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Gifts of Hope Unlimited Inc.

 40 Tall Pine Drive, #11
 Sudbury , MA 01776
[P] (978) 579-0974
[F] --
www.giftsofhopeunlimited.org
[email protected]
Nalini Goyal
Facebook
INCORPORATED: 2016
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 81-3625517

LAST UPDATED: 11/27/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

To support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future.

Mission Statement

To support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $11,000.00
Projected Expense $10,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Financial Access Program
  • Product Access Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

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


Overview

Mission Statement

To support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future.


Background Statement

Gifts of Hope Unlimited was first conceptualized in 2012 to provide financial assistance to be used for legal advocacy. A pilot program was created to re-sell donated merchandise to fund legal advocacy run by the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN).Although the fundraiser was successful and enabled pro bono services, funds depleted quickly while servicing a few because legal advocacy costs were high. As a result, the team determined that the program would be able to assist more people if funds were directed towards everyday needs rather than just for funding legal needs.
 
Gifts of Hope Unlimited Inc. was successfully relaunched as a 501c3 in October of 2016 with the goal to collaborate with town social workers and domestic violence service provider agencies.
 
The major source of GOHU’s funds has been through individual donations; approximately $6000 was raised in 2016 and approximately $3000 has been raised to-date in 2017. The second source of GOHU’s funds comes from continued sales of donated merchandise through consignment stores, tag sales and sales in private residence. In addition, through partnerships with faith based and other community organizations, such as Our Lady Of Fatima and the League of Women Voters in Sudbury, Gifts Of Hope continues to be focused on providing funds and tactical assistance to survivors of relationship violence. As a result of the work GOHU has undertaken, the organization received its first grant of $5000 in October 2017 from the Outreach Ministry of Our Lady Of Fatima. Additional donations and funds are continuously sought to expand the goals of GOHU to service those in need.

Impact Statement

GOHU assists individuals and families affected by relationship violence who are in need of the most basic household goods and/or assistance with rent or other household bills. GOHU has established a collaboration with the Sudbury Town Social Worker and local domestic violence service providers, who send us lists of the items (such as beds, cribs, tables, chairs, and small appliances) needed by each client. By providing basic furnishings for a new apartment, we help families avoid going into debt to purchase items, and provide temporary support to pay rent and utility bills. By obtaining and delivering goods, we mitigate difficult financial circumstances and allow people dealing with such stresses to concentrate on other important aspects of their lives, such as their jobs and family.

Most (80%) of the people GOHU serves are residents in the Metrowest area. Many of the people seeking support are female, approximately age 27, and reside in affordable or subsidized housing. Approximately 20% of the people are residents of Sudbury. Sudbury residents seeking support have been left with high debt and at least one child who is either mentally or physically challenged. Although from an affluent community, the high debt and the expense of hefty medical bills pushes Sudbury residents into stark circumstances connected to a high-stress environment. All the people GOHU assists have children ranging in age from infant to early teens.

GOHU has helped 14 families between June 2017 through September 2017, or an average of 3.5 families per month. GOHU’s goal is to serve 5 families per month through the year 2018. We will collaborate with more domestic violence service provider agencies with the intent to provide focused on program activities for the stabilization of low- and moderate-income people affected by relationship violence.


Needs Statement

Based on NNEDV Census Report, in which 52 domestic violence programs participated, it was reported that there were 389 Unmet Requests for Services in One Day. 85% (331) were for survivors’ requests for a safe place to live, legal representation, counseling, and other supportive services that are tragically unmet. Victims made 22 requests for services that could not be provided because programs did not have the resources to provide these services.

The need for financial assistance is paramount to helping victims of domestic violence reclaim their lives due to little access to funding. Re-establishing new homes can be a costly, long-term struggle. People are often paralyzed by the overwhelming complexity and fear of having to make decisions, resulting in despair, PTSD and sometimes homelessness. The focus of our two programs is - “Just in Time” access to household goods and clothing as well as financial assistance. In spite of other resources such as furniture banks, access is limited and hours restricted whereas as our program removes these limitations.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

We were all volunteer advocates from Domestic Violence Services Network who interacted with victims of domestic violence in the Metro West. Story after story lead us to believe that the area of services most clients were desperately in need of were financial and legal. We all shared a common goal, which was to somehow make an attempt to fill that need. In 2012 over $10,000 was raised through an experimental boutique located in a volunteer basement with the intention to help several clients with some of their legal needs. Some research revealed that our $10,000 would not go far enough to provide legal aid in divorce and family court. Our little venture took a hiatus to develop strategies to come up with a sustainable model.

