Human Services

Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Inc. d/b/a/ Brightpoint

  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • http://www.mybrightpoint.org

Mission Statement

Brightpoint helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty.

Main Programs

  1. Child Care Vouchers
  2. Early Head Start
  3. Head Start
  4. Covering Kids & Families
  5. Family Development
  6. Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)
  7. Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
  8. Housing Choice Voucher Program
  9. Permanent Supportive Housing
  10. Energy Assistance Program
  11. Weatherization
  12. Small Business Loans
  13. Individual Development Accounts (IDA)
  14. Financial Education
  15. Purchase, Rehabilitate, and Resale Program (PRR)
  16. Comprehensive Community Development
  17. Housing Counseling
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

CANI currently serves over 30,000 people in twelve counties of Northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley.

ruling year

1965

President/CEO

Self-reported

Mr. Stephen Hoffman

Keywords

Self-reported

community, Community Action, poverty, low-income, economic development, Weatherization, energy efficiency, assistance, Indiana, utilities, child care, Fort Wayne, children, case management, housing

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Also Known As

CANI

EIN

35-1111819

 Number

3718396409

Physical Address

227 E Washington Blvd

Fort Wayne, 46802 3132

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Family Services (P40)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Child Care Vouchers

The Child Care Voucher Program helps families afford quality child care for children younger than 13. Parents must be working, going to school, or receiving job training to qualify. The program is offered in Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Early Head Start

Early Head Start is for low-income expectant mothers and their infant children up to age three. Case workers help families develop education, housing, and parenting skills. For pregnant women, the focus is on maintaining a healthy pregnancy. This program is offered through CANI in Allen, Noble, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 3

Head Start

Head Start is a preschool program for 3 to 5 year-olds. The program includes education, parent involvement, health services, and literacy programs to help the entire family. CANI Head Start is offered in Allen, Noble, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 4

Covering Kids & Families

CANI is a member of Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Inc. (CKF-IN), a statewide organization committed to ensuring that all children and families eligible for Medicaid and the State's Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) are enrolled. CANI offers assistance for this program in Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 5

Family Development

Family Development is a home visitation program that helps families move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Family Development helps families use their strengths to set and accomplish goals. This program is offered in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 6

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)

The JAG program is a school-to-career program implemented locally in high schools in Allen, Grant, and Huntington counties. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or enrollment in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 7

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

The SSVF program assists Veterans who are facing housing issues. Eligible Veterans can receive assistance with rent payments, security deposits, and housing-related costs, as well as other benefits. This program is offered in Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Madison, Miami, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, St. Joseph, Tipton, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Budget

Program 8

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps pay a portion of a family's rent. Families can live in safe housing they could not otherwise afford. This program is offered in Allen (outside of Fort Wayne city limits), DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 9

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing help pay a portion of the household's rent. These vouchers are designed for those who are homeless and disabled, and are one of the following: seriously mentally ill, recovering drug or alcohol abusers, or HIV-positive. This program is offered in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Homeless

None

Budget

Program 10

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay a portion of a client's winter heating bills. Summer Cooling also provides air conditioners, or utility bill credits in summer months, depending on a family's situation. This program is offered in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 11

Weatherization

The Weatherization program offers energy-efficient repairs and improvements, such as air sealing and insultation. Services are available to renters and homeowners in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 12

Small Business Loans

Small loans are available for aspiring individuals who are looking to rebuild their credit and are planning to start a business. Credit education and a business plan are required to participate. This program is offered in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 13

Individual Development Accounts (IDA)

IDAs are savings accounts opened at a financial institution that are matched 3 to 1 for every dollar the account holder saves. Funds can be used: to buy or repair a home; pursue higher education or job certification; or to start a small business. This program is offered in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 14

Financial Education

CANI offers financial education for people who are looking to rebuild or establish credit, want to buy a home, or just want to manage their money better. This program is offered in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 15

Purchase, Rehabilitate, and Resale Program (PRR)

CANI will purchase, rehabilitate, and resell homes to qualifying families in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Wells counties.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Budget

Program 16

Comprehensive Community Development

This program works by engaging neighborhood residents to organize and share a vision for the community. Residents implement strategies and ideas to bring about changes to their neighborhoods. A plan is designed to capture the vision of residents and turn goals into achievable projects and programs.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Program 17

Housing Counseling

Housing counseling is offered to individuals in the process of purchasing a home in the near future. Financial educiation is a key to financial stability; understanding how credit and banking services operate can lead to financial confidence. We can also guide the client through the process of obtaining down payment assistance, if qualified.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

CANI currently serves over 30,000 people in twelve counties of Northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley.

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COMMUNITY ACTION OF NORTHEAST INDIANA INC
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Inc. d/b/a/ Brightpoint

Leadership

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President/CEO

Mr. Stephen Hoffman

BIO

Steve is the President/CEO of Brightpoint and has worked there for eleven years. He has held various positions within the organization, starting as a Family Development case manager to leading Brightpoint's administrative and development efforts for several years before becoming President/CEO in April 2010.

Steve has designed research projects and written needs assessments for many organizations and community groups, most notably of these, the 2005 and 2008 Indiana Community Action Association needs assessment projects. Steve has provided leadership on many community development projects, including the development of community-wide systems of care in several areas. He has worked on various information system projects, including developing an emergency assistance and case management software. Steve has worked as a consultant to many organizations on capacity building projects, including board development, strategic planning, outcome measurement, and fundraising, and is co-author of the Family Development Matrix, an assessment tool and case management system.

Steve is a board member and past chairperson of The Southeast Youth Council Board of Directors and 211 Cabinet, and also serves on the United Way of Allen County Board of Directors. He chairs the Allen County Case Coordination System and serves on the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Association of Community Economic Development boards. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne, Taylor University's Institute of Organization Effectiveness and the National Community Action Management Academy, and he is a certified Family Development Specialist. He was the 2009 recipient of Foellinger Foundation's Rolfsen Stewardship Award, and was one of Business Weekly's 40 under 40 in 2010. He holds a Master of Public Administration Degree and is a U.S. Army Veteran.

STATEMENT FROM THE President/CEO

"It is an incredible honor to lead this great organization. The people that work and volunteer here are passionate about the work we do. The families that we help are motivated to help themselves, they just need some opportunities. Providing opportunities is what I think we are about, and it is tremendously satisfying to see families grasp those opportunities and improve their lives."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Dawn Gallaway

Keller Development

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?