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FOCUS - A Program of the Justice Resource Institute

 45 North Main Street, Suite 1R
 Fall River, MA 02720
[P] (508) 617-4359 x 3000
[F] (508) 617-4268
www.jri.org
[email protected]
Kim Thomas
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INCORPORATED: 1973
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2526357

LAST UPDATED: 07/07/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names FOCUS - Community Care Services (2012)
Families Overcoming Challenges Utilizing Support (2012)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Our parent organization Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is dedicated to addressing the most confounding challenges of both the human services and educational systems and the persons and families these systems were created to serve. JRI pursues the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence. FOCUS, a program of JRI supports families who are homeless obtain  housing through support, education, and empowerment.

Mission Statement

Our parent organization Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is dedicated to addressing the most confounding challenges of both the human services and educational systems and the persons and families these systems were created to serve. JRI pursues the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence. FOCUS, a program of JRI supports families who are homeless obtain  housing through support, education, and empowerment.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $1,800,000.00
Projected Expense $1,500,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • FOCUS
  • Mental Health and 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.


Overview

Mission Statement

Our parent organization Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is dedicated to addressing the most confounding challenges of both the human services and educational systems and the persons and families these systems were created to serve. JRI pursues the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence. FOCUS, a program of JRI supports families who are homeless obtain  housing through support, education, and empowerment.


Background Statement

JRI has a 40 year history of extensive collaboration with state social service agencies to provide and transform care for youth and families faced with some of society’s most vexing problems. FOCUS, previously a program of Community Care Services, has served families who are homeless for at least twenty-five years.  Formerly through the Family Resource Center in Attleboro, MA a congregate shelter serving seven families and the Housing Assistance Program serving families at risk of homelessness in Bristol County for approximately ten years. FOCUS serves multiple families and provides a variety of state and federal housing programs such as the Housing Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. Additionally, FOCUS has also provided housing search to families living in motels for over three years through the Department of Housing and Community Development HomeBase Program with high numbers of placement into permanent housing.


Impact Statement

In the past year, FOCUS was able to expand the shelter program from 32 families to 54 families; develop a different model of sheltering families, which includes 24/7 staffing in individualized living environments and are considered one of the top placement providers in HomeBASE assistance statewide. Additionally, we were able to increase our program support and management staff.

Upcoming goals for FOCUS include: updates to our congregate shelter, improve the quality of community services and outreach and continue to enhance collaboration in our scattered sites.


Needs Statement

An important and ongoing need for FOCUS is the ability to increase funds to help support maintenance costs and the general upkeep of sheltering and supporting 54 families. For example, many families need additional furniture. There is the consistent need to repair items that receive the most wear and tear such as rugs, screens, blinds, etc. Additionally, many families need cleaning supplies such as vacuums and mops as well as basic necessities such as hygiene products. Another primary need is to be able to have the ability to provide child care for those families who are pursuing job opportunities, actively working or attending school or career training. Child care is often a barrier for the primary caregiver in obtaining and maintaining stable employment.


CEO Statement

The FOCUS program developed organically as the needs of families at-risk of homelessness shifted and changed over 25 years. FOCUS, now under JRI's leadership, will continue to serve the high number of homeless families in Southeastern MA by providing support and stabilization through alternative housing options and case management. 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.

Southeast Massachusetts, primarily Bristol County. FOCUS serves New Bedford, Fall River, Attleboro, Taunton and surrounding communities.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Housing, Shelter -
  3. -

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

No

Programs

FOCUS

To help families who are homeless obtain housing through support, education and empowerment. FOCUS encompasses a temporary emergency shelter program (congregate and scattered site apartments) and a stabilization program. Sites are funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). We coordinate school placement, day care, medical needs, mental health resources, education and job training referrals, CORI assistance, credit, legal, budgeting and life skills. We offer time-limited assistance designed to provide alternative solutions to families who are DHCD Emergency Assistance Eligible and at serious risk of homelessness. Once permanent housing is obtained FOCUS assists eligible families to remain stably housed with follow-up stabilization plans and community resources.

Budget  $2,500,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other
Population Served Homeless Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

During the recent expansion FOCUS developed a safe model of co-sheltering families with staff at both sites twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. FOCUS also deployed case managers and supervisors to the field in order to support families and direct care staff.

