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Phoenix Multisport Inc.

 54 Newmarket Square
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (857) 239-8422
[F] --
www.thephoenix.org
[email protected]
Michael Underhill
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INCORPORATED: 2006
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EIN 20-4648043

LAST UPDATED: 04/04/2018
Organization DBA The Phoenix
The Phoenix - Massachusetts
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose to live sober. Using a peer support model, we help members heal and rebuild their lives while also striving to eliminate stigma around recovery.
Together we……… RISE | RECOVER | LIVE
 
 

Mission Statement

The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose to live sober. Using a peer support model, we help members heal and rebuild their lives while also striving to eliminate stigma around recovery.
Together we……… RISE | RECOVER | LIVE
 
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $6,364,080.00
Projected Expense $5,975,891.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Free Community Programs
  • Lowell 'Inside and Out' Program
  • Workforce Development Program for Group Coaching and Personal Training
  • Youth and Young Adult Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose to live sober. Using a peer support model, we help members heal and rebuild their lives while also striving to eliminate stigma around recovery.
Together we……… RISE | RECOVER | LIVE
 
 

Background Statement

The Phoenix, originally incorporated as Phoenix Multisport, began in Boulder, CO in 2007 with the mission to foster a sober active community for individuals recovering from substance use disorders and those who chose to live sober. By offering experiential activities such as rock climbing, boxing, strength training and yoga, Phoenix helps participants build confidence and find the support they need to live fulfilling lives in recovery. All Phoenix events are free to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety and led by certified instructors who are peers in recovery.
 
Phoenix was founded by Scott Strode, a person in long term recovery who got sober April 8, 1997 in Boston. After experiencing the transformative power of physical activity and social connection through his own recovery journey, Strode launched Phoenix as a way to give that experience to as many people as possible by eliminating barriers that often keep individuals from achieving sobriety. What began as a weekly bike ride and climbing trips in Colorado, has grown to a national movement serving 24,000 individuals across eight states and 12 cities.
 
In addition to free community programs, Phoenix partners with treatment and complimentary organizations to more effectively bridge their clients to long term support. By utilizing peer instructors to provide health and wellness programming for those served by partner organizations, Phoenix can more effectively bridge those involved in treatment, the criminal justice system, homeless programs, veterans’ programs and universities to Phoenix’s community.
 
The Boston Chapter launched in July 2015, offering five weekly events at various venues throughout the city. After the first several months of operation, Mayor Walsh and the Office of Recovery Services assisted Phoenix in securing a temporary program space on 785 Albany Street, next to Boston Medical Center. This auditorium has served as our main programming space where we offer over 20 free weekly events and have served over 500 individuals to date. After establishing a presence in the city, Phoenix is eager to move to our new 10,000 sq.ft. space. at 54 Newmarket square. This new space will serve as a hub of recovery, offering free programs, space to partner with existing programs and a revenue generating gym to help sustain this operation.

Impact Statement

Phoenix ultimately seeks is to help individuals not only achieve sobriety, but to thrive in recovery. The Phoenix Model is unique because of its non-clinical approach that uses the power of human connection and positive coping mechanisms through physical activity to help people heal from the underlying causes of addiction. By bringing people together, Phoenix creates a community where people can heal, obtain essential life skills, and practice effective social interaction. Research suggests facilitating physical activity, social connection and community are potent strategies for promoting health and healing from disease.

Our biggest accomplishment is that Phoenix continues to save lives around the country through programs that aim to improve qualities known to sustained recovery. Survey outcomes show that as a result of participation, more than two-thirds (64%) of members reported improved attitudes towards activities that do not involve drugs or alcohol, 73% reported improved self-efficacy – or confidence in themselves – and 73% reported improved self-esteem. Roughly half (49%) reported having more motivation to stay sober, 55% reported improved physical health, 41% reported improved mental health and 60% reported improvements in their overall health. Relapse rates for participants at Phoenix are lower than those seen for individuals 6 months to a year after treatment (23% vs. 50-70%).

In addition to purchasing the largest facility in the organization's history that will serve as the anchor chapter for Boston, the Phoenix was able to focus on a volunteer led model to rapidly deploy new programs. In this model, existing gyms donate space and staff time to host Phoenix events. To ensure program fidelity, Phoenix staff vet each volunteer, train them on the Phoenix model and provide technical support prior to launching programs. Through this model, Phoenix will be able to more effectively reach more communities in need by providing recovery support at a grassroots level.

