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Christian Herald Association, Inc. dba The Bowery Mission Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/19/2013: Christian Herald Association, Inc. dba The Bowery Mission

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: CHRISTIAN HERALD ASSN INC

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AKA  The Bowery Mission
New York, NY
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Christian Herald Association, Inc. dba The Bowery Mission Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/19/2013: Christian Herald Association, Inc. dba The Bowery Mission

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: CHRISTIAN HERALD ASSN INC

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Also Known As: The Bowery Mission
Physical Address: New York, NY 10016 
EIN: 13-1617086
Web URL: www.bowery.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P85 Homeless Services/Centers
P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
O Youth Development
O55 Religious Leadership, Youth Development
Year Founded: 1879 
Ruling Year: 1939 
How This Organization Is Funded: Board Member - $227,450
Hope for New York - $210,840
Jessie Ball duPont Fund - $175,000


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Mission Statement

The Bowery Mission is called to minister in New York City to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and spiritual wholeness.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, October 2011)

Fiscal Year Starting: October 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2012

Total Revenue $13,848,958
Total Expenses $12,526,990

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Mr. Edward H. Morgan

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During Ed Morgan's 20-year tenure, The Bowery Mission has focused on a results-oriented purpose statement, tripled donations, raised its visibility in New York, opened the Department of Homeless Services' top-performing drug rehabilitation center for men as well as Manhattan's only faith-based residential recovery home for women, and launched a year-round children's program to build upon its 117-year old Mont Lawn summer camp program. Prior to joining The Bowery Mission, Mr. Morgan spent 20 years as an executive with General Electric. He holds degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Illinois.

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Budget:
$584,000
Category:
Homeless Shelter
Population Served:
Homeless
Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

For the past 134 years, The Bowery Mission has offered compassionate care to everyone entering our famous red doors, specifically the unsheltered homeless. Compassionate Care includes: Meals: The Bowery Mission serves nearly 900 meals a day to New Yorkers in need. Most clients come to our dining room at 227 Bowery. For those without the ability or willingness to come to the Mission, our Outreach Truck delivers fresh vegetables, breads, pastries, hot soup, and groceries to the homeless and working poor in parks in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Thanksgiving 2012 was our largest ever with over 8,300 meals served out of our kitchen at 227 Bowery and at different sites around the city – a 50% increase over the year before. Clothing, Showers, and Emergency Shelter: Often our homeless guests arrive with only the clothing on their backs. In the clothing room, they can acquire anything from warm coats to socks and underwear. In addition, residents of our program can obtain interview outfits. Twice a week, we open up the shower program, with each guest receiving toiletries and clean clothing. During times of extreme weather, we transform our chapel and dining hall into an emergency shelter, providing warmth and safety for homeless men coming in from the cold. During winter 2013, up to 200 homeless men each night sought out shelter in our chapel. From November through February, we saw a 57% increase in people seeking emergency shelter from the year before. Evaluation, Referral, and Medical Services: The Bowery Mission’s volunteer-run medical clinic treats members of the homeless community and residents of the program. Every Wednesday night, our volunteer doctors and nurses treat a variety of needs, from diabetes to asthma to dermatologic conditions. The optometry clinic operates once a month and provides free eye exams and glasses. The Crisis Intervention Office assists clients with accessing identifying documents, referrals to mental health or detox programs, and obtaining government benefits. Community: Many of our clients develop close relationships with our staff and often with each other. For this community The Bowery Mission is both home and family. Staff members greet these individuals by name, inquire caringly about their well-being and listen to their concerns. When clients disappear they are missed, sought after and, if necessary, given the extra care they need. The chapel offers a place for members of the community to reflect and grow spiritually.

Program Long-Term Success:

Since 1879, The Bowery Mission's ministry has remained remarkably consistent: feed the hungry, clothe and shelter the poor, counsel the addicted, provide dignity to the destitute. While our Compassionate Care program focuses on meeting the short-term needs of our clients, we know that the thousands who have walked through our doors over the years have been positively impacted by our programs. We regularly hear from clients who look back at their short time at The Bowery Mission as a pivotal time in their lives. Many have experienced dramatic life change since that time - even if they were with us for only a day.

Program Short-Term Success:

Every year, The Bowery Mission serves over 300,000 meals, gives away 50,000 articles of clothing, and provides over 700 medical and optometric exams to the homeless and hungry of New York City. We do not turn away anyone in need.

Program Success Monitored by:

At every meal or outreach event, a designated staff member tracks the number of meals served. Similar counts are taken for clothing, showers, and other basic services. Staff compile these statistics into a monthly "dashboard" for the purposes of program management and evaluation.

Program Success Examples:

Recently, a Bowery Mission staff member met with a donor. The donor's financial advisor joined them, sharing how – when he was 17 and homeless – he had spent a couple of life changing days at The Bowery Mission. Jaime will always remember his first meal at The Bowery Mission. As an addict, Jaime frequently went hungry, using all his money for drugs. He’d gone days without eating when a woman at his rehab placement pointed him toward The Bowery Mission. Jaime arrived near lunch time – a meal of shrimp, linguini and dessert. “After being hungry,” he recalls, “having a delicious meal was wonderful.” As he completed rehab, Jaime continued to take his meals at The Bowery Mission, resulting in improved health. Eventually Jaime went to work in The Mission kitchen, making nutritious meals for others.

