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Organization DBA Brookview House
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The agency’s mission is to help homeless families and families at risk of homelessness learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Mission Statement

The agency’s mission is to help homeless families and families at risk of homelessness learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Oct 30, 2011 to Sept 30, 2012
Projected Income $1,371,828.00
Projected Expense $1,371,328.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The New Path Program
  • Transitional Housing
  • Youth Development Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

The agency’s mission is to help homeless families and families at risk of homelessness learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Background Statement

As an agency with over a 20-year track record of successfully implementing innovative programs that meet the specialized needs of homeless and extremely low-income populations, Brookview strives to make a more lasting difference in the lives of homeless and at risk families.

Brookview’s mission is to assist homeless families in developing the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Our goals are to: 

• Help families find and maintain permanent housing • Keep moms and kids safe and healthy • Show families how to live independently • Address trauma in childrens’ lives 

• Access educational opportunities for youth and adults • Give mothers the resources they need to pursue education, training, and employment . 

Incorporated in 1990, Brookview was unique. Unique because we sought to offer the fastest growing segment of the homeless population -- women heads of household -- affordable housing coupled with support services. We believed that with a safe place to stay, access to career development services, life skills training and child care that addressed the unique needs of their children, mothers would be able to support their families and end the revolving cycle of homelessness.

The experiment that began in 1990 has proven effective. Brookview House provides services to more than 100 moms and more than 260 kids per year with 75% leaving the ranks of homelessness permanently. When families complete the program, they can support themselves in stable homes, with kids who stay in school and thrive. In addition to full apartments, each site contains a youth center, offices and meeting space. We work to promote a vibrant neighborhood by offering trainings, workshops and youth programs that are open to the families living in our housing and open to the community at risk of homelessness.

Brookview’s Above & Beyond Homeless Education and Enrichment Program serves homeless and formerly homeless youth ages: 5.9 to 20 years old. The program operates a Year Round -- After school, Saturday, Civic Engagement and Full Day Summer program. Program Locations: Brookview has two sites, one in the Franklin Field section of Dorchester and one in the Dudley Square section of Roxbury.

Impact Statement

1. We expanded our relationship with Northeastern University and sharing our expertise in the area of Domestic Violence by hosting our 4thannual Heal thrive and Grow conference :from Policy to Practice. The conference focused on breaking the silo between homelessness and domestic violence service providers. In addition to this conference, Brookview founded the Dorchester Women's Safety Network, a number of organizations dedicated to holistically serving the needs of domestic violence victims. 

2. Helped thousands of homeless and at risk youth improve grades, stay in school, and improve their emotional well-being in our after school, weekend and summer programs. 

3. We have made a commitment to civic engagement by beginning the Spread the Word–a youth led civic engagement campaign. The youth decided the topics, do the research and facilitate the community forums at which they present. So far the topics have included mental illness and intimate partner violence. 

4. 80% of the families that have left Brookview House have left the ranks of homelessness permanently. 

5. LESLEY UNIVERSITY, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY AND WHEELOCK COLLEGE continues to be our Higher Education partners. They provide us with opportunities for families to access resources such as clinical interns, college programs and to utilize their space for specials events. 


Needs Statement

1. Funding for non programmatic functions within our organization. Many grants are targeting program development and Brookview has the programs. The need now rests in the cost of maintaining the function of our affordable housing and services through well and able staffing.
2. Commitment of the state and other private funders to provide a menu of options to effectively benefit the homeless. Support services must be included in the efforts to solve homelessness in order to close the gap of achievement amongst all organization's solving the same problem from different perspectives. 
3. Funding for more staff. Outside of the functions of the programs, Brookview is constantly attracting more attention of those in need as a result of the growing community need. More funding for additional qualified staff will guarantee the expansion and efficiency of our services and impact. 
4. Furniture for the moving families. Many of our families are in the process of moving out of Brookview and into permanent housing and are in need of more resources to find furniture and further embark on the path to self sufficiency.
5. Food for the families. Many of the programs that provide food assistance (SNAP) are constantly rolling back benefits for some of our most vulnerable tenets. 

CEO Statement

Board Chair Statement

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roxbury
Brookview House serves Greater Boston and receives families from very diverse areas but has a special emphasis of service for the Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan communities. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  2. Housing, Shelter - Housing Support
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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

Under Development


The New Path Program

To provide support services and life skills training to homeless families living in local shelters. The goal is to break the generational cycle of poverty and homelessness. 
Budget  $100,540.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Program Short-Term Success  Each family will receive the building blocks necessary to contribute to their life skills, whether that is resume building, social service references, or assistance with funding for their education. 
Program Long-Term Success  Brookview hopes to continue to provide support services and affordable housing to the families within the New Path Program for many years to come. 85% of families will remain in affordable housing and consistently pursue their employment and educational goals.
Program Success Monitored By 
Case Managers track progress, collect report cards and progress reports and enter outcomes data into collection system.
In addition, each family has portfolios to track progress throughout their stay with Brookview to assess whether or not they are progressing. Case managers are responsible for checking in with the families periodically and when called upon for assistance.
Examples of Program Success  75% of the families that come through Brookview House have left the ranks of poverty permanently and over 90% of the children in the vulnerable families have either improved their behavior, peer interactions, or grades in school.

