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Stepping Stones Family Services (Stepping Stones Family Home)

 143 Essex Street, Suite 206
 Haverhill, MA 01830
[P] (603) 380-5886
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steppingstonesfamilyservices.org
jill@familyservicesma.org
Jillian Tsiplakis
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INCORPORATED: 2016
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 81-1854853

LAST UPDATED: 10/31/2018
Organization DBA Stepping Stones Family Services
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Stepping Stones Family Services is a registered Nonprofit Organization servicing lower income mothers in need in the Greater North Shore, Massachusetts area. SSFS assists mothers through providing basic child care items, teaching proper child and family care, assisting with enrollment in other community based services, and helping to prepare mothers for the work force or return to school. SSFS provides assistance to enrolled mothers through a multi faceted approach with our Stepping Stones Family Closet, Stepping Stones Family Gathering, in office services, parenting groups and peer to peer enrichment, and Mommy Moolah program. Every mother is required to give 15-20 min of time in volunteer service to the organization, job search, resume writing, or by attending and in office group or class in order to receive free diapers and wipes.

Mission Statement

Stepping Stones Family Services is a registered Nonprofit Organization servicing lower income mothers in need in the Greater North Shore, Massachusetts area. SSFS assists mothers through providing basic child care items, teaching proper child and family care, assisting with enrollment in other community based services, and helping to prepare mothers for the work force or return to school. SSFS provides assistance to enrolled mothers through a multi faceted approach with our Stepping Stones Family Closet, Stepping Stones Family Gathering, in office services, parenting groups and peer to peer enrichment, and Mommy Moolah program. Every mother is required to give 15-20 min of time in volunteer service to the organization, job search, resume writing, or by attending and in office group or class in order to receive free diapers and wipes.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $10,000.00
Projected Expense $25,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Mommy Moolah
  • Stepping Stones Family Closet
  • Stepping Stones Family Gathering
  • Stepping Stones Family Services

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Overview

Mission Statement

Stepping Stones Family Services is a registered Nonprofit Organization servicing lower income mothers in need in the Greater North Shore, Massachusetts area. SSFS assists mothers through providing basic child care items, teaching proper child and family care, assisting with enrollment in other community based services, and helping to prepare mothers for the work force or return to school. SSFS provides assistance to enrolled mothers through a multi faceted approach with our Stepping Stones Family Closet, Stepping Stones Family Gathering, in office services, parenting groups and peer to peer enrichment, and Mommy Moolah program. Every mother is required to give 15-20 min of time in volunteer service to the organization, job search, resume writing, or by attending and in office group or class in order to receive free diapers and wipes.

Background Statement

SSFS began in February of 2016. While working at an Alternative High School, Jill saw a female student who had her daughter removed from her custody because she was deemed homeless when she did not have an adequate permanent home to raise her daughter. This young woman did not have the resources or knowledge to navigate the system which was in place to help her. It was eight days until her case was heard, and her daughter returned. During the two long days in court the plan for SSFS began to take place. From there, the organization has gone from assisting just 1 mother in 2016 to more than 120 families in 2018.



Impact Statement

In 2016 Stepping Stones Family Services assisted one teenage mother in completing goals of graduating high school and securing employment after graduation. This young mother is currently working part time and living in subsidized housing. In 2017 SSFS started a pilot program for Stepping Stones Family Gathering, a once monthly event for mothers to learn more about services offered, speak with child development specialists, make connections with one another, participate in free child care/healthy family classes and shop our free family closet. All mothers who attend our Family Gathering receive free diapers and wipes. In 2017, SSFS assisted 16 mothers. In 2018, SSFS opened office space in Haverhill MA in addition to continuing with the once monthly Family Gathering event. As of October 2018, SSFS has assisted more than 120 families to receive diapers, wipes, baby items, connections to other services, and parenting classes and groups.

SSFS is an all volunteer organization with one paid employee. Lesly, was one of the first 5 mothers enrolled in our program and now works part time as part of our Mommy Moolah program. This program assists mothers with getting back into the workforce by providing opportunities for eligible mothers to work in a support role at the SSFS office.


Needs Statement

Stepping Stones Family Services is currently in need of funds to monthly diaper and wipe purchases, office rental, and salary for 2 mothers enrolled in the Mommy Moolah Program. SSFS is an all volunteer run organization which means 100% of proceeds directly impact the mission.
 
Monthly Diaper/Wipe Purchase - $1,000 monthly
Office Rental - $580 monthly
Salary for Mommy Moolah program - $1,000 (2) 

CEO Statement

I can remember the exact moment my life changed. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 I served as a part of a female engagement team working with the women and children in Afghanistan. My work allowed me the flexibility to plan and implement my own programs as well as working with the Civil Affairs team on their initiatives. After holding one of my many women's shuras to discuss ideas for women's sewing programs and health programs, I was preparing to leave when a widow named Bibi Juma grabbed my hand and pleaded with me "we are poor people... there is nothing you can do for us (the women of Afghanistan) but you can help our children, for they are the future of Afghanistan" I promised her I would do what I could to help and walked back to the truck with my eyes full of tears and heart full of hope.

