Human Services

Person to Person, Inc.

  • Darien, CT
  • www.p2pHelps.org

Mission Statement

Person-to-Person is a volunteer-driven, community-supported agency which, through a sharing of goods and talents, responds to individuals and families who lack basic necessities or resources to improve their lives.

Main Programs

  1. Emergency Assistance
  2. Campership
  3. Scholarship
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Ceci Maher

Keywords

Self-reported

social service, emergency assistance, financial assistance, scholarship, campership

Notes from the Nonprofit

Get involved with Person-to-Person and help us to reach those in need in Lower Fairfield County. We rely on the support of more than 3,000 volunteers each year, and on donations of goods including food and clothing, which were valued at more than $6.3 million in 2012. If you would like to volunteer or to donate, please visit us at http://p2phelps.org/ Or give online at http://p2phelps.org/donate/.

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EIN

06-1422248

Physical Address

76 South Main Street

Norwalk, 06854

Also Known As

P2P

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In 2013, Person-to-Person provided emergency assistance to 24,500 men, women and children. The Food Pantries provided groceries for more than 520,000 nutritious meals; the Clothing Center provided more than 50,000 bags of free, new or gently-used clothing to low-income families; and 1,158 families received emergency financial assistance totaling more than $410,000 to help pay for rent, security deposits and utilities. Also in 2013, the Person-to-Person Campership Program sent more than 550 Stamford public school children to local summer day camps, and the Scholarship Program provided $366,245 in scholarships to more than 240 students from low-income households in Lower Fairfield County to support their pursuit of higher education.

As stated by the Community Fund of Darien in June of 2012, Person-to-Person meets "a critical need in our community by servicing those citizens most in need. They are fiscally sound with outstanding leadership and management. We have no major concerns about their sustainability, operational plan or strategic direction, and they operate with fiscal competency, flexibility and discipline."

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Emergency Assistance

The Emergency Assistance Program offers a safety net for more than 24,000 low-income people living in poverty in Lower Fairfield County by providing food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to keep families in their homes with utilities on.  Caseworkers provide budget counseling to help clients live within their means and work towards financial stability.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$1,553,215.00

Program 2

Campership

The Campership Program makes it possible for more than 550 Stamford children from low-income families to attend area day camps, keeping school-aged children safe and engaged during the summer months, and allowing parents to continue working or looking for work to support their families, without the added burden of stress and worry about their children’s safety.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$280,000.00

Program 3

Scholarship

The Scholarship Program helps local high school graduates from low-income families to bridge the gap between the cost of higher education and the amount available to them.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$340,500.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    For 45 years Person-to-Person has served Lower Fairfield County as a strong but quiet agency with a large impact on the lives of clients and volunteers; we are respected by all those who know and work with us. We are in a period of growth, having learned significant lessons regarding service provision as client numbers swelled during the recession. Now operating two locations in Darien and Norwalk, Person-to-Person seeks to grow our impact in Lower Fairfield County, and broaden our reach to more of those who need our help. We are confident in our ability to provide services to more people without losing our hallmark of personal service in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Ultimately, the desired result of Person-to-Person services is that every client and their family will be fed and not go hungry; they will remain in their homes and avoid homelessness; and they will be clothed in attire appropriate for the weather. Through the Campership and Scholarship Programs we invest in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty, helping the client population move towards great financial stability.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Growth Strategy
    Now operating facilities in both Darien and Norwalk, as Person-to-Person works to increase services to residents of Norwalk and the surrounding towns while maintaining a high level of service to the communities traditionally served by the agency, we will remain flexible in service delivery and responsive to the immediate needs of clients. To support increase of services, Person-to-Person has implemented our successful model of Casework and emergency financial assistance provision in the Norwalk location. We are utilizing technological improvements to improve efficiency of service delivery, and to facilitate improved tracking and reporting across agency programs. In 2009 with the support of the Harvard Business School Club of CT, Person-to-Person conducted a survey to determine the needs of clients. A similar survey of clients living in Norwalk and the surrounding towns will be conducted and will help guide increases in service provision.