Needs Statement

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. We are experiencing the worst addiction crisis of all time and the need for innovative programs that promote long term recovery is critical. Evidence suggests that extending this continuum to include recovery support will dramatically reduce the frequency of relapse to a point where relapse becomes the exception rather than the rule.
 
Phoenix is committed to eliminating as many barriers as possible in order to ensure programs are accessible to anyone in need and conducts outreach to populations with higher incidence of SUDs. We are actively looking for potential mission partners interested in developing consistent and reliable programming, space, and community for those in need.
 
Top 5 needs include:
 
1) General support to operate a new 10,000 sq. ft. facility to support free Phoenix programs - $500,000
2) Launch a revenue generating gym to support workforce development program - $200,000
3) Expand director level staff to oversee programs and partnerships for the facility - $100,000
4) Increase instructor capacity to provide more programs and conduct outreach - $70,000
5) Increase visibility and collaboration among mission partners in Boston - $50,000


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
NATIONAL
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
CENTRAL REGION, MA

The location of our chapter is 54 Newmarket Square, Boston, MA 02118.  Phoenix serves individuals from the entire Boston area, including surrounding towns and communities. While most of our programming is offered at the facility in Boston, we also offer indoor rock climbing in Woburn, MA on Sundays, satellite programming in Auburn, MA and a new initiative in Lowell, MA.

The Newmarket Square facility is located on the edge of the South End, in a neighborhood hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis with an astounding rate SUD-related emergency department visits (12,086 per 100,000 population). Many individuals who live in the neighborhood surrounding the Phoenix facility are experiencing homelessness, have mental health issues, suffer from trauma, and struggle every day to sustain long term sobriety.

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
  2. Recreation & Sports - Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Rehabilitation Services for Offenders

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

Under Development

Programs

Free Community Programs

At the core of Phoenix is our free community programs offered to anyone with a minimum 48 hours of continuous sobriety. Phoenix provides all necessary gear required for activities, in order to ensure that anyone can access a sober active community of support regardless of their financial situation. The Boston Chapter currently offers over 20 free, peer led fitness classes each week such as kickboxing, yoga, rock climbing and CrossFit. 
 
Beyond overcoming the physical, mental and spiritual challenges of recovery, we know the hardest part can be breaking away from the people and places that surrounded one during addiction. Whether it’s finding new friends at home or starting over in a new city, this critical phase of recovery can leave people utterly isolated when they are most in need of connection.

The Phoenix harnesses the transformative power of community to give people in recovery the support they need. Whether you’re 10 years sober, just starting down the path to recovery or supporting someone who has made the decision to get sober, our community is full of people who not only understand what you’re going through, but are ready, willing and able to give you the support to rise above substance use disorder.
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Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Homeless Veterans
Program Short-Term Success 
We evaluate individual outcomes using a three month post-enrollment survey. 

Survey outcomes show that as a result of participation, more than two-thirds (64%) of Team Members reported improved attitudes towards activities that do not involve drugs or alcohol, 73% reported improved self-efficacy – or confidence in themselves – and 73% reported improved self-esteem. Roughly half (49%) reported having more motivation to stay sober, 55% reported improved physical health, 41% reported improved mental health and 60% reported improvements in their overall health. Relapse rates for participants at Phoenix are lower than those seen for individuals 6 months to a year after treatment (23% vs. 50-70%).

Program Long-Term Success 
In 2017, The Phoenix began to measure the long-term impact of participation through six month follow-up surveys. Of those who have completed the survey thus far (n=52), 68% remained sober 6 months after joining Phoenix and, of those who had relapsed, two-thirds said that The Phoenix helped them return to sobriety. When these respondents first attended a Phoenix event, 22% reported that they were unemployed and looking for work – this dropped to only 9% six months later. With regard to overall health, 55% report their health as “excellent” or “very good” six months after participating, which is higher than the national average of 52% measured through the CDC’s 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance system. These results show that The Phoenix is changing lives, helping thousands harness the power of self-transformation and rise above addiction.
Program Success Monitored By  The theory of change used by Phoenix to make programming decisions is supported by a substantial evidence-base and incorporated into the Phoenix program logic model. The Phoenix model recognizes that achievement of long-term recovery is mediated by one’s personal recovery capital – the efficacies needed to begin and maintain recovery from a substance use disorder. By offering inherently transformative activities in a supportive community of peers, Phoenix programming aims to improve Team Members’ personal recovery capital, particularly with respect to improvements in attitudes towards sober activities, coping skills, self-efficacy, self-esteem and sense of purpose. Collectively, improvements in these areas increases members’ hope that they can recover, results in sustained recovery and, thus, improves members’ quality of life, physical and emotional health.