I truly believe that the key to success lay in the foundation of education for children no matter where they live. Learning of the alarming 2% literacy rate in the province, I knew I had to do something to help change that and to keep my promise to Bibi. I began an education initiative, carrying school books and backpacks into the villages to give these children of war a real chance at life. Through research, I found and partnered with a book company from Los Altos California who provided stories of traditional Afghan folklore printed in both Pashtu and Dari. I then had these stories recorded with page turn signals to be played on Afghan and coalition force radio stations. We handed out the books, solar powered radios and schedules of reading times to the villages and the program took off. Villagers across the province began asking our US soldiers how they too could be provided with these books! I continued my work, helping provide health services for the women and assisting in opening the first two girls middle schools ever in the province.

For the first time in my life I felt like I really made a difference in other’s lives. Upon my arrival home I began exploring career options which would give me the same since of pride and accomplishment I felt in Afghanistan. I finally decided to explore a path I found to be most similar to my work in Afghanistan and that was working with at risk youth here in America. Interviewing at an Alternative High School in the area I was elated to be offered a job as a classroom aide out of a field of 67 candidates. It was my military experience which had set me apart and I vowed to once again keep my promise to Bibi this time by educating our youth here at home so our next generation may be more compassionate about helping those in need.

I have found my place working with these children, however in February of 2016 I experienced a particularly trying time in my career as an educator. I never fully grasped the true struggle of our population until a 17 year old student at our school found herself homeless with her young daughter in early 2016. Immediately stepping in to help, I called over 30 programs and services over the course of a few days. Unfortunately there were limited to no programs which catered to homeless mothers under the age of 18. Due to being deemed homeless, this young mother's daughter was ultimately removed from her and we needed to go to court to petition to allow this young mother to regain custody. During the time in court fighting to reunite mother and baby, the idea of Stepping Stones Family Home was born. From there the mission evolved to an all inclusive focus with Stepping Stones Family Services.


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Stepping Stones Family Services efforts are focused on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. Ranking in the top 20 cities for teen pregnancy are Lawrence (#6) Lynn (#7) Lowell (#12) Haverhill (#16).

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services (Adolescent Parents)
  2. Housing, Shelter - Homeless Shelters
  3. Youth Development -

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

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Programs

Mommy Moolah

The Mommy Moolah program is a way for select mothers enrolled in SSFS to work part time for the organization to receive valuable job skills and training. This program provides mothers with a current job to list on a resume as well as some extra money. 
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Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Families Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Started in September 2018, the pilot for this program has been hugely successful. Our first mother enrolled in the Mommy Moolah program has been invaluable for SSFS. She has helped boost our clientele, understands the population, and is self motivated and driven to provide success for herself and the organization. The extra income earned from her part time employment has allowed her to be able to pay her rent on time and without worry for the first time in years.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term this program is designed for mothers to use the skills learned in the office to add to a resume and utilize in the work force outside of SSFS. Our goal is for 2 mothers to work for us for up to 6 months each and then apply what they have learned to securing part time or full time employment elsewhere. The Mommy Moolah program aims to impact 4 mothers yearly. An unexpected success of the program is that other mothers feel a trust of and connection to our Mommy Moolah program employees.
Program Success Monitored By  Self reporting
Examples of Program Success  Our first Mommy Moolah employee has been invaluable to the program. She is bi-lingual so she has been able to reach a population we were not previously reaching. She has personal connections to the community which helps create a bridge between SSFS and the clientele we serve. This mother reported being able to afford her rent without worry for the first time in years and a sense of pride in her job she has never felt before.

Stepping Stones Family Closet

Stepping Stones Family Closet is open as a free pop up “shop” during our Family Gathering event for moms in need to get needed items such as diapers, wipes, clothes, formula, etc. as well as being open 3 days a week for mothers to pick up emergency items at our Haverhill office. All items other than diapers and wipes are in kind donations. The Family Closet is completely free at our Family Gathering event and in office mothers must give 15-20 min of either give back time to the organization, perform a job search or resume writing, or attend an in office class or peer to peer group.
Budget  $0
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Families Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Stepping Stones Family Closet has provided diapers, wipes, and other child care items to more than 120 families as of October 2018.
Program Long-Term Success  SSFC hopes to retain these numbers in 2019. We hope to see repeat use of services from at least 75% of families enrolled. 
Program Success Monitored By  The Family Closet data is recorded in the Family Assessment Form.
Examples of Program Success  Mothers have become excited about being able to give back to the program and are able to self lead when visiting the office. 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers but we have helped to alleviate that expense for more than 120 families

Stepping Stones Family Gathering

A once monthly event for moms in need to learn more about services offered, speak with child development specialists, make connections with one another, participate in free child care/healthy family classes and shop our free family closet! All mothers who attend our Family Gathering receive free diapers and wipes!
Budget  $0
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Families Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Our Family Gathering event has grown from 8 mothers attending our first event to more than 40 mothers attending each of our last 3 events. We have seen many repeat families attending as well referrals from mothers currently enrolled.
Program Long-Term Success 
Long term we hope to see the program continue to grow. We have added fun activities for the children and families at each event which has helped boost attendance and keep families excited about attending our events. See link below for newspaper article about October 2018 Family Gathering event.
 
