-income and/or immigrant parents - are not only coping with the stress inherent with being a parent, but additional stressors as well affecting their ability to be the loving, capable parent they want to be.

I believe that all parents should be able to fully realize their desire to be caring, successful parents and Parenting Journey provides people with the opportunity to do so. Our twelve-week curriculum provides at-risk parents with the support system they need to build their confidence, strengthen their communication skills, execute new parenting practices, and discover the importance of self-care.  For many of these parents, this is the first time that they’ve had to fully deal with lingering events from their past that might be affecting their current relationships. It also might be the first time that they’ve even heard of the term self-care and its importance to being an effective person, not to mention parent.  By having our parents use their latent strengths to address these concepts, they emerge from our programs as the considerate, competent parents they want to be.

Executive Director Maury Peterson has been a strong revitalizing force for the organization.  She joined us in October 2013. She has brought such a focused energy to the organization, using her past corporate and wide-ranging nonprofit experience to swiftly identify Parenting Journey’s strengths to leverage as we continue to expand. She has an ambitious vision for how Parenting Journey will continue to help vulnerable children by focusing first on their parents. I am honored to support this effort.

Bern Haan, Board Chair


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
NATIONAL
STATEWIDE

Parenting Journey's direct service programs are available to high-need families from across the Greater Boston area. In addition, Parenting Journey's Facilitator Training program has allowed for national program replication. The program is accessible to parents at nearly 500 agencies, with locations in MA, NY, FL, Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Education - Parent & Teacher Groups
  3. -

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

Yes

Programs

Programs for Parents

 

  • Parenting Journey I: This introductory curriculum works with parents to identify and utilize their strengths, support their children, build nurturing family relationships, increase their self-care practices, raise awareness of past and present factors that influence parenting styles, and decrease social isolation through participation in a group-based practice.
  • Parenting Journey II works with PJ-1 graduates to apply their new skills and create an executable plan to reach specific identified goals.

  • Parenting Journey for Fathers offers a setting which creates unique support and comfort among fathers and father-figures, and partners with them to understand alternative practices and strategies.

  • Parenting in America encourages parents to honor their cultural heritage while also developing new culturally responsive practices and strategies.

  • Sober Parenting Journey was launched to best meet the needs of parents in recovery, adding critical tenets of substance use recovery programming to the PJ-1 curriculum.

 

Budget  $636,888.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Utilizing the Parenting Journey Scale—which examines seven domains which have been shown to contribute to positive parenting practices—achieve statistically significant improvements in those who have completed Parenting Journey programs.

Program Long-Term Success 

Parenting Journey's long-term goal is to become a national leader in the design and delivery of innovative programs that help parents build brighter futures for themselves and their families. Specifically, over the next five years Parenting Journey plans to achieve the following goals:

  • Deliver Parenting Journey programs to more than 60,000 low income and/or immigrant parents.
  • Impact nearly 212,000 family members, including 150,000 children.
Program Success Monitored By 

Program effectiveness is measured using the Parenting Journey Scale, which was developed in partnership with the Institute for Community Health (ICH), an independent, nationally renowned research and evaluation organization. The Parenting Journey Scale consists of an intake interview form that gathers basic demographic data; a baseline quantitative survey instrument; and a post-intervention survey with both quantitative and qualitative measures. The pre- and post-group surveys contain 40+ items each. 

The Parenting Journey Scale measures seven domains known to be associated with positive parenting practices:

  1. Hope and Optimism

  2. Insight

  3. Identifying personal goals

  4. Self-efficacy

  5. Ability to nurture self

  6. Self-awareness; and

  7. Ability to develop social networks


Examples of Program Success 

Nine years of independent evaluation conducted by the ICH clearly demonstrates the impact of our program. Results show that there are statistical significant improvements in parents and caregivers who complete Parenting Journey programs. The results offer solid evidence of the success of our innovative approach. For example, graduates of our programs report:

  • A positive change in their relationships with other people in general (90%).
  • A transition from negative feelings to positive feelings about life and themselves (86%).
  • A positive change in their relationship with their children (86%).