Scales to measure participants’ perceptions of each of these constructs are included in our evaluation survey administered to members three-months after participating. The scales used in the survey have been pilot-tested and validated in a sample of Team Members and are derived from widely-used, validated instruments, such as the General Self-Efficacy Scale, the Coping Strategies Inventory Short-Form, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the World Health Organization’s Quality of Life scale.
Examples of Program Success  Over the past 11 years, The Phoenix has grown from a small organization serving a few dozen individuals in Boulder, CO to a national movement that has served over 24,000 individuals throughout 11 cities across the country. In 2017, Phoenix made significant strides towards developing a national scaling strategy by beginning to pilot different program models throughout New England. Central to this pilot is anchoring a chapter in Boston to serve as a hub of recovery from which we can serve those most in need and train individuals to bring Phoenix to more rural communities. By establishing this hub and spoke model and harnessing existing community resources, together we can stem the tide to this addiction crisis.

Lowell 'Inside and Out' Program

The Inside & Out program is collaborative pilot between The Phoenix and Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) that empowers individuals to identify as stronger than their disease and socially connect to a sober active community. The innovative project will help individuals with substance use disorder and those involved with the justice system sustain long-term recovery, minimize recidivism and become contributing members of society. Through health and wellness programing and workforce development, Phoenix will launch peer led classes with CrossFit, Strength Training, and Yoga available to the entire MSO population and greater Lowell community.
 
 Phoenix is particularly well-positioned to benefit individuals who are or have been involved with the criminal justice system. The majority of Phoenix members (67%) have a history of criminal involvement, with 25% of current members on probation or parole and 20% having participated in drug court or a diversionary sentencing program. Outcomes from our partnership with the Boulder Drug Courts show that when drug court participants participate in Phoenix programming, they move more quickly through the program and are more likely to graduate than those who do not attend Phoenix. Over the past several years Phoenix has provided numerous opportunities for individuals with criminal histories to access its Apprentice Instructor Program providing individuals with training and certifications in various disciplines (CrossFit, rock climbing, boxing, triathlon coaching, etc.) and preparing them for careers in outdoor and fitness industries.
Budget  $150,000
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success  TBD
Program Long-Term Success  TBD
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  TBD

Workforce Development Program for Group Coaching and Personal Training

In 2018 Phoenix will be formalizing its training model in multiple chapters throughout the country, by launching a revenue generating gym located at Phoenix facilities. In this model, Phoenix team members looking to pursue employment in the fitness industry will receive mentoring and experience by training members who join the revenue generating gym. This workforce development model will provide an opportunity to link individuals to employment, education and volunteer opportunities, while fostering community support for their recovery in a safe and sober environment. 

The Group Coaching and Personal Training Program is designed to prepare highly qualified peers to work in the fitness and outdoors industry, both within Phoenix and in community or gym settings. Requirements for program participation include lived experience as a person in recovery, commitment to being a Phoenix Team Member, and interest in working as a Group Fitness Coach or Personal Trainer. 
 
This model creates sustainability for Phoenix by increasing capacity to service the community in a more robust way, while at the same time building a skilled workforce more broadly.
Budget  --
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success  TBD      
Program Long-Term Success  TBD
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  TBD

Youth and Young Adult Program

The Phoenix seeks to provide targeted recovery support, intervention and prevention programming for youth, understanding the need to address substance use and engage young individuals in healthy activities and lifestyles that are appealing and fun. Pilot programs currently exist in Colorado and New England, with plans to formalize and expand Youth and Young Adult programming nationally. Each program is led by a Program Manager who builds partnerships with organizations serving at-risk youth, recovery high schools and collegiate programs. 
Budget  --
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers College Aged (18-26 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  TBD 
Program Long-Term Success  TBD 
Program Success Monitored By  TBD 
Examples of Program Success  TBD 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott Strode
CEO Term Start Apr 2006
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Scott Strode, an accomplished tri-athlete, mountaineer, ice-climber, outdoorsman, and recovering alcoholic, is the Founder and Executive Director of Phoenix Multisport. His vision and perseverance have been integral in the development and implementation of Phoenix, which is based on Scott’s experience working with hundreds of individuals who discovered the transformative effect that a healthy, active lifestyle can have on long-term sobriety. 