Transitional Housing

*Transitional Housing.

*Emergency Housing.

*Rental Apartments with Services.

*Housing Search Assistance.

Brookview provides a safe place to stay with on-site services where moms can build the skills they need to support their families and children can learn the skills needed to be successful in school and in life. 

Adult/Parent Development- to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness by teaching families the skills they need to become self sufficient and to maintain permanent housing. Services include: case management, life skills training, support groups, outreach and prevention services.  
The services offered to each family through transitional housing includes parent development workshops/training, child care, case managers who assist all clients periodically and the Dorchester Women's Safety Network.

Dorchester Women’s Safety Network

*Safety Planning.

*Legal Advocacy.

*Behavioral Health & Medical Services

*Support Groups.

Brookview leads this innovative multicultural community partnership to prevent and end domestic violence. The Network bridges gaps for minority and immigrant families rendered homeless due to domestic violence by providing culturally competent support and services.

Budget  $742,182.00
Category  Housing, General/Other
Population Served Victims
Program Short-Term Success 
Brookview House hopes to provide women a safe space to develop and meet their educational goals so that by the time they leave Brookview they will have began work on continuing their education and employment for long term personal and family success. 
In the short term, Brookview plans to expand the network so that we increase the services to women who are homeless as a result of domestic violence. 
Program Long-Term Success  The overarching goal of the program is to provide 100% of the victims the resources and support they need to rebound from the damage caused by experiencing any degree of domestic violence. 
Program Success Monitored By 



Brookview uses Efforts to Outcomes software and partners with the U of Mass Center for Social Policy to collect, track, measure data and refine our existing outcome measurement system. Tools and data: Pre and post tests, self‐esteem scale, oral self‐assessment tool, report cards, monthly interviews with youth, daily check in with youth, reports and/or meetings with parents, teachers and schools.

Each organization involved in this network is responsible for providing access to women in order to prevent domestic violence, increase services, and training of service providers.  



Examples of Program Success 

80% of families have stayed in permanent housing for more than 2 years.

Brookview provided 6,572 bed nights to 172 families.  
258 Family members were served.  


We expanded our relationship with Northeastern University and sharing our expertise in the area of Domestic Violence by hosting our 4thannual Heal thrive and Grow conference :from Policy to Practice. The conference focused on breaking the silo between homelessness and domestic violence service providers.



Youth Development Programs

*After school. *Full day summer. *School based programs. *Teen programs. *Girls Group. *Boys Group. 

Brookview youth programs are licensed by Commonwealth and designed to help school-age children (ages 6 to 19) recover from the trauma of homelessness and perform well in school. Our customized academic, behavioral and social supports help youth recover from the trauma of homelessness, exhibit better behavior, and do well in school.  

The Full day summer program is split between the younger children and the teenagers. During this time, teens become civically engaged through training on issues impacting their community such as mental health and domestic violence. After intense research, the group of teens lead community forums spreading the word about these relevant and pressing issues. 

Budget  $33,516.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

80% of the youth will stay in school to obtain educational success. 

85% of the youth will increase positive behavior and decrease in court involvement. 

75% of the youth maintained or increased grades.

85% of youth will decrease suspension/expulsion, decrease court involvement, increase ability to deal with peer and decrease rates teen pregnancy.  

Program Long-Term Success 

Participants will utilize the various chances to explore career and education opportunities. Many of the youth participants will go on to graduate high school, attend college and constantly decrease the likelihood of experiencing homelessness as an adult.

Program Success Monitored By 

Brookview House uses the following tools to track success: report cards, teacher conferences, clinical observations, pre and posttests, and parent reports. Other tools we use are portfolios to monitor goal setting and achievement of goals, written assignments and topic inquiries. 