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Category:
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Population Served:
Homeless
Adults
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Program Description:

Men and women who wish to leave lives of homelessness, addiction, and despair can receive up to fifteen months free food and lodging combined with individual and group counseling, employment training, life skills development, spiritual direction and family reconciliation.

Program Long-Term Success:

In 2012, 443 men and women entered our residential recovery programs, with 145 achieving all five of our indicators of future success: connected to faith, connected to family and community, committed to sobriety, stable income and housing, and a plan for the future.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

Once clients enter one of our residential programs and meet with a counselor, they are entered into Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), our performance management software. We track each client's progress using a "life transformation matrix" based on the Self Sufficiency Scale developed by the Ford Foundation. This matrix, which uses our five indicators of a transformed life as its benchmark, is integrated into ETO. We also use ETO to track referrals, aggregate client data and evaluate counselor effectiveness.

Program Success Examples:

Nicole fell into the wrong crowd in high school and was kicked out of her home as a result. For years, she bounced from place to place, from one abusive relationship to another. She was fragile and scared, disappointed by each failed attempt to find the love and acceptance she craved. Desperate, Nicole reached out one more time to her mom. Feeling helpless and unable to help her own daughter, she learned about The Bowery Mission—a place for Nicole to experience a sense of security and start over. Through emotional support, spiritual counseling and life skills assistance, Nicole is beginning to grow in her confidence and maturity. She is taking steps to mend her broken relationship with her mother and making plans to go to college. Nicole has new hope in her future. “If I didn’t come here, I don’t know where I would be,” Nicole says. “They’re literally saving peoples’ lives here.”

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Budget:
$1,665,000
Category:
Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

The Bowery Mission's children's programs consist of a summer sleep away camp and year-round neighborhood-based support for at risk children and youth.   Mont Lawn Camp:  Since 1894, Mont Lawn Camp has given at-risk youth from New York City a chance to realize their potential and envision a positive future. Nestled in 200 acres in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Mont Lawn provides an unsurpassed camp experience to over 1,100 campers every summer. The elementary camp (ages 6-12) provides a one-week program designed to teach community values and build character. Campers learn how to swim, take art and dance classes, challenge themselves on the climbing wall, paddleboat on the lake, and more. Throughout the week, they grow in confidence and build solid friendships with their counselors and other campers. Leadership Hill (ages 13-16) provides an adventure-based leadership development program for teenagers. The teens live in a rustic environment for ten days, separate from the rest of camp. There they cook their own meals, learn leadership skills, and build community with their fellow campers. A signature part of the program is an overnight canoe trip. Many Leadership Hill participants go on to become counselors by participating in our Counselors-in-Training program (ages 16-18). This program is the crowning experience of a childhood at Mont Lawn Camp and enables campers to put their leadership skills to good use. Mont Lawn City Camp: City Camp provides year-round programming for campers in the neighborhoods where they live -- including mentoring, tutoring, family engagement, and peer group programming. The purpose of City Camp is to build relationships with campers beyond the week they spend at camp.

Program Long-Term Success:

Through both summer camp and year-round programming, we believe that we can measurably change the life direction of at-risk children and youth. We have succeeded when campers are connected to God, are connected to a caring adult, are connected with a positive peer group, are committed to graduating from high school, and have a positive plan for the future.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

Campers complete a survey at the end of each camp week designed to track their satisfaction with particular activities and events at Mont Lawn Camp. Counselors are evaluated by the Camp Director. City Camp is monitored by staff who measure each participant's success against the indicators listed above. Each participant is tracked in Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), our performance management software.

Program Success Examples:

Growing up in the Bronx, Josh came to Mont Lawn Camp for the first time when he was five years old. Each summer, Josh looked forward to fun adventures at camp. The encouragement and guidance from his counselors helped him make good decisions back home. But not all kids are so fortunate. Many of Josh’s peers growing up did not have healthy relationships with caring adults and instead found the acceptance they craved with the wrong people. As Josh got older, he realized the blessings he’d experienced at Camp and the role it played in helping him stay on the right track. He wants to “impact others and help them find a sense of community and belonging, too.” Today, Josh serves as Mont Lawn Camp’s recruiter, helping 1,200 underprivileged kids from all five boroughs get out of the city and experience the summer of a lifetime. “For me, Camp is a piece of heaven,” Josh shares. “People are there to encourage you and motivate you—things that kids I grew up with didn’t have. Some have been locked up. Some have dealt drugs. But Camp gave me emotional support so I wouldn’t be a part of that.”
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In 2012, The Bowery Mission provided: 376,700 nutritious meals, 79,900 nights of shelter, 57,400 articles of clothing, 700 medical and optometric appointments, 460 assessments and referrals, 1,151 summer camp experiences, and 75 year-round mentoring and educational opportunities. We also served 443 formerly homeless men and women in our residential recovery programs and graduated 145 to new lives of independence and hope. We did all of this with the help of more than 600 volunteers per month and over 34,000 donors whose donations included over $7 million in financial donations and over $3 million worth of in-kind goods. In 2013, we are fulfilling our goals of expanding our programs by opening two new residential recovery programs in Harlem, strengthening our counseling and outcomes management and tracking, and providing new year-round neighborhood-based programming for campers in the South Bronx.
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