Scott has demonstrated an innovative and entrepreneurial mind since early in his career starting with his work with children as an instructor on a ship, “semester at sea”. This exposure introduced him to working in creative learning environments and the power that experience has in shaping self-efficacy and vision of oneself. These experiences Scott developed strong leadership skills, project management and planning capabilities and maintained an innovative spirit with each new endeavor.

- 2017 : Presented at TEDxMileHigh in Denver about the transformative power of physical activity and social connection that underlies the Phoenix model.
- 2013: Received “The Vernon Johnson Award for 2013” from Faces & Voices of Recovery; Cover story of March 'In Recovery' magazine 
- 2012: Received the first CNN Hero award,  Article in Renew magazine July/August Scott and Phoenix Multisport, Advocates for Recovery “The Merle Evans    Advocate of the Year Award”
- “Turning Point” - a 25 minute documentary, featuring Scott and Phoenix Multisport
- Received the “7 Everyday Hero” award from Denver Channel 7 TV
- Profiled by Newsweek
- Interviewed by Comcast for its Newsmakers program and by Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical correspondent.
 
Scott serves on the board of "The Woods" Charitable Foundation and has been an active participant in the Association of Small Foundations and its Next-Generation committee. 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Sandi Coyle New England Regional Director --
Jacquelyn Hillios Director of Research Jacquelyn brings a wealth of clinical knowledge and research-based experience to her role at Phoenix Multisport. Jacquelyn has overseen tremendous growth in her time at PM, having served on the original Board of Directors from 2006-2008 and as Director of Boulder/Denver Operations from 2008-2010, before stepping into the Director of Research and Evaluation position where she currently serves. Prior to PM she worked as a clinical social worker, supervised a team of clinicians, and facilitated a system of care program in Massachusetts. She has recently earned a Ph.D. degree in Social Work from Boston College in Boston, MA.
Jacquelyn is very familiar with the cultures and languages spoken by families recovering from addiction. For the first 15 years of her professional career, Jacquelyn worked as a clinical social worker with youth and families struggling with mental illness, physical illness, and addiction. Her work in a wraparound program serving families showed her that family-centered care and peer support had the power to help individuals heal from addiction. Early on, Jacquelyn began working with Scott Strode to design and launch Phoenix Multisport. She has worked directly with recovering individuals and families, hearing their stories and learning what they value most in the recovery process. Jacquelyn has immersed herself in the literature on addiction and recovery and is well aware of gaps that remain. Jacquelyns’ dissertation research examined the influence of social recovery capital and stress on the health and well-being of individuals recovering from addiction. She strives to blend her personal, clinical, and research experience to develop a better understanding of what people need to recover and what role innovative social network interventions such as PM may play in shaping unique recovery pathways.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Heroes Award CNN 2012

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2018
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 43
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 45
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 22
Male: 24
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Susan Broderick Equire
Board Chair Company Affiliation Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute
Board Chair Term Apr 2006 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Susan Broderick Esquire Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute Voting
Deni Carise PhD Recovery Centers of America Voting
Don Côqayohômuwôk Chapman KIC Facilities Management Voting
Don Fertman Doctor’s Associates, Inc. (Subway Sandwiches World Headquarters) Voting
Mark Gaylord The Gaylord Group Voting
Terry Hunt Energy Investments Consultant Voting
Joshua McClellan Arbor Living Centers (ALC) Voting
Jessica Nickel Addiction Policy Forum, The Brimley Group Voting
Gregory Sheindlin Attorney/Gregory Sheindlin, PLLC New York, NY Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $6,364,080.00
Projected Expense $5,975,891.00
Form 990s

2016 Phoenix Multisport 990

2015 Phoenix Multisport 990

2014 Phoenix Multisport 990

Audit Documents

2016 Phoenix Multisport Audit

2015 Phoenix Multisport Audit

2014 Phoenix Multisport Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,777,915 $3,060,029 $2,248,497
Total Expenses $2,034,326 $1,875,764 $1,726,483

