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Chessie Harris Foundation, Inc.

  • Huntsville, AL
  • http://chessieharris.org

Mission Statement

To continue the vision and legacy of its founders, George and Chessie Harris, a loving couple who changed the lives of countless thousands of neglected, abused and homeless children in the State of Alabama.

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Service Areas

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Alabama

Madison County and the State of Alabama

ruling year

1974

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Joan K. Robinson

Keywords

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child welfare humanitarians, Alabama historical preservation, homeless children, Chessie Harris

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Also Known As

CHF

EIN

22-7272908

 Number

2515746235

Physical Address

5435 Oakwood Road NW

Huntsville, AL 35806 1413

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Top accomplishment:

*After months of planning, the Foundation worked through the relocation of Harris Home for Children to its new facilities in downtown Huntsville, AL, in June, 2010.

*Top Current Year Goal:

Chessie Harris Foundation currently provides office space and housing facilities for low-income and homeless families. The Foundation’s current goal is to garner sufficient financial support to provide a holistic package of family support services designed to help families lift themselves from poverty and homelessness to economic self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

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

a) Archives - Volunteers work to accomplish specific historic preservation tasks. b) Awards - Volunteers select recipients and plan for the annual recognitions. c) Training - Volunteers plan an annual child welfare training event.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

Madison County and the State of Alabama

Funding Needs

General opeating funds are needed to cover phone, insurance, utility costs and to enhance staffing capabilities. .

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Operations

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Chessie Harris Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Joan K. Robinson

BIO

Mrs. Joan K. Robinson has two master's degrees, one in education from the University of Kentucky, and the other from Washington University School of Social Work. She has served as director of planning, allocation and program evaluation in two local United Way agencies, and has extensive administrative in the field of social work in health care. As the daughter of George and Chessie Harris, she has picked up the gauntlet to fulfill their vision and continue their legacy on behalf of Alabama's abused and neglected children.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Chessie Harris Foundation is committed to continue the vision and legacy of George and Chessie Harris. The Foundation has five programs in the planning phase that will repurpose its property assets:

            1) Establish an on-site child care center

            2) Establish a micro-enterprise training/employment center

            3) Utilize its 8-bedroom facility to house intact homeless families and single mothers with teenage sons that are barred from local shelters

            4) Complete remodeling to provide affordable housing in three cottages

            5) Establish a Guest House on the historic site

 

Chessie Harris envisioned that all programs of the Foundation become self-supporting. The projects listed above will help to accomplish this vision. The Foundation is actively seeking partners to join us and bring their vision to fruition."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Joan K Robinson

Jewish Family and Children's Services

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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