In October 2016, the Gifts of Hope Unlimited (GOHU) adopted a new more sustainable model – collaborating with town social worker and domestic violence services provider agencies. Our referrals to clients affected by domestic abuse would come through these agencies. The decision was made to become a 501c3, non-profit organization with the mission to provide financial assistance to families in the process of transitioning from shelters to housing. Our collaboration with the Social worker lead us to the discovery that many of the families establishing a new home left shelters with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We began receiving requests for household goods and even furniture. One thing led to another and soon our requests were being met by donations from friends and community organizations, we were filling these requests in record time, often within days. In addition to preventing homelessness, our model gives our clients ‘hope’. It gives them a sense of security, confidence and ability to do the work necessary for day to day living, retain a job and more importantly a sense of community.

To date we have assisted 24 families and received donations from 52 sources such as local faith based organizations, the local League of Women Voters and the Sudbury Garden Club as well as from friends and neighbors. We are proud recipients of our first grant of $5000 from Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury to launch a 3-month pilot to prevent homelessness. This grant has made it possible for us to reach goal to increase our outreach to as many individuals and families affected by domestic abuse in the greater Boston area as possible and to form more partnerships with community and faith based organizations and area businesses.

We have seen the difference our work makes and the lives we have touched simply by delivering basic things needed for living, such as beds and cribs. We have seen the eyes of a young mom well up with tears as she realizes that her baby does not have to sleep on a blanket anymore. We have seen little faces light up with delight, when we deliver a stuffed toy or a book. Every new towel and sheet and comforter adds to the security and comfort of the family as they settle in, meet neighbors, and become part of their community. We do not need more reason than gestures that gently touch the innermost core of a human heart. With the help of community and friends we are well on our way to accomplish the mission to provide the ‘Gift Of Hope Unlimited’ to those affected by domestic abuse.

Marilyn Ellsworth
Board President 

Geographic Area Served

METROWEST REGION, MA

80% of those served are residents of the Metrowest area, and 20% are residents of Sudbury, with an average age of 27. All are female who reside in affordable/subsidized housing, have been left with high debt and have at least one child who is either mentally or physically challenged, leaving them with the expense of hefty medical bills. GOHU assisted 14 families Jun-Sep 2017, averaging 3.5 families/month. GOHU is tracking toward a goal to serve 5 families/month.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  2. Public & Societal Benefit -
  3. Housing, Shelter -

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

No

Programs

Financial Access Program

Survivors impacted by relationship violence struggle to maintain a level of normalcy for themselves and their dependents especially as the financial means to survive in a single-provider household are enhanced. This program provided the necessary monetary funds to help the victims fund for daily lifestyle needs (i.e. buying diapers, vitamins, special foods, counselling for themselves or their family) or for additional expenses incurred because of the situation (i.e. legal fees).

 

Budget  --
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  GOHU claims success when, as a result of outreach, volunteer resources, local social service departments better understand

- how our partnership with social workers (Department of Health) can benefit by meeting the financial assistance needs of victims of domestic violence

- need for partnership with faith-based organizations can provide temporary financial funding in a collaborated effort towards prevention of homelessness

- resources required for raising monetary funds are available

- how to partner with other local town organization to support those in need with financial assistance

Program Long-Term Success  GOHU will have achieved long-term success when:

- victims of domestic violence feel have achieved economic independence and/or are empowered to take steps necessary to plan towards economic independence (i.e. participating in training or adult education programs)

- victims of domestic violence give back to society through volunteer activities

- consistent/long-standing donors to continue to provide for victims in need

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

GOHU has been consistently able raise monetary funds from individual contributors since 2012 allowing for the ability to provide necessary funding for financial needs in this program. Beginning in 2017, GOHU has also expanded efforts to partner with local community based organization, resulting in receipt of grants (such as Lady of Fatima, a faith-based organization). In addition, GOHU has received storage space and other support from local organizations (such as First Baptist Church) which has provided the necessary operational budget required for GOHU to dedicate its financial resources towards helping those in need.