Client Testimonial

“Before I participated in Parenting Journey I was very sad and angry. I saw no way out and had no hope. Now I see a future for myself and my family. I don’t feel alone any more. I feel strong and able solve problems. Now I am a fighter for my family!”  Lucy A., Parenting Journey I graduate



Programs for Professionals

Facilitator Training: In addition to direct service work and as a way of expanding the reach of its positive parent development curriculums, Parenting Journey also offers a Facilitator Training program as part of its train-the-trainer model. Parenting Journey’s Facilitator Training program prepares human service professionals to replicate and implement Parenting Journey groups at their own agencies.

Facilitator Training was introduced in 1999, with a focus on training frontline workers who worked closely with parents, children, and families—those with the hardest jobs and frequently minimal professional support—providing them with innovative therapeutic techniques and a proven trauma-informed approach. 
 
The intensive 5-day program is designed for professionals interested in implementing Parenting Journey programs at their agency. Facilitator Training is available for the Parenting Journey I, Parenting Journey II, Parenting in America, and Parenting Journey for Fathers curricula. Upon course completion, these trained professionals will return to their agencies to offer the Parenting Journey program to the parents and caregivers they serve.
Budget  $906,268.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

In Fiscal Year 2017,Parenting Journey will offer 29 Facilitator Trainings in NY, MA, FL, and other sites by request., with 342 individuals graduating as certified Parenting Journey facilitators.

Program Long-Term Success 

Parenting Journey’s Facilitator Training model brings this evidence-informed, research-proven program to parents and families across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond, thus broadening the participation of under-served and under-represented groups. 

Program Success Monitored By 

Facilitator Training program success is measured by the number of professionals who graduate from the program and successful implementation of the Parenting Journey program at their agency. An increasing demand for the training in current and new locations also an indicator of the effectiveness of the Parenting Journey training model.

Examples of Program Success 
More than 1,800 human service professionals have graduated from the Facilitator Training program, and Parenting Journey programs have been replicated in nearly 500 locations across the U.S. and can be found in communities across MA, NY, Washington, DC, FL…and more. 
 