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $187,571 $212,482 $310,034
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $187,571 $212,482 $310,034
Individual Contributions $1,240,587 $2,443,166 $1,679,185
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $625
Earned Revenue $281,813 $278,509 $135,221
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,290 $-1,843 $-393
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $65,654 $77,715 $123,825
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $50,000 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,334,486 $1,164,597 $1,073,307
Administration Expense $498,664 $552,823 $210,743
Fundraising Expense $201,176 $158,344 $442,433
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 1.63 1.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses 66% 62% 62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 6% 21%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $2,442,199 $2,682,811 $1,819,363
Current Assets $1,282,844 $1,745,237 $1,330,995
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $111,466 $95,667 $416,484
Total Net Assets $2,330,733 $2,587,144 $1,402,879

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $1,500.00
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose The Phoenix launched a $5 million capital campaign to secure a 10,000 sq. ft. facility that will serve as a hub of recovery for the region.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates July 2017 - Aug 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $3,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 11.51 18.24 3.20

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently 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?

At Phoenix, we believe it is possible to change the standards by which the world views and responds to substance use disorder. It is our vision to maximize the footprint of recovery by creating value within ourselves, within the workplace, and throughout the communities we serve. We believe our past experiences do not define us, yet they serve as useful opportunities to help those in need. There are many pathways to recovery, and each method must be respected equally. At Phoenix, we provide a pathway to recovery that can be implemented alongside other options but can also stand alone as a recovery support service that helps individuals maintain sobriety throughout the life course. We provide a safe, nurturing environment that accepts individuals from diverse backgrounds at any place along their recovery journey. The Phoenix vision involves core values and principles that set us apart from the industry standard. Using a peer- to- peer model, we leverage the intrinsic power of fitness to help individuals heal from past traumas, find hope within a sober active community and develop the necessary coping skills to maintain long term recovery.

We aim to provide a visible, consistent, accessible and reliable outlet to physical activity and community in one of the most vulnerable locations for substance abuse disorder and relapse in the city. Our Newmarket Square facility is located in an area referred to as, “The Methadone Mile”, at the edge of the South End. Of all neighborhoods in Boston, the South End had the highest rate of SUD-related emergency department visits (12,086 per 100K population). Many individuals who live in the neighborhood surrounding the Phoenix facility are homeless, have mental health issues, suffer from trauma, and struggle every day to remain clean and sober. This is a profitable area for drug dealers, so it can be a challenging neighborhood for those in recovery. The area is actively policed and according to a WCVB News report, there have been 77 drug arrests in that area since fall of 2015, as well as 166 arrests on other charges, such as outstanding warrants and disorderly conduct.

Phoenix’s success is rooted in the cultivation of sobriety as a means for acquiring a full, meaningful, and balanced lifestyle. Both staff and team members embody this culture with integrity and conduct themselves confidently, truthfully and altruistically. As individuals, we are accountable to our core values and strive to create community by building meaningful relationships wherever possible. Our shared vision and passionate belief in our mission allow us to build trust and work collaboratively as a unified team. As a result, we stand as leaders within the recovery community, helping Team Members not only to remain sober but to experience outcomes like increased self-esteem, self-efficacy and sense of purpose.

After The Boston Chapter moved into a temporary programming space in March 2016, the Carter Auditorium, at 785 Albany Street, we expanded the number of weekly events and increased team member enrollment from 77 to over 550 individuals. The Boston Chapter will be a hub of recovery for individuals in recovery, their families and loved ones. With two gym spaces, a meeting/yoga room, rock walls, outdoor program space and a café, this facility will be a place of hope for thousands. We expect to increase our impact by providing over 25 free classes per week and  eventually serving over 2,000 individuals each year. We believe this will be an important part of the fabric of services that are addressing the substance abuse epidemic currently ravaging the region.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

In order to become the hub of recovery in Boston, we will continue to build a robust sober active community for individuals in recovery and their families in Massachusetts by providing free programming and resources that will increase participants personal recovery capital by leveraging physical activity and social connection to build confidence and find the support one needs to live productive and fulfilling lives in recovery.

As we fulfill this vision, we begin by reducing the fear and hesitation surrounding sobriety so that the earliest signs of a substance use disorder result in prompt recovery support services . We provide a welcoming, fun atmosphere that shatters mental models associated with both addiction and recovery. Stigma reduction and strategic outreach allows Phoenix to target isolated populations such as veteran, LGBTQ and homeless individuals who are at a high risk of relapse. By providing access to a supportive community of peers in recovery, we strive to minimize the perception of relapse as a prerequisite to recovery, and instead, view it as a nonessential component of sobriety.