Product Access Program

Survivors impacted by relationship violence feel as though they have been left stranded on an island of their own. Many institutions offer contacts that can help the survivor meet daily needs. Unfortunately, this results in the survivors spending time to call multiple helplines for each of their needs. This program allows GOHU to work with the local social worker to identify needs that can be fulfilled (i.e. requiring a crib or a vacuum cleaner) so that the survivors have one less thing to worry about and therefore just a little bit more time to focus on rebuilding their lives.

Budget  --
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

GOHU claims success when, because of outreach, volunteer resources, donators and local social service departments in the serviced region better understand:

· how our partnership enables a channel of access for resources required for everyday needs for victims of domestic violence

· how an organized effort between GOHU and the community can fulfill the needs of survivors (by providing necessities for day to day living) transitioning from a shelter to an empty residence as they restart their lives

· the need to sustain the current volunteer resource base

· the impact GOHU makes partnering with local town organizations to support the community’s need in an area that is less commonly discussed

Program Long-Term Success 

GOHU will have achieved long-term success when:

· a furniture bank is created to store donated (including large pieces of furniture) goods, provide access to local service organizations so that resources are available in emergency (short timeline for turnaround) situations, and monitor the contained inventory effectively and efficiently

· local social workers from neighboring towns initiate ways in which GOHU can partner to help them provide the necessary resources for victims of domestic violence

· the community understands the impact it can make by donating household goods to GOHU and therefore enables the development of a consistent/long-standing donator pool

· consistent and long-term volunteers (made up of individuals and organizations) are available to assist in acting on the needs of the organization (i.e. picking up donated goods, providing for transportation needs, etc.)

Program Success Monitored By 


Examples of Program Success  GOHU has been maintaining a “just in time” inventory of furniture and household goods through various locations. Recently GOHU secured a small storage location in a public space through efforts with a local organization. This new storage has provided GOHU the ability to provide its local Department of Health partners with better round-the-clock access for accessing product needed to set up a new location for survivors.

Individuals with trucks and vans within the community have come forward to assist in picking up and delivering large pieces of furniture. This has allowed for GOHU to operate on the bare minimum and dedicate its financial donations towards the survivors.

GOHU has built its board capacity by identifying the strategic needs of the organization and aligning those with recruitment efforts (i.e. professional marketing, development and fundraising team). In addition, GOHU has expanded partnership efforts with local community based organizations to drive awareness of the GOHU resources and services.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Marilyn Ellsworth
CEO Term Start Oct 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Voices Against Violence based in Framingham, MA provides free and confidential services to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in the MetroWest area. Services are provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  Services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, confidential short term emergency shelter, counseling and support groups, information and referrals, and medical, legal and criminal justice advocacy. In addition to direct services for victims and survivors, Voices conducts outreach and education to community groups and professionals, as well as primary prevention activities to address the root causes of violence and prevent the development of perpetration - http://www.smoc.org/voices-against-violence.php

Sudbury, MA town Social services Department - The Town Social Workers provide resources, referrals, and public health education to town residents of all ages.  Referrals to services related to: mental health, medical, parenting, housing, finances, basic needs.  Provides information on area resources and services for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, children and families, low-income individuals, and those with a variety of other specialized needs - https://sudbury.ma.us/socialworker/from-the-social-worker-bethany-hadvab/#
 