 “Kingsbridge Heights Community Center has been connected with Parenting Journey for several years. This partnership has been incredibly beneficial for our entire agency – our clients and our staff have been greatly impacted. Having gone through the facilitator training myself, I can personally attest to the benefit the Parenting Journey Facilitator Training offers to each human service professional. Over the years, fifteen Kingsbridge Heights employees have completed the facilitator training. We have fully integrated Parenting Journey groups into our service array, which has positively impacted many of our clients."  Lori Spector, Associate Executive Director, Kingsbridge Community Center
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Imari Paris Jeffries MEd, MA
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Imari joined the Parenting Journey team in February 2017. He brings a wealth of experience from the nonprofit management, community activism, education reform, and social justice sectors to his role as Executive Director. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Italian Home, a behavioral health organization in Boston. He also served as COO of Jumpstart, a national early education organization and interim CEO of Boston Rising, an anti-poverty initiative. Imari has a strong commitment to giving back and serves as a Trustee of The University of Massachusetts System and was recently appointed by Governor Baker to the Black Advisory Commission. A member of the Appalachian Mountain Club Board of Directors, Imari has previously served on the boards of the African American Federation of Greater Boston; Save the Harbor, Save the Bay; Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership; The Edward Brooke Charter School; Third Sector New England; and the Elizabeth Peabody House. Imari is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Education, and Masters of Arts. He is currently pursuing his PhD through the Higher Education Administration Program. He enjoys the outdoors with his family and you can often find him in the Blue Hills Reservation or the Arnold Arboretum.
Co-CEO Ms. Noel Twigg MBA
Co-CEO Term Start June 2013
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Ty Bellitti Managing Director of Operations Ty Bellitti, Managing Partner and Chief Operations Officer, joined Parenting Journey in 2015. With more than sixteen years of experience leading operations, training and mentoring of diverse teams, Bellitti delivers quality assurance expertise to improve results and achieve greater impact. He comes to Parenting Journey after a long tenure in the travel industry. Most recently Bellitti served at Grand Circle Travel, a Boston-based travel company which provides impactful intercultural experiences to significantly affect the quality of life for both travelers and their hosts. There, he was responsible for operations and quality assurance of twenty-six international offices and hundreds of partners. He is an active member of the local community and previously served as a board member of the Cambridge Community Art Center and the Cambridge Babe Ruth League, where he also invested more than twenty years as a youth coach and mentor.
Ms. Erica Brunner Managing Director of Strategy Erica joined the team at Parenting Journey as their Director of Strategy in 2017. She comes to the position with over eight years of experience in external relations for direct service non-profits, politics, and issue advocacy. Most recently she developed and led a national campaign to recruit and mobilize over 20,000 new members across the country in support of polices that protect women and families. She has dedicated her career to advancing access to health care for everyone through political and cultural change, and is particularly interested in the intersection of health and social justice. Erica has worked at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Health Care for All, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Health Volunteers Overseas. She holds a B.S. from St. Lawrence University in Biology and Gender Studies.
Ms. Carolina Grynbal LMSW, MS Managing Director & Senior Advisor Carolina Grynbal has over twenty-five years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. She currently serves as a Senior Trainer and Group Leader at Parenting Journey. She has extensive experience in organizational planning and development, management, leadership development and strategic planning and evaluation. She has been involved in program design, development and implementation initiatives spanning the range from prenatal and early childhood services, adolescent, adult and senior services, to community development. Carolina has provided clinical psychotherapy services to children and adolescents with a special emphasis on Latino families. She also has extensive experience as a human services trainer. Carolina holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Carolina has served as Adjunct Lecturer at the Wagner School and is a lecturer in Gender, Race and Class Studies at PACE University. She also served as co-chair of the board of the Soto Velez Cultural Center in Manhattan. Originally from Venezuela, Carolina is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Duncan Remage-Healey MPA Managing Director of Institutional Advancement Duncan comes to Parenting Journey after over fifteen years in leadership and management positions in the nonprofit world. For the last seven years, he led teams in both fundraising and program development at Boston Arts Academy at the intersection of arts and public education. Before that Duncan held leadership positions in development and program management at Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, and has worked for many different sectors including homelessness, biological research, higher education, and public interest research. Prior to his experience in the non-profit world, Duncan was the Director of Administration for a small environmental consulting firm in California. Duncan is a graduate of Clark University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations and a Masters in Public Administration.
Ms. Ellie Zambrano LICSW Managing Director of Programs & Clinical Director

Eleanor (Ellie) Zambrano is an independently licensed clinical social worker with a specialization in family and couples therapy as well as Latino mental health. Ellie previously was the Director of Family Therapy at Lynn Community Health Center where she focused on the integration of specialty family and couples behavioral health services within a primary care setting. Ellie has an extensive background working in a senior leadership role in nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on program and service delivery development and the training and supervision of new and seasoned behavioral health professionals. Ellie has also been an adjunct faculty at Cambridge College and Boston University teaching graduate level Counseling Psychology and Social Work students in the area of multicultural and cross cultural counseling. Ellie continues to see couples and families in private practice in Lynn, MA. Ellie earned a Masters in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University in New York City. 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Champion in Action Citizens Bank 2015
Urban Empowerment Award Year Up Boston 2015

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Children’s League of Massachusetts 2016
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2014
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 15
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 10
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 31
Male: 12
Not Specified 11