Program Long-Term Success 

FOCUS has served families who are homeless for at least 25 years. Formerly through the Family Resource Center in Attleboro, MA a congregate shelter serving 7 families and the Housing Assistance Program serving families at-risk of homelessness in Bristol County for approximately 10 years.

FOCUS also provided housing searches to families living in motels for over 3 years through the DHCD HomeBase Program with high numbers of placement into permanent housing.

In 2009, FOCUS served 32 families and provided a variety of state and federal housing programs such as the Housing Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program.

More recently, FOCUS expanded the shelter program from serving 32 families to 54 families in response to the high numbers of homeless families in Massachusetts.

Further, FOCUS continues to serve families at-risk of homelessness through HomeBASE with stabilization services provided. The current caseload of families receiving stabilization services is approximately 300.

Program Success Monitored By 

FOCUS has a solid record of placing families in permanent housing and providing stabilization services to families to maintain their housing, including those with issues that make accessing housing more difficult. Our success is a result of our high quality and committed staff; our strong team approach with families, collaboration with Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) service providers; our extensive and positive relationships with landlords in the region; and our trusting relationships with families. JRI senior management and funders monitor program success. 

Examples of Program Success  Listed above.

Mental Health and Youth Development Programs

1. Adolescent Mental Health, Child Welfare and Education 2. Child Welfare Case Management 3. Developmental Disabilities Programs 4. Court-Based Adolescent Programs 5. JRI Health Programs
Budget  $78,930,993.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  Justice Resource Institute has not pursued a strategy of following trends, but has, instead, initiated programs and developed models that have set the trends and shaped the system.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

FOCUS is a program within the larger JRI organization and is responsible for its own financials, programming, and staffing. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Bonnie Paiva
CEO Term Start Sept 2006
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Bonnie Paiva has a JD degree and over ten years experience in providing services to low and moderate income families who need subsidized housing. Bonnie manages staff who are responsible for providing prevention, rental assistance, shelter services, housing search and stabilization services to low income families. Bonnie is also responsible for training staff to enter data on the state MIS system for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and to work with families who are in crisis and who may have complex social service needs.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience Staff information represents only FOCUS, a "program" of JRI. FOCUS is one of the many programs that are part of the larger JRI organization, therefore, the numbers only reflect those associated with FOCUS. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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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? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

FOCUS collaborates with many state and local organizations such as Department of Housing and Community Development, South Shore Housing Development Corporation, and local housing authorities. In addition, we partner with many coalitions, advocacy groups and other non-profit organizations. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The staff and management list are those of the FOCUS program.  FOCUS has existed in the community for many years and we have seen growth in the recent years. Utilizing our experience from previous years has helped us stay connected to local community resources, best practices and progressive solutions for sheltering and housing families. 
 
Further, many of our staff employed, have been with the program for many years, working with and servicing families experiencing homelessness.  

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 25
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 2
Gender Female: 22
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
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 No
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Arden O'Connor
Board Chair Company Affiliation O'Connor Professional Group
Board Chair Term Sept 2013 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mark Cuddy Richardson-Cuddy Insurance Voting
Robert Guttentag Retired Voting
Joel Kershner Retired Exofficio
Susan Miller Self Employeed Voting
Andrea Nix Phillips Academy Voting
Arden O'Conner O'Connor Professional group Voting
Dawna Paton Aceso Innovative Partners Voting
Andy Pond Justice Resource Institute NonVoting
Stephen Porter Massachusetts Medical Society Voting
Deborah Reuman Justice Resource Institute Exofficio
Valerie Samuels Posternak, Blankstien & Lund, LLP Voting
Audrey Shelto Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Voting
James Spencer James Spencer & Associates Voting
Judith Tsipis Brandeis University Voting
Paul Wynn Wynn & Wynn, P.C. 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: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The board listed is the board of Justice Resource Incorporated as FOCUS does not have an advisory or other board.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,931,269 $1,866,652 $1,929,564
Total Expenses $1,661,768 $1,491,882 $1,744,442

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$5,740 $20,833 $43,530
Government Contributions $1,913,156 $1,825,217 $1,862,589
    Federal -- -- --
    State $1,913,156 $1,825,217 $1,862,589
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $2,012 $5,075 $12,320
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $10,361 $15,527 $11,125
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,485,344 $1,350,345 $1,627,836
Administration Expense $176,424 $141,537 $116,606
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.16 1.25 1.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses 89% 91% 93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets -- -- --
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets -- -- --

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 --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per FOCUS.  The IRS Form 990's and Audited Financials posted above cover the entirety of Justice Resource Institute, of which FOCUS is a program. There are no assets and liabilities listed for FOCUS as the assets and liabilities are calculated on an organizational level.