At Newmarket Square, we have two gym spaces, a meeting/yoga room, rock walls, outdoor program space and a café, Phoenix will be able to offer daily CrossFit, yoga, running, kickboxing, running and climbing programs and easily accessible open gym hours. For individuals who have made the decision to live sober, they only need 48 hours of continuous sobriety to access to our free programs where they find a sober community to help support them. By offering programs at no cost, our participants (Team Members) are able to access a safe and supportive community that fosters sobriety, regardless of their financial circumstances. Phoenix programs are facilitated by instructors who are in recovery themselves and understand the challenges involved in getting sober and building a new life in recovery. This peer-to-peer model strengthens participants’ one’s sober support networks, as instructors use lived experience to speak directly to the obstacles and successes inherent in their recovery journey. We remove the financial barriers for participants to ensure that no one is kept from receiving recovery support due to their financial situation. Phoenix seeks to equip individuals recovering from a substance use disorder with the physical, social and emotional capital needed to thrive in sobriety.

In addition to offering free community programming, The Phoenix conducts targeted outreach to specialty populations and builds strategic partnerships to bridge individuals at risk of relapse directly to its safe and supportive community. An evaluation of the partnership between The Phoenix and Intensive Treatment Courts in Colorado found that Drug Court participants were more likely to graduate and to graduate faster if they took part in The Phoenix events while participating in the Drug Court program. The Phoenix partners with a number of criminal justice agencies to improve program outcomes and reduce recidivism rates. In 2018, The Phoenix will be launching a new partnership in Lowell, MA, working with the Middlesex County Sherriff’s Office to offer programming onsite for offenders receiving services at the Office of Community Corrections. This program, called Phoenix ‘Inside and Out’ will allow for further integration with the criminal justice system to build out a more comprehensive continuum of care. Nationally,  have already partnered with over 50 organizations that serve as mission partners with Phoenix, working to reduce the stigma of sobriety and serve those in recovery from substance abuse disorder. Phoenix has the unique flexibility to offer our programming in our own venue, to bring classes to partner organizations, or to host partner programs in our space.






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

Phoenix is uniquely positioned to address the current gap in a full continuum of recovery services for those who have suffered from substance abuse disoirder because of our ability to create value. Based on our vision and the values which direct our organizational mission, our core capabilities include community development through peer to peer support, stigma reduction concerning both addiction and recovery, bridging the gaps in overall wellness, skilled instruction among a variety of active disciplines, enhanced personal growth, and the ability to create valuable life experiences. Within the workplace, we encourage personal and professional development, and we strive to maintain a fun, rewarding and supportive work environment. For our Team Members, we create value by teaching physical, emotional, and professional skills while creating an inclusive, emotionally supportive environment to rebuild self-esteem and promoted personal development. Throughout the communities we serve, we create professional, volunteer, and community service opportunities and contribute to the development of surrounding communities by introducing a new standard of value-based behavior.

We continue to cultivate volunteers in order to maximize our impact and currrently have five volunteer instructors in Boston to assist with leading programs. Two Team Members have successfully completed their CrossFit Level 1 Certification class, expanding our capacity by allowing more events to be offered or classes to be covered. With these added volunteer instructors, our chapter staff are able to pursue more outreach.

With growth in our staff, instructor and volunteers, we are confident that we can achieve our objective of increasing the impact of our programming. Since January 2017, we have grown from two staff members to seven  -- we now have staff dedicated to youth programming, development, community partnerships, gym management and regional outreach. Phoenix is fully prepared to launch our new location and increase awareness, membership, programming, earned revenue and effectiveness.

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

The theory of change used by Phoenix to make programming decisions is supported by a substantial evidence-base and incorporated into the Phoenix program logic model. The Phoenix model recognizes that achievement of long-term recovery is mediated by one’s personal recovery capital – the efficacies needed to begin and maintain recovery from a substance use disorder. By offering inherently transformative activities in a supportive community of peers, Phoenix programming aims to improve Team Members’ personal recovery capital, particularly with respect to improvements in attitudes towards sober activities, coping skills, self-efficacy, self-esteem and sense of purpose.

Scales to measure participants’ perceptions of each of these constructs are included in our evaluation survey administered to all members three-months after participating. The scales used in the survey have been pilot-tested and validated in a sample of Team Members and are derived from widely-used, validated instruments, such as the General Self-Efficacy Scale, the Coping Strategies Inventory Short-Form, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the World Health Organization’s Quality of Life scale.