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
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 Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Bernard Haan
Board Chair Company Affiliation President and Founder, The Astra Foundation
Board Chair Term June 2016 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair Dr. Barry Zuckerman
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Boston University, Chief of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Board Co-Chair Term June 2016 - June 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Eileen Brown Founder, Cambridge College Voting
Bernard Haan President & Founder, The Astra Foundation Voting
Nina Lynch Digital Strategist, Accenture Voting
Imari Paris Jeffries Executive Director, Parenting Journey Voting
Anne L. Peretz Founder, Parenting Journey Voting
Gregg Savage Independent CFO Consultant Voting
Michele Souda Principal, Wordpower Communication Voting
Rosamund Zander Family Therapist & Author Voting
Dr. Barry Zuckerman Retired Chief of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $7,483,851 $2,246,298 $1,770,558
Total Expenses $1,970,457 $1,886,043 $1,660,214

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $32,574 $36,667 $19,146
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $32,574 $36,667 $19,146
Individual Contributions $7,105,532 $1,900,445 $1,535,051
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $318,023 $255,743 $169,012
Investment Income, Net of Losses $21,789 $20,662 $25,003
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $0 $0 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $5,933 $32,781 $22,346

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,278,657 $1,218,691 $1,208,429
Administration Expense $382,861 $429,590 $318,789
Fundraising Expense $308,939 $237,762 $132,996
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 3.80 1.19 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 65% 65% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 12% 9%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $10,369,605 $4,853,202 $4,480,163
Current Assets $6,466,324 $1,140,964 $687,166
Long-Term Liabilities $462,962 $492,167 $520,352
Current Liabilities $175,571 $161,614 $107,191
Total Net Assets $9,731,072 $4,199,421 $3,852,620

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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 $400,015.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose The Vision 2020 Capital Campaign is an $11 million, five-year fundraising initiative.
Campaign Goal $11,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2015 - June 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $8,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 36.83 7.06 6.41

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 4% 10% 12%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In FY15, Parenting Journey sustained measurably improved financial stability of the organization, ending the year with a $197,966 surplus as the result of organizational restructuring and a revised budget.

Foundation Comments

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

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Parenting Journey’s long-term goal is to become a national leader in the design and delivery of innovative parent development programs. At Parenting Journey, we believe that a person’s attunement and adjustment to the world begin to develop in infancy, based on the environment in which the child is raised. Parenting Journey programs are predicated on a theory of change that posits that improved parental capabilities lead to improved parenting, which results in improved child outcomes. Parenting Journey’s theory of change is based on a well-defined and detailed logic model that supports our belief that improved parental capabilities result in long-term improvements to one’s parenting attunement and, as a result, an environment where children have an increased opportunity to thrive. Otherwise stated, incremental improvements add up and produce significantly better lives. 

Our success in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and Washington D.C. has proven that the program positively impacts a diverse, multi-cultural population, and demand for the Parenting Journey program and facilitator training opportunities is such that replication efforts are increasing each year. Parenting Journey's intended impact for the current fiscal year, all of which directly support our long-term goal, are:
  1. In Fiscal Year 2018, Parenting Journey will offer 23 groups utilizing the evidence-informed Parenting Journey curricula. A minimum of 240 parents will be impacted by these programs, resulting in measurable improvements in parent/child relationships and a stronger family foundation on which to build.
  2. In FY18, Parenting Journey will offer 28 Facilitator Trainings in NY, MA, FL, and Washington, D.C., with 393 individuals receiving facilitator certification. Graduates of Facilitator Training will return to their agencies to implement the Parenting Journey program within their own community.
  3. Utilizing the Parenting Journey Scale—which examines seven domains which have been shown to contribute to positive parenting practices—achieve statistically significant improvements in those who have completed Parenting Journey programs.
 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Programs for Parents: Parenting Journey programs, offered in Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese and English, provide opportunities for mothers, fathers, and caregivers to develop themselves as nurtured and nurturing people, laying the groundwork for a strong family foundation on which to build. Parenting Journey provides direct services to over 650 individuals each year. National expansion of the program at partner agency sites supports the growth and development of the thousands of parents, children, and families in geographic locations that the Parenting Journey cannot reach directly.  

