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On the Rise, Inc.

 341 Broadway
 Cambridge, MA 02139
[P] (617) 497-7968
[F] (617) 4977968
http://www.ontherise.org
[email protected]
Martha Sandler
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INCORPORATED: 1995
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3290689

LAST UPDATED: 12/09/2016
Organization DBA On The Rise, Inc.
On The Rise
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

On The Rise creates a community where women have the relationships safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness.  We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.

Mission Statement

On The Rise creates a community where women have the relationships safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness.  We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,398,000.00
Projected Expense $1,283,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Keep The Keys
  • Safe Haven Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

On The Rise creates a community where women have the relationships safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness.  We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.

Background Statement

Founded in 1995 by Katya Fels Smyth, On The Rise grew out of the hopes and stories of homeless women attempting to access programs in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Many did not fit the client profiles of these programs; others had been through program after program, never quite finding what they needed. The system gave up on them and they gave up on the system. In June 1995, On The Rise's Founder Katya Fels, received a fellowship to create a non-profit organization to work with these women. On The Rise's Outreach/Safe Haven program began in 1996, with two full-time mobile street outreach workers operating out of a small church basement office in Harvard Square. In January 1997, On The Rise moved to a rented space, which accommodated the daytime Safe Haven, a sited extension of our mobile street outreach. It became clear that our Safe Haven was something special, and in the fall of 1997, we expanded our Safe Haven hours from 16 weekly to 40 weekly. In January 1999, we added Saturday hours.  In 2000, On The Rise moved into a beautiful 3-story home in Cambridge and began offering a full roster of services this Safe Haven to over 300 women, while continuing to accompany women off-site to hospitals, court rooms, appointments, housing developments, or wherever they needed advocacy and support.  In 2003, On The Rise completed a $1.6 million capital campaign to purchase outright this dignified home for our programs and offices.  In 2008, we launched Keep The Keys program to provide additional on-site and home-based services to formerly homeless women who have moved into their own apartments in Greater Boston.  We have expanded our scope and breadth of services, now reaching nearly 450 women each year.

On The Rise was founded on the ideal that dependable relationships catalyze healing and transformations.  We commit to relationships with chronically homeless women that are long-term and relevant to their entire life experience.  Our programmatic model is effective at truly reaching and helping homeless women because it offers a long-term relational approach that focuses on the whole life context. 


Impact Statement

Top accomplishments:
 
Over the past year, On The Rise served nearly 450 homeless and recently housed women, and in the first half of 2016, the organization saw 25% increase in the number of new women using the programs.

In 2015, Community Advocates provided 3,201 occasions of individual supportive actions to more than 400 women above and beyond the ordinary resources of the Safe Haven (1,349 appointments, 140 occasions of financial/tangible support, 186 occasions of accompaniment and advocacy. 192 other types of supportive actions.  The instances of supportive action were in relationship to government services and institutions, accessing health care/hygiene/physical safety resources and tangible non-government resources such as housing, shelter, storage, money management, dealing with personal and social relationships and accessing other mainstream non-government resources (legal advice, other programs, employment & education etc).

The Safe Haven in 2015:  On the Rise served an average of 29 women each day in the Safe Haven, and provided them with tangible essentials for survival and all the amenities of a dignified home -- safety, breakfast, lunch, phones, an address to get mail, showers, clothing, quiet space, laundry, personal storage, and more.
 
On Site Accompaniment & Advocacy: Building on their personal relationships with individual women, On The Rise staff worked intensively last year with over 300 women--taking them to appointments, connecting them with other targeted services, and advocating for them, and helping them balance competing priorities, follow-through on their plans, persevere through set-backs, and celebrate successes. 

Keep The Keys: Hundreds of On The Rise women have moved into housing since 2008; 84% of those who stayed connected with On The Rise are still housed today.  In 2015 alone, On The Rise assisted 28 of the most vulnerable homeless women move into an apartment of her own.

 
Goals:
 
Work with 450-500 homeless and formerly-homeless women to provide safety, advocacy and accompaniment along with tangible essentials for daily survival, support over 300 women to address one or more specific challenges that would not be possible without staff supportive action, and help at least 20 women move into housing after a long period of homelessness.  

Needs Statement

On The Rise fills the vital need for trauma-informed homeless services that provide supportive relationships that persist with women over time and across issues as she moves to new levels of self-efficacy and stability. Once they are in housing, many women continue to need the support from On The Rise. Particularly as local and State efforts have shifted from emergency shelter to Housing First (i.e. lowering the barriers for people with mental illness, active additions or other issues to secure housing), the need has increased for home visits and support groups to help women who are struggling with isolation and depression in their new apartment. On The Rise's program for housed women is a timely development that has helped On The Rise maintain a 84% housing retention, even as the number of homeless women coming to our Safe Haven Program has increased; we have seen a 25% increase Safe Haven activity in 2016 alone.
 