Foundation Comments

The charts and graphs on this page represent FOCUS, a program of Justice Resource Institute. The IRS Form 990s and Audits posted above are per Justice Resource Institute and cover the entire organization. There are no assets and liabilities listed for FOCUS as the assets and liabilities are calculated on the organizational level.

Documents


Other Documents

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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?

The goal of FOCUS is to actively conduct a housing search with the family and place homeless families in permanent affordable housing in order to decrease the number of homeless families. Permanent housing may include the following: 1. State and Federal Housing Voucher Programs (MRVP and Section 8); 2. Local housing authorities (public housing); 3. Supportive housing; 4. Transitional housing; 5. State housing assistance programs such as the MA HomeBASE Program); 6. Market Rentals.

Long term success would involve rapidly re-housing families in to the community. This would include wrap around services for the families once they are placed in their own home in the community. A number of families need more intense services once placement is made in order to ensure sustainability in the community. Some families have returned to the state shelter system repeatedly. Success for the family would be to stay housed in the community and not re-enter the shelter system unless absolutely necessary.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

To increase the quality of services once a family is placed in to housing in the community. Currently we follow a family for one year after they leave our shelter program, however we encourage families to contact us if they need assistance after the one year mark so we can direct them in order to ensure sustainability. Assisting families to remain housed and not re-enter the state shelter system is a preventative model of addressing homelessness. We are currently conduct home visits once the families have been placed. We encourage the families to participate in as many home visits necessary to achieve sustainable housing. We also maintain a strong collaboration with local agencies and organizations in the community who provide additional services for families such as food banks, workforce development agencies and fuel assistance providers. 


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

FOCUS has existed in the community for many years and we have seen growth in the recent years. Utilizing our experience from previous years has helped to stay connected to local community resources, best practices and progressive solutions for sheltering and housing families.

Further, many of our staff employed, have been with the program for many years, working with and servicing families experiencing homelessness.

Currently, our program is funded by the state of MA. We utilize the Boston Food Bank. We also receive funding for some of the utility costs for our shelter sites. FOCUS partners with the Fall River Homeless Service Provider Coalition (Homeless Continuum of Care), the GB Greater Bristol County/Attleboro/Taunton Coalition to End Homelessness (Homeless Continuum of Care) , the New Bedford Homeless Service Provider Network (Homeless Continuum of Care), the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness and a member of Homes for Families (public policy and advocacy). The housing and stabilization services provided by CCS help to assess risk of homelessness, identify strengths and barriers to stable, permanent housing and prioritize interventions. We are actively embedded in the communities that we serve, and have extensive collaborative relationships with numerous public and private agencies including: TANF/DTA agencies; WIC; Head Start; Public and Regional Housing Authorities and Tenant associations; mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment programs, domestic violence programs; landlords/property managers; police; hospitals; food banks; utility companies; child welfare agencies; courts; faith based organizations and churches; culturally specific organizations; legal aid services; schools; businesses; vocational and workforce development centers; unemployment offices; help lines and Community Action Agencies. Community partnerships and collaborations are critical to effectively support families to avoid homelessness and achieve and maintain stability


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

One of our key indicators are the number of placements made out of the shelter system. In doing so, we measure the length of stay the family has in the shelter system. In our shelter program our benchmarks are to house twice the families in our program per year. Currently, we receive 54 families in our shelter program.

Additionally, our HomeBASE program aims to prevent and divert families from entering the shelter system at all. (As stated previously, we are one of the top placement providers in the state).


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

Placing homeless families who are experiencing trauma, in to affordable housing in a short period of time requires participation from the family, dedicated front line staff and a system of support. Families need to trust our agency, program and staff. Therefore, the environment (physical and social) families experience while living in our shelter program tends to gain the trust of the families. We have demonstrated to families our commitment to re-house them, assist them with daily living needs and healthy resources in the community.

Our program has witnessed when you place families in a temporary emergency shelter that has a calm and appealing environment, along with dedicated workers it is a catalyst for the family to regain the desire to actively participate in their housing search. It gives the families hope to create and replicate that environment in their own home, for their own family.  During the past year our program is vested in providing the best environment to produce the best outcome for the families and their futures.