Facilitator Training: In the coming year, Parenting Journey will train 393 professionals through its Facilitator Training program. While many participants represent growth of current agency partnerships, many will come from organizations Parenting Journey has not before collaborated with, allowing Parenting Journey to reach and positively impact new audiences. Upon completion of the Facilitator Training, graduates will return to their organizations and begin conducting the program with the parents they support, thereby helping low-income, at-risk parents become more hopeful and optimistic about their future, more understanding about what it means to be a good parent, and more confident in their parenting styles by building on their strengths, all as part of building stronger, healthier families. These 393 graduates represent an opportunity to impact 2,960 at-risk parents and their 7,400 vulnerable children across New York’s five boroughs.
 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Parenting Journey has thirty-five years of experience in executing transformative parenting interventions with at-risk, low-income and/or immigrant parents from Greater Boston. These interventions have had a long lasting impact on over 131,000 children to date.

Agency Leadership: Parenting Journey is led by Executive Director Imari Paris Jeffries, MEd, MA. Paris Jeffries joined Parenting Journey as a leader focused on sustainability, strategy and external relations, and he was soon appointed as the Executive Director by the Board of Directors. Paris Jeffries brings a wealth of experience from the nonprofit management, community activism, education reform, and social justice sectors. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Italian Home, COO of Jumpstart, and interim CEO of Boston Rising. Paris Jeffries serves as a Trustee of The University of Massachusetts System and was recently appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the Black Advisory Commission. Paris Jeffries spearheads a collaborative leadership model which includes himself and a team of five managing directors.
 
Board of Directors: Parenting Journey has a highly engaged 9-member board that governs Parenting Journey’s finances, engage in fundraising activities, and determines the organization’s vision and overall direction. Board members are leaders in their respective fields which include the following: medicine, corporate philanthropy, higher education, and marketing and business development. 

Strong Partnerships: Parenting Journey believes in a collaborative approach and relies on a vast network of community partner organizations. They refer at-risk parents to Parenting Journey, expanding its reach. Community partners include Head Start, Home for Little Wanderers, and Cambridge Health Alliance. The longest standing partnership is with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), which Parenting Journey has worked with the since 1986. The organization works with DCF mandated families to foster resilience by focusing on identifying parents’ strengths that can help them problem-solve, set goals, and more confidently raise their children in a healthy, positive environment.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

The effectiveness of the Parenting Journey programs is supported by ten years of proven results. Results of multi-year evaluation show that there are statistical significant improvements in parents and caregivers who complete Parenting Journey programs. There is proven evidence of the success of our innovative approach, as seen in the quasi-experimental study showing that our programs are evidence-based. In addition, Parenting Journey has received recognition and recommendation from state and local agencies in Massachusetts, New York, and beyond.

Quantitative Results: Independent evaluation conducted by the Institute for Community Health (ICH) over an eight-year period has shown statistically significant positive results for seven major constructs which have been shown to be associated with positive parenting:

 

  • Hope and Optimism
  • Identifying Personal Goals
  • Personal Goals/ Self Efficacy
  • Ability to Nurture Self
  • Self-Awareness
  • Social Networks
  • Insight

 

Through our train-the-trainer program, the Parenting Journey program has been replicated in nearly 500 locations across the United States, and the agency has set ambitious goals for helping more parents build the competencies they need for a healthy, strength-based approach to raising their children—and Parenting Journey strives constantly to exceed them.


 


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Since 1982, Parenting Journey’s powerful programs have helped parents build safer, stronger families. To date thousands of parents have participated in the Parenting Journey program—more than 52,000 since 2007. Nearly 1,900 professionals have graduated from the Facilitator Training program, and Parenting Journey programs have been replicated in nearly 500 locations across the U.S. and can be found in communities across MA, NY, DC, FL…and more!
 
However, despite our successes thus far, there is still much more that Parenting Journey can accomplish in our effort to build stronger, more resilient families. There is a significant opportunity to leverage our local success into many new markets, helping many more parents. With an eye on replication in targeted markets, Parenting Journey will assist an additional 60,000 parents by the end of the five-year replication period in 2020.