 
 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 13
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mrs. Marilyn Ellsworth
Board Chair Company Affiliation None
Board Chair Term Nov 2016 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Karen Cohen
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation N/A
Board Co-Chair Term Nov 2016 - Dec 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Sujatha Agireddy Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Karen Cohen Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Marilyn Ellsworth Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Karin Gaffney Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Roberta Glass Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Arvind K Goyal Allscripts Corp. Voting
Mrs. Nalini Goyal Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Siddhartha Goyal Nivi Voting
Mrs. Colleen Keelan Boston Design Magazine 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: 4
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We were all volunteer advocates from Domestic Violence Services Network who interacted with victims of domestic violence in the Metro West. Story after story lead us to believe that the area of services most clients were desperately in need of were financial and legal. We all shared a common goal, which was to somehow make an attempt to fill that need. In 2012 over $10,000 was raised through an experimental boutique located in a volunteer basement with the intention to help several clients with some of their legal needs. Some research revealed that our $10,000 would not go far enough to provide legal aid in divorce and family court. Our little venture took a hiatus to develop strategies to come up with a sustainable model. In October 2016, the Gifts of Hope Unlimited (GOHU) adopted a new more sustainable model – collaborating with town social worker and domestic violence services provider agencies. Our referrals to clients affected by domestic abuse would come through these agencies. The decision was made to become a 501c3, non-profit organization with the mission to provide financial assistance to families in the process of transitioning from shelters to housing. Our collaboration with the Social worker lead us to the discovery that many of the families establishing a new home left shelters with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We began receiving requests for household goods and even furniture. One thing led to another and soon our requests were being met by donations from friends and community organizations, we were filling these requests in record time, often within days. In addition to preventing homelessness, our model gives our clients ‘hope’. It gives them a sense of security, confidence and ability to do the work necessary for day to day living, retain a job and more importantly a sense of community. To date we have assisted 24 families and received donations from 52 sources such as local faith based organizations, the local League of Women Voters and the Sudbury Garden Club as well as from friends and neighbors. We are proud recipients of our first grant of $5000 from Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury to launch a 3-month pilot to prevent homelessness. This grant has made it possible for us to reach goal to increase our outreach to as many individuals and families affected by domestic abuse in the greater Boston area as possible and to form more partnerships with community and faith based organizations and area businesses. We have seen the difference our work makes and the lives we have touched simply by delivering basic things needed for living, such as beds and cribs. We have seen the eyes of a young mom well up with tears as she realizes that her baby does not have to sleep on a blanket anymore. We have seen little faces light up with delight, when we deliver a stuffed toy or a book. Every new towel and sheet and comforter adds to the security and comfort of the family as they settle in, meet neighbors, and become part of their community. We do not need more reason than gestures that gently touch the innermost core of a human heart. With the help of community and friends we are well on our way to accomplish the mission to provide the ‘Gift Of Hope Unlimited’ to those affected by domestic abuse. Marilyn Ellsworth

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $11,000.00
Projected Expense $10,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990-EZ

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Total Revenue $6,151 -- --
Total Expenses $730 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 -- --
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $6,000 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $151 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Program Expense $730 -- --
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 8.43 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Total Assets $6,856 -- --
Current Assets $6,856 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 -- --
Total Net Assets $6,856 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
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 Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 80.0%
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

This organization is newer, as such one full year of financial summary data is posted above in the charts and graphs per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZ. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Gift of Hope Unlimited aims to provide financial and product assistance for domestic violence survivors in the Metrowest Boston area by providing access to home goods and financial needs. With the growing rate of victims becoming homeless or restarting their lives but limited funds, GOHU provides a much-needed resource in communities that can help survivors of domestic violence reestablish a new normalcy with the hopes that the families have an easier path to feeling safer and empowered.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

In order to accomplish the goals, GOHU has developed Financial Access Programs and Product Access Programs. The Financial Access Program helps fulfill monetary funds to fund small daily needs or for expenses incurred from the situation of the victim. The Product Access Program provides household goods and other needs such as clothing that support victims by making it easier for them to restart their lives.

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

The volunteers at GOHU continue to plan and execute fundraising programs to solicit monetary funds and household good that can help bring in the necessary donations to help the victims. The organization continues to make connections with local town social workers and community organizations (such as local faith-based organizations, VOICES, etc.) to help ensure that victims needs are identified and supported as quickly as possible.


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

We will know that we are making progress when increase the number of individual victims/families we are helping per month. This will require for close interactions with organizations that are aware of a domestic violence survivor in need. We can meet the needs of this individual/family with the resources that are already part of our inventory or by soliciting through our growing network of donators. Lastly, increasing volunteerism as well developing a system (which includes storage space) to help manage the inventory of donated goods will help set the organization up for successful expansion.


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

We are making progress towards our goals but there is quite a bit to accomplish still given the increasing needs in society. We have been able to secure healthy monetary donations, enough donations of household goods, are increasing our volunteer base and have increased and/or deepened relationships with other organizations in the community. We need to become more systematic about our operations (for efficient solicitation and use of donated resources and volunteers), and can deepen relationships with organization and social workers in many other cities in the Metrowest Boston area. Your help in our efforts to continue to develop the organization would be highly supportive.