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/merrimack_valley/stepping-stones-steps-up-to-help-moms/article_e956e8e5-e5a2-5381-8830-b27e22cac45d.html 
Program Success Monitored By  Self reporting
Examples of Program Success  Our last 3 events have seen more than 40 families at each event. Families are excited to participate in event and have begun to make connections with one another. Many families will bring back items received from prior Family Gathering events to donate back to the program once their child(ren) outgrow them.

Stepping Stones Family Services

Our “home base” in Haverhill, MA. Office hours are 3 days a week. Mothers can drop by to pick up emergency items, receive tutoring services and job prep assistance, get information on additional community services offered and more!
Budget  $18,960.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Families Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  SSFS began in 2016 with assisting 1 mother. By 2018 we are now assisting more than 120 families with free access to diapers, wipes, and child care items as well as give back opportunities, job search and prep, and child care classes and groups
Program Long-Term Success  The goal for SSFS is to alleviate some of the financial burden for lower income families, provide connections to other community resources, and create a safe space for mothers to connect with one another. SSFS is currently tracking program outcomes and hopes to impact homelessness and inability for families to meet basic needs by at least 75% by 2019.
Program Success Monitored By  SSFS uses the Family Assessment Form online database to track outcomes.
Examples of Program Success  Since opening the SSFS office in July 2018 we have gone from assisting 40 families monthly to more than 120 families. Mothers are required to give 15-20 min of either give back time to the organization, job search or resume writing, or attending classes or groups in order to receive free diapers and wipes. We believe this will help them see the value in services received as well as helping them to continue to strive toward self betterment.

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ex. Director Jillian Tsiplakis
CEO Term Start Feb 2016
CEO Email jill@familyservicesma.org
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 6
Male: 0
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
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Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
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Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Jillian Tsiplakis
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 -
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Board Members

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Kelsey Harrington Director Voting
Elizabeth Murray Clerk Voting
Rhonda Tsiplakis Treasurer Voting

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
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Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
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Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $10,000.00
Projected Expense $25,000.00
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Foundation Comments

This organization has not had any income to report and fills out a 990-N / Posted with the IRS. Data will be posted when it becomes available.

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Stepping Stones Family Services is a registered Nonprofit Organization servicing lower income mothers in need in the Greater North Shore, Massachusetts area. SSFS assists mothers through providing basic child care items, teaching proper child and family care, assisting with enrollment in other community based services, and helping to prepare mothers for the work force or return to school. SSFS provides assistance to enrolled mothers through a multi faceted approach.

The main focus of Stepping Stones Family Home is to create a family style environment that will prepare mother and child for the distinct set of challenges that they will face as single parents, by equipping them with the tools they need to be successful in overcoming those challenges. Mothers will be provided with connections to community services, family role modeling, and a chance to grow intellectually as well as emotionally through a tiered style of living which encourages responsibility and independence.

Stepping Stones Family Home offers a unique program design to help ensure success for both mother and baby. Living in a family style home with staff, the young mothers will be provided with their own room for themselves and their baby. They will share a kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. As the mothers complete program required classes and demonstrate growing responsibility, they will graduate to separate dorm style living on the property with one “house mother,”who will oversee day to day activities. Finally, the mothers will prepare for independent living as they move to their own apartments and are assigned a case manager who will be able to provide follow-up checks, guidance and supervision as mother and baby begin to navigate the “real world.” Stepping Stones Family Home believe that the tiered approach best prepares the mothers for life outside the program, and offers mother and child concrete steps toward their continued success.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Mothers will be impacted through our programs, Stepping Stones Family Services office, Stepping Stones Family Gathering, Stepping Stones Family Closet, and the Mommy Moolah program. Mothers are eligible to receive free diapers, wipes, and baby items through all programs offered. The access to these resources will help alleviate the stress for the 1 in 3 families who have trouble affording diapers.


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

Through our multiple programs offered, mothers have constant access to needed resources in a variety of avenues.
 



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

SSFS tracks all progress through the Family Assessment Form online tracking program. This tool measures effectiveness through 40 self reporting questions as well as tracking utilization of services offered.


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

We have grown from a small organization assisting only 1 mother our first year of operation to assisting more than 120 families in FY 2018. Families find our in take process easy and office space and staff welcoming. Our biggest hurdle is keeping up with diaper and wipe demand for our rapidly growing clientele.