Homelessness in Boston has increased by 40% since 2007, and there are more homeless people in Boston than in 25 cities surveyed nationwide. The vast majority of homeless women are survivors of trauma and abuse predating their homelessness, and links between homelessness, poverty, abuse, addition and mental illness are well documented.  There is a high public cost to homelessness; the estimated annual public savings of a woman in housing instead of homeless is about $10,000 per year.
 
Pressing needs include:
  • Additional staff for Safe Haven program
  • Support staff and/or additional advocate for Keep The Keys Program
  • ​Space​ to accommodate growing numbers of program participants and staff
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Cambridge and Greater Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  2. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  3. Human Services - Human Services

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

Keep The Keys

On The Rise works with many women from our Safe Haven program to secure the means and to find an apartment of their own. We support them throughout the entire process -- from searching for apartments, to moving in and learning the independent living skills they need to sustain their housing. We offer support groups, home visits, outreach, and early intervention to help our housed women develop life skills, build their support network, and maintain their housing.

 
The Keep The Keys program is currently staffed by two Community Advocates, and operates year-round offering the following activities:
  • Move-in support, including help accessing furniture banks, furniture moving resources, and soliciting donations of household items from business and community groups ("Moving Home Drives").
  • "Our Place," a weekly, peer support group held at On The Rise for housed women focusing on the challenges and triumphs of transitioning into a new home.  Topics of discussion include : self-esteem, healthy relationships, relapse prevention, finance/budgeting, landlord/tenant relationships, substance abuse and women's health.
  • Liaison with property managers and/or landlords.
  • Support, referrals, accompaniment and advocacy to facilitate access and participation in specialized programs for specific challenges (like histories of abuse, addiction, health conditions, mental illness, legal issues, education, job training, and parenting).
  • Support with goal setting, and making and celebrating progress toward personal goals.
  • Home visits and community orientation
Budget  $350,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success 

 

  •  Proactively address challenges before they reach crisis level with more structured outreach and home visits
  • Help women explore new possibilities available with increased stability e.g., skill building, education, goal setting, managing chronic conditions
Program Long-Term Success 
Over 25 women will move into housing of their own after a long period of homelessness.  The housing retention rate will be at least 80% for women who have moved into housing in the last 5 years.
 
  • Connect with the women who have lost touch with us.
  • Make Keep The Keys staff more mobile, better reaching women who find homes that are less local, and helping them to weave safety nets in their new communities.
  • As capacity grows during a 3-year push, the Keep The Keys program will expand the service offering to the existing group of housed women, and seek to re-establish or increase contact with 50-75 housed women whose engagement is minimal.
  • We also seek to respond to the current reality that, in a very tight regional housing market, housing available to On The Rise women is often further afield and/ or lower quality - two conditions that are obstacles to housing retention.

 

 
Program Success Monitored By  On The Rise continually measures the results of and evaluates the efficacy of our program and approach both by tracking and analyzing quantitative data entered by our Operations team, in our custom database on the Apricot software platform and by monitoring qualitative data- the stories and testimonials of women who have used On The Rise to catalyze life changes. Quantitative reports on the number of women served, number and category of activity type performed by each direct service program staff with a program participant, and demographics of the participants are reported annually.
Examples of Program Success 
A woman worked very hard to get a voucher and an apartment. Soon after she moved in, she had a serious mental health crisis, during which she was arrested and subsequently committed to a state hospital for six months. While the woman had struggled with serious mental health issues for years, she did not receive the treatment she needed, until committing the crime made her eligible for long term treatment. While the treatment was necessary, it required the women to navigate the criminal justice system and risk losing her apartment, in addition to her other struggles. Advocates supported the woman throughout, and worked with her case managers from another agency and the housing authority to ensure that she would not lose her apartment during treatment.
 
A woman called to tell us that she lost her job and fell behind on her rent. The woman had two close family members died within a week of each other and she was having difficulty coping with the losses. The woman has a history of psychiatric hospitalizations and suicide attempts, so the team encouraged her to come to On the Rise for support. An advocate helped the woman apply for funds for her rent arrears, and the rent was paid.
A woman asked the team for a bicycle because she is unable to ride public transportation due to her extreme anxiety. The woman is attending community college and she wanted a way to get back and forth to school quickly. An advocate reached out to a local bike shop and was able to get the woman a used bike The woman is thrilled and has been riding it to school and around town! 
 
 

Safe Haven Program

Our day-time community is open six days per week and is located in a dignified home, a welcoming non-institutional setting that affirms our esteem for the people within it and provides the safety, relationships and resources for surviving day-to-day and reaching long-term goals. The Safe Haven’s inclusive and non-judgmental atmosphere is fostered by On The Rise’s Community Advocates. The Safe Haven’s rules are based on safety and respect. Participation is always voluntary, and there is no clean and sober policy. Over time, open and honest relationships are built between the women and staff.  On The Rise works with nearly 450 women annually at our Safe Haven.