Examples of Program Success 

Brookview has consistently attracted the interest of interns from Wheelock College, Northeastern University, Boston University and Lesley University to provide youth with individual goal setting, counseling and programming. Recently, the KLEINFELDER/SEA CONSULTANTS [Architects & Engineering] taught a class in two‐and three‐dimensional techniques for Brookview students, ages 9‐12, for eight weeks during the summer, to introduce them to careers in science, engineering and architecture. During the class the kids designed their choice of model structures – houses, bridges, etc. BVH staff provided gender specific groups, one for boys and one for girls. Staff provided workshops with 82 students from the 5th-8thgrade.  They were also asked to be a bridge between the teachers and the students to help each other find a common ground. Lastly, we have continued our commitment to civic engagement by expandingSpread the Word–a youth led civic engagement campaign.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah Hughes
CEO Term Start Jan 1993
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Deborah Hughes, M.Ed., has served as the Executive Director since 1993 bringing more than 25 years management and development experience in the nonprofit sector to the position. She has been working with Brookview House, Inc. since its formative stages, beginning in January 1991 as consultant on program development, financial management, and fundraising. Ms. Hughes was instrumental in development of the Roxbury Community College Foundation, serving five years as the Co-Director. Ms. Hughes serves on the Community Services Advisory Committee of MassHousing, is a founding member of the Transition to Work Collaborative, and a founding member of the Child Resource Collaborative.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Mayumi Brooks Youth Director

Mayumi Brooks has more than 19 years experience in youth development. She has worked at Brookview for 10 years, supervises and develops the youth enrichment program.

Ms. Valina Jackson Director of Clinical & Program Services

Valina Jackson, M.A., L.M.H.C.holds a degree from Lesley University in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Ms. Jackson has over 20 years experience in the Human Development field. Her many roles have included teacher, trainer, employment counselor, manager, and chief executive. Ms. Jackson served as Executive Director of the Boston Workforce Development Coalition, a citywide advocacy and public policy coalition of over 50 human service agencies. She also served as the Manager of Education and Training for the Urban League of Eastern Mass where she established its flagship Employment Resource Center. 

Ms. Jayne Murphy Chief Financial Officer

Jayne Murphy, a senior financial manager with over 18 years experience in the behavioral health care industry. She possesses cross-functional competencies in accounting, information systems and project management. Ms. Murphy has solid interpersonal skills with the ability to foster effective team relationships across departments coupled with strong leadership skills. She is highly effective in reorganizing, streamlining, and strengthening administrative operations to maximize performance and cost savings.

Ms. Mercedes Tompkins Chief Development Officer

Mercedes Tompkins has twenty-five years of experience as a community activist, organizer and fundraiser. In previous positions Mercedes has developed and maintained community partnerships and cultivated relationships with individual donors, public and private foundations. Prior to her work at Brookview House, Mercedes was the Executive Director of the Dorchester Community Roundtable and Director of National Outreach for Oxfam America. Mercedes also spent ten years as the Executive Director of Casa Myrna Vazquez, the largest minority controlled sheltering program in the Boston area.Presently she serves on the board of directors of Boston Community Capital, Fayerweather Street School and Northeastern University –Institutional Review Board.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Casa Myrna
Myrtle Baptist Church
Milton Academy
Boston Day and Evening
Young Achievers
Boston Public Health Commission- Start Strong Intiative
Lesley University
Roxbury Community College
Tech Goes Home

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 2
Gender Female: 8
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 --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


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


Board Chair Ms. Carole Allen-Scannell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Clark University
Board Chair Term Dec 2011 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Carole Allen-Scannell Clark University Voting
Ms. Claudine Donikian Pentera Inc. Voting
Ms. Catherine Joseph Consultant Voting
Ms. Kathleen Ledoux Michael Washington Architects Voting
Ms. Nolizwe Nondabula Staples Voting
Ms. Djuna Perkins Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten, LLP ... 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: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 2
Gender Female: 9
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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

  • --
  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Oct 30, 2011 to Sept 30, 2012
Projected Income $1,371,828.00
Projected Expense $1,371,328.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,314,462 $1,374,833 $1,433,004
Total Expenses $1,275,627 $1,302,214 $1,437,916

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $80,000
Government Contributions $933,334 $995,456 $1,082,974
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- $732,092
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $933,334 $995,456 $350,882
Individual Contributions $276,537 $270,212 $123,082
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $104,534 $109,096 $75,124
Investment Income, Net of Losses $57 $69 $76
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $71,748

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,034,655 $1,078,244 $1,215,406
Administration Expense $135,372 $126,081 $128,039
Fundraising Expense $105,600 $97,889 $94,471
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.06 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 83% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 8% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $2,507,678 $2,496,937 $2,479,248
Current Assets $451,272 $486,703 $337,808
Long-Term Liabilities $1,111,282 $1,132,755 $1,158,356
Current Liabilities $126,667 $133,288 $162,617
Total Net Assets $1,269,729 $1,230,894 $1,158,275

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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 $0.00
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.56 3.65 2.08

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 44% 45% 47%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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