    2. Network Strategy
    Person-to-Person believes strongly that collaborations strengthen communities and reduce gaps and overlaps in service provision. We partner with more than 80 local organizations and service providers. Executive Director Ceci Maher sits on the Advisory Boards of multiple local agencies, and participates on the Accountability Committee of Norwalk ACTS, actively working towards a more seamless service provision in the greater Norwalk area. Ceci is also an early participant with Stamford STRIVE, and her role in collaboratives such as these reflects the agency’s commitment to working together with other groups to meet individual needs and to strengthen the community as a whole. Person-to-Person is working to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new partnerships with other agencies, potential funders, and organizations which can support volunteer recruitment efforts as well as efforts to collect donated items such as food and clothing and financial support.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Person-to-Person is a unique, volunteer-driven agency with the flexibility to respond directly to client needs. We have consistently operated our 3 key programs since inception 45 years ago. We successfully adapt services to meet immediate client needs and work to alleviate the most persistent challenges in our community. Key strengths include our ability to respond directly to client needs; extensive partnerships in the communities we serve; and our volunteer base of more than 3,000 individuals, which enables us to do the work that we do while keeping administrative costs low so that more than 90% of all donations go directly to benefit clients.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Person-to-Person developed a Strategic Plan in 2011 to guide agency progress during the next three years. Progress has been made on each of the objectives included in the plan, which includes the implementation of a new database for client and program tracking, improving our ability to monitor, evaluate and report on each area of service. During the current period of agency growth, Person-to-Person has set benchmarks for increases in agency support and increases in emergency financial assistance provision at the Norwalk location over the next two years, and will continue with the support of partners to set and track progress against agency goals as they relate to both the Darien and Norwalk locations. Primary objectives in 2013were met, including increasing the amount of emergency financial assistance available to residents of Norwalk and the surrounding communities, renovating the Norwalk Food Pantry to accommodate the self-select model of service; and strengthening service provision at both locations in direct response to client needs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Person-to-Person has made accomplishments on the majority of the objectives set out in the agency's 3-year strategic plan, including such developments as the creation of the "Mentoring 4 Success" pilot project of the Scholarship Program, the implementation of the new agency database, and the completion of the merger between Person-to-Person and Christian Community Action (CCA). Progress has also been made towards the goals set out for expansion of Norwalk location services, including full technological systems integration across locations, Caseworker training on the client database and Person-to-Person process for provision of financial assistance, and increase of emergency assistance available to residents of Norwalk and the surrounding communities. CCA provided about $20,000 in emergency financial assistance in 2012, and Person-to-Person exceeded our year-end goal to provide $100,000 to low-income individuals and families by the end of October 2013. At the Norwalk location, more than $135,000 in emergency financial assistance was distributed in 2013.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut

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Funding Needs

Funding is needed for the Emergency Assistance Program, the Campership Program and the Scholarship Program.    Donations for the Emergency Assistance Program will assist us in providing emergency assistance to low-income individuals and families to help with basic necessities so they can remain in their homes with utilities turned on and have groceries to make meals.    Our Campership program enables low-income parents living in Stamford to keep working during the summer while their children are engaged in positive activities.  100% of all donations to this program go directly to fund Camperships.   Funding to the Scholarship Program is needed.  Each year more students are looking to Person-to-Person for scholarships.  The scholarships help students bridge the gap between what is needed for tuition and books and what the students have earned and obtain through grants and other scholarships.  100% of all donations to the Scholarship Program go directly to fund scholarships.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Person to Person, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Ceci Maher

BIO

A native of Stamford, CT, Ceci is a Licensed Master Social Worker with considerable experience in leadership, long range planning, program development, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. Her first career was in fashion marketing in NYC and involved product development in Asia and Europe. Ceci was a clinical social worker at Four Winds Hospital working with children and youth and served as Executive Director of Horizons National Student Enrichment Program for 5 years. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts and Columbia University School of Social Work and has been with Person-to-Person for more than 7 years. Ceci is a member of the Advisory Boards for Neighbors Link Stamford, Volunteer Square, and Community Plates, and a College Coach/mentor for a student in the A Better Chance (ABC) program in Wilton.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Person-to-Person is Lower Fairfield County’s rapid-response emergency assistance agency, annually providing more than $9 million in food, clothing, financial assistance and interconnected services through the efforts of more than 3,000 volunteers, community support and a small, dedicated staff. At the heart of our mission since agency inception 45 years ago, the Emergency Assistance Program offers a safety net for low-income residents of Lower Fairfield County by providing food, clothing and emergency financial assistance. We further invest in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty through the Campership Program, which provides a summer camp opportunity for hundreds of Stamford children from low-income families each year, and the Scholarship Program, providing needs-based support for the cost of higher education to local high school graduates from low-income families."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

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Term: June 2013 - June 2014

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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