Utilizing resources from Phoenix' Research and Evaluation Office, we will evaluate progress based on the theory of change outlined above. National survey outcomes of current participants show that as a result of participation, more than two-thirds (64%) of team members reported improved attitudes towards activities that do not involve drugs or alcohol, 73% reported improved self-efficacy – or confidence in themselves – and 73% reported improved self-esteem. Roughly half (49%) reported having more motivation to stay sober, 55% reported improved physical health, 41% reported improved mental health and 60% reported improvements in their overall health.

Locally, Phoenix’s 2017 three-month evaluation survey (n=272) show that Team Members have much more favorable attitudes toward sobriety, are more confident in themselves and have greater self-esteem, are better able to cope with stress and have more purpose in life after participating for three months. Also, more than a third of respondents (34%) reported that they had begun volunteering in their community since joining The Phoenix.

In 2017, The Phoenix began to measure the long-term impact of participation through six month follow-up surveys. Of those who have completed the survey thus far (n=52), 68% remained sober 6 months after joining Phoenix and, of those who had relapsed, two-thirds said that The Phoenix helped them return to sobriety. When these respondents first attended a Phoenix event, 22% reported that they were unemployed and looking for work – this dropped to only 9% six months later. With regard to overall health, 55% report their health as “excellent” or “very good” six months after participating, which is higher than the national average of 52% measured through the CDC’s 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance system. These results show that The Phoenix is changing lives, helping thousands harness the power of self-transformation and rise above addiction.

We will utilize our weekly team meetings to systematically review outcomes, discuss what is going well and address any barriers interfering with achieving our objectives. Based on this review, we will revise our strategy and action steps as needed to ensure we are on track to achieve project goals.

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

Over the past 11 years, The Phoenix has grown from a small organization serving a few dozen individuals in Boulder, CO to a national movement that has served over 24,000 individuals through its chapters in CO, CA, MA and ID. In 2017, Phoenix made significant strides towards developing a national scaling strategy by beginning to pilot different program models throughout New England. Central to this pilot is anchoring a chapter in Boston to serve as a hub of recovery from which we can serve those most in need and train individuals to bring Phoenix to smaller communities. By establishing this hub and spoke model and harnessing existing community resources, together we can stem the tide to this addiction crisis together.

Since 2015, Phoenix has operated CrossFit, yoga, running, kickboxing, running and climbing programs the Boston area. We began with just one staff member instructing 5 events per week without a designated program space offering programming at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay, the Devine Recovery Center, along the Charles River Esplanade, and at the Blue Hills Reservation. After moving into a temporary programming space in March 2016, the Carter Auditorium, at 785 Albany Street, we expanded the number of weekly events from 5-16 and increased team member enrollment from 77 to over 550 individuals.

This past August, we were given a time sensitive opportunity to purchase an 11,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 54 Newmarket Square. With the help of the Lynch Foundation and local donors, Phoenix raised $1.5 million in 40 days to close on the building. This building is currently under construction and slated for a March 2018 open. The Boston Chapter will be a hub of recovery for individuals in recovery, their families and loved ones. With two gym spaces, a meeting/yoga room, rock walls, outdoor program space and a café, this facility will be a place of hope for thousands. Our Denver chapter currently serves over 2,000 individuals each year. We anticipate having a similar impact in Boston.

Our new location will allow us to explore new avenues for collaboration and programming with local mission partners to further contribute to a continuum of resources for those suffering from substance abuse disorder. We have learned through our extensive outreach efforts what type of partnerships were and were not possible in our current location and capacity. In our new space, we are excited to re-open the possibility of hosting community meetings, workshops, learning opportunities and networking events in addition to our fitness based activities.

We have hired a Youth and Young Adult Program Manager to target enhanced engagement strategies to better serve participants age 14-25. This staff member is actively building relationships with local universities, collegiate recovery programs, high schools, recovery high schools, juvenile probation and other programs serving this high risk age group. As these programs are formalized, we will begin to investigate replicating the Together Families Recover (TFR) Program to expand its current model to serve families impacted by addiction. TFR will offer peer facilitated physical and social programming, educational opportunities, resource referrals, concrete resources, and multi-day family retreats to help families redefine their relationships in a culture of recovery. Family support is an invaluable asset in recovery.