 By building personal relationships with individual women, The On The Rise staff work intensively with the women by taking them to appointments, connecting them with other targeted services, advocating for them, and helping them balance competing priorities, follow-through on their plans, persevere through set-backs, and celebrate successes.
 
Budget  $504,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  The Safe Haven will provide safety and practical necessities for 400-500 women.
Program Long-Term Success 

The On The Rise Advocates will build trusting relationships with over 300 women to address one or more specific challenges at the crux of their homelessness.

Program Success Monitored By 

On The Rise continually measures the results of and evaluates the efficacy of our program and approach both by tracking and analyzing quantitative data entered by our Operations team, in our custom database on the Apricot software platform and by monitoring qualitative data- the stories and testimonials of women who have used On The Rise to catalyze life changes. Quantitative reports on the number of women served, number and category of activity type performed by each direct service program staff with a program participant, and demographics of the participants are reported annually.

Examples of Program Success 
A woman reported that she was sexually assaulted. An advocate accompanied her to the police station to report the incident as well as the hospital to complete the SANE test kit. The woman appreciated the support.
 
A woman has been actively seeking employment reported that she found a job! The team agreed to assist her with money for a monthly T pass in order for her to get to/from work until she receives her first paycheck.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Martha Sandler
CEO Term Start Oct 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Martha Sandler has been On The Rise’s Executive Director since 2009, after serving six years as the organization’s Director of Finance. Under Sandler’s leadership, On The Rise has continued its broad-based, full-frame work with hundreds of homeless and formerly-homeless women each year, in Cambridge and nearby communities, while building upon the organization’s success and excellent reputation among program participants, and among other service providers. Sandler started at On The Rise as a volunteer in the mid-‘90s and served as the Board’s treasurer and president, while she worked in finance and accounting at for-profit companies in Boston and surrounding communities.  Sandler is a Smith College graduate and holds a MBA/MS-Accounting from Northeastern University.

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Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Delphene Mooney Director of Development & Communications Delphene Mooney joined On The Rise in early March 2016. She brings nearly a decade of experience in direct marketing, fundraising and data analytics in higher education. Most recently, Delphene served as Associate Director of Annual Giving at The University of Sydney, Australia where she launched the University’s first ever crowdfunding projects and second Giving Day. Prior to her work in Sydney, Delphene worked with the fundraising consulting group Ruffalo Noel Levitz managing annual giving telephone campaigns and training new managers in fundraising strategy at Tufts University and Northeastern University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and now lives in Somerville, MA.
Charyti Reiter LICSW Program Director Charyti Reiter brings almost 20 years of experience in the human services field working with and advocating for women and children. Prior to joining On The Rise twelve years ago, Charyti served as Director of the Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program at Hull House Association in Chicago, IL., where she made policy recommendations, monitored fiscal performance, and supervised staff and daily operations. Before Hull House, Charyti worked as the Co-Director of DAEP, a batterer’s intervention program at SPECTRUM Youth and Family Services in Burlington, VT. Charyti received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Vermont. Originally from Kansas, Charyti now resides in Newton, MA with her husband and son.

Awards

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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

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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 13
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 350
Number of Contract Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 15
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

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. Carol Goss
Board Chair Company Affiliation No affiliation
Board Chair Term Feb 2008 - Feb 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Lauren Barnes Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP Voting
Bela Bashar The Dimock Center Voting
Josh Gerber 1369 Coffee Houses Voting
Carol Goss Development Consultant Voting
Anthony Koenig Jr. Pioneer Investments Voting
Tomasina Lucchese Community Volunteer - Glass artist Voting
Patricia Maher Healthcare for the Homeless Voting
Nora Mann Attorney with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Voting
Gregory Matthews Assistant Attorney General at the MA Office Voting
Laura Portney Prellwitz Chilinski Associates Voting
Alana Rusin Associate Goulston & Storrs P Voting

Constituent Board Members

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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: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,398,000.00
Projected Expense $1,283,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,212,241 $1,093,477 $1,119,786
Total Expenses $1,097,195 $993,041 $1,008,388

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $292,526 $273,510 $258,949
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $292,526 $273,510 $258,949
Individual Contributions $744,739 $583,649 $668,947
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $25,900 $75,059 $39,877
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $149,076 $161,259 $152,013
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $781,535 $747,408 $763,905
Administration Expense $138,568 $110,637 $114,865
Fundraising Expense $177,092 $134,996 $129,618
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 1.10 1.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 75% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 15% 13% 12%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $2,557,129 $2,475,970 $2,410,618
Current Assets $836,953 $736,913 $687,099
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $30,184 $42,777 $42,473
Total Net Assets $2,526,945 $2,433,193 $2,368,145

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 27.73 17.23 16.18

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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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.

Documents


Other Documents

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